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How to help a loved one deal with memory loss | | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Board rejects CVHS-to-TOHS solution | | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Stern, Fazio both lean to the center in bid for state Senate seat Candidates locked in battle to replace Fran Pavley TO Acorn

LETTERS ed TO ACORN ALL 10/20/16 Angie Simpson, Al Ada, Ann LaFianza, Sandee Everett +

CONEJO VALLEY SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION 2016: Acorn Candidate Q&A MUST read Oct 20 16 ALL candidates

Biz owner says CVUSD stole his parking spaces | | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Letters ALL | | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Editorials | | Thousand Oaks Acorn NO RIGGED elections fraud in Ventura Be sure to vote!

After the debate, a Utah woman stepped up to share her late-term abortion story and it's going viral

After the debate, a Utah woman stepped up to share her late-term abortion story and it's going viral

In the Arab world, sectarianism is real, sects are not Al Jazeera

Rigging the Election - Video II: Mass Voter Fraud - YouTube

5 Pakistani skincare products under Rs500 that actually work - Style

Annual Feast of Faiths held in Camarillo | | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Fwd: Happy Birthday Al!

tWEETS FOR NONE TWEETRS disgracefulbehavier cvusd mtg 18th Waverly Disabled mis treated Lady no privacy bedroom but they do NOT care

CNN: Saudi Arabia executes member of royal family

Interfaith: Spiritual mentor embraces goodness in world's religions vc star Rev. Molly Rockey

Six businesses burglarized in Thousand Oaks vc star Oct 17 16

Amazing story that we can relate to? ​ I Found The House My Grandparents Abandoned in 1947

: Cyril Almeida case: Dawn reporter is a star product of Pakistan's sociology of journalism

Camarillo Incumbents earn re-election VC Star The blight of campaign signs Ventura

112 1 Transportation tax measures faces high bar vc star Oct 6 16

Cvusd incumbents flier recd + Kerry nelson attacked

​OMEN A Running List Of The Women Who've Accused Donald Trump Of Sexual Assault 10/13/16

Hacked Transcripts Reveal a Genial Hillary Clinton at Goldman Sachs Events NY Times Oct 15 16

RealClearPolitics - Opinion, News, Analysis, Video and Polls oct 15 16


Modern Banking… – Granola Shotgun

Dairy farmers dump 43 million gallons of milk

​WORLD Rise of Saudi Prince Shatters Decades of Royal Tradition NY times Oct 15 16

Us Yemen attack funeral


Nick Quidwai shared a link: Hillary Clinton Is Organizing Muslim Voters. They Could Decide The Election. | Huffington Post

Donald Trump Jr: Women Who Can't 'Handle' Harassment 'Don't Belong In The Workforce' | Huffington Post

Dangerous idiots: how the liberal media elite failed working-class Americans why thwy vote Trumph

'The Most Important WikiLeaks Revelation' Michael Krieger | Posted Friday Oct 14, 2016

Harmony & ally @ home for few days

Mud politics

The Washington Post: Woman says Trump reached under her skirt and groped her in early 1990s. DISGUSTING sick

​Karachi won't be Karachi without the sea dAWN oCT 15 16

​I am a Pakistani-American and Trump's rise threatens me JANNAT MAJEED dAWN OCT 10 15

Kamal invites Sattar to join PSP after three more Muttahida men switch loyalties - Pakistan - DAWN.COM

PEGGY NOONAN America's Decadent Leadership Class Putin doesn't respect them, and they don't like half the American people. oCT 14 16 ny tIMES

Writer for People Magazine Describes Forced Kiss by Trump

Commission votes 4-1 to allow 40 apartments to proceed Complex designed with millennials in mind By Becca Whitnall Acorn

Measure AA: small cost for potentially huge benefit EDITORIAL Acorn Editorial Board Oct 13 16


