VENTURA — The Ventura County Grand Jury recommended Wednesday that the county adopt a system allowing customers to learn how clean local eateries are before stopping in for a bite.
In its year-end report, the panel, whose role is chiefly advisory, suggested that the county's health officials devise an easily read rating system that would let consumers know how the restaurant fared in recent health inspections.
Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego counties all post A, B and C ratings in restaurant windows.
Dan Del Campo, mayor pro tem of Thousand Oaks, is a longtime supporter of a ratings system. His passion for ratings began after getting phone calls from residents who became ill after eating out.
"I did some investigation and got the number of restaurant closings from the health department," he said. "It had names you wouldn't expect, popular places in Thousand Oaks."