Hard to get housing for homeless vets

Stereotyping and stigmas can make it a difficult task

In my introductory column, Mikey Simpson—a 57-year-old Camarillo veteran who’s been homeless for three years—told me he preferred to live outdoors because of his background as an Army infantryman. But while I drove him to appointments at various VA medical centers, Simpson made it clear to me he wanted to receive a HUD-VASH voucher (HUD: Housing and Urban Development, VASH: […]

Card making for kids, adults

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will host a free card making workshop for adults and kids from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thurs., July 12 at 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. Participants do not need to be “artsy.” The program is for those who wish to express gratitude to those who have helped them through their donations to the Cancer […]

Bound for MIT

Oak Park’s Scott, Oaks Christian’s Lucchese ready for rigors of college

Olivia Lucchese remembers telling her mother, Stacy, that “no one normal” attends the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “I was originally super skeptical of MIT,” said Lucchese, a recent Oaks Christian School graduate. “I thought that it was a place for super smart people.” Jonah Scott, a recent Oak Park grad, won’t argue with Lucchese. Scott, 17, said it takes a […]

The price of gasoline will drive you nuts

For many California voters, this is the summer of their discontent. And in the coming election, they just might do something about it. Motorists hit the road this week to celebrate the Fourth of July—and they got hit with sticker shock. Drivers shelled out a nationwide average of $2.90 per gallon for regular gasoline, the highest Independence Day price since […]

Safety first this summer at state parks

California State Parks wants visitors to enjoy their time by keeping their loved ones safe. About 10 people die from unintentional drownings every day, but this can be prevented by learning water safety as well as following these tips: Wear a life jacket that is U.S. Coast Guard-approved and fits properly. Know your limits. Swimming in a lake, ocean or […]

Country French estate in Thousand Oaks with panoramic views

Includes guest quarters and garden with fruit and avocado trees

This country French estate in Thousand Oaks has separate guest quarters. The house has five bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in a 3,715-square-foot home in gated Los Robles Hills. The house has panoramic views of Thousand Oaks. City lights, mountains and July Fourth fireworks can be seen from the backyard. Guests enter via a paver driveway and private gate to gardens […]

Chargers engage in tug of war

PUSH AND PULL—Agoura High football linemen pull during the tug of war at the Los Angeles Rams’ 7-on-7 passing and big man tournament June 23 at Cal Lutheran University.

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