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Thursday, July 28, 2016

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AP Mobile: Syria Nusra Front leader claims to cut ties with al-Qaida

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Syria Nusra Front leader claims to cut ties with al-Qaida

BEIRUT (AP) - The leader of Syria's Nusra Front said in recording aired Thursday that his group is changing its name, claimin...

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difficult after Nusra's announcement.

The White House spokesman, Earnest, acknowledged the difficulties, saying it's complex to distinguish between extremist groups and moderate opposition groups and those complexities aren't diminished by Nusra's public denial that it's associated with al-Qaida.

U.S. airstrikes have targeted the group in the past, including a wave of attacks that Washington said hit a cell called the Khorasan Group that was plotting terror attacks abroad.

The Nusra Front was created in January 2012 and emerged as one of the strongest groups fighting against the forces of Assad and his allies, including Lebanon's Hezbollah.

It has also been in a fierce rivalry with the Islamic State group. IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdad tried to force Nusra to absorb into his ranks. But al-Golani refused, pledging his allegiance directly to al-Zawahri, who went on to throw al-Baghdadi and his group - at the time al-Qaida's Iraq branch - out of the terror network.

IS conquered large parts of Iraq and Syria and declared its own "caliphate," fighting any group - Incluing Nusra and other rebel factions - that refused to submit to its rule. Nusra, in contrast, took a more pragmatic path, forming alliances with other rebels, particularly those with Islamist ideologies.

Although not as brutal as IS, Nusra Front militants have been accused in atrocities, including gunning down more than dozen members of the Druze community last summer. They shot an alleged

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Streak of light across night sky is reentry of decaying Chinese rocket, defense officials say

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Streak of light across night sky is reentry of decaying Chinese rocket, defense officials say
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City takes fast action to fix defaced sign TOPD still on the hunt for culprit By Kyle Jorrey July 28 16 TO Acorn

City takes fast action to fix defaced sign

TOPD still on the hunt for culprit
By Kyle Jorrey

THERE IT WAS, THERE IT WASN’T—The most prominent sign in the city bearing the Thousand Oaks name was defaced in the early morning hours of July 21. Per long-standing policy, the city had the graffiti removed as quickly as possible, returning the sign to its original glory by the afternoon of July 22. Police are still looking for the person or persons responsible and are asking the public for help. 
RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers THERE IT WAS, THERE IT WASN’T—The most prominent sign in the city bearing theThousand Oaks name was defaced in the early morning hours of July 21. Per long-standing policy, the city had the graffiti removed as quickly as possible, returning the sign to its original glory by the afternoon of July 22. Police are still looking for the person or persons responsible and are asking the public for help. RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn NewspapersJerry Sotelo was supposed to have a day off Friday, but that changed after a prominent sign bearing the city’s name was vandalized July 21.
A member of the Thousand Oaks public works department who specializes in graffiti removal, Sotelo was called in to remove the tagger’s work the morning of July 22.
Sotelo brushed an organic graffiti remover on the paint and then high-pressure washed the 10-foot-tall by 40-foot-wide sign for four hours.
By the time he was finished, the $200,000 sign paid for with private money was as good as new.

Courtesy of City of Thousand Oaks Courtesy of City of Thousand OaksThe sign near the Westlake Boulevard off-ramp was approved by the Thousand Oaks Planning Commission in 2010 but wasn’t built until three years later, when property owner Kennedy Wilson Investment Group agreed to cover the building cost.
On July 21, Thousand Oaks staff contacted the property owner to find out the best way to clean the stone used for the monument’s face. Meanwhile, a large white tarp was draped over the sign around 2:30 p.m. to conceal the graffiti from drivers on the northbound 101.
The entire cleanup should cost around $1,450 for time and supplies, Public Works Director Jay Spurgin said.
That money could be recouped if the perpetrator is caught.
Thousand Oaks Police Chief Tim Hagel said last week that his office had made solving the crime a high priority.
Sometime between 3 and 6 a.m., a person or persons came onto the private property off Baxter Way and defaced the sign.
There is no fence to keep intruders out, but the sign is typically lit 24 hours a day.
Hagel said detectives aren’t sure if the lights were disabled by the vandals before they painted the sign.
“This wasn’t a five-minute job,” the sheriff’s commander said.
The veteran sheriff’s official said he’s hoping someone will recognize the moniker painted on the sign and call the police department with information.
He said the graffiti did not look to be the work of a novice, leading him to believe it has appeared elsewhere.
“I don’t care if you saw this thing painted a couple inches tall on a stop sign, we want to know,” Hagel said.
Investigators also hope to hear from commuters who may have witnessed the crime from the freeway.
TOPD can be reached by calling (805) 494-8200.
A native of Thousand Oaks, the police chief, who sounded audibly upset, said he is taking the graffiti attack personally.
“We are so fortunate to be living where we live. This is a slap at all of us, our whole community,” he said, adding “It’s not if but when we’re going to find this person.”
Becca Whitnall contributed to this story.

