Spencer Makenzie’s Fish Co. will open a second location at 311 Carmen Drive in Camarillo. The restaurant offers fresh made-to-order sushi-grade fish, with produce that is purchased from local vendors and sauces that are homemade. The new location will feature a variety of seating arrangements, including family-style booths and a U-shaped bar, four built-in television screens, outside patio that seats 72 and more. … Following closure since the Thomas Fire, In the Field has now reopened at 730 E. Ojai Ave. in Ojai. The boutique is owned by husband and wife Channon and Bianca Roe and offers tasteful, bohemian and bold items, including clothing, housewares and jewelry. … Jersey Mike’s Subs opened at 2000 E. Avenida de los Arboles in Thousand Oaks. The eatery offers a variety of subs with in-store baked bread with quality ingredients that include fresh vegetables and premium meats and cheeses sliced on the spot. … Poke Bar opened at 488 S. Mills Road, #103, in Ventura. The restaurant offers custom poke bowls made from fresh ingredients and served in a fast and casual environment. Poke Bar is a creation of the established Yanagi Sushi in Northridge. … Stretch-n-Grow Ventura County launched in Ventura County, offering children’s fitness programs that teach the importance of healthy habits and lifelong wellness. The classes offered through camps and partnerships with schools and day cares are geared toward children between ages 2 and 12 years old and focus on exercise, nutrition, rest, hygiene and good attitude. For more information,


Ahoy Surf has moved and will host a grand reopening on May 12 at 546 Collection Blvd. (The Collection RiverPark) in Oxnard. The store offers swim, surf and lifestyle clothing and accessories for beach lovers and laid-back fashionistas. It also features a variety of Dead Kooks, Joel Tudor and locally sourced Bing surfboards. … Vita Art Center will move to 28 W. Main St. in Ventura. Vita Art Center offers art classes, hosts exhibits and various events, and offers ceramic memberships and artist studios. It will relocate on June 1.

New ownership

Matt Levin and Jon Tomala became the new owners on March 1 of Hypno Comics at 1803 E. Main St., Ventura. Levin and Tomala have extensive comic book knowledge and hope to bring the comic book community together with fun and exciting game and collector nights throughout the month, including Friday Night Magic the Gathering and funko pop collector nights. For more information, go to

Thomas Fire

In the Field partnered with Help of Ojai and raised around $85,000 for those impacted by the Thomas Fire. 100 percent of the donations were disbursed to Ojai locals. In the Field, a bohemian boutique, recently reopened after a long closure due to the effects of the Thomas Fire. … Fox Fine Jewelry made and sold necklaces to raise funds for the Thomas Fire. The jeweler donated half of the sales, nearly $60,000, to United Way to support efforts in helping the community affected by the Thomas Fire.

And the award goes to …

Kathy Hartley was named by Interface Children and Family Services to be an award recipient at the upcoming fifth annual Love is Brewing Champagne Luncheon and Tea. Hartley will receive the Domestic Violence Champion for Change award, which honors individuals and organizations that make a significant contribution to ending violence against women. Hartley was recognized for her commitment to Interface for more than a decade and her efforts in that time which include raising more than $20,000 as co-creator of Love Is Brewing and the annual Paint it Purple campaign to increase awareness during domestic violence month in October. … Dave Daniels of KHAY 100.7 won Best On-Air Personality (Small Market) from the Academy of Country Music (ACM). Daniels is the host of the Morning Wake-Up Call show. KHAY 100.7 was also nominated for Best Country Radio Station (small market) by the ACM. The station recently celebrated 45 years of providing Ventura County with country music. … Congresswoman Julia Brownley, D-Westlake Village, was named the Legislator of the Year by HillVets, a bipartisan veterans advocacy group. Brownley was honored for her strong leadership as Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health and her efforts on behalf of veterans in Ventura County and nationwide. … Patti Birmingham was recognized by the Pacific Coast Business Times with a Top 50 Women in Business award. Birmingham is the chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura, which has four club sites with a team of 44 to provide services to 2,000 youth each year. … Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, was selected as the AMVETS 2017 Legislator of the Year for her work supporting veterans in the criminal justice system. Jackson was recognized for her work authoring SB-1110 and SB-725, which clarify that active-duty military service members and veterans who suffer from military related traumatic mental health conditions and are before the court charged with misdemeanor DUIs, are eligible for pretrial diversion programs. … Two Ventura County Office of Education administrators are being honored for their leadership by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 13: Dr. Tiffany Morse, Executive Director of Career Education, and Kenny Loo, Principal of Court and Community Schools. Morse is being honored as the 2018 Career Technical Education Administrator of the Year. Loo will receive the ACSA Region 13 Leadership Matters Award for the South Ventura area. … The Annex at The Collection at RiverPark was honored by the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce at the 68th Annual Community and Business Awards, which recognize businesses that exhibit innovative thinking through employee benefits, programs utilizing technology and environmentally friendly practices. The Annex received the Innovative Business of the Year Award; the public market showcases 12 artisan microshops, providing a platform for both the retail and culinary fields.