​Move continuation school to TOHS GUEST OPINION By Mike Dunn Oct 13 16

Oxnard store among 300 Office Depot plans to close

Ann LaFianza OPPOSES Fonti's

George Will: A 'quiet catastrophe' of men not working

​Thousand Oaks Rotary Street Fair will have 300 vendors​ oct 10 16 vc star​

​Plans to move Conejo Valley High School meet opposition​ vc star Oct 10 16

Reaction to Dawn Journlism under attack story Pakistan Oct 11 16

GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program

​Simi native Shailene Woodley arrested during protest​ vc star oct 11 16​

Simi native Shailene Woodley arrested during protest

Shep Smith Wonders If 'Almost Fascist' Trump Has Another Agenda

Thousand Oaks Girls Softball Association memorial Beaufords 1974

Kinda personal email Windows 10 free class

Nick Quidwai shared a link: CVUSD CANDIDATES FORUM 2016 - YouTube

Nick Quidwai shared a link: Nancy O'Dell Responds to Lewd Donald Trump Recording |

Robert Fulford: ISIL's assault on history

Belgian police missed 13 chances to catch Paris attackers before tragedy – report oct 9 16

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Picking the right skilled-nursing facility | | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Picking the right skilled-nursing facility | | Thousand Oaks Acorn: "Picking the right skilled-nursing facility
Andrea Gallagher
An individual typically takes one of two paths to a skilled nursing facility: straight from the hospital or from home when they become too frail or sick to care for themselves.

In the first case, when the stay is for temporary doctor-ordered rehabilitation, the patient rarely has a say about which facility they’re transferred to. Instead, the decision is based upon bed availability, which facilities have connections to the hospital and the patient’s insurance plan.

In the second case, patients, most often seniors, do have a choice—if they do their planning and research.

Begin by figuring out which skilled-nursing facilities are covered by your Medicare plan. My parents, for example, have a Medicare HMO plan. With most HMO plans, you can go only to doctors, healthcare providers or hospitals on the plan’s list, except in an emergency.

Since my father will soon be living at a skilled-nursing facility and may need medical care there in the future, it’s important that he’s able to use his Medicare coverage plan to pay for treatment.

My parents live in New Hampshire, very close to the Massachusetts border. In their specific case, their HMO plan covers no nursing facilities in New Hampshire and only three or four in Massachusetts that are less than an hour’s drive from my parents’ home.

So the facilities covered by your insurance are your first consideration, even if you plan to pay for room and board out of pocket.

For some help in comparing one skilled-nursing facility with the next, I suggest the Nursing Home Compare Tool found on the Medicare website,

On the site, SNFs are rated on a five-star scale. Individual scores are also provided for health inspection, staffing and quality measures.

According to this tool, there are four skilled-nursing facilities in Thousand Oaks and a total of 331 beds: Mary Health of the Sick Convalescent and Nursing Homes in Newbury Park, Oakview Skilled Nursing (part of University Village) in Thousand Oaks, Thousand Oaks Healthcare Center and Windsor Terrace of Westlake Village.

Two of them—Mary Health of the Sick and Oakview—have a five-star overall rating. All four are rated four or five stars on quality and staffing measures, but Thousand Oaks Healthcare and Windsor Terrace received one star on health inspection.

The site allows you to look at the number of complaints for each facility as well as outcomes for short-stay and long-stay residents.

With insurance coverage and ratings in hand, the next step is a tour. The Medicare website has an excellent checklist to use when you go. It can be found at

It’s important to note that old views about nursing facilities as inhospitable and dreary are changing. Over the past several years SNFs have advanced in terms of residents’ rights, quality improvements and the overall approach to the needs and wants of residents and patients.

Many such facilities have a resident council that you may ask to visit to learn more about life in the facility.

Armed with the facts, smart seniors and their families can determine which facility is right for them.

Andrea Gallagher, CSA, is president of Senior Concerns, a nonprofit agency serving Ventura and western Los Angeles counties. For more information, visit, and for comments or questions, email


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How to help a loved one deal with memory loss | | Thousand Oaks Acorn

How to help a loved one deal with memory loss | | Thousand Oaks Acorn: "How to help a loved one deal with memory loss
By Melody Stopher
Special to the Acorn

READING THE SIGNS—Knowing what to watch for regarding memory loss can help people know when it’s time to seek help .
COMMENTARY /// Dementia

If you have an aging parent, friend or other loved one, you are well aware of the inner struggle between respecting the person’s privacy and making the decision to step in when you see potential danger in their future.

