Links to Over 300 Employer Job Websites in Ventura County and Adjacent Areas

iStock_Findjob.jpg

Looking for local jobs in and around Ventura County!? Here are over 300 links to job listings at employers throughout Ventura County (Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Newbury Park, Simi Valley, Moorpark, Camarillo, Oxnard, Somis, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Ojai, Ventura, Port Hueneme) and adjacent cities like Calabasas, Agoura, Malibu, Woodland Hills, Chatsworth, West Hills, Carpinteria and Santa Barbara as well as the San Fernando Valley.

Some practical resume submission tips

Local volunteer opportunities

Corporate, School, Healthcare Career Websites

AERA Energy: www.aeraenergy.com/current-vacancies.asp (No Ventura jobs 7/8/19)

Aerojet Rocketdyne: www.rocket.com/job-search (65 Canoga Park jobs 7/8/19)

Aerovironment: www.avinc.com/careers/jobs/category/simi_valley/ (51 Simi Valley, Moorpark jobs 7/8/19)

AGIA: www.agia.com/en/careers (No Carpinteria jobs 7/8/19)

Agilent: careers.agilent.com (23 Carpinteria jobs 7/8/19)

Aitech Defense Systems: www.rugged.com/employment-opportunities (8 Chatsworth jobs 7/8/19)

AMCAL Housing amcalhousing.com/careers (7 Agoura Hills jobs 7/8/19)

American Homes 4 Rent: americanhomes4rent.silkroad.com (7 Agoura jobs 7/8/19)

American Water: www.amwater.com/working-with-us/careers (No Ventura County jobs 7/8/19)

AmeriHome Mortgage: www.amerihome.com/careers (16 Westlake Village jobs 7/8/19)

Amgen: careers.amgen.com (328 Thousand Oaks jobs 7/8/19)

Anthem: careers.antheminc.com (26 Thousand Oaks, Woodland Hills jobs 7/8/19)

Applied Merchant: www.appliedmerchant.com/index.php/contactus/careers (Contact them)

Arete Associates: arete.com/search-jobs (6 Northridge jobs 7/8/19)

A.R.M. Solutions: www.armsolutions.com/about/careers (1 Camarillo job 7/8/19)

Arnold Magnetics: www.amcpower.com/co_positions.html (2 Camarillo jobs 7/8/19)

Assisted Healthcare assisted1.com/join-our-team/careers/ (Various local home health jobs)

Atara Bio: www.atarabio.com/careers (16 Thousand Oaks jobs 7/8/19)

AT&T: www.att.jobs (Search here)

Aveox: www.aveox.com/careers-1 (3 Simi Valley jobs 7/8/19)

Bank of America: careers.bankofamerica.com/us (Over 150 Ventura County and other local area jobs 1/1/19)

Battery-Biz: www.battery-biz.com/pages/careers (1 Camarillo job 6/13/19)

Bauer Hockey: www.bauer.com/careers (3 Thousand Oaks jobs 6/13/19)

Binder USA: www.binder-usa.com/about/jobs (Apply for Camarillo jobs at www.binder-usa.com/careers )

Blackline Systems: www.blackline.com/careers/positions (47 Woodland Hills jobs 6/13/19)

Blue Shield of California: www.blueshieldca.com/bsc/aboutbsc/careers/index.jhtml (45 Woodland Hills jobs 6/13/19)

BMW Group Designworks USA: bmwgroup.jobs/en_us/home (8 Oxnard, Newbury Park jobs 6/13/19)

BrightView (formerly ValleyCrest): jobs.brightview.com (Various local jobs)

Brookdale Senior Living: www.brookdalecareers.com (23 Camarillo, Chatsworth jobs 6/13/19)

Bruker Corp: www.bruker.com/about-us/career.html (3 Santa Barbara jobs 6/13/19)

C3 Intelligence, Inc: c3intelligence.com/jobs.php (2 Westlake Village jobs 6/13/19)

Cabrillo Economic Development Corpwww.cabrilloedc.org/careers (5 Ventura jobs 6/13/19)

Lennar: www.lennar.com/about/careers/available-jobs  (14 Thousand Oaks jobs 5/10/19)

Calavo Growerswww.calavo.com/store/careers.php (1 Santa Paula job 5/10/19)

Caldera Medicalcalderamedical.jobscore.com/list (4 Agoura jobs 5/10/19)

Cal Lutheran Universitywww.callutheran.edu/hr/ (45 staff/faculty jobs 5/10/19)

California State University Channel Islands - Facultywww.csucifacultyjobs.com (81 jobs 5/10/19)

California State University Channel Islands - Staffwww.csucijobs.com (26 jobs 5/10/19)

CallSourcewww.callsource.com/careers (3 Westlake Village jobs 5/10/19)

Camarillo Health Care Districtwww.camhealth.com/employment-opportunities (3 jobs 5/10/19)

Capstone Turbinewww.capstoneturbine.com/careers (6 Van Nuys jobs 5/10/19)

Casa Pacificawww.casapacifica.org/careers (22 Camarillo/Santa Barbara jobs 5/10/19)

CBC Federal Credit Unionwww.cbcfcu.org/home/about/about_us/careers (4 local jobs 5/10/19)

CBOL Corpwww.cbol.com/jobopenings.html (several Chatsworth jobs 5/10/19)

CBS: cbscorporation.jobs/burbank/california/usa/jobs (17 Burbank non-intern jobs 5/10/19)

Centene Corp (HealthNet): jobs.centene.com (90 Woodland Hills jobs (5/10/19)

Chatsworth Products, Inc. www.chatsworth.com/en-us/about-cpi/careers  (3 local jobs 5/10/19)

The Cheesecake Factory: jobs.thecheesecakefactory.com (53 Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard jobs 5/10/19)

Child and Family Guidance Center www.childguidance.org/portfolio/open-positions (18 SF Valley jobs 5/23/19)

Child Care Resource Center: www.ccrcca.org/about/work-at-ccrc (32 Chatsworth, Canoga Park jobs 5/10/19)

Child Development Resources: www.cdrv.org/careers  (13 Ventura County jobs 4/23/19)

City of Agoura Hills: www.ci.agoura-hills.ca.us/i-want-to/apply-for/job-openings (5 jobs 4/23/19)

City of Calabasas: www.cityofcalabasas.com/jobs.html ( 3 part-time jobs 4/23/19)

City of Camarillo: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/camarillo  (No jobs 4/23/19)

City of Carpinteria: carpinteria.applicantpro.com/jobs (6 jobs 4/23/19)

City of Fillmore: www.fillmoreca.com/departments/administration/human-resources/job-posts-list (1 job 4/23/19)

City of Malibu: www.malibucity.org/index.aspx?NID=667 (6 jobs 4/23/19)

City of Moorpark: www.moorparkca.gov/419/Job-Opportunities (3 jobs 4/23/19)

City of Ojai: ojaicity.org/jobs (1 job 4/23/19)

City of Oxnard: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/cityofoxnard (13 jobs 4/23/19)

City of Port Hueneme: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/porthueneme (3 jobs 4/23/19)

City of Santa Barbara: agency.governmentjobs.com/santabarbara/default.cfm (13 jobs 3/27/19)

