Our Dog House

Burgerim Gourmet Burgers opened at 740 Ventura Blvd. (Camarillo Premium Outlets), unit 0228, in Camarillo. The restaurant offers miniburgers in twos, threes or a party box that can be customized with various options to meet a customer’s particular cravings or dietary needs (such as vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian). … Camarillo Cupcake opened at 389 Carmen Drive in Camarillo. The bakery offers handcrafted cupcakes made with fresh ingredients, with a variety of flavors, including vanilla, red velvet, cookies and cream, chocolate, strawberry lemonade and more. … Our Dog House opened at 294 Dawson Drive in Camarillo. The 7,500-square-foot facility is open 24 hours and caters to all sizes and breeds of dogs, offering dog play, grooming and other dog services and products. The owner, Nancy Barna, also owns dog care facilities in Ventura and, opening soon, in Oxnard. … Studio 8 Fitness opened at 1744 E. Main St. in Ventura. The facility aims to encourage fitness as a lifestyle through fun classes such as boogie bounce, pop Pilates, barre, hip-hop, u-jam and more. Class packages are also available.

Thomas Fire

Emily Barany, cofounder of, was recognized by the Democratic Club of Ventura County for her business acumen and her leadership in developing the site. Barany, who owns VISIONALITY, a business consultancy that has supported the work of local nonprofits since 2011, received the 2018 Outstanding Entrepreneur award. has served as an essential platform to support recovery efforts for those affected by the Thomas Fire, Montecito Mudslide and Holiday Fire. For more information, visit … ThomasFireHelp received a $25,000 challenge grant from the Gene Haas Foundation to provide support for those affected by the fire and mudslide disasters. The grant ensures that for every dollar raised from the community, the Foundation will match that amount, up to $25,000. … Ventura County Credit Union gave $50,000 in grants to victims of the Thomas Fire. The funds were awarded from March to May 2018 to help 65 members who were affected by the fire to recover and rebuild; the grants were based on submitted proof of loss or damage to the victims’ homes.


Walmart Supercenter at 255 Cochran St. in Simi Valley reopened after undergoing renovations aimed at improving convenience and customer service. The store’s improvements include an upgraded pharmacy with private consultation room and additional service lanes, state-of-the-art electronics department with interactive displays, a refreshed Walmart MoneyCenter, new lighting added in the cosmetics area and more.


Big Brothers Big Sisters Ventura County relocated to 555 Airport Way, suite D, in Camarillo.

Under new ownership

Kali Institute for Massage and Somatic Therapies (746 E. Main St.) in Ventura is now under the direction of Patty Flanagan after owner and director Abby Nielsen stepped down. The facility has also added more classes to its upcoming schedule.


The California Welcome Center located at 2786 Seaglass Way (The Collection at RiverPark) in Oxnard is closing on Sept. 2. The state-of-the-art visitor information center offers a variety of services and amenities, including free maps and brochures, presale and discounted tickets to local events/festivals/attractions, a boutique with a high-quality selection of gift and souvenir items, and more. … After nearly 25 years, Heaven’s Gallery located at 365 E. Main St. in Ventura is closing its doors. The owners, Keith and Francesca Richardson, have decided to do so due to recent economic changes that favor large online merchants over small business retailers. The store has become well-known for its prayer wall where, over the years, people have written their prayers (over 34,000). The Richardsons are trying to find a home for the prayer wall; call 805-648-5689 for more information. The Richardsons plan to retire after the store closes on Sept. 30.

And the award goes to …

Clare Briglio, Ray Bowman , Assemblywoman Monique Limon, Azu co-owners Laurel Moore and Liz Haffner

Five individuals and corporations will be honored by United Way of Ventura County at its 14th annual Spirit Awards Gala, which will be sponsored by Procter & Gamble. The honorees will be recognized for their leadership and positive impact in the community. Bob Brunner will receive the Milton M. Teague Award for Outstanding Community Volunteerism, William (Bill) Kearney will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, Maggie Tougas will receive the Douglas Shively Award for Outstanding Community Impact, the Annenberg Foundation will receive the President’s Award, and Bank of America will receive the Roy Pinkerton Award for Top Corporate Citizenship. … Elizabeth Haffner, co-owner of popular Ojai eatery, Azu Restaurant and Bar, located in downtown Ojai, has been awarded the California State Legislature’s Small Business Award for District 37 at an awards ceremony held in Sacramento. Nominated by Assemblywoman Monique Limon, Haffner was honored for her leadership in connecting the Ojai business community with the Economic Development Collaborative’s Small Business Development Center to access disaster funds and relief services immediately after the Thomas Fire, and for long-term recovery assistance. … Jaye Hersh was acknowledged by the City of Ojai Arts Commission and the Ojai City Council for her continuous artistic excellence within the community and in her field. Hersh received the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award; she is known in the community for her work with the Ojai Shakespeare Festival, Nordhoff High School’s theater and choral productions, Ojai Performing Arts Theater, the Ojai Art Center Theater, and the Ojai Music Festival. … Local SERVPRO franchise owners were recognized by SERVPRO at its annual Awards Extravaganza where top-performing franchises were honored. Michael Nunes and Patricia Vujovich, owners of SERVPRO of Camarillo, received the MILLIONAIRE’S Bronze award. Alan F. Reed, owner of SERVPRO of Fillmore/Moorpark/Santa Paula, received the LEGEND Bronze award. … For the second year in a row, Channel Islands Harbor received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. The award recognizes businesses and destinations that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. … Rescue Mission Alliance earned a 4-star rating from America’s largest independent charity evaluator, Charity Navigator. The nonprofit was recognized for its exceptional fiscal responsibility and commitment to accountability and transparency. This marks the ninth consecutive year that Rescue Mission Alliance has earned the honor, placing it in the top 3 percent of charities rated.

