Moorpark College Reporter

Local farmers markets strive to remain open for the community during COVID-19

Georgina Bonfert from Simi Valley shops for produce at the Simi Valley Farmers Market on April 24, 2020. After the photo was taken Monce Macias at right, from Santa Maria gave Bonfert gloves to handle the food. Photo credit: Justin Downes

By Justin Downes

May 18, 2020

Many businesses remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but local farmers markets are adapting and continuing to provide fresh produce to the community.Aleen Ferris manages the Simi Valley Farmers Market on Tapo Street and said their markets are considered essential, though they have had to implement...

Mara Rodriguez from America’s Teaching Zoo remains committed to caring for animals in a ‘Tiger King’ and COVID-19 world

Photo of Mara Rodriguez courtesy of Facebook.

By Susana Suffolk

May 11, 2020

As a child, animals had not been Mara Rodriguez's main focus. It wasn’t until Rodriguez's junior year of high school when she found an injured baby pigeon and nursed it back to health that she realized this would be her life's calling.“It was at that point and that experience that I had rea...

Unknown subject hacked into French Zoom class and threatened to blow up campus upon student return to campus

Image provided by VCCCD photo archive.

By Madina Safdari

May 8, 2020

On Thursday, April 30 at approximately 1:15 p.m. an unknown subject joined a French M02 Zoom call and threatened to blow up the school and displayed various explicit images. Two students from the class reported the incident and campus police have determined it is not a credible threat.Campus Police Lieutena...

Ventura County expands COVID-19 testing as Governor Newsom allows more businesses to resume operations

Governor Gavin Newsom delivers an address via live stream to Californians regarding COVID-19 and plans on reopening the state on Monday, May 4.

By Dominic D'Amico

May 7, 2020

On May 4, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California will begin to allow certain non-essential retail businesses with low-risk workplaces to begin reopening. Newsom elaborated that low-risk retail businesses, like florists, book stores and clothing stores, would be allowed to reopen...

Reopen California rally draws hundreds of Ventura County residents

Dea Coletti shows her support for the reopening of California at a protest held at the Ventura County Government Center on Friday, May 1, in Ventura, Calif. Community members gathered in patriotic clothing with signs and flags to help convey their message. Photo credit: Morgan Ellis

By Emily Ledesma

May 6, 2020

Hundreds of Ventura County citizens gathered Friday, May 1, at a 'Reopen California' rally in front of the Ventura County Government Center to protest against the stay at home orders in California, in response to COVID-19. Organized by We Have Rights, the protest was one of half a dozen to fully open...

Moorpark Reporter staff recognized for General Excellence by Journalism Association of Community Colleges

The Technology building is home to the Moorpark Reporter newsroom. Photo provided by the VCCCD photo archive. Photo credit: Clepsy Hernandez

By Dominic D'Amico

May 4, 2020

On Monday, April 20, the Journalism Association of Community Colleges released its list of 2020 JACC Write-in/Publication Awards. Originally scheduled to be announced at 2020 State Convention in March, these awards were delayed by the cancellation of the conference due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Al...

Surprise memorial parade held to honor local fallen Marine

Marshall Toomy, Katheryne Steffen, Andreas Pongo and Levi Pongo, 7, listen as the Marine Corps League sing the first verse of the Marine's Hymn on April 26, 2020 to honor Diego Pongo who was killed in Iraq in March. Photo credit: Justin Downes

By Justin Downes

May 1, 2020

On April 26, the community of Simi Valley held an in-car memorial parade from 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m to honor Gunnery Sergeant Diego Pongo, who was killed in action last month in Iraq.Those participating in the parade included Simi Valley firetrucks, police cruisers from five local agencies, SWAT vehi...

Ventura County citizens protest, demanding county to re-open for business

Protesters begin the demonstration in the Ventura County Government Center parking lot in their cars, holding signs and flags, on Friday, April 24, in Ventura, Calif. The protesters were honking their horns, campaigning to open the government in Ventura County. Photo credit: Tara Brown

By Emily Ledesma

April 28, 2020

Hundreds of Ventura County residents gathered Friday, April 24 to rally for the re-opening of Ventura County. The "Drive for Freedom" protest was organized by Citizens Journal Editor Debra Tash and several other county residents. Citizens Journal is a volunteer-operated news organization based out of ...

Pass or No Pass grading option: VCCCD offers a way to decrease stress on students

Photo the Moorpark College campus courtesy of VCCCD photo archive. Photo credit: Clepsy Hernandez

By David Chavez

April 27, 2020

On Tuesday, April 15, Moorpark College Interim President Julius Sokenu and ASMC President Kris Hotchkiss, hosted a Zoom meeting where they announced the pass/no pass option for students. The pass/no pass grade option allows students to have a "pass or no pass" grade in place of a letter grade in that class. This does not negatively impact a good passing grade, so financial aid, GPA and transfer will not be affected at al...

Ventura County updates ‘Stay Well at Home’ order lifting closures as social distancing continues to be enforced

Miller Park remains closed to the public shortly after renovations, on Tuesday, April 6,in Moorpark, Calif. Multiple parks in Moorpark, including Miller Park, finished updates and remodels shortly before closing. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

By Dominic D'Amico

April 23, 2020

On April 22, California Governor Gavin Newsom held a press conference providing an update on the current roadmap to reopen California and announced that hospitals could begin to schedule surgeries again. After reviewing each of the six indicators originally outlined on April 14 that guide the process of returning California to normalcy, Newsom announced that the available workforce and surge capacity in hospi...

U.S. halts funding of World Health Organization amid COVID-19 pandemic

President Donald Trump watches as Warner Thomas, CEO and president of Ochsner Health System, during the press briefing on Tuesday April 14, in  the White House Rose Garden. Image taken from whitehouse.gov via live stream.

By Ryan Bough

April 15, 2020

On April 14, U.S. President Donald Trump announced a halt in funding to the World Health Organization while a review is being conducted to assess the WHO’s role in “severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of COVID-19.” “With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have d...

Governor Newsom lays out conditions to be met before the ‘Stay at Home’ order can be relaxed in California

Governor Gavin Newsom delivers an address via live stream to Californians regarding COVID-19 and plans to reopen the state on Tuesday, April 14. Screenshot taken from Twitter.

By Ryan Bough

April 14, 2020

Early this afternoon, California governor Gavin Newsom announced six indicators that must be met in order for California to begin relaxing its "Stay at Home" order, which has been in effect since March 19.Newsom did not give a precise timeline to when the order could be modified or slowly lifted.“In two weeks, if we...