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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

By Jacqui Irwin and Buffy Wicks, Special to CalMatters

A trip to the grocery store, a long bike ride through a park, a stroll through our neighborhoods. These are the precious trips we have all come to look forward to during the recent stay-at-home orders. 

These moments – like our pre-pandemic trips to work, school and restaurants – paint an intimate portrait of our daily lives.  And this is precisely the information that the government wants to collect from you.  

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

By Gretchen Wenner in the Ventura County Star

If you have spare protective gear used by medical workers, Ventura County wants it.

On Monday night, officials put out a plea to the public for donations. The request comes as local cases of the new coronavirus continue to rise and four staff members at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura have tested positive for the virus.

Specifically, authorities are seeking surgical masks, N95 masks, procedure masks, isolation gowns, medical goggles, Dacron culture swabs and Tyvek suits.

Friday, February 22, 2019

As written by Joseph Marks in the Washington Post.

As hackers target California campaigns, the state wants to let political candidates use some of their campaign funds to secure personal phones and computers. 

A bill, which was introduced in the state legislature Thursday, could spark a trend among states that want to protect political races from being upended by the sort of hacking operation that targeted Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. 

“We saw what this cyberthreat looks like on a big public level in 2016,” California Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D), who is officially supporting the legislation, told me.  He plans to promote the bill to other states’ top election officials in coming months and says it's a “no-brainer” they should pursue similar ones.

 

Monday, January 28, 2019

As written by Travis Schlepp for KEYT.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A portion of U.S. Highway 101 may soon bear the name of Ventura County Sergeant Ron Helus who was killed in the November shooting at a Thousand Oaks country-western bar. 

Helus and 11 other victims were slain on November 7 inside the Borderline Bar and Grill, a popular destination for college students in the area.

 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Written by Gretchen Wenner in the Ventura County Star.

A state legislator from Thousand Oaks has introduced a resolution to name a stretch of Highway 101 that runs through the city in honor of Sgt. Ron Helus, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office lawman killed in the line of duty during the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill last fall.

Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin introduced the resolution Monday, the same day the Assembly adjourned in honor of the 12 Borderline victims, her office announced.

 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, has been re-appointed as the head of the California Assembly Veterans Committee for a third term.

Irwin has served as the chair since first getting elected in 2014. 

"I'm incredibly honored to continue my service to California's veterans," Irwin said in a statement. "Over the past four years we've worked on a number of initiatives to improve the lives of our veterans.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

By Mike Harris in the Ventura County Star

State Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin and the Thousand Oaks City Council are working to have a portion of Highway 101 named in honor of Ventura County sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, one of 12 people killed by a gunman in the Borderline Bar & Grill mass shooting Nov. 7.

Only the state Legislature can officially name a state highway, according to the California Department of Transportation.

The city has been in talks with Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, to introduce a resolution asking the Legislature to approve naming a portion of the 101 at Moorpark Road near the Borderline in Helus’ honor.