Organizer thanks helpers in wheelchair parade
I would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight. I am a candidate for the Thousand Oaks City Council. Recently I led a group of business people down Thousand Oaks Boulevard in wheelchairs. Everybody learned a lot. It's really different when you are in the other seat. The Daily News gave us great coverage as we proved a big point.
Through this exercise we were able to reopen communication with the physically challenged and businesses. Now that we have everyone's attention, we are not stopping here. We are working with the city and its newly formed Disabled Access Appeals Advisory Board and Barry Branagan, director of building and safety, from the city's Planning Department.
The truth of the matter is that while I thought of the idea, I could never have pulled this off alone. There are more than a few people to thank.
Most of all I would like to thank David Beals, the new manager of Pruner Medical Enterprises Inc. He really cares. At the end of the day Beals and the Chamber of Commerce gave away a deluxe-model wheelchair to the thousand Oaks Retired Citizens Home. It's surprising what a little networking can do.
Reprinted from the Daily News, August 30, 1994.