Thursday, September 29, 2016

Listen To Donald Trump And Howard Stern Talk About How 'Vagina Is Expensive'

I was reading this article on Huffington Post, and I thought you might be interested in reading it, too.

Listen To Donald Trump And Howard Stern Talk About How 'Vagina Is Expensive'

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Listen To Donald Trump And Howard Stern Talk About How 'Vagina Is Expensive'

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In a January 1997 interview with Donald Trump, shock jock Howard Stern relayed some crude marital advice that the brash businessman gave him before his second trip down the aisle, with Marla Maples. (The couple would separate a few months later.)

"Donald pulled me aside at his wedding," Stern said in comments that had not resurfaced until now. "He said, you know I am getting remarried, but Howard, vagina is expensive. I will never forget those words. The guy is right. Those were the exact words!"

Trump, who had earlier in the interview discussed the spending habits of his first wife, Ivana Trump, seemed to laugh along without protest. Under the noise, the words "that's pretty close" are barely audible, apparently in response to Stern's insistence that the quote was a direct one.

A Democratic source shared the interview with The Huffington Post. Neither Trump's campaign nor associates of Stern returned comment, though the entire exchange was hardly atypical for a radio program that built its reputation and audience on salacious material.

Nevertheless, as Trump tries to improve his numbers and image with female voters in the weeks before the presidential election, episodes like these ― where he often portrays women as objects for sex and brags about his libido ― continue to haunt him.

Not surprisingly, Stern is often an ingredient. Trump appeared on the show over a dozen times throughout the 1990s and 2000s. In his conversations with the radio host, he often ranked and rated women's appearances and discussed who he would like to have sex with. "A person who is very flat-chested is very hard to be a 10," he said in one exchange.

But Stern wasn't the only one who brought out this side. Trump invented a fake persona to brag about his sexual prowess to gossip columnists and journalists. At his own conferences, he admitted to hiring a female employee because she was beautiful and called attractive women his alcoholism. At his own businesses, he pushed to fire women who weren't pretty enough. And in his books, he painted a picture of women as money-hungry or drags on professional success.

He wrote about three types of female reactions to demands for a prenuptial agreement before marriage in his book Trump: The Art of the Comeback. The first type loved her husband but refused to sign on principle. "I fully understand this, but the man should take a pass anyway and find someone else," he wrote. The second was a woman who refuses to sign "because she is expecting to take advantage of the poor, unsuspecting sucker she's got in her grasp." And the third was "the woman who will openly and quickly sign a prenuptial agreement in order to make a quick hit and take the money given to her."

"You have to protect yourself," he concluded. "You never know how the dynamics in a marriage will play out."

As a businessman and reality TV personality, these types of musings from Trump were seen as baroque and chauvinistic but part of a persona he was trying to cultivate. As a presidential candidate, they've been weaponized against him.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke during the first presidential debate in New York City on Monday of Trump's treatment of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. In 1997, as owner of the beauty pageant, Trump publicly berated Machado for gaining weight and called her "Miss Piggy."

Trump continued to ridicule Machado in interviews this week.

"She gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem," he said Tuesday.

Editor's note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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‘Kill the worthless dog’: Saudi princess ‘abuses’ Paris decorator, Twitter users enraged — RT News

‘Kill the worthless dog’: Saudi princess ‘abuses’ Paris decorator, Twitter users enraged — RT News: "A Saudi Arabian princess sparked a tsunami of angry remarks online, after it became known that she had allegedly made a Parisian decorator kiss her feet and told her bodyguards to “maim” and “kill” the worker.
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The incident took place this past summer, but only became known to the public this week, after the victim of the alleged royal assault filed an official complaint with the French authorities. 

The man, whose name also remains unknown, claims that he was invited to the princess’s residence in the prestigious 16th district of Paris to do some basic redecorating, Le Point newspaper reported on Tuesday. 

Upon arrival, the man started taking pictures of the room he was assigned to decorate, which is a standard procedure aimed at being able to return the furniture back to where it had been after the work is completed.

