Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Earlier this summer, students across California accomplished their dream of a college degree. But for every person who graduates, there are thousands who don’t.

Students of color are particularly likely to drop out, in part because they are disproportionately placed into remedial classes. This can add years to their course load and reduces their chances of completing college.

As transcribed in the Sacramento Bee.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Why drive to Vegas?

For $143—$98 for the marriage license and $45 for the actual ceremony—a couple can get hitched quickly and inexpensively during the week at the Ventura County clerk’s office.

And now, as a result of Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin’s (D-Camarillo) new bill, Saturday ceremonies will likely make a comeback.

As published in the Camarillo Acorn.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The ban on compensating California judges for performing weekend weddings has ended, possibly clearing the way for Saturday nuptials to be restarted at the county government complex in Ventura.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday that immediately restores the opportunity for judges to charge nominal fees for officiating at weddings on weekends or holidays.

As published in the Ventura County Star.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Two local nonprofits received California’s Nonprofit of the Year award during a ceremony in Sacramento last month.

As transcribed in the Ventura County Star.



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Local ed leaders argued that law gave Oak Park too much leeway.

Despite opposition from school districts across the state, Sacramento legislators have opted to preserve the District of Choice program for another five years.

As transcribed in the Thousand Oaks Acorn.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Institution Ale Co. has become a popular Camarillo neighborhood hangout thanks to its home-brewed beers and friendly atmosphere, and community leaders have taken notice.

As transcribed in the Ventura County Star.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Reformers have scored legislative progress in their efforts to enroll many more California community college students in credit-bearing courses instead of remedial classes, with placements based on high school grades rather than just placement exams.