Naval strategies to be discussed at CLU

The commanding officer of the county’s naval base will be the keynote speaker at a corporate leaders breakfast hosted by Cal Lutheran University on March 18.

The event, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the school’s Lundring Events Center, on Olsen Road in Thousand Oaks, will feature Capt. James McHugh, who will discuss “Maritime Strategy and the State of the Navy in Ventura County.”

McHugh assumed command of the naval base last year, the fifth largest in the world and home to the deep-water harbor at Port Hueneme, the Seabee training center, the airfields and missile-testing center at Point Mugu, and the rugged facilities on San Nicolas Island.

CLU’s Corporate Leaders Breakfast Series brings members of the business and civic communities together to share ideas and hear from prominent leaders in the region. The current series will conclude on May 4. Reservations for the March 18 breakfast are requested by March 12 and may be made by contacting Sharon Nelson at smnelso@callutheran.edu or 493-3150.

EDC saves 224 jobs countywide

Ventura County’s Economic Development Collaborative (EDC-VC) helped save or create 224 jobs in 2009 through a series of business assistance and loan programs, the group recently announced.

Through an incentive called Business 911, the EDC’s Business Enhancement Program, a partnership with the Ventura County Workforce Investment Board, helped more than 250 local, small companies hold on to 140 jobs threatened by the economy, as well as an additional 84 jobs created last year through $2 million in loan funding.

According to EDC President Bruce Stenslie, the group also partnered with the city of Ventura in 2009, executing six small business loans, totaling $265,000. The EDC-VC, he said, currently has 48 open loans in the city, totaling $1.75 million. Since 2001, the group has made more than $2.37 million in loans through Ventura’s program, creating more than 230 jobs.
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or more information, contact Stenslie at 384-1800, ext. 21, bruce.stenslie@edc-vc.com, or visit edc-vc.com.

—from staff reports

 

 

Federal court gives ADHCs reprieve from Medi-Cal cuts

Just less than a month ago, the threat of closure had seemed imminent for Adult Day Health Care centers statewide, but now three ADHCs in Ventura County will remain open indefinitely after a federal court ruled last week that looming cuts to Medi-Cal funding will not happen.

The California Association for Adult Day Services (CAADS), one of several health-care-based plaintiffs against the state, reported that Judge Christina Snyder disallowed the governor and state legislators’ plan to slash Medi-Cal reimbursements, the primary means of funding to keep the centers open.

California leaders had looked to carry out deep cuts to Medi-Cal to salvage a debt-ridden state budget. Those cuts, proposed to save $134 million, would have hit the centers hard, according to the CAADS Web site, leaving 37,000 seniors without adult day health care, and 7,600 men and women out of work.
Those cuts would have caused the Ventura County Adult Day Health Care center in Oxnard to lose 160 of its elderly and disabled outpatient members, 96 percent of whom are funded through Medi-Cal, and 35 of its employees.

When the good news got around the center this week, people like Genny Da Roza, the center’s program director, could breathe a sigh of relief. Da Roza and other administrators had been in the beginning stages of notifying patients that programming at the 8-year-old ADHC would be shut down by the early summer.

“Everything at this point right now did not get passed,” she said about the Medi-Cal cuts. “We’re really happy about that.”

Da Roza credits much of the decision to keep the centers open to the efforts of the patients themselves, who had pleaded to state government on their behalf through a major letter-writing campaign in January.
“Hopefully, everyone realizes their efforts did matter,” she said.
Further details of the court ruling can be found at caads.org.

—Paul Sisolak