Opening

The Barbershop

The Barber Shop opened at The Collection at Riverpark (on Collection Boulevard across from The Annex Food Hall) in Oxnard. The shop offers a glimpse into the past with upscale retro-style interior décor, including refurbished barber chairs from the early 1900s, vintage tunes, and a penny floor for good luck. Co-owners Jorge Salgado and Jackie Aldridge both bring over 20 years of barber experience, offering custom grooming with a unique list of services including shear cuts, haircuts, razor lineups, hot towel shaves and cleanses, and beard trims and a royal shave. Guests are offered complimentary beverages with any barber service. … Emerald Perspective, cannabis retailer, is now open at 100 W. Pleasant Valley Road, Port Hueneme; to enter, customers must be 21 and older or 18 with a medical card. The grand opening is Friday, Feb. 8. … Fresh Coat Painters opened at 152 Whitworth St. in Thousand Oaks. The business offers residential and commercial painting services including interior or exterior painting, deck sealing and staining, pressure washing, popcorn ceiling and wall paper removal and other services. There is a 24/7 receptionist, online scheduling, free detailed quotes, and only high-quality materials are used. … Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast has opened a storefront location at The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks. The space will be located on the upper level, near JCPenny and across from Williams Sonoma. Store hours are Monday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This year’s storefront is a boothing opportunity for Girl Scouts to sell cookies in a popular area, replacing a kiosk that the council has occupied at the mall for several years. … West Coast Rx opened at 375 Rolling Oaks Drive, #150 in Thousand Oaks. The pharmacy offers a one-stop shopping experience for prescriptions, over-the-counter items and drug cost counseling, affordable medications, more prescription alternatives, an assortment of vitamins, and medical supplies. Specialized pharmaceutical services are also available and they include immunization services, compounding services, packaging services and more. Free prescription delivery will be available to local residents. … Lalo’s Fast Food opened at 2611 E. Thompson Blvd. in Ventura. The Mexican restaurant offers a diverse menu and large portions of various foods including tacos, seafood specials, burritos, salads and more, which can be prepared for take-out. … Mimosa Rose will open at 363 E. Main St. in Ventura. The store will offer the best of new and recycled fashion with one-of-a-kind pieces as well as some of the newest and trendiest clothing styles. Mimosa Rose will host its ribbon cutting ceremony on Feb. 16 from noon-1 p.m.; visitors can enjoy snacks and goodies while experiencing the vast selection of unique and stylish clothing and accessories. … Secret Garden Florist is now open at 677 E. Main St., Ventura, having relocated and reopened after struggles with the Thomas fire, just in time for the Valentine season. Arrangements include the love pup, carnation kitty, roses-filled martini glass or any other arrangement delivered free of charge.

Wildfires

The American Red Cross received a $273,000 donation from Macy’s for wildfire relief and recovery efforts throughout California. The Red Cross was presented with a check on Feb. 1 in the women’s department at the Thousand Oaks Macy’s.

And the award goes to …

Grassroots Yoga was recognized top fitness software company MindBody, during its inaugural MindBody Visionary Awards, which honored business excellence fitness, beauty and wellness industries. The MindBody Visionary Award is presented to businesses who have an average monthly revenue in the top 30 percent of all MindBody customers between January and June 2018.

