1927 Barber Shop & Shave Parlor opened at 5800 Santa Rosa Road, #131, in Camarillo. The shop specializes in cuts and styles for men of all ages as well as offers a straight-razor shave, with a hot towel and a cold beverage. … Surf Thru Express Car Wash opened at 1971 N. Oxnard Blvd. in Oxnard. The facility features include purified water, high-quality soft cloth applicators and equipment and more. It is a WaterSavers car wash and a leader in recycling and reclaiming water; this is the chain’s 10th location and first in Southern California. … Janchi Korean BBQ opened at 165 N. Moorpark Road (Janss Marketplace) in Thousand Oaks. The restaurant serves freshly prepared foods and marinated meats with authentic Korean side dishes, offering both individual table and in–the-kitchen grilling services. … Harvest Cafe opened at 175 S. Ventura Ave., Ventura. It is a community-based, organic and locally sourced cafe. … The Joint Chiropractic (Ventura Village) opened at 5722 Telephone Road, suite 19, in Ventura. The facility is one of more than 360 locations nationwide, and it offers more convenient, affordable and quality chiropractic care provided by experienced chiropractors and wellness staff.


Caffrodite is relocating to another location in Ventura though a new address had not been released by deadline. The move serves as an expansion into a larger space for a coffee and juice bar.


Ventura Improv Company (VIC) at 34 N. Palm St. in Ventura is closing in mid-January. VIC is Ventura’s longest-running improv comedy theater troupe, having offered entertainment to Ventura County from the same space since 1994. There will be performances on the first two weekends of January.

And the award goes to …

The Ventura County Behavioral Health Department earned the Quality Leaders Award from the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems. It honored Ventura County for data-driven organization for its focus on prescription drug abuse prevention.

Moving up

Charlie Von Rueden has been selected as the new president of the Rotary Club of Camarillo. Von Rueden plans to expand membership this year as well as help others. He owns a franchise with ServiceMaster, which he operates with his two sons. … Jesus Nava is the new assistant city manager for Oxnard. Nava has served in the public sector for more than 30 years. He will oversee the finance, human resources and information technology departments and be responsible for the oversight of the public information office division of the city manager’s office and the cultural and community services department. … Bank of the Sierra recently named Kiersten Alfieri as market president for the Southern California area. Alfieri, who was previously VP, Senior Commercial Loan Officer at the Bank’s LPO in Oxnard office, will oversee the operations of three locations in Southern California, including Santa Paula, Fillmore, and Valencia. … Thousand Oaks Mayor Joel Price was elected to the National League of Cities (NLC) board of directors at its 2016 City Summit. The NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans. Price will serve a one-year term, guiding NLC’s strategic direction and setting its advocacy priorities and operational goals. … Mark Towne has been appointed to community development director for the city of Thousand Oaks. Towne will be responsible for oversight of all areas of the department, including planning, code enforcement, building and safety, housing and open space. He began his career with the city in 1992 as an assistant planner for the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency and most recently served as interim community development director. … Midge Campbell-Thomas was named as market president for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties by Bank of America (BofA). Campbell-Thomas began her 30 years of experience in financial services as a bank teller, and in her new role will work across the region to connect BofA’s business lines to deliver integrated financial services to the community and also lead the bank’s corporate social responsibility work. … Nancy O’Connor has been appointed as the new director of Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships for the city of Ventura. O’Connor has more than 20 years of experience in parks and recreation management; she will be responsible for arts and cultural services, special events, parks and urban forestry, youth services, recreation, adult and senior programs, library services, history and nature programs and volunteer opportunities. … Barbara Brown and Dr. Tracy Long have been named to the 2017 board of Ventura Botanical Gardens. Brown will serve as president; she is the founder of branding firm BBM&D Strategic Branding. Long will serve as vice-president; she is an applied anthropologist, a research fellow with the Institute for Social Innovation in Santa Barbara. Terry Sommers (treasurer), Sandy Ross (recording secretary) and Jonell McLain (corresponding secretary) will also serve on the board. … Bernardo M. Perez and Arturo Hernández were elected to the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) board of trustees. Perez will serve as chair; he has been on the VCCCD board since 2010 and is the former mayor of Moorpark. Hernández will serve as vice chair; he has been on the VCCCD board since 2000 and is a manager for the County of Ventura Human Services Agency. … Elena Brokaw joined the Ventura College Foundation board of directors. Brokaw is lead consultant at Brokaw Jackson Consulting and has extensive fundraising and nonprofit leadership experience. She previously served as director of the Parks, Recreation and Community Partnership department at the city of Ventura and is currently interim director at the Museum of Ventura County. … Glenn Shephard was named director of the Watershed Protection District for the Ventura County Public Works Agency. Shephard is a registered professional engineer who spent 27 years in civil engineering with the United States Navy. His most recent position was program executive officer, director of base operating support and energy programs for navy installations command.

In the name of charity

Sixteen local nonprofits in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties were awarded $417,000 in grants from the McCune Foundation. The foundation recognized groups and organizations that furthered civil engagement by supporting residents in lifting their voices to promote positive changes in their communities. … Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) received a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant through the California Department of Food and Agriculture. SEEAG is a nonprofit that helps young students understand and appreciate the origins of their food through lessons and programs such as “Journey of a Lemon and California Specialty Crop Nutrition Program.” The funds will allow the organization to expand its organization to an additional 10,000 youth over a two-and-a-half-year period. … The Ventura County Library Foundation (VCLF) received a $50,000 check from Premier America Credit Union at its Saticoy branch in Ventura. The donation initiated the ongoing fundraising initiative for VCLF’s bookmobile, which will provide mobile library service to approximately 70 communities in two-week rotations throughout the county. Donations can be mailed toVentura County Library Foundation, 5600 Everglades St., Ventura, CA 93003.