County, U.S. Navy sign vehicle maintenance agreement

Years of negotiation have finally paid off for the County of Ventura and the United States Navy after the pair signed an intergovernmental support agreement for large-vehicle repair and maintenance.

The County of Ventura General Services Agency Fleet Services will handle U.S. Navy heavy equipment and fire-truck repair at the Fleet Services facility in Saticoy, which will give the U.S. Navy a savings in cost and time for vehicle repairs.

“This is an exciting partnership for both the US. Navy and the County of Ventura,” said Christopher Melton, deputy director of Fleet Services. “The Navy will have their vehicles repaired locally by our expert technicians at a cost-effective rate, while GSA will increase facility utilization and reduce the Navy’s cycle time for vehicle repairs at the same time. This means that their vehicle fleet will be more ready and better able to respond in the event of an emergency, which is a shared goal. Our Fleet technicians are very excited about this agreement and the opportunity it represents.”

Track permits via Ojai’s new online system

Good news for fans of Domino’s Pizza Tracker: The concept is coming to permits issued by the city of Ojai! The city has launched an online portal for permit tracking.

In partnership with Accela Inc., a cloud-based platform, residents, businesses and visitors can track permits for which they have applied for 24 hours, seven days a week.

From planning and building to that birthday party at the gazebo, permits will flow like water on the new website. Residents can even sign up for a user account to keep track of precious permits and save searches for future reference.

For more information, visit www.ojaicity.org/citizen-portal/.

Ventura County Transportation Commission launches new website

Behold, the VCTC’s website redesign in all its glory. On Friday, July 13, the Ventura County Transportation Commission unveiled a website redesigned in its entirety, featuring enhancements to user experience and ease of navigation, pun intended.

The site features route, schedule and fare information for buses connecting Ventura County to both Santa Barbara and Los Angeles Counties. Later this year, the commission will unveil an “app” featuring real-time transit information that will also give riders the ability to purchase passes online.

“VCTC’s website is, and has always been, a hub for multi-modal transportation information in Ventura County,” said Darren Kettle, VCTC Executive Director. “The rebuild upgrades the site for today’s users, more than 67 percent of whom now access it from mobile devices.”

In addition to the practical enhancements, the website has received an aesthetic upgrade as well, featuring sleek designs and a built-in Google trip-planning ability atop each page. To feast your eyes on the new site, visit www.goventura.org.

T.O. man charged with sexually assaulting several local teenage girls

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office alleges that between July 2015 and April 2018, Thousand Oaks resident Mario Gonzalez-Solano “preyed on female juvenile runaways from the Camarillo area by enticing them with drugs and alcohol.”

Photo released by Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

On June 4, 2018, authorities received a report of sexual assault of a 17-year-old female and, during the investigation, Gonzalez-Solano was identified as the suspect. On June 6, a detective, posing as a 16-year-old girl, solicited Gonzalez-Solano online, seeking a sexual relationship with him. Gonzalez-Solano allegedly traveled from Thousand Oaks to Camarillo to meet the girl, where he was arrested and charged with one felony count of “communicating with a minor to commit a lewd act” and a misdemeanor count of “contributing to the delinquency of a minor.”

Over the course of the investigation, detectives determined that Gonzalez-Solano was a suspect in several reported sexual assaults in Thousand Oaks, Camarillo and at a beach in the unincorporated area of Ventura, resulting in further charges: one felony count of forcible rape, one felony count of forced oral copulation, seven felony counts of lewd acts against children and four felony counts of unlawful sexual accounts with minors.

Gonzalez-Solano pleaded not guilty on June 12 and is due back in court for an early disposition conference on Aug. 14. He remains in custody on $500,000 bail.