The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks.

The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks.

Conejo Valley Physical Therapy opened a new location at 4035 Mission Oaks Blvd., suite B, in Camarillo. The physical therapy office offers a variety of therapies and equipment and it is the first in Camarillo to include a lymphedema clinic, offering services to patients with swelling. … Heavenly Honey will open its new tasting room on Oct. 15 at 206 E. Ojai Ave. in Ojai. It offers an assortment of all-natural, pure, raw and delicious honey. … Krispy Kreme Doughnuts opened at 220 Riverpark Blvd. in Oxnard. The store serves a variety of doughnuts from the well-known Krispy Kreme glazed to various flavors served for a limited time only. … CoastHills Credit Union opened at 125 N. Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks. This is the credit union’s first branch in Ventura County and it offers state-of-the-art virtual banking experience and a tech bar designed for member education and mobile device tutorials. … At The Oaks, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks: Chipotle Mexican Grill, specialty taco and burrito fast-casual restaurant, offers various choices of meats and sides and is noted to serve more responsibly rated meat and local produce than any other restaurant chain nationwide; DeLiteFul Low Carb, gluten-free restaurant dedicated to providing organic and sugar-free options without additives or preservatives and serving low-carb breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared with ingredients that are all free-range, hormone- and antibiotic-free; DICK’S Sporting Goods Inc. will host a three-day grand opening celebration, starting Oct. 14 with former Los Angeles first baseman Eric Karros making an appearance on Oct. 15, the store offering a wide selection of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, accessories and apparel in a 47,000-square-foot space; PizzaRev offers custom, personal pizzas baked in under three minutes in a 900-degree stone-bed oven, featuring over 30 artisanal cheeses and fresh ingredient; Urban Plates serves made-from-scratch food prepared in an open, interactive kitchen using fresh and sustainably sourced ingredients, including grass-fed steak, baked salmon, free-range chicken, turkey meatloaf, pole-and-line-caught albacore tuna and heritage Duroc pork ribs. … A Beautiful Day Productions opened a second location at 208 E. Main St. in Ventura. The shop offers many unique gifts, including silk flowers, soy candles and fairy gardens as well as providing event and floral designs for all occasions, including weddings and dinner parties. … The Glitter Spider Boutique will hold a grand opening on Oct. 28 at 433 E. Main St. in Ventura. The store offers vintage and non-vintage apparel, accessories, bath and beauty and avoids labeling items in order to allow customers to decide who or what they want to be. … Wicked’s Brew will open at 4561 Market St., suite C in Ventura. The artisan cafe dining experience also includes performance theater, mystery and mayhem. It offers handcrafted organic coffee, whole leaf teas, freshly baked breads, tea-infused desserts and more, with California-inspired fresh ingredients.


Cal Lutheran University (CLU) relaunched its Center for Nonprofit Leadership at 60 W. Olsen Road in Thousand Oaks. The center will provide affordable professional development workshops for nonprofit board members, staff and volunteers. The focus of the workshops includes grant writing, marketing, leadership, fundraising and board governance.


School on Wheels relocated into remodeled facilities at 303 N. Ventura Ave. in Ventura.

Moving up

Steve Janice

Steve Janice

Attorney Thomas L. Dorogi joined Camarillo employment law firm LightGabler. Dorogi was most recently an attorney at Caskey & Holzman in Calabasas and Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP in Los Angeles. He is an experienced litigation attorney, a member of the Labor and Employment section of the State Bar of California and a contributing writer to the Los Angeles Daily Journal on legal issues affecting employers in California. … Steve Janice was named as the new human resources director the city of Oxnard. Janice has 16 years of management work and vast experience with employee relations, risk management, compensation, recruitment, labor relations, classifications and benefits administrations. His duties begin Oct. 10. Also, William T. Jefferson and Mark Uribe are the city’s new assistant chief financial officers, and veteran employee Thien Ng has been promoted as the city’s new wastewater division manager. … Tully Clifford was appointed public works director for the city of Ventura. Clifford is a licensed engineer with more than 35 years of professional engineering and management experience. He recently served as the director of the Watershed Protection District for the County of Ventura; his duties begin Oct. 17. … Chris Cooper is the new director of engineering services department at the Ventura County Public Works Agency (VCPWA). Cooper began his career with VCPWA 30 years ago as an engineer, and for the past seven years he served as the deputy director of project services division. He has also served in senior project management positions elsewhere.

