2013-11-21 E-Edition

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Local congresswoman breaks ranks with party on healthcare reform

Brownley one of 39 Dems to vote for GOP-sponsored bill

U.S.Rep. Julia Brownley (DThousand Oaks) joined 38 other Democratic members of Congress last week who broke party ranks and voted in support of a Republican bill that would allow healthcare policyholders to keep their current plans that don’t meet standards of the Affordable Care Act and allow insurance companies to continue selling those policies through 2014. The Keep Your Health […]

Westlake native takes command

Col. David Bakos, the new commander of the 146th Airlift Wing in Camarillo, has dedicated his life to serving people—people, he says, who are the motivation and reason for his success. Bakos replaced former commander Col. Paul Hargrove, who held the position for five years, at a change-of-command ceremony Nov. 2 in Point Hueneme. “I feel humbled and slightly overwhelmed,” […]

Soaring high

Plenty of entertainment for homes tour

The 22nd annual Holiday Homes Tour to benefit the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/ Santa Barbara is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Dec. 7 and 8. The entertainment committee chair, Thelma Starr, has put together a lineup of entertainers from an array of musical styles. More than 28 musicians and musical groups will perform, including the […]

Teen reality parties a wake-up call

This is not your grandfather’s party. Not even your father’s, where a beer and a cigarette were the worst that might happen. Today’s teen parties push the envelope, and parents don’t know the half of it. Booze, hard drugs, nudity—and social media to keep the fires stoked. The teen party scene today is a far cry from what it used […]

Getting ready for tipoff

The shuffling can stop now. It’s time to play some hoops. There are new faces in new places. Familiar foes have joined forces with old adversaries. It’s a brave new world for Marmonte League high school boys’ basketball teams. Larry Bush leaving defending league champion Westlake for Calabasas jolted the Richter scale. The Warriors, Coyotes and Thousand Oaks Lancers, armed […]

Championship win is out of this world

Eye care important for diabetics

Diabetes is a serious disease that can affect many aspects of the body: the heart and kidneys, blood circulation and even the eyes. Diabetic eye disease has increased in prevalence by 89 percent between 2000 and 2010, and is a leading cause of blindness among American adults. Despite this, vision care is often overlooked by people with diabetes as they […]

Empty shelves at Manna must be avoided

As the executive director of the Conejo Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, I am often asked, “Will it help more to give money or to give food?” The simple answer is that both are vitally important to what we do. Financial donations are critical. Without funding, Manna could not keep our truck on the road six days a week or […]