Moving up

Mark Sandoval

Luz Soto was selected as the director of property management and resident services for Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation (CEDC). Soto is responsible for the oversight of property budgets, the timely turnover of vacancies and delinquencies, all legal matters related to tenant-landlord laws and fair housing issues, and management of CEDC’s Resident Services program. She also previously served as CEDC’s director of property and asset management from 2005 to 2013. … Mark Sandoval was named Channel Islands Harbor director. Sandoval, a certified public accountant, most recently managed an enterprise bureau for the city of Long Beach that dealt with the management of its waterfront. He had previously managed the internal bureau that supported the city’s functions. … Stephanie Wilson was appointed deputy director/director of development for the New West Symphony; the newly created position of deputy director is designed to streamline the operations of the organization. Wilson is a member of the Thousand Oaks Cultural Arts Commission and served on the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza board of governors for nearly a decade. … Michele Surber joined the Community Action of Ventura County board of directors, where she will represent the board’s Low Income Sector. Surber is the program administrator for Ventura County’s Healthcare for the Homeless program. Her background includes directing therapeutic group homes, a level-1 residential treatment center and in-home services for at risk youth in Arizona, and working with at-risk youth and families in California. … Diane de Mailly, Lynnette Coverly, Elaine Hollifield, Clara Carlito, Marta Alvarez, Bozena Chorazewicz, Dawn Dyer, Kamie Abraham, Natalie Ruffing and Rose Hayden-Smith were installed as the 2018-2019 board for the National Association of Women Business Owners, Ventura County. … Two members were elected to the Workforce Development Board of Ventura County. Gregory Liu will serve as chair. Liu is president/CEO of JAXX Manufacturing, an electronics manufacturing company in Simi Valley. Tracy Perez will serve as vice chair. Perez is branch manager at United Staffing Associates in Oxnard. Both will serve one-year terms. … Attorney Joyce Wallach joined Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP (FCOP). Wallach brings more than 30 years’ experience specializing in business and corporate law; she was an associate at Sidley Austin, one of the largest law firms in the world, she was in-house general counsel to a Nasdaq-traded corporation as well as in-house counsel to the California State Legislature. Wallach will be based in FCOP’s Ventura office. … Edmund (Ed) Williams was named agricultural commissioner for the County of Ventura. Williams most recently worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Agricultural Commissioner — Weights and Measures. In his new role, he and his staff will oversee a $2 billion local agricultural economy. The office is responsible for pesticide use enforcement; fruit, vegetable, egg and nut standardization; nursery and seed inspection; and crop statistics. He is expected to serve a four-year term.

In the name of charity

KidSTREAM received a $30,000 grant from the Ventura County Community Foundation’s Community Response Fund to create a vision room for the future children’s museum space. To achieve this, KidSTREAM will renovate the community room at the former Camarillo library site and transform it into an interactive exhibit space where children and families can participate in hands-on exploration and activities. KidSTREAM also received a $50,000 grant from the Camarillo Hotel and Tourism Association.


Miguel Delgado Helleseter, Ph.D., is the new director for CSU, Channel Islands (CSUCI), Institute for Global Economic Research (IGER). Helleseter is an assistant professor of economics; he hopes to continue its tradition of public presentations while remodeling IGER from the ground up with exploration of its global aspect, among other things. … Alani Stewart of Newbury Park was recognized by Compass Charter Schools (CCS) for academic excellence. Stewart received the Online High School Firebird of the Year award, which acknowledges the outstanding accomplishments of a select group of scholars at the end of each school year. She was noted for being a self-motivated scholar who exemplified all of CCS’s core values. … The CSUCI Nursing program was awarded $10,000 by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The funds will support and enhance CSUCI nursing students’ participation in Care Harbor, a massive free clinic held annually in downtown Los Angeles that serves over 2,000 people in three days. … California Lutheran University (CLU) launched the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program with help from a $1.16 million federally funded grant. The program is for high-achieving undergraduates who are low-income, first-generation college students or of an ethnicity or gender that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education. Up to 25 new students will be chosen each year to participate in the two-year program.


Ventura County Medical Center was accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission (ACSCC) on Cancer as a Community Cancer Program. The accreditation by ACSCC’s quality program, Commission on Cancer (CoC), demonstrates a cancer program’s commitment to providing high-quality, multidisciplinary, patient-centered cancer care. CoC accreditation is nationally recognized by organizations such as the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, the Joint Commission, National Quality Services, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.