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    By George Miller

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    The “lockdown” approach to combating the COVID-19 Chinese virus is having catastrophic effects on the economy and particularly company operations and unemployment. Congress has appropriated not millions, or billions, but TRILLION$$$ of dollars for various bailout schemes and the Federal Reserve even more, via actions of questionable legality. This creates an enormous increase in debt load, shifting of the economy and pressure on the dollar. Gold has shot up over $1700/oz., with a $3000 target estimated by Bank of America. While major inflation is not out of the question, past depressions have also had some deflationary pressures, due to lowered demand and available funds,

    Over 21 million claims for unemployment compensation have been recently filed nationwide. Many more have lost their income who are not eligible for unemployment. The major impact started hitting hard and is not yet fully reflected in available employment statistics, except the unemployment claims of 21 million stated above, which are only a subset of the full extent of the devastation. Here are some examples of recent April month-to-date regional mandatory reporting of mass layoffs, garnered from Ventura County Board Of Supervisors meeting agendas:

     

    BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AGENDA – April 7, 2020

    CORRESPONDENCE AGENDA
    Correspondence Agenda items 46 through 50 are presented to the Board for information. These items require no action or are not ready for Board consideration. The Clerk of the Board may refer these items to County departments and agencies for acknowledgment, investigation and report back, direct action or response as appropriate. Reports back to the Board may appear on
    the Agenda for action by the Board or for informational purposes upon dates indicated below asappropriate.
    46. Receive and File Correspondence from Al Wintringham, Vice President for Ventura Toyota
    Regarding a Notice of Layoff Pursuant to the Federal and California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN). As of March 24, 2020, the Positions of 73 Employees will be Subject to Furlough/Temporary Layoff at the Operation of Ventura Toyota Located at 8380Auto Center Drive in Ventura.
    (Human Services Agency)
    47. Receive and File Correspondence from Al Wintringham, Vice President for Ventura Toyota
    Regarding a Notice of Layoff Pursuant to the Federal and California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN). As of March 23, 2020, the Positions of 26 Employees will be Subject to Furlough/Temporary Layoff at the Operation of Ventura Volkswagen Located at3270 Perkins Ave in Ventura.
    (Human Services Agency)
    48. Receive and File Correspondence from Minerva Chacon, Sr. HR Manager of Pentair Water Pool and Spa, Inc Regarding the Manufacturing Facility Located at 10951 Los Angeles Ave, in Moorpark has Closed Effective March 20, 2020 Pending Further Notice as Required by Executive Order N-33 20 Issued on March 19, 2020 by the Governor of the State of California,the Positions of 68 Employees will be Affected by this Closure.
    (Human Services Agency)
    49. Receive and File Correspondence from Tal Burnovski Yeyni on Behalf of Brent’s Holding II, L.P., Located at 2799 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village, Regarding a Notice Pursuant to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) Advising of the Layoff ofEmployees Effective March 27, 2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    50. Receive and File Correspondence from Robert P. Bryant, Senior Vice President for Fitness International, LLC, Regarding Plans to Temporarily Furlough Employees at LA FitnessEmployment Site, Effective on or About April 1, 2020.
    (Human Services Agency

    BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AGENDA – April 14, 2020

    CORRESPONDENCE AGENDA
    Correspondence Agenda items 21 through 32 are presented to the Board for information. These
    items require no action or are not ready for Board consideration. The Clerk of the Board may
    refer these items to County departments and agencies for acknowledgment, investigation and
    report back, direct action or response as appropriate. Reports back to the Board may appear on
    the Agenda for action by the Board or for informational purposes upon dates indicated below as
    appropriate.
    21. Receive and File Correspondence from Rich Foltynewicz, SVP, Human Resources On Behalf
    of Ahern Rentals, Inc., Regarding a Notice Pursuant to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining
    Notification Act (WARN) to Permanently Lay off Employees, Effective March 31, 2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    22. Receive and File Correspondence from Robert Eisen, Senior Vice President/Chief Human
    Resources Officer of Western Dental & Orthodontics Regarding Notices of Temporary
    Furlough of Western Dental Services, Inc’s Employees, Effective March 23, 2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    23. Receive and File Correspondence from Cesar Blancarte, of Comedy Club Oxnard, LLC
    Regarding a Temporary Lay-Off for All Employees, Effective March 13, 2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    24. Receive and File Correspondence from Brian Flood, Chief Operating Officer of Moon Valley
    Nurseries, Inc., Regarding Notice of Layoff Pursuant to Cal-Worker Adjustment and Retraining
    Notification (CAL-WARN) as a Direct Result of the Impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019
    (COVID-19) Pandemic.
    (Human Services Agency)
    25. Receive and File Correspondence from Lynette Gage on behalf of Carter’s Retail, Inc.
    Regarding Reduction in its Workforce at Facilities Located at 990 Camarillo Center Dr., Suite
    1006, Camarillo, and 740 Ventura Blvd., Suite 436, Camarillo Effective April 3, 2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    26. Receive and File Correspondence from Shelley Reed on Behalf of Lazy Dog Restaurants, LLC
    Regarding Temporary Furlough of Employees from 23 Different Employment Sites, Effective
    March 17, 2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    27. Receive and File Correspondence from Robert Harmor on behalf of Maria’s Italian Kitchen, Inc.
    Regarding Notice of Temporary Layoff of Employees at Restaurant Located at 2711 Seaglass
    Way, Oxnard, Effective March 16, 2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    28. Receive and File Correspondence from John Edney, Chief Operating Officer for Tarantula Hill
    Brewing Company, LLC, Regarding Notice of Permanent Layoff of Employees Located at 244
    E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks; Layoffs Occurred on March 18, 2020 and March 19,
    2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    29. Receive and File Correspondence from Mary Eubanks, Director of Human Resources for the
    Walking Company, Regarding Potential Mass Layoff, Plant Closing, and/or Termination of
    Employees Located at 2475 Townsgate Road, Suite 200, Westlake Village, Effective March 20,
    2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    30. Receive and File Correspondence from Patrick Berry, General Manager for Players Casino,
    Regarding the Temporary Furlough of Employees as a Result of the Temporary Closure of its
    Facility Located at 6580 Auto Center Drive, Ventura. Employees Will Be Temporarily
    Furloughed Effective March 31, 2020, and are, at this time, Anticipated to Return to Work on
    April 15, 2020, Subject to Change Based on the Evolving Situation.
    (Human Services Agency)
    31. Receive and File Correspondence from Eugenia Bates, HR Director of Urbane Café
    Operations, Regarding the Decision to Substantially Reduce Operations at the Urbane Café
    Restaurants Located at 1750 E. Gonzales Rd., Oxnard, 4960 Telephone Rd., #105, Ventura,
    and 50 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, Effective Immediately.
    (Human Services Agency)
    32. Receive and File Correspondence from Bryan Lockwood, Chief Executive Officer for Stonefire
    Grill, Inc., Regarding Notice of Reduction in Staff and Order to Limit Restaurant Operations
    Effective March 25, 2020.

    BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AGENDA – April 21, 2020

    CORRESPONDENCE AGENDA
    Correspondence Agenda items 40 through 55 are presented to the Board for information. These
    items require no action or are not ready for Board consideration. The Clerk of the Board may
    refer these items to County departments and agencies for acknowledgment, investigation and
    report back, direct action or response as appropriate. Reports back to the Board may appear on
    the Agenda for action by the Board or for informational purposes upon dates indicated below as
    appropriate.
    40. Receive and File Correspondence from Robert Eisen, Senior Vice President/Chief Human
    Resources Officer for Western Dental & Orthodontics, Regarding Notice of Temporary
    Furlough of Employees Located at 1397 E. Los Angeles Ave., Suite F, Simi Valley, CA 93065;
    1200 Saviers Rd., Oxnard, CA 93033; 2750 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93003; and 455 South
    C Street, Oxnard, CA 93030, Effective April 6, 2020. Temporary Furlough is Expected to Last
    Through April 19, 2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    41. Receive and File Correspondence from Deon Riley, Group Vice President of Human
    Resources for Ross Stores, Inc. Regarding Notice of Temporary Unpaid Furloughs of
    Employees Located at 255 W. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo; 2241 North Rose Ave., Oxnard; and
    4687 Telephone Rd., Ventura, Effective April 5, 2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    42. Receive and File Correspondence from Dallas Moon, Senior Vice President/Human Resources
    for Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc., Regarding Notice of a Mass Layoff at Koh’s Facilities Listed
    in Attachment A, Effective April 5, 2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    43. Receive and File Correspondence from Don Dohanyos, President of Club Demonstration
    Services, Regarding Notice of Layoffs at Facilities Located at 2001 East Ventura Blvd.,
    Oxnard, and 2660 Park Center Drive, Simi Valley, Effective April 4, 2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    44. Receive and File Correspondence from Robert Harmor on behalf of Maria’s Italian Kitchen, Inc.
    Regarding Announcement of Permanent Closure of Restaurant Located at 2711 Seaglass
    Way, Oxnard, CA 93036, Effective April 3, 2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    45. Receive and File Correspondence from Justin Otsuka, Chief Financial Officer for Paul Martin’s
    American Grill, Regarding Notice of Temporary Closure of Facilities; Separations from
    Employment will Occur Between April 7, 2020 and April 14, 2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    46. Receive and File Correspondence from Monica Brinser, Human Resources Manager of Tierra
    Sur, Located at 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard Regarding Notification Pursuant to the
    Executive Order N-31-20 addressing the California Worker Adjustment and Retraining
    Notification Act. All employees as of April 1, 2020 will be Furloughed, this Action is Not
    Expected to Be Permanent.
    (Human Services Agency)
    47. Receive and File Correspondence from Eloisa Abarques, Chief People Officer of SEED
    Beauty, LLC Regarding Notice of Temporary Layoffs for Beta Beauty, LLC Located at 1451
    Vanguard, ColourPop Cosmetics, LLC Located at 1400 Stellar Drive, Oxnard, and Spatz
    Corporation Located at 1600 Westar Drive, Oxnard Pursuant to the Executive Order N-31-20
    Issued by Governor Newsom on March 17, 2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    48. Receive and File Correspondence from Lisa Henley, Employer Representative of Bright
    Horizons Regarding Notification Pursuant to the California Worker Adjustment and Retraining
    Notification Act, of Temporary Closure of Camp Amgen Located at 855 Ventu Park Road,
    Thousand Oaks, Effective March 18, 2020, Affecting all 104 Employees.
    (Human Services Agency)
    49. Receive and File Correspondence Regarding Notice Pursuant to Worker Adjustment and
    Retraining Notification ACT, and Executive Order N-31-20, Burlington Coat Factory of Texas,
    Inc is Implementing a Temporary Furlough of all Hourly and Salaried Positions with the
    Exception of Store Manager at all of its California Store Locations.
    (Human Services Agency)
    50. Receive and File Correspondence from Chris Mikulski, Country Employee Relations Manager,
    Regarding Notice of Temporary Furlough by H & M Hennes & Mauritz LP in Compliance with
    the Federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act Located at 500 Town Center
    Drive, Oxnard, 3301-1137 E. Main Street, #1137, Ventura, and 350 W. Hillcrest Drive,
    Thousand Oaks.
    (Human Services Agency)
    51. Receive and File Correspondence from Eugenia Bates, HR Director of Urbane Café Regarding
    Notice Pursuant to the California and Federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification
    Acts of a Temporary Layoff for Urbane Café at 1855 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo, Effective
    Immediately.
    (Human Services Agency)
    52. Receive and File Correspondence from Angela Bisland, Divisional Human Resources Director,
    Regarding Notice of Temporary Furlough Pursuant to the Federal Worker Adjustment and
    Retraining Notice Act at CarMax Located at 2001 Lockwood Street, Oxnard.
    (Human Services Agency)
    53. Receive and File Correspondence Regarding Notice of Temporary Furlough provided in
    Compliance with the California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and the
    California Executive Order N-31-20 for Addison Behavioral Resources, Inc, 1000 Paseo
    Camarillo, Suite 235, Camarillo, Effective March 22, 2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    54. Receive and File Correspondence from Jason Bogni, Counsel for Zara USA, Inc Regarding
    Notice of Temporary Furlough in Accordance with the Orders of State and Local Government
    Officials and Agencies, Effective April 5, 2020 and April 12, 2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    55. Receive and File Correspondence Regarding California Worker Adjustment and Retraining
    Notification Act for Temporary Cease of Operations and Furlough of Employees of Ovations
    Fanfare, L.P. Doing Business as Spectra Food Services and Hospitality, Effective April 8,
    2020.

    BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AGENDA -6- April 28, 2020
    CORRESPONDENCE AGENDA
    Correspondence Agenda items 19 through 28 are presented to the Board for information. These
    items require no action or are not ready for Board consideration. The Clerk of the Board may
    refer these items to County departments and agencies for acknowledgment, investigation and
    report back, direct action or response as appropriate. Reports back to the Board may appear on
    the Agenda for action by the Board or for informational purposes upon dates indicated below as
    appropriate.
    19. Receive and File Correspondence from Anne Buchanan, Senior Vice President and Chief
    Human Resources Officer of Guitar Center, Inc., Regarding Temporary Furlough of 24
    Employees at the 112 S. Lakeview Canyon Road, Thousand Oaks Location, Effective April 6,
    2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    20. Receive and File Correspondence from Jennifer Richardson, Human Resources Manager of
    Visions Treatment Centers, LLC, Regarding Notice of Layoff Pursuant to the Federal and
    California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Acts. As of April 1, 2020, the
    Positions of 17 Employees will be Subject to Permanent Layoff.
    (Human Services Agency)
    21. Receive and File Correspondence from Don Germano, EVP of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc.
    Located in the Oaks Mall, at 176 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA Regarding the
    Temporary Furlough of 36 Employees, Effective April 12, 2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    22. Receive and File Correspondence from Anne Buchanan, Senior Vice President and Chief
    Human Resources Officer for Guitar Center, Inc., Regarding Temporary Unpaid Furloughs of
    Employees Located at 112 S. Lakeview Canyon Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362, Effective
    April 17, 2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    23. Receive and File Correspondence from Eric Madison, Senior Vice President for United Road
    Services Regarding a Notice Pursuant to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification
    Act (WARN), Advising of a Mass Layoff at the Facility Located at 741 Arcturus Avenue,
    Oxnard, CA 93033, Effective April 15, 2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    24. Receive and File Correspondence from Zahira Amezcua on behalf of Outback Steakhouse,
    Regarding a Notice Pursuant to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
    (WARN), Providing Notice of Temporary, Unpaid Furloughs of Employees at Outback
    Steakhouse-0566, Located at 2341 Lockwood Street, Oxnard, CA 93030. Furloughs
    Commenced on March 18, 2020, and Are Now Continuing Until Further Notice.
    (Human Services Agency)
    25. Receive and File Correspondence from Torrid LLC, Regarding a Notice Pursuant to the Worker
    Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Regarding Placing Employees Located at
    3301-1 East Main Street, Suite #2343, Ventura, CA 93030, on Temporary Unpaid Furloughs,
    Effective April 6, 2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    26. Receive and File Correspondence from Shannon Weigand, Human Resources for Axcess
    Financial, Regarding a Notice Pursuant to the California Worker Adjustment and Retraining
    Notification (“WARN’) Act, Regarding the Closing of Store No. 276, Located at 377 Arneill
    Road, Camarillo, CA 93010-6405; Store No. 183, Located at 1795 South Victoria Avenue,
    Suite 102, Ventura, CA 93003-6585; and Store No. 264, Located at 2549 North Sycamore
    Drive, Simi Valley, CA 93065-2303. The Employment of the Affected Employees Will
    Terminate and Will Separate from their Positions as of June 20, 2020.
    (Human Services Agency)
    27. Receive and File Correspondence from Deborah Stilt, Social Media Coordinator for
    Personhood Alliance, Regarding a Petition in Support of Sidewalk Counselors.
    28. Receive and File Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification ACT and Executive Order N31-20 Issued on March 17, 2020, Select Comfort Retail Corporation Doing Business as Sleep
    Number Hereby Provides Notice that it will be Temporarily Furloughing Employees, Effective
    April 9, 2020.
    (Human Services Agency)

     

    The unemployment rate in Ventura County was 4.6 percent in March 2020, up from a revised 3.7 percent in February 2020, and above the year-ago estimate of 3.8 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 5.6 percent for California and 4.5 percent for the nation during the same period. -Source and more info CA EDD

    We’re working with the Ventura County Human Services Agency to assemble more information to provide a better idea of what is coming next and what is not included in the numbers.

     


    George Miller is Publisher/Co-Founder of CitizensJournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard.


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    robert PEARSON
    robert PEARSON
    2 years ago

    I read of these businesses in Ventura County being forced to close (and foreclose) by edict of the government…and then eventually falling down like a line of dominoes…one after another…for a health issue…not an economic issue. The health issue being another strain of influenza that should have been addressed by the medical community…with the support of the economy.

    William Hicks
    William Hicks
    2 years ago

    Maybe we should start making a list of failed businesses as a result of this house arrest policy.

    For those who live in Santa Paula, I regret to inform you of the death of Garman’s, a local Bar and Grill in the center of town. Certainly a death of a once thriving business that employed people. A death caused by policy, not virus.

    Mike Murphy
    Mike Murphy
    2 years ago
    Reply to  William Hicks

    I’m sad to hear of Garman’s demise. While I don’t live in Santa Paula, I used to go to Garman’s once in a while when I needed to get my Irish on.

    ExCaliExpat
    ExCaliExpat
    2 years ago

    No, President Xi, with your broken Engrish, this is on China forever….

    Harry
    Harry
    2 years ago

    Why still call Chinese virus ? It is “America virus”now

    William Hicks
    William Hicks
    2 years ago
    Reply to  Harry

    For the same reason that West Nile Virus is still called West Nile Virus, Harry.

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