Developer pins hopes on Pinecrest Builder asking city to rezone former private school TO Acorn July 28 16 By Becca Whitnall

2016-07-28 / Front Page

Developer pins hopes on Pinecrest

Builder asking city to rezone former private school TO Acorn July 28 16
By Becca Whitnall

MEASURE E IMPLICATIONS—After serving as the site of a private school for 40 years, 449 E. Wilbur Road is now up for sale. National home-building giant KB Home has submitted a request to the City Council to rezone the 11-acre property to allow a residential development. 
ACORN FILE PHOTO MEASURE E IMPLICATIONS—After serving as the site of a private school for 40 years,449 E. Wilbur Road is now up for sale. National home-building giant KB Home has submitted a request to the City Council to rezone the 11-acre property to allow a residential development. ACORN FILE PHOTOThe fate of Pinecrest Schools’ 40-year-old property on Wilbur Road rests in the hands of the Thousand Oaks City Council.
Not long after the final bell tolled June 3 at the private institution that educated three generations of T.O. youths, city staff received a request from home builder KB Home to convert the 11-acre campus to allow a residential development.
Pinecrest Schools, a 65-year-old institution with campuses in Moorpark, Simi ValleyThousand Oaks, Santa Clarita and Woodland Hills, shuttered all of its properties last month and went out of business.
In January, President/CEO Jeri Dye Lynch told parents that Pinecrest has “exhausted both our emotional and financial reserves trying to maintain our school business.”
Now the institution is in the process of selling off its numerous land holdings across the Greater Los Angeles area. Some will remain schools; others will be converted to other uses.
KB Home is asking the city to amend the zoning designation from institutional to medium density residential (up to 15 homes per acre) in hopes of eventually building townhomes at the Wilbur Road site, Senior Planner Jeff Specter said.
“There are no physical plans to see yet,” he said. “At this point the application is just to change the designation, which is a change to the (Thousand OaksGeneral Plan.”
Like any change to the General Plan, the city’s blueprint for development, the request must first come before the City Council, which decides whether there is merit for the application to move forward.
Spector anticipates the council will hear the request when it returns from summer recess Aug. 30.
If the change is something the council does not want to consider, they’ll reject it at that time to save the developer and city staff from spending additional work hours on the request.
But if the council agrees to consider the change, KB Home will next go before the planning commission with its request and will ultimately return to the council for final approval.
Meanwhile, Pinecrest Schools, which still owns the property, has its own request filed with the community development department. It is asking for an extension of approval to allow continued use of the property as a school.
“Back in the ’70s when the original (special use permit) was granted, it was granted for as long as the school was in business,” said Jon Shepherd, planning division manager. “That’s just how they did it then.”
Calling the request “more of a cleanup item,” Shepherd said it’s a way for the property owner to keep its options open while seeking a buyer for the land.
The request is an administrative issue that does not have to go before any governing bodies, and Shepherd said he expects Pinecrest to receive approval this week.
Measure E
KB Home’s request has big implications with regard to Measure E, the city’s voter-mandated growth-control law.
If the council ultimately approves the zone change, city planning staff will have to calculate the maximum number of residential units that could be built on the 11-acre site. That figure would then be subtracted from the city’s Measure E bank, which stands at 505 units, 420 of which are already committed to Thousand Oaks Boulevard.
Once the housing bank goes dry, any requests to allow additional housing would have to be voted on by residents.
Measure E, passed in 1996, prevents any development that exceeds densities allowed by the city’s 1996 General Plan from going forward without voter approval.

TO Acorn July 28 16 No replacement Prescott, Pinecrest zone change, CalAm clients fedup rates.Defaced sign cleaned quickly Mitnock more emails


Search for new city exec fails to produce

Replacement for John Prescott proves elusive
A four-month nationwide search to find a replacement for departing Community Development Director John Prescott has come up empty. Now the City of Thousand Oaks says it will put the hunt on hold. More...

