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March 6, 1993 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County may become the first in the state to give portable telephones to physically disabled drivers who cannot easily reach freeway call boxes. The Ventura County Transportation Commission, required by federal law to make call boxes accessible to drivers with disabilities, voted Friday to buy cellular phones for such drivers to use if their vehicles break down. The cellular phones, which will cost the commission about $275 each, will only be able to reach 911 unless the user pays extra.
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January 27, 1997 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County officials want to assist hundreds of elderly and disabled legal residents on federal assistance in becoming U.S. citizens, a move that could help the county avoid millions of dollars in general relief benefits. The county estimates there are 6,000 legal residents who will lose their Social Security benefits later this year under new federal welfare reform laws. Most immigrants attain status as legal residents when they come to this country to work or to join their families.
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June 3, 1993 | SARA CATANIA
Ojai's Board of Education has voted to pay up to $14,000 to have district schools evaluated to make sure they comply with the federal Americans With Disabilities Act. Under the agreement, the Ventura-based architectural firm of Rasmussen and Associates will visit the district's nine schools and develop a plan to modify the sites to comply with the act. The 1990 civil-rights law guarantees disabled people equal access to public facilities.
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June 3, 1993 | SARA CATANIA
Ojai's Board of Education has voted to pay up to $14,000 to have district schools evaluated to make sure they comply with the federal Americans With Disabilities Act. Under the agreement, the Ventura-based architectural firm of Rasmussen and Associates will visit the district's nine schools and develop a plan to modify the sites to comply with the act. The 1990 civil-rights law guarantees disabled people equal access to public facilities.
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January 27, 1997 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County officials want to assist hundreds of elderly and disabled legal residents on federal assistance in becoming U.S. citizens, a move that could help the county avoid millions of dollars in general relief benefits. The county estimates there are 6,000 legal residents who will lose their Social Security benefits later this year under new federal welfare reform laws. Most immigrants attain status as legal residents when they come to this country to work or to join their families.
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March 19, 1993 | PEGGY Y. LEE
Ventura City officials met Thursday to begin planning construction of a ramp at Marina Cove Beach so that disabled people with wheelchairs can travel from the parking lot to the water. The $20,000 ramp, which will be the first of its kind in the county, will be constructed and ready in about a month, said Don Marquardt, the city's landscape architect. The ramp is funded by city, state and private donations.
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May 23, 1993 | SARA CATANIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shortly after Aleda Collins moved to Ventura County 13 years ago, a longtime illness struck her blind. But when the 39-year-old mother of two began seeking services for everything from reading to transportation to support groups, she was discouraged by what she found. "There was no network; there was very little going on," she said. "It was like if you were blind you had to figure everything out for yourself or you just didn't do anything at all."
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February 21, 1999
* Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties received two awards for its sex education programs. The Affiliate Excellence Award for "Special Efforts Serving Teens" was given by Planned Parenthood Federation of America; and the Apple Tree Award was given by the Assn. of Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education.
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July 17, 1990 | AMELIA CHAFEE
The Santa Paula City Council passed a $250-million redevelopment plan Monday night, although it is expected to prompt a lawsuit. The project would mainly improve streets, sidewalks and curb access for the handicapped. Ventura County Counsel Daniel J. Murphy has threatened to sue on the grounds that the city's general plan, on which the redevelopment is based, does not comply with state law.
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June 13, 1999
Among the brightest threads in the tapestry that is the Ventura County community are the volunteers and nonprofit organizations that work selflessly to make others' lives better. Two outstanding examples are the Ventura County organizations selected as winners of this year's Community Partnership Awards, presented by The Times Valley / Ventura County Editions. They are: * Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Assn. of Ventura County, recipient of the Health Services Award.
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May 23, 1993 | SARA CATANIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shortly after Aleda Collins moved to Ventura County 13 years ago, a longtime illness struck her blind. But when the 39-year-old mother of two began seeking services for everything from reading to transportation to support groups, she was discouraged by what she found. "There was no network; there was very little going on," she said. "It was like if you were blind you had to figure everything out for yourself or you just didn't do anything at all."
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March 19, 1993 | PEGGY Y. LEE
Ventura City officials met Thursday to begin planning construction of a ramp at Marina Cove Beach so that disabled people with wheelchairs can travel from the parking lot to the water. The $20,000 ramp, which will be the first of its kind in the county, will be constructed and ready in about a month, said Don Marquardt, the city's landscape architect. The ramp is funded by city, state and private donations.
NEWS
March 6, 1993 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County may become the first in the state to give portable telephones to physically disabled drivers who cannot easily reach freeway call boxes. The Ventura County Transportation Commission, required by federal law to make call boxes accessible to drivers with disabilities, voted Friday to buy cellular phones for such drivers to use if their vehicles break down. The cellular phones, which will cost the commission about $275 each, will only be able to reach 911 unless the user pays extra.
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September 2, 1992 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gail Horrigan, who operates three Oxnard homes that care for 120 mentally retarded adults, has stopped paying her rent, taxes and other bills because the state, locked in a bitter budget impasse, has cut off her funding. On Tuesday, as the budget battle between Gov. Pete Wilson and the state Legislature entered its third month, Horrigan was telling her 20 Oxnard employees that she may have to shorten their hours next week if Medi-Cal funding is not restored.
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August 26, 1992 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The agency that pays for the care and housing of about 2,000 handicapped Ventura County residents will shut its doors next week unless a new state budget is adopted, the agency's director said Tuesday. The stalemate in Sacramento has choked off financing to the Tri-Counties Regional Center since July 1, Administrator Barry Kaufman said. The agency obtained a $4-million bank loan to continue serving mentally retarded adults and children and those with cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy.
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