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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.

California wants to let political candidates use campaign cash to secure their devices

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.

 

Resolution presented to rename portion of US 101 after sergeant killed in Thousand Oaks shooting

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.

 

Lawmaker moves to name stretch of Highway 101 after deputy killed in Borderline shooting

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.

 

Jacqui Irwin named chair of Assembly Veterans Committee

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.

Portion of Highway 101 could be named after deputy killed in Thousand Oaks shooting

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.