The princess, however, allegedly accused the decorator of planning to sell the pictures to the media and lost her temper. According to the victim, two of the royal’s armed bodyguards grabbed him, tied his hands together, hit him in the head and made him kneel and kiss the woman’s toes. 

The decorator also said the princess ordered them to “kill the dog, he does not deserve to live,” referring to the man.

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New details emerge about planned CVHS relocation Measure I funds slated to improve Waverly campus

New details emerge about planned CVHS relocation

Measure I funds slated to improve Waverly campus
By Andy Nguyen

MOVING FORWARD—The Conejo Valley Adult School campus in the Waverly Heights neighborhood of Thousand Oaks is the latest proposed landing spot for Conejo Valley High School.   MICHAEL COONS/Acorn NewspapersMOVING FORWARD—The Conejo Valley Adult School campus in the Waverly Heights neighborhood of Thousand Oaksis the latest proposed landing spot forConejo Valley High SchoolMICHAEL COONS/Acorn NewspapersAs frustration mounts against Conejo Valley Unified's latest plans for its learning center project, questions have arisen over how the relocation would work, how it would impact the community and how it would be funded.

Estimated to cost $7.1 million, the plan would see the district's continuation high school move to the Conejo Valley Adult School campus in the Waverly Heights neighborhood of Thousand Oaks.

The estimate includes construction costs related to improving the aging campus, such as remodeling classrooms, building science labs and adding new equipment.

Conejo Valley High would share the site with the adult school and Century Academy—both already on the Old Farm Road campus—and a future career technical education program.

In turn, to make room for CVHS, several adult school programs would be relocated to an undetermined site, possibly theHorizon Hills campus.

"Right now we're moving forward with implementation of the relocation," Superintendent Ann Bonitatibus said in an interview with the Acorn this week. "We have staff talking to city and Conejo Recreation and Park District leaders and also talking to the respective program leaders at the adult school, Conejo Valley High School and Century Academy."

She said the discussions have been preliminary, to see what each program's needs are and how they can be met. It will be several weeks before more concrete details about the relocation are hammered out, she said.

The superintendent made a point to say the district will conduct community outreach with Waverly residents to hear any concerns they have and to provide input on the undertaking.

Over 40 people, including neighborhood residents, adult school teachers and students, voiced their concerns about the plan during the board of education's Sept. 6 meeting.

Reasons cited were traffic, not wanting continuation students in the neighborhood and cuts to adult school programs.

Both Bonitatibus and Mike Sanders, principal of the adult school, have said there has been no such discussion about cutting programs. The principal said the adult school as it is now may look different, but no one currently knows how or in what way.

"I don't know where that perception came from, but there was never a discussion with me where any program was going to be cut or diminished," Sanders said. "I'm very confident that really good answers will be arrived at for everybody—we're going to do the best."

Trustee Mike Dunn has raised an issue of funding for the Waverly plan, saying it would be cheaper and save taxpayers' money if the district would just move the continuation school into unused classrooms at Thousand Oaks High—approximately $1 million versus $7.1 million.

Dunn cited the staff report for the learning center project, saying that it included an alternative to the proposed Waverly relocation.

While the report does include the TOHS alternative, it is as an addendum to the report and also mentions that Century Academy would co-locate to the Horizon Hills campus.

Bonitatibus said the alternative was never a real option considered by the district and was only part of a list of brainstorming ideas of what else the district could do if they moved away from the learning center concept.

"We put that (addendum) there in the interest of transparency with the caveat that none of these have been thoroughly explored," she said. "Nobody is saying that these are approaches we should be following at this time."

The superintendent also said just moving the continuation high school to TOHS would be a short-term, myopic solution that would be a disservice to CVHS, Century Academy and secondary-education students.

"We have an obligation to have these really innovative, flexible learning opportunities for our high school students now, so they can effectively transition to college and careers," Bonitatibus said.

Furthermore, saying the Waverly option costs more than putting CVHS at Thousand Oaks High isn't exactly accurate, she said.