City of Santa Paulaagency.governmentjobs.com/santapaulaca/default.cfm (2 jobs 3/27/19)

City of Simi Valleywww.simivalley.org/departments/city-manager-s-office/human-resources/employment (10 jobs 3/27/19)

City of Thousand Oakswww.toaks.org/departments/human-resources/employment/jobs (6 jobs 3/27/19)

City of Venturawww.jobaps.com/ven/sup/images/default.asp (14 jobs 3/27/19)

Clinicas del Camino Real: careers.clinicas.org (18 Ventura County jobs 3/27/19)

Cobalt Constructioncobaltcc.com/contact-us/employmentopp (no Simi Valley jobs 3/27/19)

Communications & Power Industrieswww.cpii.com/opportunities.cfm/0 (3 Camarillo jobs 3/27/19)

Community Memorial Health System: www.cmhshealth.org/job_opps/job_search.shtml (Over 80 jobs 3/27/19)

Conejo Recreation & Park District: crpd.org/about_us/human_resources/job_opportunities.asp (seasonal jobs )

Conejo Valley Unified School Districtwww.conejousd.org/Departments/Human-Resources/Employment-Opportunities (24 full/part-time jobs 3/27/19)

Conrad Hilton Foundationwww.hiltonfoundation.org/about/careers (11 Agoura jobs 3/27/19)

Conversantwww.conversantmedia.com/careers (7 Westlake Village jobs 3/27/19)

Conversions Technologywww.conversionstechnology.com/Careers-at-Conversions-Technology-s/88.htm (apply for Oxnard jobs)

Cool Pakwww.cool-pak.com/job.asp (check for Oxnard jobs)

CoolPlanet Energy Systemswww.coolplanet.com/about/careers (No Camarillo jobs 2/1/19)

County of Santa Barbaraagency.governmentjobs.com/sbcounty (37 jobs 1/1/19)

County of Ventura: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/ventura (34 jobs 12/31/18)

Coverhound: jobs.lever.co/coverhound (4 Westlake Village jobs 2/1/19)

Creative Digital Systems Integration www.cdsi-simi.com/careers (no Simi Valley jobs 2/1/19)

Cumulus Media: cumulus.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-openings.php (2 Ventura jobs 2/1/19)

Cure Pharmaceutical: curepharmaceutical.com/about#careers (no Oxnard jobs 1/1/19)

Custom Control Sensors: www.ccsdualsnap.com/careers (1 Chatsworth job 2/1/19)

CVS Caremark: jobs.cvscaremark.com (Search for local jobs)

Cydcor: www.cydcor.com/careers.php (9 Westlake Village jobs 2/1/19)

Cynvenio Biosystems: www.cynvenio.com/careers (3 Westlake Village jobs 2/1/19)

Dairy Farmers of America: www.dfamilk.com/careers (2 Ventura jobs 2/1/19)

Dako (Division of Agilent): careers.agilent.com (Search for Carpinteria, WLV jobs)

Danaher (Implant Direct): www.danahercareers.com (10 Thousand Oaks jobs 2/1/19)

DataDirect Networks: www.ddn.com/company/careers (7 Chatsworth jobs 2/1/19)

Datavo: datavo.com/careers (contact them for Agoura Hills jobs)

Deckers Outdoor: www.deckers.com/careers (43 Goleta jobs 1/1/19)

Delta Tau Data Systems: www.deltatau.com/DT_IndexPage/index.aspx (2 Chatsworth jobs 1/1/19)

DEX: www.dex.com/careers.jsp (9 Camarillo jobs 2/1/19)

Dignity Health (St. John's Regional Medical Center and St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital): www.dignityhealthcareers.org/careers/Search-Jobs/index.php (119 Oxnard/Camarillo jobs 1/1/19)

Dole Food Company: www.dole.com/en/AboutDole/Careers (1 Westlake Village job 2/1/19)

Dow-Key Microwave: www.dowkey.com/join (No Ventura jobs 2/1/19)

DP Technology: www.espritcam.com/company/careers (3 Camarillo jobs 2/1/19)

Driscoll's: www.driscolls.com/about/careers (1 Oxnard job 2/1/19)

Drum Workshop: www.dwdrums.com/info/dwjobs.asp (2 Oxnard jobs 2/1/19)

Xperi: www.xperi.com/careers (5 Calabasas jobs 2/1/19)

Dun & Bradstreet: dnb.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/Careers (10 Malibu jobs 2/1/19)

Dynamic Automation: dynamicautomation.com/work-herecareers (apply for Simi Valley jobs)

Dytran: www.dytran.com/Career-Opportunities (13 Chatsworth jobs 12/30/18)

Easton: www.easton.com (6 Thousand Oaks jobs 12/11/18)

Eaton: find.eaton.jobs/california/usa/jobs (6 Camarillo jobs 12/30/18)

Edwards Label: www.edwardslabel.com/#!career/c10o5 (Contact HR for Ventura jobs)

Engilitywww.engility.com/careers (search for local jobs)

Ensign-Bickford Aerospace: www.eba-d.com/careers/career-opportunities (7 Moorpark jobs 12/30/18)

Entech Instruments: www.entechinst.com/about/careers (No Simi Valley jobs 12/30/18)

ESI Motion: www.esimotion.com/aboutus/careers (1 Simi Valley job 12/30/18)

Farmers Group: www.farmers.com/FarmComm/careers.html (Over 80 local area jobs 12/30/18)

FedEx: www.fedex.com/us/ (Check for Woodland Hills, Ventura jobs)

First 5 Ventura County: www.first5ventura.org/about-us/employment (1 job 12/3018)

505 Games: www.505games.com/careers (4 Calabasas jobs 12/30/18)

FLIR Systems: www.flirjobs.com (26 Goleta jobs 1/1/19)

Four Seasons Hotel: http://jobs.fourseasons.com (Search for Westlake Village jobs)

Freudenberg Medical: www.freudenbergmedical.com/careers (8 Carpinteria jobs 12/29/18)

Giant Bicycles: www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/page/587/ (6 Newbury Park jobs 12/29/18)

GlobalWide Media: globalwidemedia.com/about/careers (1 Westlake Village job 12/29/18)

Gold Coast Health Plan: goldcoasthealthplan.org/about-us/careers.aspx (9 Camarillo jobs 12/29/18)

Golden Hippo Media: goldenhippomedia.com/careers.php (12 SF Valley jobs 12/29/18)

Golden State Medical Supply: www.gsms.us/job-search.html (1 Camarillo job 12/29/18)

Grossman Imaging Centers: www.grossmanimaging.com/careers (2 local jobs 12/29/18)

Gsolutionz: www.gsolutionz.com/careers (2 Ventura jobs 12/29/18)

Guitar Center: www.guitarcenter.com/pages/careers (22 Westlake Village jobs 12/29/18)

Haas Automation: www.haasjobs.com (30 Oxnard jobs 12/29/18)

Harbor Freightwww.harborfreightjobs.com (25 Calabasas, Camarillo jobs 12/29/18)

Harmanjobs.harman.com/content/location (21 Northridge jobs 12/29/18)

Harris Corpharrisrccorp.peoplefluent.com/res_joblist.html (4 Chatsworth jobs 12/29/18)