One common circumstance that gives rise to this dilemma is when you realize your loved one’s lapses of memory or bouts of forgetfulness may be pointing toward a more serious issue.

Any one of the following signs should prompt you to seek medical help for your friend or family member:

Problems with word-finding. The person often struggles to remember common, basic words or substitutes words that are close but not correct.

Neglect of basic safety precautions. The person may habitually leave the stove or iron on after using it. Another example is someone driving somewhere then realizing they have no idea where they are or how they got there.

Sleep disorders or interruptions. You may discover your loved one wandering around at night instead of sleeping. Often, the person may not even be aware they should be in bed or that it is the time of day when they should be sleeping.

Loss of focus regarding self-care. You may find that your loved one is not practicing basic hygiene, such as showering, shaving, brushing their teeth or putting on clean clothing.

Some people even forget to eat.

Avoiding questions— or getting angry. You find your loved one responding to noncontroversial questions (such as, “What is the name of the street you live on?” or “What month is this?”) with a vague answer such as “I don’t care about that” instead of “I don’t know” or “I don’t remember.”

The person may respond with anger when pressed or when asked questions they don’t have an answer for. Keep in mind that their long-term memory may still be good. They may clearly remember events from 50 years ago but not be able to tell you if they had breakfast that morning.

Problem-solving difficulties. The person is unable to correctly answer hypothetical questions such as, “What would you do if a pan on your stove caught on fire?” This issue also manifests itself in piles of unopened mail (including unpaid bills). In addition, the person may not be able to accomplish simple, multistep processes, such as following a recipe or doing the laundry.

It is important to note that a number of issues can contribute to memory loss. It’s not always about Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

That’s why it is critical to see a physician, who can run tests and do other evaluations that help diagnose the source of the problem.

At times, changes in medication, treatment of underlying health problems, lifestyle modification or counseling can correct memory issues.

Seniors often neglect having annual physicals—even those who consistently saw their physician earlier in life. As a caregiver or concerned friend, you can help by making regular physician visits a habit for your loved one.

Even though it may be a delicate issue to approach or the person may resist at first, it is worth your effort to help to avert a potentially dangerous or deadly situation for your loved one as well as for anyone who might be injured by his or her actions.

If the diagnosis is Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, things can be done to help your loved one—and you—make the best of the time ahead. For instance, although there is no cure, there are excellent medications that can slow the progress of the disease.

In addition, an enormous amount of support is available in the form of agencies such as Simi Valley Hospital’s Home Health Services.

In these agencies, a team of medical professionals with special expertise in caring for elderly patients will coordinate their efforts with your loved one’s physician to ensure that everyone involved receives the education and support they need. These teams typically include nurses, speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and social workers.

It’s unsettling to discover that someone you care about is experiencing significant memory loss. However, by facing the issue head-on you can make a positive difference in your loved one’s future.

Melody Stopher is the clinical manager for Adventist Health Home Care Services at Simi Valley Hospital."

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Board rejects CVHS-to-TOHS solution | | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Board rejects CVHS-to-TOHS solution | | Thousand Oaks Acorn: "Board rejects CVHS-to-TOHS solution
Waverly remains landing spot for continuation high school
By Andy Nguyen

CENTER OF THE DEBATE—A plan to relocate Conejo Valley High School to the adult school campus in Waverly Heights (seen here) has some residents in an uproar. District leadership says the solution makes the most sense for students. MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers
Tensions were high Tuesday night as Conejo Valley Unified’s board of education voted down a trustee’s request to move its continuation high school to a traditional high school campus.

The proposal—put forth by board member Mike Dunn—was considered as an alternative to the district’s current plan to move the Conejo Valley High student body to its adult school campus on Old Farm Road.

It would have seen CVHS moved into empty classrooms at Thousand Oaks High School, avoiding any impact on Conejo Valley Adult School, the surrounding Waverly Heights neighborhood and the Horizon Hills Parenting Program on Greta Street.