Victor Hayek, assistant superintendent of business services, said the relocation will be entirely funded by the Measure I bond and that each site involved with the project already has the funds allocated for facility updates, improvements and relocation.

Even if it didn't go ahead with moving CVHS to the Waverly campus, the district would still be compelled to spend the $7.1 million based upon the bond's language.

Approximately $2 million has been allocated for CVHS, $1 million for Century and $2.6 million each for the Waverly site and Horizon Hills. Horizon Hills is included because programs from Waverly may be moved there.

"A lot of the work that's going to happen at Waverly and Horizon are things we would be doing anyway through Measure I," Hayek said. "It doesn't matter what programs are going to be there. Measure I was going to be used to update and upgrade those facilities."

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Wastewater bill a huge waste of paper, postage

Today I received a mailing envelope from the City of Thousand Oaks finance department with the printed outside label "Use Water Wisely." May I suggest that finances for mailing are also to be used wisely?

Inside the envelope was the monthly billing for wastewater (sewer) charges. We pay online so there is no need for paper waste involving the billing, the return envelope and an advertisement for the Reign of Terror Haunted House at Janss Marketplace. Included in the waste is the postage stamp of 37 cents.

Also disturbing was the inclusion of the advertising flier for the Halloween coupon. I can't even imagine the placing, at the city's expense, of a brochure about an upcoming Christian concert event in the valley. Yet a Halloween celebration that now has almost become a bigger event than Christmas gets promoted through taxpayers' expense.

I have contacted the water district several times about the paper and postage waste in the past by returning the billings and instructing them to discontinue billings by mail as we already pay online. However, the practice continues.

George J. Groen
Thousand Oaks

Ed. note: The city offers paperless billing. Residents can sign up through their online account or by calling (805) 449-2201

Assisted-living facility deserved approval

It's difficult to say whether the Sept. 12 planning commission meeting was an exercise in open government or bad theater.

A plan to build a much-needed facility to accommodate our aging population faded into the background, and in its place was an interminable discussion on the transplantation of a 26-inchdiameter oak tree. This, despite the opinion of an oak tree specialist who said this could be done safely and with a better than 90 percent chance of survival.

The developer and his architect were questioned at length concerning the dimensions of the proposed building, all of which are already known to conform to current regulations. They were required to answer a variety of charges submitted by non-expert persons that turned out to be inaccurate and misleading.

During public comment, several speakers came forward with wild charges ranging from traffic jams, excessive noise, unending medical emergencies, 24-hour-a-day business operations, horn-blowing visitors and water shortages. All this from a 120-unit assisted-living facility for the elderly.

Almost all of those speakers live at Oaknoll condominiums, a 419-unit complex for active seniors that produces none of these effects. A number of them were known to me as renters.

While idealistically they are entitled to express an opinion, nevertheless they have no investment or direct financial interest in anything that happens on Mc- Cloud Avenue and have the option of relocating should this development offend their aesthetic senses.

The leader of this group is a known gadfly with a history of disrupting planning commission and City Council meetings over such earthshaking issues as the height of the sign at the auto mall.

Have we become so parochial here in Thousand Oaks that we look on a development company from Irvine as foreign invaders? After almost 30 months of delays I think that Hunter Development deserves better treatment than what occurred.

They have already shown their willingness to cooperate by redesigning this project over the past 2½ years. We also need another assisted-living facility, and I think it's incumbent on the City Council to act favorably on this application.

Robert P. Paone

Thousand Oaks


SOAR laws will work together to protect property

I was one of hundreds of volunteers who gathered signatures to renew SOAR. Together we turned in more signatures inThousand Oaks than any city measure ever has. That's because we love open space. We love it.

In Thousand Oaks our city SOAR, which is Measure W, keeps the urban boundary limit around our city. Like other city SOAR laws in the county, Measure W gives voters a say on proposals to expand city borders.

That's the beauty of the coordination between all the city SOARs and county SOAR (Measure C) working together. Together they protect the open space lands between the cities.

If developers want to develop open space and farmland in the county, or if a city wants to sprawl outside its boundary (like into theTierra Rejada Valley), the voters must first approve it.

