The Other Death Toll

During the initial “stay at home” orders, most emergency rooms were eerily quiet.  Patients were not seeing their primary care physicians for preventative visits, and elective preventive procedures, such as colonoscopies or mammograms, were being deferred.  Emergency room visits for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes were abnormally low.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that “emergency department visits declined by 23% for heart attacks, 20% for strokes and 10% for uncontrolled high blood sugar in people with diabetes.”  With the high level of stress and fear of…

California Bills Newsom has Signed into Law

AB 979 (Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena) AB 979 requires quotas based on race, ethnic, sexual preference, and transgender status for publicly held corporations headquartered in California. By the end of 2021 corporations need to have at least one board member from an underrepresented community, such as people of color or LGBT people. Corporations would be fined if they fail to comply, and the target would increase in 2022, requiring at least two or three directors from underrepresented communities, depending on the size of the board. AB 2218 (Miguel Santiago, D-Los…

Proposition Guide

Link to the Proposition Voter Guide Below. Share with friends and family! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1T2Yk9ApEWv6WLelwT7hsMa9fLwtNJaHT/view?usp=sharing Proposition Author(s)/Support/Donor(s) Voting “YES” Means Voting “NO” Means 14: Stem Cell Research Institute Bond Initiative Robert N Klein, II (Low Income Housing Developer)University of California Board of Regents YES: You support issuing an additional $5.5 billion general obligation bond for the state’s stem cell research institute and making changes to the institute’s governance structure and programs. This would cost the taxpayer $260 million per year for 30 years.You support allowing public funding for stem cell research. NO: You…

Residents concerned, shocked by Ventura County plans to isolate, quarantine

Ventura county hit the national headlines when controversy about the county’s plans to aggressively isolate, trace and quarantine potentially COVID-19-infected people went public. It began with a Monday, May 4, press conference in which Dr. Robert Levin, who was identified as the director of public health for the county, made the following statements: “As we do more testing, we will find more and more people who have COVID-19,” said Levin, “and again, we will isolate every one of them and we will find every one of their contacts, and we…

Autism: A Mother’s Journey

Luke and Me

Luke loves playing with water. He loves swimming pools, spraying water out of spray bottles and especially splashing in the fountains at Janss Marketplace. Like many 8-year-olds, he is fascinated with LEGO’s, horses, climbing, exploring the neighborhood, and jumping at Dojo Boom. For Luke and his family, play is a big part of their communication.  “I feel it a great privilege to be able to express some thoughts and emotions that come with raising Luke, my 8-year-old child with Autism Spectrum Disorder,” explains Joyce Shen. “I am aware within the…

Ventura County Relaxes Some COVID-19 Lockdown Rules

Golfer with Mask

Places of Worship Still Prohibited But Golf Courses May Now Reopen On Saturday, April 18, 2020, the Ventura County Health Department issued an update to their Stay-Well-At-Home order that relaxes some of the lockdown rules. The number of people allowed to staff online religious streaming services was updated from 7 to 10 people. Groups of less than 6 people are now allowed to meet. “It’s understandable that our community members want to get back to work and return to normal life as quickly as possible,” said Doctor Robert Levin. “The…

National Autism Awareness Month

National Autism Awareness Month

The Autism Society of America, the nation’s oldest leading grassroots autism organization, is celebrating National Autism Awareness Month in April 2020 with its new “Celebrate Differences” campaign. Designed to build a better awareness of the signs, symptoms, and realities of autism, #CelebrateDifferences focuses on providing information and resources for communities to be more aware of autism, promote acceptance, and be more inclusive in everyday life. Efforts like this began in 1972 when Autism Society launched the first annual National Autistic Children’s week, which eventually evolved into National Autism Awareness Month…

Worshiping while under “Quarantine”

Pastor alone

THOUSAND OAKS, CA – Fellowship is fundamental for most religions. However, gathering together for worship services may no longer be possible with COVID-19 social isolation protocols in effect. Fortunately, many of our local churches broadcast their services on the internet so that people can participate from home during this health situation. Ken LaMont, pastor of Newbury Park First Christian Church, commented, “Over the past few months, not knowing where we would be today with the coronavirus pandemic, we started live streaming our services which prepared us for what we are…