Hawker Pacific Aerospace: www.hawker.com/jobs (22 Sun Valley jobs 12/29/18)

HEI Hotels & Resorts: www.heihotels.com/join-us (13 Woodland Hills, Santa Barbara jobs 11/14/18)

HEICO Corpwww.heico.com/careers (7 Chatsworth jobs 12/29/18)

Home Insteadwww.homeinstead.com/156/home-care-jobs (various local jobs)

HRL Laboratorieshrl.com/careers/cars_jobs.html (55 Malibu jobs 12/31/18)

Hygiena www.hygiena.com/careers.html (19 Camarillo jobs 1/18/19)

Impact Sciencesimpactsciences.com/join-us/positions-available (3 Camarillo jobs 12/29/17)

Industrial Tools Incwww.iti-abrasives.com/careers.aspx (No Oxnard jobs 12/11/18)

Inogen: inogen.iapplicants.com/searchjobs.php (17 Santa Barbara jobs 12/11/18)

Inphi: www.inphi.com/careers/current-openings.php (10 Westlake Village jobs 12/11/18)

Integrity Bio: integritybio.com/About-Us/Careers (8 Camarillo/NP jobs 12/11/18)

Interface Family Services: /icfs.org/employment.html (13 part/full-time Camarillo jobs 12/11/18)

Interlink Electronics: www.interlinkelectronics.com (Contact them)

Intuit: careers.intuit.com (5 Woodland Hills jobs 12/11/18)

Invoca: www.invoca.com/company/careers (14 Santa Barbara jobs 12/11/18)

ITT: www.itt.com/careers (23 Valencia jobs 1/1/19)

Ixia: www.ixiacom.com/company/careers (3 Calabasas jobs 12/31/18)

JD Power: www.jdpower.com/Business/Careers/Jobs (3 Westlake Village jobs 12/11/18)

JH Biotech: jhbiotech.com/careers (2 Ventura jobs 12/11/18)

Jafrawww.jafra.com/about-jafra/careers (No Westlake Village jobs 12/11/18)

Jakks Pacific www.jakks.com/corporate/careers.php (apply here for Malibu jobs)

Jensen Design jdscivil.com/join-team/#apex-page-567 (1 Ventura job 12/11/18)

JIMS: www.jimsusa.com./employment.php (Contact them for Camarillo jobs)

Johanson Technology: www.johansontechnology.com/employment  (5 Camarillo jobs 12/1/18)

Jordano's: jordanos.com/careers.html (3 Santa Barbara jobs 12/1/18)

Kaiser Permanente: kaiserpermanentejobs.org (search for local jobs)

KBR Wyle Labs: kbr.com/careers (search for local jobs)

Kellstrom Defense: kellstromdefense.com/job-openings (1 Camarillo job 12/1/18)

Kinamed Inc. www.kinamed.com/employment.html (Contact them in Camarillo)

Kretek International www.kretek.com/careers (3 Moorpark jobs 12/1/18)

L-3 Communications: www.l-3com.com/careers (search for local area jobs)

Lamps Plus: www.lampsplus.com/careers (11 Chatsworth jobs 12/1/18)

Laritech: www.laritech.com/careers (1 Moorpark job 12/1/18)

Las Virgenes Unified School District www.edjoin.org/Home/Jobs?countyID=19&districtID=382 (23 jobs 1/1/19)

Limoneira: limoneira.com/corporate (contact them)

Line 6: line6.jobs.net/search (3 Calabasas jobs 12/1/18)

Livingston Memorial: www.livingstonvna.org/careers.html (9 local jobs 1/1/19)

Logitech (formerly Blue Microphones): jobs.jobvite.com/logitech/jobs/brand?s=Blue%20Microphones  (2 Westlake Village jobs 6/13/19)

Logix www.logixbanking.com/about-us/careers?hdr (various local jobs)

Los Angeles Rams: syckfeed.com/temp/rams_careers_v3/careers.html#center (4 Thousand Oaks jobs 12/1/18)

Los Robles Medical Center losrobleshospital.com/careers (96 Thousand Oaks jobs 12/31/18)

Luna: lunainc.com/about-luna/careers/jobs/ (3 Camarillo jobs 10/9/17)

MannKind Corporation: www.mannkindcorp.com/careers/overview (2 Westlake Village jobs 12/30/18)

Many Mansions: www.manymansions.org/employment (4 Thousand Oaks jobs 12/1/18)

Meathead Movers: www.meatheadmovers.com/our-team/try-outs.aspx (Apply for Ventura County jobs)

Medtronic: www.medtronic.com/careers/index.htm (over 100 Northridge jobs 12/1/18)

Meissner Filtration Products www.meissner.com/career-opportunities (6 Camarillo jobs 12/1/18)

Merchant Centric: www.merchantcentric.com/about/careers/ (1 WLV jobs 12/1/18)

MGA Entertainment: www.mgae.com/en-us/section/careers (28 SF Valley jobs 1/1/19)

Mission Produce: www.worldsfinestavocados.com/contact-us (apply for Oxnard jobs)

MNS Engineers: www.mnsengineers.com/firm/careers.php (8 Westlake Village, Santa Barbara jobs 12/1/18)

mobileStorm: www.mobilestorm.com/company/careers (2 Van Nuys jobs 12/1/18)

Moorpark Unified School District: www.mrpk.org/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1499247564080 (20 jobs 12/1/18)

Motion Picture & Television Fund: www.mptf.com/employment (20+ Woodland Hills jobs 12/1/18)

Move.com: careers.move.com/jobs (6 Westlake Village jobs 12/1/18)

MUFG: careers.mufg-americas.com (3 local jobs 12/1/18)

MyDevices.com: careers.mydevices.com (No Calabasas jobs 12/1/18)

National Coatings: www.nationalcoatings.com/careers (1 Camarillo job 12/1/18)

NEOTech: natelems.com/about/job-postings (4 Chatsworth jobs 12/1/18)

National Notary Association: www.nationalnotary.org/about-the-nna/career-opportunities (No Chatsworth jobs 12/1/18)

National Veterinarian Associates: www.nvaonline.com/careers (5+ Agoura/local jobs 12/1/18)

Northrop Grumman: www.careers.northropgrumman.com/job_search.html (search for Ventura/San Fernando Valley/Carpinteria jobs)

Nova Development: novadevelopment.com/company/careers/jobs.html (3 Calabasas jobs 12/1/18)

NTS: www.nts.com/about/careers/search_opportunities (15 Santa Clarita jobs 1/1/19)

Nuance jobs.nuance.com (8 Agoura jobs 11/14/18)

NuSil Technology: nusil.com/en/corporate/careers (43 Carpinteria jobs 1/1/19)

Ojai Valley Inn: www.ojairesort.com/careers-ojai-valley-inn-spa (18 full/part-time jobs 11/14/18)

Ojai Valley Sanitary District: www.ojaisan.org/contact-us/employment_opportunities/index.html (1 job 11/14/18)

Omni Update: omniupdate.com/company/careers/job_list.html  (4 Camarillo jobs 11/14/18)

Ontic: www.ontic.com/ontic-careers (19 Chatsworth jobs 1/1/19)

