Repairs keep coming even during virus lockdown

Auto repair shops are one of the essential businesses that are allowed to operate during California’s stay-at-home order. Westlake Independent is a locally owned shop that has adjusted its business practices to support its customers during the health crisis. Bruce Nation, owner of Westlake Independent, has faced many challenges since opening his shop in 1988, including the Northridge earthquake in […]


Prayers answered by stimulus

The Small Business Administration announced that all faith-based organizations affected by COVID-19 are eligible to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Following the passage of the emergency stimulus, the administration and Congress acted to ensure that religious nonprofits, just like small businesses, have access to funds to keep their workers paid and employed. […]

Pandemic doesn’t mean no hairdo

Betty Harger has been a professional hairstylist for almost two decades. But she’s always considered herself more of a “hairapist.” Clients visit her for a cut and color, but in the meantime, they talk about their days, swap stories about their kids, laugh and relax while Harger works her magic. Then, Harger sends them on their way, looking and feeling […]

Pre-fab ADUs present good rental income opportunity

A new company, Orbit Homes, is converting homeowners into landlords by “dropping” ADUs— accessory dwelling units—into their backyards. In an effort to provide more housing in the state, new laws in California took effect this year that encourage homeowners to build so-called ADUs, also referred to as granny flats, in-law suites, back houses or guest houses. The law allows for […]


Housing plan submitted for 1 Baxter Way

Global real estate investment giant Kennedy Wilson has submitted new plans for 1 Baxter Way, a commercial property near the 101 Freeway and Westlake Boulevard that it hopes to augment with 240 apartments. The plans have been revised to reflect nine months of input from Thousand Oaks city staff, said Dave Eadie, a senior vice president in KW’s entitlement and […]


Virtual care the healthy way to go during coronavirus lockdown

Exer Urgent Care recently launched VirtualCare by Exer, an online urgent-care service providing real-time access to a doctor via video chat with a smartphone, tablet or computer. With shelter-in-place mandates, the online service provides patients with diagnosis and treatment from Exer’s team of medical providers from their homes. VirtualCare is an extension of Exer’s patient access options and will refer […]


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