Author: Julie Madsen

POINTLESS, TRAUMATIZING | What I learned covering family court in Ventura

Looking at the contact list on my phone, I find that at least half of my friends come from a divorced family – in fact, the parents of only two of my immediate friends remain together. According to the American Psychological Association, between 40 percent and 50 percent of American families do indeed end in divorce. When my parents were divorced, they were able to come to an amicable decision about who would have custody over me and my sister. Many children aren’t that lucky. My friend comes from one of the millions of divorced families. His parents went...

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MORE JOBS THAN PEOPLE | Local staffing firm aims to help connect employers and candidates

by Julie Madsen Unemployment in the nation is 3.7 percent — an all-time low in nearly 50 years. In Ventura County, the unemployment rate is even lower at 3 percent. Express Employment Professionals, a staffing company, hopes to lower the employment rate even more. On Aug. 8, the company is hosting a hiring event to connect candidates with the right jobs for them. This will be the second time Express Employment Professionals has held this event on National Interview Day. Aaron Mercer, vice president of business development and marketing, said that the company decided to host this event in...

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Taste of home, Ventura County style

La Parrilla Yucatan Mexican Food100 N. Ashwood Ave.,$5-20 We take the accessibility and quality of Mexican food for granted because of its abundance along our Ventura County streets. After spending nearly 10 months in the Bay Area for school eating nothing but burgers and Thai food — besides the classic college cuisine of ramen and pizza — all I wanted when I came back home was authentic Mexican food. I found what I was looking for at Ventura’s La Parrilla Yucatan Mexican Food located in the Ashwood Plaza. La Parrilla has been open for five years, hoping to...

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