Moorpark College Reporter

Simi Valley City Council renews city’s local emergency status

The Simi Valley City Council begins its meeting on Sept. 21, in Simi Valley, CA.

By Aleea Evangelista

September 25, 2020

On Sept. 21, the Simi Valley City Council voted unanimously on its proclamation of renewing their local emergency status in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.In March, the Ventura County Public Health Department and the Director of Emergency Services (DES) declared a local emergency in response to the i...

VCCCD announces Spring 2021 semester will remain online

Image provided by VCCCD photo archive.

By Dominic D'Amico

September 22, 2020

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) announced that classes at all three of its campuses will continue remotely past the end of the fall 2020 semester and through the spring 2021 semester. In announcing the decision, the VCCCD stated it was choosing to prioritize...

Ventura County Public Health tightens restrictions on Halloween celebrations in new guidance

Bags of Halloween candy line the shelfs in Oak Park, CA on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Photo credit: Ryan Bough

By Dominic D'Amico

September 18, 2020

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, Ventura County Public Health issued updated guidance for celebrating Halloween under the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The information from Ventura County Public Health reiterates that gatherings are not allowed under current California State Health Order and provides advice on how to saf...

VCCCD Board of Trustees meet to discuss updates on college reports and budget reduction scenarios

Chancellor Greg Gillespie gives an update on COVID-19 to the board and public at the special meeting on Tuesday, March 18, in Camarillo, Calif. Photo credit: Ryan Bough

By Karla Vazquez, Staff Writer

September 15, 2020

The Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) held a virtual board of trustees meeting on Sept. 8, 2020. The board of trustees meeting began with student and college reports from all three community colleges in the district. Oxnard College will be hosting a campus-wide book reading of “Wh...

City of Oxnard works to convert local motel into a homeless shelter

The city of Oxnard is considering the Vagabond Inn to provide housing for homeless people on Tuesday, Sept 8, in Oxnard, CA. Photo by Ryan Bough

By Karla Vazquez, Staff Writer

September 12, 2020

On Sept. 2, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that $600 million in grant funding would be used to fund Project Homekey. Project Homekey is a program that will offer sufficient permanent supportive housing units to the homeless population in California. The funds are being made available ...

Governor Newsom addresses historic wildfire season and unveils the ‘Blueprint for a Safer Economy’ initiative

California Governor Gavin Newsom delivers an address via live stream to Californians regarding ongoing wildfires and COVID-19 on Tuesday, Sept 8.

By Aleea Evangelista, Staff Writer

September 11, 2020

On Sept. 8, California Governor Gavin Newsom discussed the state’s efforts to combat its historic fire season and unveiled the new Blueprint for a Safer Economy initiative. Newsom provided updates on the progress of nine active wildfires throughout the state, which include the El Dorado fire...

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

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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...