Ventura County Star Opinion Page Editor Agrees to Buyout

After 15 years at the Ventura County Star, Marianne Ratcliff has taken a buyout and resigned from the paper. Ratcliff had served as the Opinion Page editor since 2001.

Former Star and current LA Observed cartoonist Steve Greenberg, who used to work with Ratcliff, blogs about her departure on his site at

During my six and a half years there, she was unfailingly supportive, encouraging, cheerful and kind. She held onto optimistic viewpoints, whether it was about world events, national politics or the future of the Star itself, and she believes local newspapers will survive because people will always require “information without spin.” …

Marianne is a serious, thoughtful journalist. She always considered other people’s opinions and gave much thought before she wrote anything, and always took her job, and journalism overall, seriously. She was never afraid to tackle controversial topics in print or take unpopular stands. At the same time, she was always kind of perky and enthusiastic, a fair-complexioned, wide-eyed Midwest-born woman who might remind one a bit of the “Emma Pillsbury” character on the TV series “Glee.”