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Coronavirus: Amid 'worldwide' demand for protective equipment, Ventura County seeks donations

Ventura County is looking for donations of face masks and other protective equipment to help health care workers responding to the coronavirus.

This week, the Ventura County Office of Emergency Services began accepting donations at three drop-off locations: Assembly member Jacqui Irwin’s offices in Oxnard and Camarillo and the Ventura County Community Foundation in Camarillo. The county is requesting new and unused surgical masks, N-95 masks, procedure masks, isolation gowns, medical goggles, dracon culture swabs and Tyvek suits.

Ventura County seeks protective gear donations for medical staff, first responders

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.

Irwin bill would create California Housing Agency

Legislation to create a California Housing Agency that oversees all activities related to housing was introduced by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) Feb. 19. “AB 2506 is a necessary reform which concentrates California’s efforts into one agency, allowing for more streamlined and timely action to increase our housing supply shortfall,” said Irwin.

Berkeley SkyDeck spreads culture of entrepreneurship to state capitol

Berkeley SkyDeck, UC Berkeley’s flagship startup incubator, will be sending to Sacramento seven of the startups it has graduated in a first-of-its-kind municipal partnership.

The agreement, announced this week, will let the companies, which each must have at least one founder who is an alumna of a University of California campus, get to know the Sacramento area and spread the energy of Berkeley’s entrepreneurs to other parts of the state.

Borderline Shooting Year Later: How Policymakers Are Fighting Gun Violence

November marked a year since the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks that left 12 people dead. On this episode, we look at what steps have been taken to curb gun violence since the tragedy and the role that mental health plays in these shootings.

We speak with former Thousand Oaks Mayor and current state Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin about where she was when she received the news and the steps she is taking to curb gun violence. In the wake of the tragedy, she crafted several bills aimed at curbing gun violence.

CSUCI welcomes check for child care center

Cal State University Channel Islands is celebrating funding for a child care center on campus.

Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin made the announcement while speaking at the first ever “Channel your Network” event on Friday.

Irwin presented a state check for $5-million to the CSUCI President Erika Beck.

Life and legacy' of slain sheriff's sergeant goes on with highway dedication

A day before the one-year anniversary of the Borderline mass shooting that claimed the life of Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus and 11 others, a 3.4-mile stretch of nearby Highway 101 was officially named after him Wednesday.

The “Ventura County Sheriff Sergeant Ronald Lee Helus Memorial Highway" stretches from Hampshire Road to Lynn Road in Thousand Oaks, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said at a somber dedication ceremony at the Gardens at Los Robles Greens golf course, about a half-mile from the Borderline Bar & Grill.

A solution to childcare needs in Ventura County

In Ventura County alone, an estimated 12,000 preschool-age children cannot access or participate in preschool due to space, costs, and program limitations. Only 4% of the region’s demand for infant and toddler childcare is being met.

Within our region, there are two populations that are confronted with unique obstacles to accessing reliable childcare — farmworkers and university students with children. We need a creative and collaborative solution to the childcare shortage that our region is experiencing.