CalAm clients fed up with surcharge

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Purveyor will drop fee in August
Despite a promise to roll back its drought surcharge by Aug. 1, California American Water is facing criticism from Thousand Oaks customers who say the change should have happened sooner. More...

July 28, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

1 dead in car accident; driver, 19, arrested

A 30-year-old Thousand Oaks man died Sunday after the car he was riding in struck some trees in the Dos Vientos area of Newbury Park. More...

Health & Wellness

Program helps veterans transition from military to civilian life

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Nonprofit’s aim is to find jobs for service members in the county’s farming industry
Lawrence Parkhill was looking for ways to help veterans find employment when he remembered a fellow vet’s love for gardening. More...

Sole searching for comfort

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My cocker spaniel, Rolo, has gradually lost most of his eyesight. When I’m in the kitchen, he stares intently at my feet because his vision is so poor. If I walk toward the refrigerator or the pantry he knows there might be a treat for him. More...

Casa Pacifica Amigos have new president

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Group plans outings for kids
The Casa Pacifica Amigos auxiliary, volunteers who plan and participate in activities with Casa Pacifica’s children and youths, named Stefanie Wennes as its new president for 2016-17. More...

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FRI., JULY 29 Bella Vita Italian- American Social Club 6 p.m. at St. Jude Church social hall, 32032 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. Champagne bingo bash with raffle and prizes. Lemon chicken piccata dinner served. RSVP required. More...

Schools

Local Y’s are hiring

Need to bolster child care staff
Branches of the Southeast Ventura County YMCA are looking to add child care staff before the 2016-17 school year. The Ys are accepting applications for director, assistant director, teachers and teacher’s aides. More...
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Spaghetti Crossing

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Adults can earn GED online

The Ventura County Library system has received a grant from the state library to offer adults the opportunity to complete their high school education online at no cost while earning certificates in one of eight occupations. More...

Business

Briefs

Sunland tasting room reopens The Sunland Vintage Winery Tasting Room will celebrate its third anniversary from noon to 9 p.m. Sat., Aug. 6 at 1321 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Ste. A-108 in the Northstar Plaza, Thousand Oaks. More...

Pets

Let’s hear your critter ‘tails’

The Thousand Oaks Acorn invites you to send your favorite pet story for publication on the Critter Corner page. Not to exceed 300 words, your story can be about an interesting occurrence or an inspirational moment involving your pet.More...
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Pet of the Week

GENTLE GIANT—Brutus is an altered male blue mastiff about 2 years old. He is a gentle giant that gets along with other dogs. If you would like to adopt Brutus, ask for ID No. More...

Family

Father-daughter duo pen book

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Mark Phillips and his 26-year-old daughter, Aryn, have always enjoyed a strong bond, but over the years their fascination with crime stories connected them in ways they never imagined. More...

‘Family Man’ for Husband of the Year

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She was coughing, sneezing and, worse, not covering up, and we were still going to let her in our house. My wife wanted to let her in because her friend was lonely. I wanted to let her friend in because if I didn’t, I’d be lonely. More...

Letters

Supervisor’s presence at vigil commendable

In the July 21 issue of the Acorn, Brian Schultz wrote a Letter to the Editor critical of Supervisor Linda Parks because of her presence at a Thousand Oaks peace vigil. More...

It’s time to unite after years of racism, bigotry

There seems to be a lot going on these days to get one’s stress level up. Thanks to the news and social media, we are bombarded with facts and a lot of propaganda. I still gravitate to our local paper, the Acorn. More...

Gathering promoted love and hope

We were disappointed to read Brian Schultz’s letter in last week’s Acorn that completely mischaracterized the interfaith vigil that was held on July 12. More...

Editorials

EDITORIAL

Augmenting one’s reality can be risky
Like all cities in the United States, ours have become an augmented reality playground. More...
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City manager tried to hide actions, messages show

Mitnick’s emails
SPECIAL REPORT Aware his involvement was improper, recently fired City Manager Scott Mitnick tried to cover his tracks while working to deny a $20,000 grant meant to help improve the baseball fields at Westlake High School, according to emails obtai More...

City takes fast action to fix defaced sign

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TOPD still on the hunt for culprit
Jerry Sotelo was supposed to have a day off Friday, but that changed after a prominent sign bearing the city’s name was vandalized July 21.More...