Moving on

Ventura County’s Chief Medical Examiner (CME) Dr. Ann Bucholtz resigned, effective Sept. 30. Bucholtz had served as CME since November 2015. During her tenure, there were notable improvements, such as instituting a new cloud-based database log to track case and produce reports on the departments activities for improved death investigations, campaigned for emergency power for the entire ME office, implemented a new system for cataloging system for remains, began working with a forensic anthropologist for bone identification and much more. Assistant Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Lawrence Nguyen is currently acting as the interim Chief Medical Examiner.

In the name of charity

Approximately $13.8 million has been raised so far toward Casa Pacifica’s $16.6 million first phase goal of its Building New Foundations of Hope project. Bettina Chandler, County of Ventura and the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation have donated more than $1 million each. The groundbreaking will take place in November. … The Economic Development Center — Ventura’s (EDC — VC) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) received $25,000 from the Business & Entrepreneurship Center at Cuesta College as part of the Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy. The funds were provided through the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and will enable SBDC to add more workshops, advisers and outreach to provide in-demand skills. … Seventeen local nonprofits received grants from the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation. The funds totaled $589,730 and were awarded to organizations that are involved in cancer research or provide services for the betterment of the health, education, guidance or welfare of under-18 youth. … Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County (HFHVC) was awarded a $22,500 grant from Bank of America to celebrate its 30-year partnership to address affordable housing challenges and revitalize communities worldwide. HFHVC will use the funds for the final four homes being built on Trinity Lane in Santa Paula. … In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Oxnard flame-resistant clothing manufacturer Workrite Uniform Co., partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), a leading breast cancer foundation providing early detection, education and support to women nationwide. Workrite launched a tailored women’s line developed specifically for women by women in support of women in industrial and fire service professions. Each garment includes NBCF’s pink ribbon on the tag, and Workrite is contributing a percentage of the proceeds to NBCF.

And the award goes to …

Jacob Jenkins, Ph.D., was named one of its 40 Under 40 honorees by the Pacific Coast Business Times. Honorees are recognized for being “part of a new generation of dynamic leaders who are re-shaping the leadership ranks and the economy of the Tri-Counties.” Jenkins is an assistant professor of communication at Calfornia State University, Channel Islands, who was nominated by his students. … Hank Lacayo was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th Annual Spirit Awards Gala. The event was hosted by United Way of Ventura County at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in honor of Lacayo. He is a United Way board member. Also, Jennifer Harkey received the Douglas Shively Award for Outstanding Community Impact; the recipient of the Milton M. Teague Award for Outstanding Volunteerism was Jessie E. Hawkins; and Wells Fargo received the Roy Pinkerton Award for Top Corporate Citizenship. … Dan Hamilton and Bill Watkins were named second place by the National Association for Business Economics at its Annual Most Accurate Forecast Competition. Hamilton and Watkins were recognized with the 2015-2016 Outlook Award for the accuracy of their forecasts over the previous four quarters. The two are economists at the CLU Center for Economic Research and Forecasting. … Rep. Lois Capps , D-Santa Barbara, was awarded the National Distinguished Service Award from the Sierra Club. The award is given to individuals in public service who have a profound and consistent commitment to conservation. Capps was nominated by the Santa Lucia chapter of the Sierra Club. … The Camarillo Health Care District was named Allied Health Professional of the Year by the Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation. The District was recognized for outstanding partnerships and innovations at the 23rd Annual David Fainer, M.D., and Leo Tauber, M.D. Award Ceremony. … Ventura County schools Environmental Academy of Research Technology and Earth Sciences (Newbury Park), Vista Elementary School (Simi Valley) and Westlake High School (Thousand Oaks) were named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2016 by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. The schools are chosen based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.


CLU received a $4.63 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This year, the university will be awarded $855,132 and the annual amount will increase each year of the five-year grant. The funds will allow CLU to hire four staff members, start several new programs, provide paid student research fellowship and internships, transform a building on campus into a center for services to the rapidly growing number of STEM students, and improve retention rates for the rising numbers of Latino and low-income students. … The Diesel Mechanic Program was launched at Ventura College by the Ventura County Community College District and Gibbs International Truck Centers. The program will ready students for immediate employment upon completion of a two-year degree program.