Ontraport: ontraport.com/careers (Various Santa Barbara jobs)

Opto Test: www.optotest.com/about-optotest-fiber-optic-test-equipment/working-for-optotest-fiber-optic-test-equipment (1 Camarillo job 11/14/18)

Oxnard School District www.edjoin.org/Home/Jobs?keywords=oxnard%20elementary%20school%20district&searchType=all (3 certificated jobs 1/1/19)

Oxnard Union H.S. District www.edjoin.org/Home/Jobs?stateID=24&countyID=57&districtID=1067 (65 jobs 1/1/19)

PacificComp: www.pacificcomp.com/company/careers (2 Thousand Oaks jobs 11/3/18)

Pacific Coast Civil: pacificcoastcivil.com/careers (2 Agoura jobs 11/3/18)

Pacific View Mall: shoppacificview.com/Jobs (7 Ventura jobs 11/3/18)

Pacific Western Bank: www.pacificwesternbank.com/careers (2 Thousand Oaks jobs 11/3/18)

Panavision: panavision.com/tags/careers (7 Woodland Hills jobs 11/3/18)

Parker: www.parker.com/careers (11 Camarillo/Oxnard jobs 1/1/19)

Patagonia: www.patagonia.com/careers (over 30 Ventura jobs 1/1/19)

Paychex www.paychex.com/careers/ (4 Woodland Hills, Ventura jobs 11/3/18)

Paysafe (formerly iPayment): careers.paysafe.com/careers (1 Westlake Village job 12/11/18)

PBS Biotech: pbsbiotech.com/about-us/career-center (No Camarillo jobs 11/3/18)

PennyMac: www.pennymacusa.com/careers (60 Moorpark, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills jobs 12/31/18)

Pepperdine University: jobs.pepperdine.edu/cw/en/listing/ (50 staff jobs 1/1/19)

Pepsi Beverage Co: careers.pepsico.com/en (4 Ventura, SF Valley jobs 10/16/18)

Phillips Graduate University: www.pgu.edu/employment-opportunities.html (3 Chatsworth jobs 10/16/18)

Pleasant Holidays:  www.pleasantholidays.com/Careers (1 Westlake Village job 10/16/18)

Pleasant Valley School District: www.pvsd.k12.ca.us/domain/1026 (20+ mostly part-time jobs 1/1/19)

PNC: content.pncmc.com/live/pnc/careers/main/index.html (2 Calabasas jobs 11/14/18)

Power Machinery www.powermachinery.com/careers/current-openings.htm (1 Oxnard job 11/14/18)

Premier America Credit Union: www.premieramerica.com/about-us/careers (14 local jobs 11/14/18)

Procore: www.procore.com/jobs/openings.php (56 Carpinteria jobs 1/1/19)

Procter & Gamble: www.pg.com/en_US/careers/career_main.shtml (Search for Woodland Hills, Oxnard jobs)

PTI Technologies: www.ptitechnologies.com/content/company/careers (8 Oxnard jobs 10/16/18)

Puretec Water: puretecwater.com/about-puretec/careers (1 Oxnard job 9/8/18)

Quality Innovative Solutions, Inc.: www.qi-solutions.com/index.php?p=11 (Various jobs)

Qualstar: www.qualstar.com (Contact them)

Quantum Mechanix: qmxonline.com/pages/careers (5 Chatsworth jobs 10/16/18)

QAD: www.qad.com/about/careers/job-search (5 Santa Barbara jobs 10/16/18)

Quest Diagnostics: www.questdiagnostics.com/home/about/careers/job-search.html (Search for West Hills jobs)

Quinn Company: www.quinncompany.com/employment/employment_search.php (5 Oxnard jobs 10/16/18)

Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District: www.rsrpd.org/employment/employment_opportunities/index.php (4 part-time Simi Valley jobs 10/16/18)

Rapattoni Corp: www.rapattoni.com/contact/careers (Contact them for Simi Valley jobs)

Raytheon: jobs.raytheon.com (134 Goleta, Point Mugu jobs 1/1/19)

ReachLocal: careers.reachlocal.com/jobsearch (5 Woodland Hills jobs 10/16/18)

Reagan Foundation: www.reaganfoundation.org/about-us/contact-us (10 part and full-time Simi Valley jobs 1/1/19)

Regal Medical Group: www.regalmed.com/index.cfm/careers (Over 90 San Fernando Valley and Ventura County jobs 1/1/19)

Regency Lighting: www.regencylighting.com/about-regency-lighting/careers (1 Chatsworth job 10/16/18)

Reiter Affiliated Companies: www.berry.net/careers/job-listings (4 Oxnard jobs 10/16/18)

Respawn Entertainment: www.ea.com/careers/careers-overview/worldwide-studios/respawn (24 Chatsworth jobs 1/1/19)

REX Real Estate: rexchange.com/careers (20 Woodland Hills and other local jobs 1/1/19)

Rexnord Industries: rexnord.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en (43 Simi Valley jobs 1/1/19)

Rincon Consultants: rinconconsultants.atsondemand.com (10+ Ventura jobs 10/16/18)

Riverbed Technology (acquired Xirrus): www.riverbed.com/about/careers (1 Thousand Oaks job 10/16/18)

Roadrunner Shuttle: www.rrshuttle.com/Contact/Recruitment.aspx (No listed jobs - must apply)

Roberts Tool Company: www.robertstool.net/career (9 Chatsworth jobs 10/4/18)

Ronlo Engineering: www.ronlo.com/careers.php (3 Camarillo jobs 10/4/18)

R. R. Donnelly: www.rrdonnelley.com/about/rrdonnelley-jobs.aspx (Search for Westlake Village jobs)

RTC Aerospace: robertstool.jobinfo.com/public/index.php (no Chatsworth jobs 10/4/18)

Rusnak Auto Group: careers-rusnak.icims.com/jobs/intro (13 Thousand Oaks jobs 10/4/18)

Saalex Solutions: resumeware.saalex.com/saalex_rw/saalex_web/job_search.cfm (search for local jobs)

Sage Publications: www.sagepublications.com/careers (14 Thousand Oaks jobs 1/1/19)

Sails Group: www.sailsgroup.com (contact them for local caregiver jobs)

Salem Media Group: salem.cc/careers (7 Camarillo jobs 10/4/18)

Santa Barbara Applied Research: www.sbar.com/career-opportunities (Search for jobs)

Scosche Industries: www.scosche.com/careers (1 Oxnard job 10/4/18)

Securitas: www.securitasinc.com/en/join-us/apply (6 Westlake Village jobs 10/4/18)

Seek Thermal: www.thermal.com/careers (2 Santa Barbara jobs 10/4/18)

Sedgwick: www.sedgwick.com/careers/Pages/careersearch.aspx (11 SFV jobs 10/4/18))

Semtech: www.semtech.com/careers (5 Camarillo jobs 12/30/18)

Seneca: senecafoa.org/employment-opportunities#location=ventura_county (3 Oxnard jobs 10/4/18)

Sensata Technologies: sensata.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/Sensata-Careers/jobs (9 Thousand Oaks jobs 10/4/18)

Servicemaster: jobs.servicemaster.com/california-jobs (Various Ventura County jobs)

