January 30, 2023
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Editorial: Happy birthday, Camarillo and Thousand Oaks


We’d be remiss if we did not take the opportunity to make note of the 50th anniversaries of two important communities in our region.

Camarillo and Thousand Oaks both mark their golden anniversaries in 2014 and, all fanfare aside, it is noteworthy that both have made significant economic impacts on our region.

Thousand Oaks presents the Greater Los Angeles area with a corporate headquarters environment that’s unparalleled in the region. Increasingly its growth is driven by technology and innovation — including a new entrepreneurship hub hosted by California Lutheran University. CLU rolled out its own new, streamlined corporate identity this fall.

Camarillo is a retail mecca, with an enormous complex of factory stores that’s given it strong cash flow in the leanest of times, allowing the city to provide services to its flourishing neighborhoods and Leisure Village senior community.

The future of Camarillo lies in its technology companies and increasingly in its proximity to CSU Channel Islands, which is on a strong growth track thanks to the end of the state’s budget crisis.