Brian J. Varela, Ventura County Star

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Recent articles by Brian:

Oxnard City Council District 2 candidates lay out priorities ahead of special election

The Star sent out a questionnaire to the three candidates running for the Oxnard City District 2. Here are their responses. → Read More

Legislation introduced to name Oxnard post office after local NAACP leader John R. Hatcher III

Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Westlake Village, introduced a bill Thursday to rename an Oxnard post office as the John R. Hatcher III Post Office Building. → Read More

Port Hueneme motel plan calls for redevelopment of existing buildings into 41 apartments

A motel in Port Hueneme got the OK to convert a portion of its premises into 41 apartment units. → Read More

Port of Hueneme sees vessels filled to the brim as shippers avoid Los Angeles County ports

The Port of Hueneme has seen its container vessels jam-packed with merchandise as shippers look to avoid Los Angeles and Long Beach ports. → Read More

From homelessness to fireworks, Oxnard council candidates answer questions from public

Several Oxnard neighborhood councils hosted a forum for Oxnard City Council District 2 candidates on Thursday. → Read More

Winds push Alisal Fire to nearly 1,500 acres in Santa Barbara County

A large brush fire in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County has reached at least acres 1,500 acres and forced evacuations Monday. → Read More

Winds to sweep through Ventura County; here’s how to check if your power might be shut off

Northwest winds started blowing through Ventura County Monday afternoon and are expected to last until Tuesday morning. → Read More

Burglar takes $4K from Camarillo restaurant worker; 1 arrested after shots fired in Oxnard

Authorities are investigating the theft of $4,000 from a Camarillo restaurant worker Sunday afternoon. → Read More

Incumbent, two challengers throw hat in the ring for Oxnard's District 2 seat

Three residents are running for the Oxnard City Council's District 2 seat. This is the first of several stories covering the special election. → Read More

In-person or virtual? Port Hueneme City Council latest to return to remote meetings

The Port Hueneme City Council voted to move back to virtual meetings on Monday. → Read More

$5.1M grant for dredging will help Port of Hueneme repair coastline, bring jobs

The Port of Hueneme recently received a $5.1 million grant to complete the dredging of its south terminal and upgrade its wharf. → Read More

Transit service eyes high-density housing for redevelopment of downtown Oxnard property

Gold Coast Transit District is redeveloping their 3-acre downtown Oxnard property to building transit-oriented high density housing. → Read More

‘It’s a homecoming for me’: Oxnard native returns to lead city's Public Works Department

The city of Oxnard hired a new public works director following the departure of its previous director in February. → Read More

Oxnard assigns $48 million in stimulus funding for citywide investments

The City Council approved 75 investment projects totaling $48 million with American Rescue Plan act funding. → Read More

Hilton hotel geared toward young travelers to break ground near Oxnard Esplanade

The owner of a new Tru by Hilton franchise, along with several local and state officials, will break ground on the Oxnard hotel Saturday → Read More

Walk to End Alzheimer's to draw hundreds, address stigma among Latinos

Alzheimer's Association California Central Coast Chapter is hosting their annual walk this Saturday to raise awareness and shine a light on the stigma within the Latino community. → Read More

New book focuses on Ventura County's Chicano Movement

In his new book, CSU history professor Frank Barajas documents the Chicano Movement in Ventura County over three decades "out of the shadow of Los Angeles." → Read More

Here are 4 ways to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month in Ventura County

Ventura County organizations are hosting events to honor the heritage of Hispanic and Latino Americans. Here are four ways to celebrate. → Read More

Effort to persuade Camarillo to reconsider transit fare hike stalls out

Camarillo responded to complaints of the recent rate hike to its transit system with county and state resources. → Read More

Oxnard to return $7.1 million to ratepayers after losing court battle on user fees

Oxnard utility customers will see a one-time credit applied to their bill in October and a lower fees as a result of a court ruling. → Read More