Shire (formerly Baxalta, Baxter): www.shire.com/careers (26 Conejo Valley jobs 12/31/18)

Sideshow Collectibles: www.sideshowtoy.com/careers (3 Thousand Oaks jobs 10/4/18)

Sientra: sientracareers.com (3 Santa Barbara jobs 10/4/18)

Silgan Containers: silgancontainers.com/careers/#careers2-section-1 (1 Woodland Hills job 10/4/18)

Simi Valley Hospital: careers.adventisthealth.org (56 jobs 1/1/19)

Simi Valley USD www.simi.k12.ca.us/Personnelservices (Various classified positions)

Simpliphi Power simpliphipower.com/careers (2 Ojai jobs 10/4/18)

Skurka Aerospace: www.skurka-aero.com/company/careers (contact them)

Skyworks Solutions: careers.skyworksinc.com (40 Newbury Park jobs 1/1/19)

Sloan LED: sloanled.com/careers/jobs-at-sloanled (2 Ventura jobs 10/4/18)

SL Power Electronics: www.slpower.com/careers.aspx (1 Ventura job 10/4/18)

Smiths Interconnectwww.smithsinterconnectjobs.com/en/job-search/job-search (1 Thousand Oaks job 10/4/18)

Smucker's: www.jmsmucker.com/smuckers-careers/job-opportunities (8 Oxnard jobs 10/4/18)

Softengine: www.softengineusa.com/careers (5 Woodland Hills jobs 10/4/18)

Sonos: www.sonos.com/jobs (17 Santa Barbara jobs 1/1/19)

Source Photonics: www.sourcephotonics.com/job-listings (3 West Hills jobs 8/21/18)

Southern California Edison: www.edison.com/home/careers.html (search for jobs)

Spatz Labs: spatzlabs.com/opportunities (Search for Oxnard jobs 8/21/18)

Spirent Communications: www.spirent.com/Careers/Opportunities (3 Calabasas jobs 8/21/18)

STS Education: www.stseducation-us.com/about-sts/careers (1 Simi Valley job 8/21/18)

Sutherland Presses www.sutherlandpresses.com/careers (5 Malibu jobs 8/21/18)

Stantec: stantec.jobs (23 Ventura County, Van Nuys jobs 1/1/19)

State Farm: www.statefarm.com/careers (2 Glendale jobs 8/21/18)

Stellar Biotech: www.stellarbiotechnologies.com/about-stellar/careers (No Port Hueneme jobs 8/21/18)

Sunrise Senior Living: www.sunrise-careers.com (Dozens of local jobs)

Swiss Re: www.swissre.com/careers (No Westlake Village jobs 8/21/18)

Synectic Solutions: synecticsolutions.mua.hrdepartment.com/hr/ats/JobSearch/index (7 Oxnard jobs 1/1/19)

Sysco: careers.sysco.com (3 Oxnard jobs 1/1/19)

T3 Innovation: www.t3innovation.com/careers (Contact them)

Taft Electric: www.taftelectric.com/opportunities.html (7 jobs 8/21/18)

Technicolorcareers.technicolor.com (1 Camarillo job 1/1/19)

Teledyne Scientific & Imaging: careers-teledyne.icims.com (19 Camarillo/Thousand Oaks/Chatsworth jobs 4/23/19)

Teradyne: www.teradyne.com/careers/job-opportunities (6 Agoura jobs 12/31/18)

Tetra Techwww.tetratech.com/careers.html (3 Camarillo jobs 8/21/18)

The Oaks Mall: www.shoptheoaksmall.com/Jobs (4 Thousand Oaks jobs 8/21/18)

The Trade Desk: thetradedesk.com/join-us/open-positions (20 Ventura jobs 1/1/19)

Thermo Fisher Scientificjobs.thermofisher.com (22 Canoga Park, Thousand Oaks jobs 1/1/19)

Topa Insurance: www.topains.com/careers (4 Calabasas jobs 8/21/18)

Turning Point Foundation: www.turningpointfoundation.org/about-us/careers (1 Ventura job 8/21/18)

Tutor Perini: www.tutorperini.com/careers (6 Sylmar jobs 12/1/18)

United Water Conservation District: www.unitedwater.org/about-us-6/human-resources (1 job 8/21/18)

Universal Music Group: jobs.jobvite.com/universalmusicgroup (15 Woodland Hills jobs 1/1/19)

Ventura County Community Colleges: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/vcccd (106 mostly part-time teaching jobs 12/31/18)

Ventura County Credit Unionwww.vccuonline.net/careers (5 jobs 7/15/18)

Ventura County Office of Education www.vcoe.org/employment (5 jobs 1/1/19)

Ventura County Rescue Mission: erescuemission.com/about-us/careers/ventura-county (6 Ventura County jobs 1/1/19)

Ventura County Star usatodaynetworkcareers.com/search-jobs (3 Ventura jobs 1/1/19)

Ventura Unified School District: www.venturausd.org/hr/HumanResources/Jobs.aspx (7 jobs 1/1/19)

Viking Cruises: www.vikingcruises.com/about-us/careers.html (16 Woodland Hills jobs 1/1/19)

VPI: www.vpi-corp.com/jobs.asp (Check for Camarillo jobs)

VSolvit: www.vsolvit.com (21 local area jobs 1/1/19)

VW of America: vwgoa.taleo.net/careersection/volkswagen_of_america/jobsearch.ftl (1 Woodland Hills job 7/15/18)

Wells Fargo: www.wellsfargo.com/about/careers (3 Ventura County jobs 1/1/19)

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center www.westhillshospital.com/careers (72 West Hills jobs 1/1/19)

Western General Insurance: www.westerngeneral.com/careers (6 Woodland Hills 7/15/18)

Western Saw: www.westernsaw.com (Oxnard - submit application)

Westlake Hyatt: hyatt.jobs (Various jobs)

Westlake Village Inn: www.westlakevillageinn.com/employment (Various jobs)

Xavient: www.xavient.com/careers/current-openings (8 Simi Valley jobs 7/15/18)

XYPRO: www.xypro.com/careers (3 Simi Valley jobs 7/15/18)

Yardi: www.yardi.com/US/CareerOpportunities.aspx (33 Oxnard/Santa Barbara jobs 1/1/19)

YTC America: ytca.com/careers 2 Camarillo jobs 5/17/18)

Zebra Technologies: www.zebra.com/us/en/about-zebra/careers/careers.html (1 Agoura job 5/17/18)

Zenith Insurance: www.thezenith.com/careers (4 Woodland Hills jobs 5/17/18)

Zynga: www.zynga.com/careers/positions/locations/camarillo-ca-united-states (No Camarillo jobs 5/17/18)

ZPower: zpowerbattery.com/careers/?listing (9 Camarillo jobs 1/1/19)

Abrisa Technologies: abrisatechnologies.com/career-center (Santa Paula - email your resume)

Abbyson: www.abbyson.com/index.php/employment-opportunities (6 Moorpark jobs 5/17/18)

ABC Clio: www.abc-clio.com/ABC-CLIOCorporate/Careers.aspx (1 Goleta job 5/17/18)

