Camarillo’s new Trolley Service a success

+ Camarillo City Council election

By Logan McFadden

Eight candidates campaigned for three open seats on the Council. Incumbents Mike Morgan, Jan McDonald and Charlotte Craven retained their seats after receiving more votes than challengers Chris Valenzano, Roy Villa, Matthew Lorimer, Daniel Labrado and Jose Espinoza. CitizensJournal endorsed Chris Valenzano who finished in the election held on November 4, 2014, in fourth place. The three incumbents have served many years on the Council and the voters decided to entrust the city’s future in their capable hands. Vice Mayor Bill Little and Mayor Kevin Kildee were not up for re-election in this cycle.

veteransThe Camarillo Public Library is honoring Veterans during November. The library is open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. It is located at 4101 E. Las Posas Road. The Veteran programs are listed under Featured Programs on the library’s website. HERE The grand opening of the Veteran Resource Center will be held on Tuesday, November 11th from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Partnering with the library are California State Library and California Department of Veterans Affairs. HERE  The Center will be staffed by volunteers.

The City closed its bond re-financing in October. The reduced interest rate will save various taxing agencies $144,000 annually. Standard & Poor’s rated the bonds A- as Camarillo’s bonds are well received by institutional investors. The bonds mature in 2036.

The new free Trolley Service was a big success in its first month of operation. There were 2,900 riders during October. The trolley route stops in several locations, including the Promenade/Premium Outlets. HERE Students from California State University Channel Islands can catch a shuttle on campus to connect with the trolley at the Metro Link train station on Lewis Road.

Trolley Route (Sept. 2014)











The race for the 26th Congressional District seat remains too close to call. There are 50,000 absentee and provisional ballots left to count. Republican Jeff Gorell and Congresswoman Julia Brownley are waiting until November 12th for a final vote tally.

The Council reminded all general election candidates and their volunteers to take down campaign signs by November 11th.

Logan McFadden is a city reporter and a recently retired banker, residing in Camarillo.

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