Measure F is competing against the county SOAR. F doesn't coordinate with the city SOARs and it expires 14 years before the city SOARs. It would break the comprehensive protection that SOAR provides, and we know SOAR works.

If you love open space like I do, please vote for your city SOAR and county Measure C, and vote no on Measure F.

Nancy Tamarin

Thousand Oaks


Put challengers on the CVUSD school board

Merriam-Webster's simple definition of respect: "a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable or important . . . and should be treated in an appropriate way."

There are two key words in this definition that stand out to me: valuable and appropriate.

I'm voting for Angie Simpson and Sandee Everett for CVUSD school board because they have respect for the concerns of students and parents in this community. They make people feel valuable, showing care and graciousness with appropriate words and actions.

Simpson's and Everett's leadership demonstrated in their professional, personal and academic lives set examples for all to follow.

For eight long years I've witnessed the disrespect and disregardPeggy Buckles and Betsy Connolly have shown hundreds of parents and students when faced with multiple serious issues that came before their board—issues such as the Prowler distribution, the closing of Carden, due process for all students, sexual harassment and the pleas of special needs families.

The voters of this community should be aware of the horrible body language, facial expressions and rude complacent comments these two board members have displayed over the years to those who have appeared before them. Watch the online videos—they speak for themselves. At least faking they cared is "appropriate."

I've witnessed them vote against the will of the community, roll their eyes while parents and children speak, post inappropriate comments on social media and cut off teenagers' microphones. They've repeatedly disrespected fellow board members as well as pushed aside pages of petitions presented to them.

I've seen them not even look up or glean a smile while being addressed from the podium. Enough is enough. Incumbency needs to be earned. It's not an entitled position.

Please join me in bringing back respect on the CVUSD board by voting for Angie Simpson and Sandee Everett.

Gina Conti

Westlake Village


Adult education helps the entire community

The recently released testing results show CVUSD does some things well. Westlake High School and some of our elementary schools are highly ranked.

The 2014-15 School Accountability Report Cards demonstrate that seven of 17 elementary schools are performing below the district average, with four elementary schools below state benchmarks.

When schools fail to meet standards, some children are left behind. All students in CVUSD deserve a first-class education, not just some students in some schools. This includes the nearly 25 percent of CVUSD students who live in poverty and nearly one-fifth who have English as a second language.

Adult education is paramount to successful K-12 programs. Parents who attend Conejo Valley Adult School are taught both hard and soft skills to better understand the culture and utilize their skills to communicate better with their children, their children's teachers and their own employers.

The basic education skills taught at the adult school enable parents to help their children with homework, increasing the chances of family success.

Conejo Valley Adult School is the only provider in California to offer teacher-directed semesterlong classes in each of the five subjects needed for a GED.

The adult school is providing better outcomes for our children and many of our parents in the community.

It's also a source of revenue generation to the district from the services it provides. Block grant money comes in from the state under AB 104 as the district fulfills those mandates. Prioritizing the Conejo Valley Learning Center at the Waverly campus puts our children and parents at an even greater disadvantage, potentially damaging a high-value program.

It's time to rethink the destructive and expensive course of action set forth by the superintendent and board. CVHS should be relocated to existing classrooms at TOHS with a school-within-aschool concept so those children receive the resources and smaller classes they need.

This solution is better for the Waverly neighborhood, the taxpayers who save $6 million and, most of all, the students and parents in our community who depend on a successful adult school.

Angie Simpson
Westlake Village

Simpson is a candidate for Conejo Valley school board.

Listening skills needed on school board

It's time for a change. The school board needs a member who is qualified and professional while at the same time respectful and capable of listening to community members with differing points of view—without getting defensive.

Not only would I work well with parents and the community, but I have received the endorsement of the California School Employees Association (Chapter 620), which speaks to my ability and desire to work well with the employees of our school district.