Accessory Power: www.accessorypower.com/index.php?route=information/careers (3 Westlake Village jobs 5/17/18)

ADP: www.adp-jobs.com (7 Woodland Hills jobs 5/17/18)

ADT: jobs.adt.com (17 Chatsworth jobs 1/1/19)

Advanced Motion Controls: www.a-m-c.com/content/contact/careers.html (6 Camarillo jobs 5/17/18)

AECOM: aecom.com/Careers (11 Santa Barbara, Camarillo jobs 5/17/18)

Aegis Medical Systems: careers.aegistreatmentcenters.com (Various Canoga Park jobs)

Other Local Job Sources

Craigslist Ventura County: ventura.craigslist.org/jjj/

Craigslist Los Angeles: losangeles.craigslist.org/jjj/

Snagajob.com (hourly, fast food, retail): www.snagajob.com

Federal Government Jobs: www.usajobs.gov (Over 50 jobs in the area as of 1/1/19)

AppleOne: www.appleone.com/CareerSearch/mcs_findcareer2.aspx (Over 200 jobs within a 20 mile radius of Thousand Oaks 12/29/18)

EdJoin.org: Search for education jobs by state, school district, county, etc. at edjoin.org  (177 job postings for 608 job vacancies as of 12/29/18 in Ventura County at THIS LINK)

My Recent Experience Renewing my Driver’s License and Getting a REAL ID Card

dmv renewal_edited.jpg

Recently I received a driver’s license renewal notice from the California DMV. I received the renewal notice four months prior to the expiration date. The notice indicated that my last two renewals have been by mail and that the coming renewal required me to renew at a DMV office.

I wondered why they were requiring me to go into a DMV office to renew the license this time. According to the DMV, in order to renew by mail, you must provide your Social Security number and be under 70 years old when your current license expires, and answer “no” to all of the following questions:

  1. Have your last two licenses been renewed by mail?

  2. Has your license been expired for over one year?

  3. Does your license expire more than 60 days from today?

  4. Are you currently on any type of driving probation?

  5. Are you changing or correcting your name?

  6. Do you have a driver’s license from more than one state or jurisdiction?

  7. Within the past two years, were you convicted of any vehicle code moving violations, did you fail to appear in court for any vehicle code moving violation, were you suspended for DUI or refuse or fail to complete an alcohol screening test or have you been at fault in one or more collisions?

OK, no problem, it is what it is.

The renewal notice first required me to complete an application online at www.dmv.ca.gov.

To complete the application, you must create an Online Service account on the DMV website. They require a two-factor authentication to prove your digital identity, which means you’ll need an email address as well as a way to receive a text message or phone call for a six-digit confirmation code. If you do not want to do this at your phone or computer, you can do it on a terminal at a DMV office.

After you create the account, you will need to confirm your name, address, Social Security number (if applicable) and the type of card you are applying for. They will also ask if you want to register to vote and if you want to be a registered organ and tissue donor; however these will not be completed until you visit a field office to complete the registration process.

So after after completing the application, which was actually quite painless and quick, you will receive a confirmation code. Bring the code to the DMV office to continue the license renewal process.

The next stop is scheduling an appointment. For me, this was the broken step. There’s a link provided to make an appointment. You select an office and look for a time. I searched five different DMV offices and there were absolutely no times available. But as one might expect it to do, the appointment system did not give any hints as to other DMV offices with available openings, nor did it show the “next available” day and time available. For me, this was an exercise in futility. Truly a glitch in the system when you have to spend hours attempting to schedule an appointment online…to save time.

So instead, I drove to the Thousand Oaks DMV office at 8am on a Tuesday morning.

This was a great move. No line! No hassle!

Awaiting my turn at the Thousand Oaks DMV.

Awaiting my turn at the Thousand Oaks DMV.

I had all the documentation with me, including the renewal form and $36 renewal fee.

But I decided to up the ante and upgrade my license to the REAL ID card. The REAL ID card is a federally-mandated card that, unless you prefer to carry your passport with you, will be required to board domestic airline flights or access some federal facilities beginning October 1, 2020. So for example, on October 1, 2020 you have a flight from Burbank to Vegas. If all you have is your standard driver’s license, they won’t let you fly; you’ll need either the REAL ID or a U.S. passport even for a domestic flight. MORE ON REAL ID

The key is being prepared. I was prepared for REAL ID. There’s an online checklist at www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/realid/checklist that includes the following:

  1. Proof of identity – such as U.S. passport or passport card, certified, copy of U.S. birth certificate, etc.

  2. Full name^ – if your true full name is not listed on the identity document, you will need to provide a document that shows that.

  3. SSN – you need to prove your SSN by showing a Social Security card, W-2 or other items.

  4. Where do you live – you will need two different documents showing your current address, such as utility bills, medical documents, mortgage bill, etc.

With all of the above in hand, plus a backup document. I showed the documentation at the front counter after waiting briefly in a line. The clerk was impressed with my organizational skills. On to the next step in the process.

^ As additional clarification, if your current name is different than your maiden name, bring documentation showing your name change(s) - e.g. marriage certificates or other original or certified documentation showing the name change.

They gave me a number. The line was extremely short on a Tuesday morning (though when I was done around 9:15am, there were quite a few more people waiting). After about 10 minutes, my number was called.

I went to the counter and told the clerk that I was there to renew my license and to migrate to the REAL ID. She asked for all my documents and reviewed them, taking photos of most of them as I recall. She also had me provide a thumbprint. All digital. No ink involved.

After just a few minutes’ wait, the next step was a vision test. I passed!

Next up, photo time. She sent me to the photo guy and told me to come back when done. There was no line. Just a quick “stand there behind the line” and a quick smile and I was on my way back to the counter.

The final step was my only “fumble.” The renewal fees paid at the DMV office currently cannot be paid via credit card – choices arer cash, check, money order or debit cards. Doh! Luckily, I had visited the ATM recently and gave her cash. Credit cards can actually be used for internet based transactions – but not for in person and by mail transactions. At least not at this time.

That was it. Done! She printed my receipt and a temporary license, should for some reason I not receive the new license prior to the expiration date of my current license. Fingers crossed!

Rattlesnake Do's and Don'ts in the Trails of the Conejo Valley and Neighboring Areas

I've seen more snakes in the trails of the Conejo Valley in recent years than I can ever recall, some, but not all of which are rattlesnakes.

According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, rattlesnakes are generally not aggressive but can strike when they feel threatened or provoked. If you come across one on the trail, just back off and give them room to retreat. They don't want to mess with you!

Rattler crossing the Rosewood Trail on a sunset hike.

Rattler crossing the Rosewood Trail on a sunset hike.

It is rare that rattlesnakes cause serious injury to humans. According to the California Poison Control Center, rattlesnakes account for 800 bites each year, with only one or two deaths. Most bites occur during the months of April through October, when both humans and snakes are active outdoors. About 25% of bites are dry (i.e. no venom), but still require medical treatment.

Do's and Don'ts

  • Wear shoes when out hiking in the trails.

  • Stay ON the trails...don't venture out into the underbrush, where snakes may be hiding.

  • Watch what you touch with your hands too...especially if it's dark and hard to see.

  • Leave them alone. They are fun to watch, but do so from a distance. Don't try to pick them up.