Moving up

Ethan McKinley

Attorney Daniel Friedlander is the newest member of the Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families board of directors. Friedlander is the principal attorney and mediator of his own law office in Westlake Village. His primary area of practice include civil litigation, land use, real estate, usury, environmental, landlord-tenant, commercial and business law, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution. … Three individuals were appointed to the KidSTREAM board of directors. David Barker brings over 43 years’ experience as a senior software configuration management engineer with an electrical engineer background, specializing in automation for hardware design, information technology, infrastructure support, system administration, web support and multi-site design support. Holly Cole has more than 30 years in the telecommunications industry, having worked for GTE, Verizon and Frontier Communications in a variety of leadership positions. Cole is a member of the board of directors of TOLD Foundation and participates on the scholarship committee for TEACh Fund, which supports advanced education for foster youth. David Haas currently serves as director of heliostat development at SolarReserve LLC, where he is responsible for all aspects in the design and development of the Heliostats. Haas has over 30 years of experience in managing large programs for the space industry include 28 years as the deputy program director, extreme engineering at Aerojet Rocketdyne, and senior manager at Deloitte & Touche LLP servicing the Energy sector. … Cynthia Sherman, Ph.D., was chosen as the new director of the CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics’ Entrepreneurship & Small Business Institute (ESBI). The ESBI enables CSUCI students to work with and learn from local business leaders while students design, launch and run their own businesses. … Two individuals joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme board of directors. Dee Dee Beltran is the assistant vice president of consumer lending and collections at CBC Federal Credit Union in Oxnard. Beltran has more than 30 years’ experience in lending and collections; she served as recovery manager for Santa Barbara Bank & Trust prior to joining CBC Federal Credit Union. Sean Morreale is the executive vice president and regional manager at Pacific Western Bank in Ventura. Morreale has 28 years of banking industry experience, with various job functions including commercial lender, branch manager, commercial banking manager, commercial center manager and private banking team leader. … Orlando J. Iglesias was selected as the new director of food and beverage by Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort in Oxnard. Iglesias has served as operations manager at the Kimpton Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara, California and as director of food and beverage in El Blok, Vieques, Puerto Rico; he has a long career in the food industry and has worked alongside Chef Robbin Haas, Chef Jose Enrique Montes, Chef Allen Susser and Chef Claude Troisgros. … Three individuals were named to leadership positions for the City of Oxnard. Shiri Klima is the new deputy city manager. Klima has served as an assistant city attorney for the city for the last two years; she has over a decade of experience with municipal government, having advised many cities including Agoura Hills, Beverly Hills, Highland, Indio and Rancho Palos Verdes. She will oversee the Finance, Information Technology, and Human Resource departments. Kevin Riper is the new chief financial officer. Riper has over 31 years’ experience, having served as assistant city manager, assistant finance director, finance director and international advisor. He has worked for various cities including Palo Alto, California, Des Moines, Iowa, Kansas City, Missouri, Bend, Oregon and Johannesburg, South Africa. Donna Ventura is the new assistant chief financial officer. Ventura has over 30 years of private sector experience, including 19 years with Amgen, Inc., as executive director for finance and strategy, tax reporting, research and development, project management and strategic operations. She also worked at KPMG, LLP, one of the nation’s “Big Four” auditing firms. … Margo Byrne was appointed as president and CEO of Channel Islands YMCA, becoming the first woman to take charge of the seven-branch association. Byrne most recently served as the chief operations officer; she began her career with YMCA 18 years ago serving from aquatics director to executive director. She has been instrumental in the development of programs such as Diabetes Prevention, Livestrong Cancer Survivor Program, Enhance Fitness – Arthritis Program, and Third Grade Learn to Swim. … Ethan McKinley was selected by the National Park Service to serve as the next superintendent of Channel Islands National Park. McKinley has more than 12 years’ experience with the National Park Service, where he started in 2006 as a student conservation association intern. He most recently served as superintendent as First State National Historical Park in Delaware, and previously served as the National Park Service Northeast Region’s chief of commercial services. He has also worked at Mouth Rainier National Park, Yosemite National Park, Glacier National Park in Montana and Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. … Jess Herrera was elected by the Port of Hueneme board of Harbor Commissioners to serve as 2019 president for a historic seventh term. Herrera was first elected to the board in 1994, and has been the longest consecutively serving Harbor Commissioner in Port history with 2019 as his 25th year of service. Jess Ramirez will serve as vice president and Jason Hodge as secretary. … Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, was re-installed for a third term as Chair of the California Assembly Veterans Committee. The primary jurisdiction of the committee is the California Department of Veterans Affairs, which includes the Farm and Home Loan Program and the eight veterans’ homes, serving veterans from Redding to Chula Vista, and the California Military Department, which includes the National Guard and State Military Reserve. … Jennifer Terrill was appointed to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley board of governors. Terrill is chief information officer and senior vice president of iPayment, Inc. Terrill leads the organization’s information technology strategies for software development, infrastructure, security and corporate program management services. She has served in information technology and security executive roles for several retailers including True Religion Apparel, and Fintech companies such as Digital Insight and FiServ. … Kimberly Coley was chosen as the chief development officer of the Gold Country Region of the American Red Cross. Coley most recently served as executive director of the Pacific Coast and Ventura County chapters for the past two years. In her new role, she will be based out of the Sacramento office and will serve 4.4 million residents, which includes 24 counties across nearly 50,000 miles. … Rebecca Evans was selected as the executive director of the Workforce Development Board of Ventura County. Evans was previously a senior manager for the Human Services Agency within the County of Ventura, where she oversaw programs including homeless services, the homeless management information system, RAIN transitional living center, veterans services and programs including the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. … Julie Everitt is the president of the Women’s Council of Realtors, Ventura County Network. Everitt was inaugurated during the organization’s The Great Gatsby Installation Gala ceremony. Everitt will serve a one-year term and will be responsible for leading the group in a series of educational events throughout the year, and helping to create a positive impact between Realtors and clients. … Kristin Ockert joined the Ventura College Foundation (VCF) board of directors. Ockert worked with community colleges for 21 years. She currently is on VCF’s Strategic Planning Committee, which is developing a new multi-year plan that is incorporating input from community stakeholders and reflecting on new data and projected need. She also serves on the Scholarship Review Committee, working with VCF staff to refine the scholarship application process so students will be more successful in applying for scholarship funds. … Kimberly Prillhart is the new director of the Resource Management Agency. Prillhart started with the County in 1998 and had served as planning director for the past 10 years, managing a staff of 41 and a budget of $6.1 million. In her new role, she will oversee planning, building and environmental health, and direct the enforcement of laws and ordinances regulating land use, zoning, weights, measures and environmental protection. … Derrick Wilson was named by the Ventura County Public Works Agency (VCPWA) as the strategic operations manager to lead the newly formed division within the Central Services Department concentrated on planning, execution, analysis and knowledge management for VCPWA. Wilson will oversee a variety of agency-wide activities which include implementation of the agency’s strategic plan, tracking and reporting performance metrics, leading the Business Quality Council, and assisting departments with completing, documenting and reporting process improvements.

