Camarillo in California

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Camarillo Ranch House © Los Angeles/cc-by-sa-3.0

Camarillo Ranch House © Los Angeles/cc-by-sa-3.0

Camarillo is a city in Ventura County in the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 65,201, an increase of 8,117 from the 57,084 counted in the 2000 Census. Camarillo is named for brothers Juan and Adolfo Camarillo, prominent Californios who owned Rancho Calleguas and founded the city. The city is home to California State University, Channel Islands, housed on the former grounds of the Camarillo State Hospital.

At the time of European contact in the 18th century, Camarillo had been inhabited by the Chumash Indians for thousands of years. Present day Camarillo and the larger Oxnard Plain were portions of a paramount Chumash capital at the village of Muwu (today’s Point Mugu). Simo’mo (CA-VEN-24), which translates to “the saltbush patch”, was a Chumash village located upstream from Mugu Lagoon near the city of Camarillo. Caves with ancient pictographs are located in the area around Conejo Grade including a site used for religious ceremonies dating back to 500 A.D., where two Chumash villages were located: Lalimanux (Lalimanuc or Lalimanuh) and Kayɨwɨš or Kayiwish (Kawyis) (CA-VEN-243). The village of Kayɨwɨš (Chumash: “The Head”) was first encountered by Europeans of the first Portola expedition on August 16, 1795.

Camarillo State Mental Hospital was established near the city in the 1930s so that persons suffering from mental illnesses or tuberculosis could recover in Ventura County’s balmy climate. Jazzman Charlie Parker‘s “Relaxin’ at Camarillo,” written while he was detoxing from heroin addiction, is a tribute to the facility. The song “Camarillo” by punk outfit Fear is also written about the facility. The band Ambrosia released a song called “Ready for Camarillo” on their 1978 Life Beyond L.A. album. “Ready for Camarillo” also appeared as the single B side of their hit “How Much I Feel.” The former hospital is the now the site of California State University, Channel Islands. The university has retained the distinctive Mission Revival-style bell tower in the South quad. The Camarillo State Hospital was closed in the 1990s and remained vacant until the site was converted into California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI). CSUCI officially opened in August 2002 and is now accredited by the WASC.

View of Conejo Grade from Camarillo © Michael Adams/cc-by-sa-4.0 Camarillo Ranch House © Los Angeles/cc-by-sa-3.0 Bell Tower Building of California State University Channel Islands © Stephen Schafer © Frantik/cc-by-3.0 Campus of California State University Channel Islands © Jacknorris63/cc-by-sa-3.0 Mary Magdalene Chapel © Fettlemap/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Bell Tower Building of California State University Channel Islands © Stephen Schafer
The Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District has hosted the Camarillo Christmas Parade since 1962. The Christmas Parade usually occurs during the first or second weekend in December. Hundreds of organizations and thousands of people participate in the parade. Community Members come from all over to watch the parade. Notable Grand Marshals have included Jessica Mendoza, Lisa Guerrero, Jack Wilson, Fernando Vargas, and Walter Brennan.

Camarillo has one train station, served by both Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner from San Luis Obispo to San Diego and Metrolink’s Ventura County Line from Los Angeles Union Station to Montalvo. Nine Pacific Surfliner trains serve the station daily and six Metrolink trains serve the station each weekday. This limited Metrolink service runs only at peak hours in the peak direction of travel (i.e. three morning departures to Los Angeles and three evening arrivals from Los Angeles).

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