SHORT DESCRIPTION | 9/23/2021 – VC Reporter

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Pictured: Cameron Bartosiewicz, President of the Youth Pride Association at the President’s Award ceremony, CSUCI, Sept. 2021. Photo submitted.

Local LGBTQ youth leader recognized

Cameron Bartosiewicz, President of the Youth Pride Association (YPA), received the President’s Award for Student Innovation from the Channel Islands at California State University for the Acceptance Week program he initiated.

The program provides education and support for LGBTQ students in local high schools to create a positive environment for them. This year the program will take place at the Royal High School in Simi Valley.

YPA is a non-profit organization that deals with the adversity LGBTW youth face at school.

District extends mandate for interior masks

On September 17, Ventura County Public Health (VCPH) extended the indoor mask mandate through October 19, 2021, unless the arrangement is changed prior to that date.

Dr. Robert Levin, health officer at VCPH, cited the current county case rate of 19.3, viewed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “widespread community transmission,” as the reason for extending the order. The mandate requires all persons to wear face coverings indoors in public facilities. The mandate applies to all people, regardless of their vaccination status.

According to CDC information, masks and face covers reduce transmission rates, which are increasing due to the more contagious delta variant of the novel coronavirus. Any person, even fully vaccinated, can transmit the virus, and health officials are trying to reduce transmission through a variety of means, including wearing masks.

Pleasant Valley Rec District switches to divisional elections

A series of public hearings is scheduled to convert the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District to departmental-based elections in response to threats of litigation.

In August, the district board announced the postponement and is now receiving public contributions on the proposed district boundaries that will apply.

The next two meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, October 6th, 5pm, Camarillo Town Hall, Council Chamber, 601 Carmen Dr., Camarillo. | Thursday, October 28th, 6:30 pm, Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District, Administration Office, Room 6, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo.

For more information on departmental elections and meetings, see online at www.pvrpd.org/division-based-elections-faq.

The Oxnard Mayor’s Task Force gets to work

Earlier this month, Oxnard Mayor John Zaragoza announced the formation of his Gateways Task Force to create “gates” into the city of Oxnard.

The task force consists of five city dwellers selected by the mayor who are committed to the commitment “for the restoration of the proper maintenance of parks and middle paths”, who carry out a tree pruning cycle and the various approaches to the city. These priorities were identified by the entire Council in a declaration of priorities for the next five years.

Action E will fund projects identified by the Task Force, which receives public input through community surveys and works with staff and community members to identify potential access routes and work with staff on logistics and designing improvements. The task force submits a proposed budget to the city council for approval for all proposed projects.

The members of the task force are: Marvin Boos, Armando Lopez, Melanie Medina, Rene Mendoza and Celina Zacarias.

Oxnard’s finance department gets a new team

The city of Oxnard has announced several new employees in the finance department.

Betsy George is the city’s new chief financial officer (CFO). Her 25 year career in accounting and finance spanned the public and private sectors, including the Ventura County Human Services Agency and the Ventura Unified School District.

Beth Vo, currently the city’s budget manager, has been appointed assistant CFO, with primary responsibility for overseeing the city’s budget and bookkeeping.

Mark Sewell joins the city’s finance team as assistant CFO and is responsible for managing the department’s internal systems. He previously worked for the City of Santa Barbara in the role of Accounting Manager. Oxnard plans to overhaul the processes and software in the finance department that Sewell will oversee.


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