Is it a Rattler or a Gopher Snake?

On the trails of the Conejo Valley I've come across rattlesnakes, gopher snakes, king snakes, garter snakes and perhaps a few others I wasn't able to identify. The rattlesnakes are the ones to be particularly wary of because of their venom, so be aware of the following distinctions:

Rattlesnakes are wider/heavier than most of the other local snakes and have a triangular-shaped head, broader at the back than at the front, with a distinct "neck." They have openings between the nostrils and the eyes. There are a series of dark and light bands near the tail which look different from the markings on the rest of the body.  DO NOTE that rattles may not always be present as they may have fallen off are are not always developed on a young rattler.

For some great information on identifying California snakes, visit www.californiaherps.com/identification/snakesid/common.html.

Notice the stocky size of this rattlesnake, the clear rattle, and the different series of dark and lights bands leading down towards the rattle.

Notice the stocky size of this rattlesnake, the clear rattle, and the different series of dark and lights bands leading down towards the rattle.

Beautiful King Snake (known for lunching on rattlesnakes).

Beautiful King Snake (known for lunching on rattlesnakes).

Gopher snake crossing the trail in   Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa  .

Gopher snake crossing the trail in Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa.

Gopher snake on the   Vista Del Mar Trail   in Newbury Park.

Gopher snake on the Vista Del Mar Trail in Newbury Park.

Facts About Getting Real ID Cards in the State of California

REALID.png

Now that we are well into 2019, it’s time for people like me, and perhaps most of you,. to start thinking about getting a Real ID card.

WHAT IS REAL ID?

Beginning October 1, 2020, the federal government will require your driver’s license or ID card to be Real ID compliant if you wish to use it as identification to board a domestic flight or enter secure federal facilities that require identification. The California DMV now offers federally compliant REAL ID drivers’ licenses.

The Real ID is a requirement of the Real ID Act of 2005.

DO I HAVE TO GET A REAL ID CARD?

No, you don’t. But if you plan to board a domestic flight starting October 1, 2020, your existing California driver’s license or state-issued ID will not work with TSA if it is not Real ID compliant.

In lieu of a Real ID card, you will need to show a U.S. passport, passport card or other forms of identification noted at www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification.

HOW DO I GET A REAL ID CARD?

Plan your DMV visit by making an appointment to visit a field office. DMV offices closest to the Conejo Valley include Thousand Oaks (Avenida de los Arboles), Ventura, Simi Valley,. Oxnard and Santa Paula. San Fernando Valley DMV locations include Winnetka, Van Nuys and Granada Hills.

Prepare for your visit as follows:

  1. Bring proof of your identity (original or certified copies only). It should show your date of birth, true full name (sorry, Madonna, Lady Gaga and Cher, this goes for you too). Documentation can include a current, unexpired U.S. passport or passport card, U.S. birth certificate, Permanent Resident Card or other items.

    Note that the identify document must show your current true full name; multiple name change documents are required if your name has changed multiple times. So for example, you’ll need to bring a certified marriage certificate if your current legal name is different than on your birth certificate or other identifying document.

  2. Bring proof of your full Social Security number (SSN) in the form of either an original Social Security card, W-2 form, 1099 form, pay stub or other items.

  3. Bring two** printed documents showing proof of California residency which list your first and last name and residence listed on the ID card application. It must show a physical address, not a P. O. box. Items you can use include mortgage bill, signed rental agreement, home utility bills, employment documents, property tax bills, etc.

  4. You will also need to complete an ID card application. The California DMV strongly encourages residents to complete applications online at www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/forms/dl/dl44. It is available in 10 languages (sorry, no Pig Latin though). Register for and complete the form online and when you arrive for your appointment, DMV staff can access and process the form. Easy peasy.

  5. Application fee is $30 for the ID card ($35 for a non-compliant driver’s license).

    ** As of April 2019. Note that previously this was just one printed proof of residency, but Federal requirements changed this to two, according to the DMV.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET THE REAL ID CARD?

Usually within 60 days by mail.

Learn more at REALID.dmv.ca.gov.

Take Advantage of AAA Membership Benefits and Discounts

AAA_logo.png

The Automobile Club is a non-profit service organization with over 51 million members, including 6 million in Southern California.  If you are not already a member, you should consider becoming one.

Basic membership is $51 per year plus a one time $20 admission fee (as of May 2019). Membership provides for towing up to 7 miles, discounted rental cars, emergency fuel delivery, locksmith service, access to AAA offices and services, free maps and travel planning, etc. Upgraded plans (AAA Plus and AAA Premier) are available, with additional benefits.

But where membership can really pay off are savings on products and services.  Here are a few that really stand out (updated May 2019...subject to change).

  • Getting a AAA rate on hotels like Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton, Best Western and others can easily save you 5% to 20% on your room, which can more than pay for your AAA membership.

  • Visit a AAA office and buy Regal/Edwards and Cinemark/Century movie theater tickets at up to 40% off regular prices!

    • AMC Theatre Black Tickets $10.74 online (vs $15.50 at the gate).

    • Regal/Edwards Theatres Premiere ticket $10 online vs $15 at the theatre.

  • $2 off admission to the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena.

  • 10% off admission to the Autry National Center in Los Angeles (next to the LA Zoo).

  • 30% off regular admission and 10% off merchandise at Knott's Berry Farm. Also save up to $15 on tickets to Knott's Soak City at AAA branches.

  • 25% off when you purchase advance tickets to Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach at an AAA branch and 10% off at the gate or online.

  • Save on advance tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood and $3 off when you show your AAA card at the gate. As of January 2019, 1-day adult admission $95 and kids tickets $89 in advance, compared to $99 from Universal Studios directly - savings of $4 to $10 per ticket.

  • 25% off Crocs online and at all Crocs-owned stores and outlets.

  • Save up to 37% off passes to Six Flags Magic Mountain online.

  • Save 5% at the gate at LEGOLAND California Resort

  • Save 20% off certain Sea World passes at AAA offices, 10% off online and $5 at the gate

  • If you plan on a multi-day visit to Disneyland, save by buying passes at a AAA office

  • 10% off at Mimi's Cafe (locations in Thousand Oaks and Ventura)

  • 10% off food, games and non-alcoholic drinks at Dave & Buster’s

  • 10% off all regularly priced menu items at Wetzel’s Pretzels.

  • 10% off Dell PCs

  • 10% off haircuts with a shampoo at Supercuts by showing your card.

Hundreds more discounts listed on the AAA website. There's also a free AAA iPhone and Android app to find AAA discounts in your area.

So even if you don't think you'll need roadside assistance or towing, it could really pay off having a AAA membership.  Visit the Auto Club of Southern California website at www.calif.aaa.com/home.html for more information.

Exploring the Coca-Cola All You Can Eat Right Field Pavilion at Dodger Stadium

dodgerssign.JPG

I've been a Dodger fan my entire life, having been born and raised in the Los Angeles area and moving to the Conejo Valley in the mid 1990s.

When I was a kid, my dad would take us to the game a couple times each season. We sat in the cheapest seats and on our way there would stop by McDonald's or In-N-Out Burger and bring food into the stadium.

