COVID Restrictions Hurt Local Bakery

Historia Bakery in Thousand Oaks was opened just one year ago by Robyn Lee.  The small, family-owned business is learning to navigate the severe restrictions placed on it by the shutdown. With a background in catering and events, Ms. Lee intended the bakery to be a “passion project,” serving creative pastries of international origin, artisan sandwiches, and specialty items unique to the bakery. Among them are crepe cakes, French donuts, olive oils, and custom roasted coffees.  The owner says she takes pride in knowing her customers, harkening back to when…

US Supreme Court Rules Against Newsom in Favor of Churches in California

restrictions on indoor religious gatherings.  This ruling came on December 3, 2020, just a week after it prohibited New York Governor Cuomo’s worship restrictions, in a 5-4 vote.  The decision is detailed in the Supreme Court Case, Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo.  “The application for injunctive relief…is treated as a petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment, and the petition is granted,” wrote the Supreme Court in the decision Harvest Rock Church, Et Al. V. Newsom, Gov. of Ca. which references the New York case for its…

COVID Deaths: A Closer Look at U.S. Data

The number of deaths from COVID-19 in our nation is of great concern.  Looking at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website in order to decipher the death rates is like decoding impossible encryption.  This data, however, was deciphered by Dr. Genevieve Briand, assistant program director of the Applied Economics master’s degree program at Johns Hopkins University in her webinar titled “COVID-19 Deaths: A Look at U.S. Data” on November 11, 2020. Dr. Briand consolidated the COVID-19 death data from mid-March to mid-September 2020.  The data reported shows…

The Other Death Toll

During the initial “stay at home” orders, most emergency rooms were eerily quiet.  Patients were not seeing their primary care physicians for preventative visits, and elective preventive procedures, such as colonoscopies or mammograms, were being deferred.  Emergency room visits for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes were abnormally low.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that “emergency department visits declined by 23% for heart attacks, 20% for strokes and 10% for uncontrolled high blood sugar in people with diabetes.”  With the high level of stress and fear of…

Vote Now; Here’s How

For the upcoming 2020 November general elections, Governor Newsom issued an executive order requiring every registered voter in California to receive a vote-by-mail ballot. If you have not received a mail-in ballot by October 16, 2020, contact the Ventura County Recorder’s office.  There are multiple other ways to vote. In-person voting is the recommended method of voting.  1. Early in-person voting began October 6 and will continue until October 30.  For registered Ventura County voters, your early voting center is the Ventura County Election Division Office at 800 Victoria Rd,…

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Letter to the Editor

My grandfather John Lagomarsino, at 13 years old, immigrated alone from Genoa, Italy in the 1880’s. He came to the United States through Ellis Island and across the country by train to San Francisco California.  Searching for the American dream, he ended up in Ventura County in the 1890’s. Unfortunately, I was not able to know him because he died before I was born. However, he did leave a legacy of hard work and determination to succeed which I believe I inherited. I was taught to respect and serve others.…

Cast Your Ballot 2020

For the upcoming 2020 November general elections, Governor Newsom issued an executive order requiring every registered voter in California to receive a vote-by-mail ballot. If you have not received a mail-in ballot by October 16, 2020, contact the Ventura County Recorder’s office.  There are multiple other ways to vote. In-person voting is the recommended method of voting.  1. Early in-person voting began October 6 and will continue until October 30.  For registered Ventura County voters, your early voting center is the Ventura County Election Division Office at 800 Victoria Rd,…

Ventura County Charges Church with Contempt of Court

Rob McCoy, pastor of Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park, went before Ventura County Judge Vincent O’Neill, Jr., on August 21 to face a contempt-of-court-charge. The charge stemmed from an August 7 temporary restraining order issued by the court.  McCoy explained, while accompanied by his attorneys, “People need to be in fellowship… I never thought we would come to a place where our governor would declare our churches non-essential.” The terms of the restraining order banned 1,000 Godspeak Calvary Chapel attendees from gathering for indoor worship services in Ventura County.  …

Governor Newsom shuts down schools

On July 17, Governor Newsom announced that public and private schools in 32 counties, including Ventura county, on California’s “watch list” are mandated to go completely online for fall 2020. According to Newsom, COVID-19 poses too great a safety threat to justify a return to school unless the county stays off this list for fourteen consecutive days. According to the California Department of Public Health, July 16, there has been no COVID death for ages 0 to 17 years old.  While Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) had already announced…

Father Junipero Serra’s statue to be removed

On July 16, the Ventura City Council unanimously voted to remove the long-standing statue of Father Junipero Serra in front of Ventura City Hall. After a five-hour meeting that included Ventura citizens, Catholic scholars, and Black Lives Matter protesters, the City Council determined that the statue is “not a historical landmark” and called for its immediate removal due to Serra’s alleged atrocities against the Chumash community.  As city council member Sofia Rubalcava, who has a BLM frame displayed on her Facebook profile picture, said that the decision to remove the…