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LETTERS | November 2019

Nov. 27, 2019 Opportunity for affordable housing Recent news has published that Kmart in Santa Paula and Sears in Ventura will soon be closing, as has Kmart in Camarillo. These buildings should be repurposed for housing. One really good thing is that there is plenty of parking, which is always a major concern in new builds. Please don’t allow these buildings to be shuttered and become an eyesore. As a citizen, I would encourage and challenge these cities to partner with developers to immediately construct affordable housing. And don’t forget green spaces. Judith A. Beay Ventura Turkey Day and...

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My race and ethnicity as a teaching tool

by LaVerne Seales, Ph.D. Ever since I arrived in this country, I have had to explain who I am: African American, Afro-Caribbean, African, that works. But an Afro-Latina Spanish teacher? Now that needs an explanation. My race, my black skin — that is what people immediately see. But it does not match up with the assumptions that people have of me in the United States. My ethnicity, which can be displayed or hidden, is what continually needs an explanation. I don’t say a word. The assumption is that I am African American. When I speak in English, then I...

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TEMPE, AZ – Times Media Group, the fast-growing publisher of more than 15 Arizona publications and websites, today announced the acquisition of Southland Publishing, the Southern California-based publisher of several newsweeklies, magazine and digital media properties with a combined monthly circulation of more than one million readers and Web visitors.   Steve Strickbine, President of Times Media Group, which owns the Pulitzer-Prize-winning East Valley Tribune, the award-winning Scottsdale Progress and 13 other Valley media platforms, called the Southland purchase a strategic expansion step into Southern California, further increasing the reach of TMG’s successful community news operation.   “Our primary...

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LIFE, LIVED | Carla “Desiree” Diana Lautman 1964-2019

Carla “Desiree” Diana Lautman, age 55, was born on March 13, 1964, in Glendale, California, the daughter of Joseph Lautman, originally from Hungary, and Wilhelmina Van Halm Lautman from Holland (both deceased). She grew up in Simi Valley, then moved to Ventura and lived there for the last 30 years of her life. Carla is survived by four siblings: three brothers, Joseph William Lautman, Brian Mark Lautman and Dean Edward Lautman; and her sister, Evelyn Johanna Harvey, with her husband, Nathan Harvey, and their two children Bo Warren Harvey and “Addie” Addison Katelina Harvey.  When Carla was in her...

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State audit of CSU misguided and mistaken

The California State University is the nation’s largest four-year public university system, and it produces more than half the state’s bachelor’s degrees, sending 126,000 job-ready graduates into the workforce annually. CSU has the most ethnically, economically and academically diverse student body in the nation, and more than half its graduates are the first in their families to earn a degree. By creating opportunity and social mobility, the 23 CSU campuses are the largest source of California’s diverse workforce. It’s hard to overstate the importance of having a world-class higher education system to spark the industries that make California’s economy...

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