As of Tuesday, around 45 people with Circo Hermanos Caballero, or the Brothers Caballero Circus, were staying in recreational vehicles or sleeping in big rigs in a parking lot just east of The Oaks mall, unable to perform because of ongoing measures intended to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Many of them are children; most are related.
“In every RV is a family,” owner Ruben Caballero told the Acorn on Sunday, pointing to a group of seven or eight RVs lining the lot at W. Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Wilbur Road.
The band of performers pulled into the Conejo Valley March 17, five days after Gov. Gavin Newsom banned all large gatherings in the state. Their fleet of 12 semitrailers came from Santa Ana, where their second weekend of shows had to be canceled because of concerns over the virus.
Caballero, a world-record-holding trapeze artist who comes from a long line of circus performers from Guadalajara, Mexico, said he wasn’t surprised when his booking agent heard from Oaks management that the group would need to cancel the nightly shows it had planned from March 19 to 30. But since they’d already paid for the space, Caballero and his crew decided to set up camp in the lot next to the 101 Freeway, unsure of their next move.
“We don’t know who to reach out to for help. We’re strangers here,” he said Sunday…
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