The facility is just a mile from my East Ventura home and I attended the event today along with many other folks eager to get a look at the new facility as well as Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggger, who announced just yesterday he would attend. I am not sure when I've seen that many camera crews in one place before in Ventura.
But I was glad to see the attention drawn here because our state really does need more of these facilities, especially those with skilled nursing services. While the Ventura facility doesn't offer these particular services, there is room to expand the $26-million home and add them if money becomes available. The Telephone Road home has room for 60 residents who are 62 years or older.
Other facilities are expected to open in W. Los Angeles, Fresno and Redding.
"It's an especially great day to be a veteran living in Ventura County," said Roger Brautigan, the secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs. "It's all about promises made and promises kept."
For video of the event including a ribbon cutting with our Mayor Christy Weir, go here.
P.S. Just for fun, see if you can name the Who's Who of local Republican politicians up on stage in the photo at top.
At right is the largest flag I have ever seen.