In the name of charity

KidSTREAM Children’s Museum received $50,000 from the Camarillo Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA). CHTA invested the funds into the development of the nonprofit museum because it asserts that it will be a major opportunity for both community and economic growth serving Ventura County families and visitors. KidSTREAM is on track for an opening debut in the year 2020; it will be located at the former Camarillo Public Library. … School on Wheels received a $10,000 grant from the Ojai Women’s Fund. The grant aims to support School on Wheels’ one-on-one tutoring program in the Ojai Valley, and will specifically support its program for a group foster home for sexually trafficked youth aged 12-18. … Students for Eco-Education & Agriculture (SEEAG) is seeking business/organization supporters for its new mobile classroom. As part of its new Ventura County Child Wellness Initiative, SEEAG is bringing its message of healthy eating, proper nutrition and daily exercise to classrooms throughout Ventura County using its new 30-foot-long cargo van, the Farm Fresh Mobile Classroom. Over the next three years, the mobile classroom will visit over 120 schools, reaching 10,000 Ventura County second through fourth graders. To help cover van and transportation cost, SEEAG is making available 11 positions on the vehicle for logo placement. For more information on how to add a logo to the Farm Fresh Mobile Classroom, visit www.SEEAG.org or email Emily Hidalgo emily.hidalgo@seeag.org. … Three nonprofit organizations received a total of $140,000 from Dignity Health St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and St. John’s Regional Medical Center through the hospitals’ Dignity Health’s Community Grants Program. The program aims to help nonprofits whose efforts aid in building healthier communities by improving health and living conditions. The Brain Injury Center of Ventura County received $65,000 for its Extended Care Transition for the Cognitively Impaired program. Interface Children & Family Services received $50,000 for Ventura County homeless services outreach and coordination. Community Action of Ventura County received $25,000 for Homeless Dental Services Project, a program that increases access to dental health care services for homeless adults throughout the City of Oxnard and surrounding communities. … St. John’s Regional Medical Center received a generous book donation from Thousand Oaks Girl Scout, Adriana Ferraro. The library of books will benefit parents and babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Adriana gathered and donated approximately 500 books as part of her efforts to make a difference in her community and earn the highest award level in Girl Scouts—the Gold Award. The books donated will serve as a resource to encourage NICU parents who have limited contact with their premature baby, to bond and promote development through the art of reading. … Eleven local nonprofits received donations from the Channel Islands Gulls, which has raised more than $50,000 in the last two years for nonprofits that do not receive federal funding. The most recent recipients are California Coastal Horse Rescue, Camarillo Hospice, Caregivers, Volunteers Assisting the Elderly, The Lighthouse for Women and Children, Many Meals of Camarillo, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Project Understanding, Ribbons of Life Breast Cancer Foundation, St. Vincent De Paul (Santa Paula), and Ventura County City Center. The Gulls raise funds in various ways including monthly luncheons, Bunco parties and the organization’s signature Kentucky Derby Party. … The Los Angeles Rams presented FOOD Share with a $10,000 check as part of their Souper Bowl of Caring to Tackle Hunger initiative and food drive. The Rams partnered with FOOD Share for a food drive in the community, leading up to the super bowl. Sysco Foods also donated an additional 5,000 to FOOD Share.

Health

The Emergency Department of St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH) was recognized by the American College of Emergency Physicians with an accreditation that is the first in Ventura County and one of only five in the State of California. SJPVH earned a Level 3 Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA), which is a part of a nationwide effort to improve and standardize emergency care for elderly patients. GEDA focuses on six key areas including staff training, geriatric-appropriate protocols, quality improvement and strong programs to ensure patients are connected to local care needs in the community following discharge.

Government

Port Hueneme Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (EXWC) key leaders welcomed Marine Corps Installations Command (MCICOM) Major General Vincent Coglianese as he toured the warfare center’s facilities and attended numerous briefings. The visit is part of a joint strategic partnership between EXWC and MCICOM to build maritime lethality by increasing the resiliency, flexibility and sustainability of both command’s overall infrastructure through research and development.