Cooper wants to share some puppy love with fire victims

Occupational therapist Lauren Taluy and her registered therapy dog Cooper are available to visit places supporting displaced families for Cooper to share some puppy love with those affected by the fires. Cooper is 10 years old and has been with Lauren since he was 8 weeks old, which is when he began his life as a therapy dog. Cooper’s family lives in Ventura and includes Lauren’s husband Timur and her 2 children, 4 year old Ellie and 2 year old Hudson. Please contact Lauren at 805-300-8103 or email to arrange for a visit from Cooper.

Ventura Police Department hosting free Active Shooter Response Training Dec. 20

The for business and church leadership on December 20 at Ventura Baptist Church located at 5415 Ralston Street in Ventura. The training will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. A new location was selected because the Ventura Police Department training room is currently occupied as an Emergency Operations Center. Ventura Baptist Church can also accommodate a larger group allowing for those waitlisted to attend. Registrations are still being accepted until December 19.

The training is being offered in response to community concerns regarding active shooter incidents in Nevada, Texas and California. FBI statistics show that mass shootings are rare, but the Ventura Police Department is committed to partner with the community in providing safety information. According to the FBI, between 2000 and 2016, there were 216 active shooter incidents throughout the country.

An Active Shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.

Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims.

Because active shooter situations are often over within a short time, before police arrive on scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.

The training is free. Registration is required by calling 805-339-4317 or emailing

YMCA offers free memberships to firefighters and those who lost their homes

In the aftermath of local fires, the Ventura Family YMCA will increase child care, membership and facility access to members in the community who need it. The Y offers firefighters and anyone who have lost their homes to the fire free membership until March 31. Those in need have free access to the Y until December 31. The YMCA will also continue to provide two hours of free child care for families in need, so parents can run errands outside of the Y.

 Until schools open, the Y will continue to offer full-time (7am – 6pm) child care services at Elmhurst Elementary. The services are free for families who have lost their home. For all others impacted in the community, the Y will offer child care for $30 per day. All other child care sites will remain closed.

 If interested in this care, families should contact in order to guarantee a spot, to receive all of the registration paperwork needed, and to RSVP so the Y can secure staff as needed.

 In addition to these services, Red Cross staff and volunteers may shower at the Y. The staff will also stock locker rooms with toiletries until December 31. “We want the community to know that we are praying for everyone who has been affected,” Amy Bailey, Executive Director for the Ventura Family YMCA, said on behalf of everyone at the Ventura Y.

 For any updated information and open hours visit or contact Amy Bailey at 805.642.2131 ext. 24 or

Free ads in the Breeze Dec. 20 issue if related to fire information.

In the Dec.20 issue of the Ventura Breeze we will post for free any fire related information that might help Venturan’s. Such as what your needs are? What you have to give others? Volunteering to help others, looking for a place to rent, have a place to rent or to share. No retail businesses please just folks helping each other during these awful times.

Send information to

Ventura County United Way, American Red Cross and Sheriff’s Office team up to create Thomas Fire Fund

The United Way of Ventura County, American Red Cross of Ventura County, and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services have teamed up to create the Thomas Fire Fund. The Thomas Fund, where 100% of your donations will support those in our community affected by the wildfire. To donate: Text “UWVC” to 41444, go to or call 805 485 6288. Checks may also be sent to United Way’s at 702 County Square Dr. Ste. 100 Ventura, CA 93003

CoLAB FOUNDATION collecting new unwrapped toys

Collecting brand new unwrapped toys and can be dropped off at the following locations:

RE/MAX Gold Coast – 601 Daily Dr., Suite 102
Supervisor Long’s Office – 1203 Flynn Rd., Suite 220

RE/MAX Gold Coast – 1151 S. Victoria Ave
RE/MAX Gold Coast – 3550 Harbor Blvd.

Jensen Design & Survey – 1672 Donlon St.
RE/MAX Gold Coast – 5720 Ralston St., Suite 100

Contact info 805-633-2260 /

People can also donate online at

Foster VC Kids need help with children displaced by the fire

Many families who shelter and help foster youth in our community  and their children have been displaced by the Thomas Fire. They are in great need. Please help by donating to the following organizations:

Child Hope Services : 805-419-6182 or

James Storehouse: 805‐499‐7161 or

Raising Hope : 805-491-KIDZ (5439) or

VCFPA: 805-285-3790 or