In the face of spirited opposition from Waverly residents opposed to the idea of putting CVHS at the adult school campus, the board voted 4-1 against the TOHS idea, with Dunn the sole trustee in favor.

“(This option) would not move, cut or eliminate any of the existing programs which are at the Waverly site,” Dunn said before the vote.

The district’s plan would see CVHS share space at the Waverly campus with Century Academy and a future career technical education program. To make room, several adult school programs would be relocated, including the campus’ long-running English as a Second Language program.

Over a dozen speakers voiced their displeasure over the plan, asking the board to choose the TOHS alternative instead. Speakers were primarily residents from the Waverly Heights neighborhood and teachers and supporters of the adult school.

Lisa Creps, who lives in Waverly Heights, read a list of demands from the residents.

“We’ve reviewed our goals and come to an organized consensus of the demands that will protect and preserve our unique equestrian neighborhood and our property values,” she said.

Residents are opposed to having the continuation high school on the Waverly campus, she said. They are opposed to any type of high school at the campus. Creps said the area is not structured for the volume of people and traffic a high school would bring.

Another demand was to close the two gates acting as entrances to the campus and to build a permanent wall, barring any pedestrian access through the neighborhood.

“We are taking this opportunity to take our neighborhood back,” she said.

Brian Winic, another resident, yelled at the school board after its vote that he would physically block one of the gates if the district went ahead with its plans.

Opponents said the district’s plan would irreparably damage several programs offered by the adult school, specifically ESL.

Bob Iezza, deputy superintendent of instruction, said no definitive plans have been made as to what programs would move or where. Discussions with the various programs at the adult school have been ongoing, he said.

“We’re still fact-finding and looking at combinations,” he said.

A handful of people spoke out against having the continuation school at TOHS. Lauren Rheaume, whose son graduated from CVHS, said it was important to have a location for the students where they don’t feel like guests.

Placing the continuation school under the auspices of Thousand Oaks would “miss the mark.”

“Please don’t make these kids feel like they’re pushed aside as second-class students in an otherwise larger school,” she said. “Please don’t put them back in an environment that didn’t work for them in the first place.”

An argument Dunn made for his proposal was that it’d be cheaper than the Waverly option, $1 million versus $7.1 million, and it would save taxpayers’ money.

But that characterization is not correct, fellow trustees said.

The money for the Waverly move would be paid for by the Measure I bond—each affected site and program would use its own allocated portion of that money.

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

“There is no saving of money,” Superintendent Ann Bonitatibus said. “All of the campuses are currently allocated Measure I bond funding. Upgrades are done to those campuses anyway.”

Trustee John Andersen, who worked as a financial adviser, reiterated that point, saying the $7.1 million total includes work that was already going to be done by the district regardless of which option they chose. The money was allocated long before Waverly was considered an option.

“Those same dollars and same projects are included in the (learning center) project,” he said."

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Stern, Fazio both lean to the center in bid for state Senate seat Candidates locked in battle to replace Fran Pavley TO Acorn

Stern, Fazio both lean to the center in bid for state Senate seat

Candidates locked in battle to replace Fran Pavley
By Stephanie Bertholdo

Fazio (R) Fazio (R)State Senate candidates Henry Stern and Steve Fazio took part in a town hall meeting hosted by the Community Foundation of Oak Park Oct. 6 at Oak Park High School.
The men are running for the state’s 27th Senate District seat held by Fran Pavley for the past eight years. The district spans the eastern San Fernando Valley through theConejo Valley, plus MalibuSimi Valley, Moorpark and Santa Clarita.
Stern, a 34-year-old Democrat and Canoga Park resident, emphasized his experience as a senior policy adviser to Pavley. Like his boss of four years, Stern said, he is focused on water policy, education improvement, juvenile justice and the environment.
In addition to working with Pavley, Stern teaches environmental law at UCLA.
Education and the environment may be top priorities, he said, but fiscal responsibility is equally important.
Fazio, a 56-year-old Simi Valley Republican who owns a chain of laundry and dry cleaning businesses, said the difference between him and Stern is his 35 years of experience as a business owner.

