Doctors say there’s not enough ventilators to handle COVID surge

For those few patients who experience respiratory failure as a result of COVID-19, having a ventilator can mean the difference between life and death. But there’s a critical lack of the breathing aids in Ventura County and elsewhere around the nation now, when they’re needed most. In a letter to the public released March 28, Drs. Daniel Cox, Nessa Meshkaty […]

County takes control of Motel 6

Will house at-risk homeless people

In a move to prevent rapid spread of the coronavirus through the East County and to protect homeless people who are most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19, Ventura County has opened a new shelter at an old facility. Under direction from the state, the county is leasing a Motel 6 in Newbury Park for use during the current public […]

2020-04-02 E-Edition

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Ladyface watches over us

Iconic Agoura Hills mountain offers calm reassurance

GREEN WITH ENVY—The dark peak in the middle is the profile of Ladyface lying on her side, with sharp nose, tiny lips and rounded forehead pointing toward 10 o’clock. The hike to the top is challenging but fun. The approximately 5 inches of rainfall in March have given the local hills new life, but unfortunately most trails are now closed.

Restaurants adapt during crisis

With revenues slashed, take-out and delivery prove valuable

People are homebound, but they still need to eat. And although dining out is no longer an option, residents can still go to many of their favorite local restaurants for some grab-and-go. In these unusual times, restaurants are having to rely on takeout and delivery service as their only source of income. It’s been easier for some than others. Emil’s […]

Resident innovative with masks

Hospitals around the country are stretched to the limit coping with the coronavirus pandemic, and after hearing from a nurse friend that Cedars-Sinai Medical Center was running out of face shields, Calabasas resident Jeremy Reitman decided to help. Reitman, 40, owns a 3-D printer and put it to use printing plastic face shields. He posted a photo of his selfmade […]

Beach, park closures bring stark new reality

All Los Angeles County beaches and parking facilities were closed to the public on March 27 in response to overcrowding by people seeking an escape from the coronavirus lockdown. Hiking won’t be an alternative. L.A. and Ventura County trails inside the California State Parks (Malibu Creek and, Point Mugu) and federal Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area systems are closed. […]

By necessity, classrooms enter digital age

Teachers creative with remote learning

While the coronavirus has shut down much of day-to-day life, the education of children continues from afar. For both students and teachers, however, there’s a learning curve in adapting to the change. Public and private schools in the area are hustling to make the switch to distance learning while keeping students engaged. Joshua Barroll, music director at Calabasas High School, […]

Oak Park woman tells of painful coronavirus struggle

Residents in the local community are contracting coronavirus, and some are even dying. Oak Park resident Karen Stauffer knows she’s one of the lucky ones. The 57-year-old Hollywood talent scout and nanny is at home recovering from a five-day stay at Los Robles Hospital where she was treated for coronavirus. She survived her ordeal, but her journey back to health […]

Penning letter to a senior can have powerful effect

Raise your hand if you’re tired of the news and are looking for something—anything—to take your mind off what’s happening in the world today. We can’t see you, but we figure a lot of our readers are raising their hands. We have a suggestion, and we hope you’ll take us up on it. The best part? It doesn’t require leaving […]