Regarding the relocation of CVHS, I believe that the responsibility for this controversy lies in poor planning prior to the sale of the school site on Kelley Road and the subsequent failure to listen to stakeholder concerns before presenting proposals. Any reasonable person would be upset by dramatic changes being proposed to their neighborhood with such short notice and no prior opportunity to provide input.

I believe the Waverly Heights neighborhood, the Village Homesneighborhood (where Carden Conejo is located) and the Horizon Hills community of parents have reacted exactly the same way any of us would. The students and staff of CVHS deserve better and should never have been put in this difficult and completely preventable situation.

If elected, I would bring to the board a valuable skill set that would help the district create solutions rather than continually stir up controversies.

When I was getting my master's degree in education, my concentration was school counseling. Part of my counseling training was the development of effective listening skills. Our community deserves a school board that knows how to listen and be respectful.

I am running for school board because I believe I can be a positive influence. In addition to being the daughter of two public school teachers, being a former PTA president and having children who are attending our schools (none of the current board members have kids in the schools), I think my most important characteristic is that I truly like and listen to people.

As such, I believe that I will represent our community well on the school board. I would be honored to have your vote.

Sandee Everett

Newbury Park


Candidate's qualifications make her ideal

We need Sandee Everett on the Conejo Valley school board.

I have known Sandee for several years and currently have the pleasure of working with her in our women's organization. She is dedicated, hardworking and concerned about the welfare of others.

A couple of years ago, my oldest daughter was in a Sunday School class taught by Sandee. The 13- and 14-year-old girls in the class enjoyed their time with Sandee and appreciated her care and concern for them.

Sandee has been a wonderful example to me of being a devoted, full-time mom who always finds time and ways to give service in the community. I have known about her taking meals to those in need, offering a listening and understanding ear, and reaching out to those who need a friend.

Aside from my personal experiences with Sandee, her qualifications alone make her the ideal candidate. She is a mother. Sandee currently has children in the schools, unlike anyone else on the board.

She has shown her leadership skills in different capacities in her community. She is a gifted listener.

I know she will be a crucial link between the board and the parents and community.

Becky Johnson

Newbury Park


Keep the adult school whole

I'm angry and very sad to learn that the passionate pleas of the teachers, tutors and students to the school board and school superintendent at the recent meeting fell on deaf ears.

The adult education school that has been on the Waverly campus almost 30 years is slated to be replaced by the continuation high school.

The program that has given hope to so many adult students seems to be invisible and its success has been intentionally ignored. Although our community has supported youths, teenagers and seniors, the immigrant population has no such champions except their teachers and tutors.

Can it be that we are the only ones who recognize the importance of this amazing school?

It's a deplorable state of affairs when a school board and its superintendent are unable to see the value of such education to adults. The interesting part of all this is that the adult school gets separate grants and thus does not require any more than classrooms and teachers to continue.

Once it is broken up and placed at different locations, it is unlikely the adult school will continue to exist.

We elect the members of this school board, who have in turn hired the newest superintendent. Thus, we as a city and community are ultimately responsible for the decisions they have made. I can only hope that the adult school will find a benevolent benefactor who will see the value of this education before it is too late.

Barbara Minkoff
Newbury Park

Neither open space measure meets needs

I have to make the record straight with Ms. Clarfield-Bylin's Sept. 15 letter comparing SOAR with Sustain VC. She made a false statement that Sustain VC negatively affects open space.

Compare the two and you will come to the conclusion that both SOAR and Sustain VC protect open space. The primary difference between the two is that Sustain VC returns some property rights back to the owners of production agriculture property.

I left the San Fernando Valley over 35 years ago because I could buy a home in Newbury Park for less. Open space was not my draw to this area.

I'm not an apologist for either SOAR or Sustain VC; neither am I a real estate agent. I live here and have no problem with residential development that could bring down the exploded cost of housing here.

Unfortunately, there are some people that have the attitude of "I've got mine; go find yours somewhere else" in Ventura County, especially in Thousand Oaks.

They don't seem to mind that there will come a time when all available land outside of open space will be developed, and there will be no place for their children to live here unless there is some give with both open space and production agriculture land use.

