Ventura County one step closer to new VA Clinic

Congresswoman Julia Brownley, D-Westlake Village, announced on Thursday, Feb. 25, the procurement of authorization for a new, 47,000-square-foot VA-run community clinic in Ventura County.

The new Oxnard Community Clinic would offer expanded primary care and mental health services, as well as optometry, audiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation services and dermatology. Though the current Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Oxnard has tripled in size since Brownley’s election, the need for a larger facility has loomed.

“Since I joined the VA committee just after being elected in 2012, I made it my mission to improve the care Ventura County veterans were receiving,” said Brownley. “One clear need was a larger, VA-run facility that would allow Ventura County veterans to access more care, closer to home. I am extremely pleased with the authorization from the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and am proud that we have passed yet another crucial milestone in achieving our goal.”

Though the clinic had been a part of President Obama’s fiscal year 2016 and 2017 budgets, authorization by the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee, of which Brownley is a ranking member, was a critical step in the approval process.

Houseware donations sought for Ventura Boys and Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club Thrift Store on Ventura Avenue in Ventura, in partnership with Viva Towels, is seeking donations of unwanted household items in the month of March, which will in turn be given to in-need families in April.

Electronics, indoor and outdoor furniture and home appliances are being sought — with a wish list composed of refrigerators, microwaves, pots and pans, wine glasses and even sun umbrellas.

On April 6, a team of volunteers from Viva Towels will clean the appliances prior to donation.

Donations are being accepted at the Boys and Girls Club Thrift Store, 222 Ventura Ave., Ventura, from now through March 30. Larger items can be arranged for pickup on request.

Students to hold mobile business event in Thousand Oaks

Students looking to get a bit of marketing experience at California Lutheran University will host a plethora of mobile vendors on campus next Thursday, March 10.

Six retail trucks featuring a range of goods from books to clothing will park along Memorial Drive between Regent and Pioneer avenues between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for students and members of the community to browse.

The event is being touted as an opportunity for business students to interact with business owners and to observe consumer behavior in the wild. Following the success of food trucks, retailers with non-food-related items have taken to the streets as a low-cost alternative to retail locations.

Participating trucks include the Yarnover Truck, Jennifer Lauren Boutique and Wear on Wheels, Ginger’s Booty thrift and craft boutique, California Limited graphic T-shirts and The Library Store on Wheels.

For more information, call 493-3371.

Ojai looking for applicants for city clerk, recorder

Ojai City Clerk and Records Manager Rhonda Basore announced in January that she will be retiring in April, meaning that there will be a need for someone to take her place in the coming months. It could be you, if you’ve got the résumé.

Since the city clerk position is elected, and the recorder appointed, Basore’s remaining term as clerk expires in November, leaving the City Council to choose whether to fill the vacant position by election or by appointment; the Council chose the latter.

To apply for the city clerk position, submit a city clerk application (available at Ojai City Hall) or go to the city website,, for more information. The City Council will interview applicants in April before making the appointment.

Though the same person can serve as both records manager and city clerk, the position is appointed by the city manager and isn’t required to be so; interviews for the records manager position will also take place. The deadline for recorder applications is March 30.

— Chris O’Neal