Opening

Zander’s Game House opened at 2270 Ventura Blvd. in Camarillo. The facility offers over 700 board and card games for kids and adults, themed game nights, collectibles and food. … Caffe Verona opened at 650 W. Harvard Blvd. in Santa Paula. The Italian fusion restaurant offers a wide selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts. … J Wolf Catering opened at 2271 N. Ventura Ave. in Ventura. The restaurant is well-known for its barbecue and homemade side dishes; the menu includes options of delicately cooked meat (beef, pork and chicken) that is considered as “farm to table” as possible with no antibiotics and no hormones. … Lucky Thai Cuisine opened at 1141 S. Seaward Ave. in Ventura. The restaurant offers an array of authentic Thai dishes and desserts prepared with fresh, flavorful ingredients. … In the food court at 3301-1 E. Main St. (Pacific View Mall) in Ventura, open and opening soon: Great Khan’s Mongolian Grill offers a variety of meats, fresh vegetables, sauces and Mongolian noodles to create the desired iron-grilled meal, and Pholicious Vietnamese Rice Noodle Soup Café offers a selection of pho dishes as well as sandwiches made with nutritious and healthy ingredients.

Relocating

SaniSure, a local medical manufacturing company, is relocating from Oxnard to 1230 Calle Suerte in Camarillo. The 32,000-square-foot lease at the new location features a two-story, 8,000-square-foot office area with multiple balconies upstairs. 

Moving up

Scott Whitney

Scott Whitney

Ron Huntley and Dan Stone were elected to the board of directors of Federal Defense Industries. Huntley is a retired brigadier general who served 33 years in the U.S. Air Force. He was the director of financial management and comptroller at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. Stone is a retired rear admiral who served 36 years in the U.S. Navy. He was commander, Naval Supply Systems Command, and 43rd chief of Supply Corps managing the Navy’s largest supply-chain organization. … Ginny Claborn is the new fundraising administrator of the Ventura Botanical Gardens Inc (VBG). Claborn was previously an operations manager and development consultant for Habitat for Humanity. Her duties at VBG will be to oversee the various fundraising components, including events and donor cultivation. … Former Ventura Mayor Brian Brennan was appointed to the Ventura Port District Board of Commissioners. Brennan is senior executive aide to Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett and is pro bono executive director of BEACON, an organization involved with environmental issues. He served on the Ventura City Council, the California Coastal Commission and is a former chair of the Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau. His term is four years. Oxnard Assistant City Manager Scott Whitney has been appointed the city’s new police chief effective Friday, Sept. 16. Whitney is a 25-year veteran of the Oxnard Police Department. He served nine years as assistant police chief prior to being asked to serve as assistant city manager at a time when the City was going through tremendous leadership turnover, the organizational assessment and a reorganization.

Moving on

Director Barry Fisher will retire on Oct. 1 after 15 years of service with the Ventura County Health Care Agency (VCHCA). In his time with VCHCA, Fisher helped form a new executive team and balance an $818 million budget with almost 3,000 employees, expanded the clinic system, supervised the implementation of a new online medical records system, led the soon-to-be completed construction of a major wing of the county hospital and much more. Prior to his role as VCHCA director, he had also served as EMS administrator, public health division manager, public health director and chief director.

In the name of charity

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) earned national accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, ensuring that OVLC’s lands will be protected forever. OVLC is a local land trust serving Ventura County’s Ojai Valley; it has protected 2,300 acres, manages the properties for the protection and enhancement of wildlife habitats, the scenic character of the Valley and public recreation opportunities.

Economy

On Sept. 22 at 7:15 a.m., the Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA) will host the 46th Annual Business Outlook Conference at the Tower Club in Oxnard. The conference titled “Maintaining Our Quality of Life While Encouraging Economic Growth … How Do We Find the Balance?” will, among other things, explore solutions to the challenges businesses face in this region.

And the award goes to …

Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Carpinteria, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Solar Energy Industries Association. Williams was honored for years of environmental responsibility and stewardship; he has authored a number of bills regarding sustainable energy. … Ojai Studio Artists Richard Franklin, Patrish Kuebler, Linda Taylor and Soni Wright were recognized at the Ventura County Fair’s Professional Arts Competition. For his sculptured ceramic portrait “Survivor,” Franklin won First Place and Best of Show. He also won First Place in Drawing and Second Place in Printmaking. Kuebler won Third Place in Pastels. Taylor won First Place and Third Place in Printmaking. Wright won Fourth Place in Mixed Media. … The Port of Hueneme earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. This is the port’s sixth consecutive year of being honored with the certificate, which recognizes recipients for having an outstanding Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the highest award given for governmental accounting and financial reporting. The port’s rating was also upgraded from BBB to BBB+ by the Standard and Poor’s bond rating system. … Ventura County Emergency Medical Services received the 2016 Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Level Recognition Award from the American Heart Association. VC EMS was honored for achievements in the STEMI care it provide in the county.

Education

Juan Manuel Santos was named 2016 Administrator of the Year by Mentoring Minds and the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators. Santos, the principal of Maple Elementary School in Newbury Park, was honored for his leadership and contributions. He was awarded $10,000 to be used toward personal growth, student scholarship or charity of their choice. … The Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE), in partnership with the Moorpark Unified School District opened the Career Education Center at 5700 Condor Drive in Moorpark. The new facility is VCOE’s second campus and will offer various programs, including cybersecurity, game design, medical science and engineering. … Cal Lutheran University welcomed its largest freshman class of more than 620 students, a substantial growth over last year’s record class. Notably, nearly half of the class are in ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented on college campuses and nearly 40 percent are first generation college students. … Ventura Unified School District teachers received $42,500 in funding from the Ventura Education Partnership. The funds, a result of April’s Big Bad Voodoo Daddy benefit concert celebrating the city of Ventura’s 150th anniversary, will be used to enhance existing visual and performing arts programs.