SOAR goes too far to meet a growing population's needs and Sustain VC doesn't go far enough to meet a growing population. Maybe voting no on both might be the wisest choice on the ballot.

William "Bill" Hicks
Newbury Park

Gather, plant, donate valley oak acorns

I would like to encourage everyone who is interested to gather the valley oak acorns that have been falling to the ground lately. You see, the City of Thousand Oaks, to my best knowledge, generally plants the coastal live oak variety when they do plant oaks.

I have for nearly 20 of my 35 years of life been gathering these valley oak acorns and planted some in the local hills and have donated them to places like the National Park Service.

Once these majestic pieces of our city are gone, they are gone.

Let's be frank—there aren't a lot of them left here in town. I encourage people to gather these acorns and to urge everyone the city to do the same.

Let us continue our great heritage. After all, we are Thousand Oaks. Let's not take them for granted, ever.

Clint Matkovich

Thousand Oaks




Lane splitting provides many benefits

The editorial board's Sept. 22 editorial on lane splitting was disappointing, as it read as if it was written by individuals who had never actually ridden a motorcycle.

To start, I have been riding for most of my life and for the last 16 years in California.

I am a former instructor teaching people to ride motorcycles for the states of Maryland and Maine, so I have some understanding of motorcycle safety and the precautions to take. I never ride without my helmet and leathers, even when it is 100 degrees or more in the Valley.

That is why I find the editorial on lane splitting so disappointing. I have been splitting lanes in California since arriving and have had no accidents or close calls.

The reason is that I ride within the limits of my skill and my bike. I never ride faster than I can stop if someone pulls out in front of me. While I split lanes I watch every car in front of me, looking for any tell that a car will move in front of me and cut me off.

As a result, it has been my experience that lane splitting can be done with minimal risk while providing many benefits.

That is not just my opinion but also that of the Department of Transportation at UC Berkeley, which found lane splitting, when done within reasonable limits, to be as safe or safer than riding in stop-and-go traffic (www.sacbee.com/news/local/transportation/ article3204990.html).

That has also been my experience where my one bad accident occurred while living in Maryland, when I was hit behind by a bus in stop-and-go traffic when the driver was distracted, something that would not have occurred if I could have legally split lanes.

Ignorance is not a defense to the law, nor is putting forth editorials that fail to understand the true nature of the activity that is being commented upon.

In the end, lane splitting is one of the benefits of living in California and one that, when done right, increases a rider's safety.

Isn't that the goal we should all strive for?

Peter Weinstein
Newbury Park

Don't let team build on another 50 acres of land

I'm writing in response to the Los Angeles Rams executive saying the team will start its search for a permanent training facility "right here" in Ventura County (Acorn, Sept. 22).

I don't agree at all.

When you happen to be so fortunate to live in Ventura County, which is one of the very few spots left in all of Southern California that offers such beautiful open spaces, it involves a constant fight to keep it preserved.

I have a brother who lives in the hills above Pasadena called Sierra Madre. It happens to be one of the last places in all of the neighboring areas that offers a town center and not one single fast-food restaurant or big-box store.

According to my brother, it's a persistent battle and community effort to keep from becoming "just another generic place in L.A. County."

I happen to be blessed to live in Thousand Oaks, with its lovely greenbelt, which is home to magnificent oaks and chaparral. I'm confident that most residents here share my conviction that this unique area is worth the fight to keep it preserved, even if we're talking about the Rams.

We've seen it happen way too many times already as we have watched whole counties become overcrowded with development and people.

It starts with one project getting through, and that inevitably opens the door to a floodgate.

As much as we Americans love our sports and look forward to the Rams coming back to L.A., we value our open space and what little remains of our agricultural land that lies just down from the Reagan Library.

This feature is one of the main assets that gives our county such uniqueness. What really needs to be "tackled" is any effort to build out another 50 acres of our precious land with a huge training center.

When it comes to building the Rams' permanent place in Ventura County, we as citizens should "intercept" this ball and "kick" it out of Ventura County.

Gail Hubbs
Newbury Park

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