Today, while still fans of the Dodgers, we rarely go to games. Just too many other things going on in our life. But I decided it would be fun to take the kids on a Saturday night.

BUYING TICKETS ONLINE

Plenty of tickets are available, but I had moderate sticker shock at the prices. The cheapest seats on the Dodgers ticketing website were $28 + $6.50 "Convenience" fee (whatever that means) and a $5.10 "Processing" fee. It certainly would be nice if all online ticket sellers just have one "all in" price that clearly shows the total price.

I was amazed at how terrible the Dodgers' ticketing website is, compared to other sites like StubHub and SeatGeek. They make you run Flash and don't provide a view from the seats like the other sites do.

In any case, I reviewed multiple alternatives to the Dodgers' ticketing website and went with StubHub. StubHub adds a service fee and a fulfillment fee to ticket prices. These fees vary based on event and ticket type. For the Dodgers game, the service fees were in the 23-25% range and fulfillment fees were $2. Factoring these fees in, StubHub still had the best overall prices for comparable seats out of the options I looked at.

PICKING THE SEATS

I was taking three kids to the game and my cheapest alternative were seats way, way up high in the Top Deck or Reserve areas. I didn't really want to be that high up, so I looked at the alternative of the bleacher seats. 

I'm not a fan of bleacher seats as they are just that - long benches with numbered seatbacks - no individual seats. I'm that guy who is annoyed the entire flight on a plane where the guy next to me's arm intrudes on my space. So bleacher seats probably are not the best idea for me.

But on second thought, we're only talking two to three hours and the kids would enjoy it. How bad could it be, right? So I decided to look at seats in the Coca-Cola All You Can Eat Right Field Pavilion. They were about $20 to $25 more than the seats in the Left Field Pavilion, but ALL YOU CAN EAT sounded like a fun option with the kids.

The bleacher seats make you feel closer to the action IMO than the seats in nosebleed land.

The bleacher seats make you feel closer to the action IMO than the seats in nosebleed land.

THE ALL YOU CAN EAT PAVILION

If it were me and a buddy, I would not sit in the Coca-Cola All You Can Eat Pavilion because, well, I'm not big into gorging myself. But hey, I was with the kids, and thought it would be fun to just let em at it and not worry about cash. And indeed it was fun.

A few things to note. We are not talking about a gourmet selection in this deal. We're talking Dodger Dogs, nachos, peanuts, popcorn and non-alcoholic beverages (soft drinks, iced tea and water). No ice cream, churros, cotton candy or beer (though those were available for sale). And no pizza, hamburgers or other food items. One pizza vendor walked by around the 7th inning; I suppose he was desperate to unload them at that point.

Is the All You Can Eat Pavilion worth it? Well it comes down to numbers. If you were to consume one Dodger Dog (cost is $6.50), one bag of peanuts ($5 estimate) and one drink ($6 insanely expensive), you are consuming $17.50 of Dodger Stadium cuisine. Throw in one other item, like another hot dog or nachos, and you've pretty much broken even on the deal. 

Two of the three kids with me "broke even." So I had to personally make up for the third kid's under-consumption. Indeed I was hungry on the drive from Thousand Oaks to Dodger Stadium, so I was prepared for the challenge. In fact, I went for a run that morning to ensure my metabolism was raring to go.

My take: 3 Dodger Dogs (really closer to 2 1/2 as I couldn't finish the 3rd one), 1 iced tea (refilled once), 2 bags of peanuts (I brought one home) and 2 bags of popcorn. Ignoring the refill, I think I devoured about $46 retail value in food.

Of course consuming all that salty food might make one thirsty. I woke up the next morning with a very dry mouth. And I certainly got my money's worth the night before so it was worth it. Kind of.

I had fond memories of Dodger Dogs going back to my childhood. They were great back then. But these Dodger Dogs were lukewarm at best and had kind of a metallic taste to them. I find the hot dogs at Costco, for $1.50, INCLUDING drink, to be more fulfilling.

The popcorn I thought was actually pretty good for pre-bagged popcorn. The peanuts were quite salty. The nachos were meh, not particularly good, according to the kids. 

THE BLEACHER SEATS

They weren't that bad. It was fun. The crowds were pretty mellow and there were a lot of families/kids out there.

There is zero room between your legs and knees and the row in front of you, but thankfully we didn't experience too much back and forth of people passing by as we were seated towards the middle of the row.

Great view of the field. We had to twist our necks a bit to see the big video screen, but it wasn't too bad.

There's nowhere to place your food and drinks, so you have to kind of balance the food in a tray on your lap. There's no cup holder for the drink. I placed my iced tea under the bench, where it was soon joined by trash. In fact, the amount of trash left by attendees was jaw dropping.

Quite a mess under the seats of the bleacher benches.

Quite a mess under the seats of the bleacher benches.

My back was a little tweaked by the end of the game, but I survived. Though the Dodgers lost, the game was entertaining, as was the between-inning on-screen shenanigans. It was a fun night out.

GETTING THERE AND PARKING

I decided to use the Waze app to tell me the best way, factoring in traffic conditions, to get to Dodger Stadium. Without the app, the natural way I would go would be the 101 east to the 134 east to the 5 south.

Waze informed me that I would get there 12 minutes faster from Newbury Park via the 23 north to the 118 east to the 5 south to the 134 east to the 2 south to the 5 south. Yep, a bit out of the way, but it worked like a charm. A very stress-free drive, with minimal traffic.

Going home was much more direct - 5 north to 134 west, then 101 west. If you find yourself in the right-hand lane on Stadium Way coming out of Dodger Stadium, you will be forced to go on the 5 south. Whoops, wrong way! But if you do find yourself in this situation, not to worry. Continue on the 5 about half a mile and take the Riverside offramp, turn right, then you'll soon see a 5 north onramp.

Parking at the stadium is $25. DO buy a parking pass on the Dodgers ticketing website in advance for $15 to save yourself $10. www.mlb.com/dodgers/ballpark/transportation/parking

Was fun catching a Justin Turner home run in the 4th inning.

Was fun catching a Justin Turner home run in the 4th inning.

IN SUMMARY

  • Dodger Stadium is just 40 to 60 minutes from the Conejo Valley and is a fun entertainment option for the entire family.

  • Plenty of seating options are available. The Coca-Cola All You Can Eat Right Field Pavilion is a great option if your family enjoys Dodger Dogs, popcorn, peanuts, nachos and soft drinks.

Sick With the Flu? Know What To Do!

sick-with-the-flu-large.jpg

Influenza (or flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. Most people with flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with others except to get medical care.

Know the symptoms of Flu

Flu viruses can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms: Fever* or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue (tiredness). Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea. This is more common in children.

* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

Take Antiviral Drugs if your doctor prescribes them!

Antiviral drugs can be used to treat flu illness. Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They also can prevent serious flu complications.

CDC recommends that antiviral drugs be used early to treat people who are very sick with the flu and people who get flu symptoms who are at high risk of serious flu complications, either because of their age or because they have a high risk medical condition.

Stay Home When Sick

When you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible. Remember to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw tissues in the trash after you use them. Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.

*Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine before resuming normal activities.

www.cdc.gov/flu/takingcare.htm