Moving up

Roger Rice

Kashina Bishop was named as chief financial officer of Gold Coast Health Plan. Bishop has more than 15 years of experience, including 10 years as controller then director of finance at CenCal Health, working as a certified public accountant at Bartlett, Pringle & Wolf LLP and as a financial associate at Mercer Global Advisors. … Local philanthropist Linda Catlin assumed the position of board chairman for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley. Catlin’s served as a board member in 2008, and later was tapped for the annual Gala chair.  In addition to volunteering, Catlin and her husband, David, made a significant contribution to expand the former Lindero Club, which was later named the Linda and David Catlin Boys & Girls Club. … Two employees joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. Nicole Eads is the new director of major gifts and resource development. Eads previously served as the director of development and support services at the Ventura Family YMCA, where she managed all fundraising, grant writing and major gifts for the organization. Ashley Lyden is the new director of operations. Lyden previously served as the director of operations at the Ventura Boys & Girls Club, where she assisted program staff and volunteers in planning, organization and evaluation of programs, provided technical advice to human resources staff and worked closely with Club staff. … Two individuals were added to Elite Theatre Company in Oxnard. Stephanie Rice was selected as president of the board of directors. Rice joined Elite in 2015 as a stage manager, and this season she serves as the managing producer. Her work has been beneficial to other theaters, including Camarillo Skyway Playhouse, Ojai ACT and OPAT. In 2016 and 2017, she co-produced One-Act Festivals at Elite.  L.J. Stevens was named as the artistic director/general manager of operations for the Elite Theatre Company in Oxnard. Stevens served as artistic director and general manager at High Street Arts Center in Moorpark where she created full-season programming each year and produced community events such as Moorpark’s Got Talent. Her background includes work as a talent agent, casting director and work in the television, voice-over and film industry.

Moving on

Tom Eubanks has stepped down from Elite Theatre Company. Eubanks served as artistic director which for him included season selection and scheduling, writing, auditions, fundraising, budgeting, directing, producing, performing, all forms of tech and publicity, policies and procedures and community outreach. He was key in the relocation of the theater as well as the introduction of various programming to its presentation. His wife, Judy, produced many shows and his daughter Hannah performed in productions as well as participated in the Youth Program writing project. Following his vast contributions over the past 14 years, the board of directors has designated Eubanks as artistic director emeritus. … Seven California Lutheran University faculty members with a combined total of more than 200 years of service are retiring with emeritus status. The Board of Regents awarded the honor to associate professor of English Penny Cefola, political science professor Herb Gooch, history professor Paul Hanson, graduate psychology associate professor Mindy Puopolo, biology professor Dennis Revie, geology professor Linda Ritterbush and philosophy professor Nathan Tierney.


Richard Yao, Ph.D, is the new vice president for student affairs at CSU, Channel Islands. Yao is a licensed clinical psychologist who currently serves as the founding dean of students at Nevada State College and the chief student affairs officer. He is also the chair of the Nevada System of Higher Education Student Affairs Council. Yao will begin his duties on June 15. … Dr. Roger Rice was honored by the Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA) at the VCLA Journey to Leadership Awards Luncheon where leaders who have made an exceptional impact in the community are recognized. Rice was the recipient of the Educational Leader of the Year award; he has served as associate and deputy superintendent for student services at the Ventura County Office of Education for the past nine years, and his most recent efforts include serving on the state committee for designing the new accountability system for alternative education schools and restructuring VCOE’s Gateway Community School. … 69 Ventura College students received scholarships from the Gene Haas Foundation, Southern California Edison and a partnership between the National Science Foundation and University of California, Santa Barbara, as part of their workforce development. The Gene Haas Foundation provided $18,000 for scholarships to students pursuing machining and manufacturing design. Southern California Edison provided $20,000 for scholarships, in addition to its endowment earnings, for three separate STEM scholarships. The students were awarded the scholarships through the Ventura College Foundation, which received over 500 applications for the scholarships available. … Meiners Oaks Elementary (Ojai Unified School District) and Sunset K-8 School (Ventura Unified School District) were recognized by the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition program among California Green Ribbon Schools and were designated as Silver awardees. ED-GRS honors schools that conserve resources while encouraging health and environmental literacy.