Residents Respond to Baywater Shooting Perpetrator’s Release

Sitting in his house with his 92-year old mother-in-law, Mark Taylor saw a stranger dart by the room and open Taylor’s garage door. When Taylor pursued, he found himself face-to-face with his neighbor, Michael Hosey, who appeared to be out of his mind. “He [was] in a crazed kind of — when I look at it now — a drug-induced kind of craziness,” Taylor says of his encounter with Hosey. “He [came] racing, and I start[ed] screaming at him to get out of the house.” Taylor followed as Hosey ran…

Ventura County Drops Lawsuits Against Local Businesses

On March 17, 2021, Ventura County dropped its lawsuit against five local businesses that had defied closure orders by remaining open: Pizza Cookery, Mrs Olson’s Coffee Hut, Colosseum Gym, House of Gains, and Anytime Fitness-Westlake. At the center of the businesses who chose to fight back is an organization called “BRAVE,” an acronym standing for “Businesses Representing American Values & Enterprises.” Matt Brimigion, the president of BRAVE, says it started at a table in his business, Mrs Olson’s Coffee Hut, with three other people who felt the need to push…

COVID: CALIFORNIA vs. FLORIDA

California has some of the highest COVID restrictions in the nation, whereas Florida has lifted many of its restrictions, including restaurants and schools.  Let’s explore the facts. As of 03/09/2021, there are 16 states that have lifted COVID restrictions/mask mandates. CALIFORNIA FLORIDA Total Cases Overall                     3,620,000 1,980,000 Total deaths (03/15/20-03/14/21) 56,351 32,254 Schools Six million students in distance learning.A projected cost (incentive) of at least $2 billion just to open TK-2nd grade classes by 04/01/21. All schools open as of…

Conejo Valley Schools Dominate at Ventura Mock Trial Tournament

Despite the challenges of competing virtually, Conejo Valley high schools made an impressive showing this year at the 39th Annual Mock Trial tournament hosted by the Ventura County Office of Education and the Constitutional Rights Foundation. Out of twenty-six teams, Trinity Pacific’s Silver Team placed second, while their Blue Team placed first, earning them a spot in the upcoming state mock trial competition. Newbury Park’s Panther Team and Gold Team placed sixth and fifth, respectively. And Oak Park Gold and Oak Park Black placed eighth and fourth, respectively.  This year’s…

High-end Restaurant Tangles with Westlake City Council

Tina Forti, co-owner of Novo restaurant with her husband Massimo, broke into tears as she spoke with the Westlake City Council recently. “You all keep saying we made a choice [to defy the council]. It was not a choice,” she said. “We signed to sell our house today… we have two kids.” Tina was referring to comments made on February 24 when City Councilman Ray Pearl said, “We are here because of a choice Novo made, not because of a choice we made. If they adhered to the orders, we…