Matthew Fienup in Camarillo.

Matthew Fienup in Camarillo.

Matthew Fienup, executive director of the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting at California Lutheran University, shared his annual breakdown of the dynamics affecting the economy on the national, state and Ventura County levels Thursday afternoon, and the local forecast was overall bleak but cemented by an optimism over how best to remedy a situation which essentially boiled down to “build more housing.”

Before some 260 people in attendance at the Padre Serra Center in Camarillo, Fienup delivered his 2019 Ventura County Economic Forecast, informing his audience that the local economy “has been in a recession,” pointing to a growth rate that is hovering just above zero, on par with the last five years...

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