VENTURA REGION CENTRAL OFFICES
The Ventura region is northeast of the Los Angeles metropolis and has an extensive shoreline mixed with sweeping valleys and mountains at the terminus of the coast range. A "spill" over from Los Angeles is evident in the bedroom cities of Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Newberry Park at the east end of the region. Oxnard, Ventura and Camarillo make up the major population centers at the west end and are located along the beaches. Farming and agriculture are still a big business and the rural type setting is seen toward the north and eastern ends of the region.
Telephone service in the Ventura region has been a mix of independents and sporadically the Bell. Associated Telephone Company was first to provide service to the Oxnard and Camarillo areas, where as Pacific Telephone and Telegraph served Ventura and the north end of the county. General Telephone absorbed the numerous independents in 1964 then later became GTE then Verizon. Pacific Bell-SBC still maintains a presence scattered throughout the region.
AT&T maintains a toll center in Oxnard but is physically separate from the Tandem and located just down the block. This was because of AT&T policy not to collocate with independent telephone companies being they were a "Bell" company.
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