REO Speedwagon to perform benefit show

REO Speedwagon is coming to town in January and is dedicating their show to the victims of the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting and those affected by the Woolsey Fire.

All proceeds from the show, which will happen on Jan. 12, 2019, will be donated to the Ventura County Community Foundation.

REO Speedwagon lead singer Kevin Cronin, a resident of Westlake Village, says that his twin sons played a show at Borderline with their band Sir, Please, not too long before the attack.

“To have this horrible shooting happen there just a couple of miles from home was hard to fathom,” said Cronin.

“Obviously we want to give people a good show with all the hits that they’ve come to know and love, but there will definitely be an aspect of the show honoring the memories of the people who were so senselessly murdered at the Borderline as well as finding a way to benefit people who have been left homeless,” said Cronin.

The show is set for two nights, Jan. 12,13, and will take place at the Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Tickets range $61-131 and can be purchased by visiting

Trump visits with fire, Borderline victims

President Donald Trump visited Ventura and Los Angeles counties over the weekend to tour damage wrought by the Woolsey Fire, as well as to visit with the families of victims of the Borderline Shooting in Thousand Oaks.

Trump landed at Naval Base Point Mugu and toured a community in Malibu devastated by the fire before meeting with some families of victims of the Borderline Bar & Grill mass shooting, which took place on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Thousand Oaks.

“We hugged them and kissed them, everybody, and it was very warm,” said Trump. “I was with the parents of a very young supporter wearing a Trump shirt, just a terrific young man, so it’s a tough thing to do. This has been a tough day.”

Ventura County rental, vacancy rates up

A new report out from real estate agency Marcus & Millichap shows that the average rental rate has risen across Ventura County and that the vacancy rate has risen as well, signaling more supply to meet the ever-growing demand for housing.

The report, dubbed the Multifamily Research Market Report, covers central coast counties such as Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey. Of the four, Ventura County holds the highest “effective rent” of the bunch at $1,815, a 5.5 percent increase over the year prior.

Over the past 12 months, 840 units have been completed, adding to the county’s housing availability. Particularly helpful were the completion of a 425-unit complex in Oxnard, and the first phase of a 263-unit Camarillo complex also supported the increase.

The report shows that by the fourth quarter of the upcoming year, 1,200 units are expected to be completed, including a 240-unit complex in Oxnard.

Firefighters offered free wine in Oxnard

Herzog Wine Cellars and the Tierra Sur restaurant in Oxnard is opening its doors for firefighters and first responders of the Woolsey and Hill fires by offering free wine tastings and tapas through Dec. 15.

“Like many businesses in the Ventura County area, Herzog Wine Cellars have been affected by the wildfires,” wrote the Kosher winery in a statement. “Our employees have been evacuated and some lost their homes. But we know the damage could have been far more severe if not for the brave and excellent work of our firefighters. They have worked tirelessly for days on end and when they finally get a break, Herzog Wine Cellars and Tierra Sur restaurant would like to say thanks.”

Herzog Wine Cellars and Tierra Sur restaurant are located at 3201 Camino Del Sol in Oxnard. For more information, visit

Post-fire business recovery center opens in Camarillo

The Economic Development Collaborative has opened a Small Business Administration Business Recovery Center at its Camarillo offices to provide a range of free services for businesses impacted by local wildfires.

Business owners and managers impacted by the Woolsey or Hill fires can receive one-on-one services from assessing capital needs to cash flow projections and everything in between.

“We’re grateful that our collaboration with the LA SBDC network enabled us to get up and running quickly because the property damage, job and income loss, and other economic hardship hits hard, fast and with deep impacts throughout the community,” said Ray Bowman, director of the SBDC hosted by the EDC.

The Center is located at 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Suite B, in Camarillo, and will operate Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., no appointment needed. For more information, visit