Stern (D) Stern (D)Fazio has been a member of the Los Angeles Police Department Reserve for 30 years, and he said public safety is a big reason he decided to run for the office.
As for education, Fazio said, the public school system in California has been “let go.”
“I think the union hijacked the teaching profession,” he said, adding that he doesn’t want to tinker with teacher wages and benefits but focus instead on students.
Questions from the audience included California’s dependency on water and Gov. Jerry Brown’s $15-billion tunnel project under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Deltato assist water delivery to Southern California. Stern said the tunnels could wind up hurting, not protecting, endangered animal species.
He would prefer to address the drought by diverting some of the $7.5 billion in state water bond money and steering it toward the Calleguas Municipal Water District, a local water provider.
The subject of California’s proposed high-speed rail also arose. Fazio said he opposes the high-speed rail due to its high cost.
But Stern said, “Our public transportation system is broken. We need to invest.” He said he would like to see a railway built that would take passengers from the San Fernando Valley to LAX, which would cut travel time in half.
The issue of taxes and regulation also came up.
“We’re going to see businesses move out or continue to downsize because of taxes and regulations,” Fazio said. Fighting the state’s antibusiness environment is one reason he’s running for the Senate, he said.
Stern said, “The job in government is not to create jobs but to have a fair marketplace where (people) can grow their own jobs.”
Having himself started “tech incubators” that encourage business growth, Stern said, he believes in a creative economy and used Facebook as an example of an incubator-grown business.
The candidates were asked about the state’s low nationwide rank in per-pupil spending, and specifically how they would increase funding for public schools.
Stern said education funding could be improved if the state decreased the number of people who are incarcerated for nonviolent offenses.
“It’s expensive to ignore young talent,” he said. “I want to see more investment in classrooms, more focus on apprenticeships.”
Fazio disagreed with Stern’s view that spending less money on criminal incarceration would boost education funding.
“We have enough money in the state budget to do well by education,”
Fazio said. But with graduation levels low and test results poor, the state needs to change how its education money is spent, he said.
Both candidates oppose Proposition 64, the measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use in California.
“Whether it’s a gateway drug or not is not the question,” Fazio said. “It’s (already) pretty easy to get a prescription now for medical marijuana. I’m in favor of that.”
Stern said most people expect him to be in favor of marijuana legalization because he’s young.
“It’s not the case,” he said. “I’ve seen young people slipping through the cracks. It (might) not lead to opioid abuse or violent crimes, but it slows you down. This is a public safety issue.”

LETTERS ed TO ACORN ALL 10/20/16 Angie Simpson, Al Ada, Ann LaFianza, Sandee Everett +

Biz owner says CVUSD stole his parking spaces

As voters in Conejo Valley are preparing to vote for two positions on the school board, it may be instructive to shed light on certain irregular and illegal acts perpetrated by CVUSD management.
I own a commercial building at 711 Rancho Conejo Blvd. in Newbury Park. This building shares parking with two other adjacent buildings, including 667 Rancho Conejo Blvd., which CVUSD purchased late last year.
Recently, CVUSD relocated its maintenance and operations department to the 667 building.
My shared parking rights are documented in a deed filed with theSuperior Court of Ventura County. CVUSD was fully aware at the time they purchased the 667 building that other owners including myself possess inviolable parking rights. They were also very much aware that the only way to change the shared parking layout was to seek written permission from the other owners and file a modified CC&R with the court for it to become effective. CVUSD did neither.
So try to comprehend my shock when in mid-March CVUSD began bulldozing the perimeter wall of the parking area, started constructing a ramp connecting our parking lot to another CVUSD lot located on Mitchell Road, building new trash enclosures and three additional loading docks—all on our shared parking space.
It’s a modern-day land grab perpetrated by a government entity. In the process, the district stole over 20 percent of my available parking.
When I approached CVUSD management, I was told in so many words, “Go sue us.” Well, that’s what I am doing. Needless to say, if I prevail, CVUSD will owe me damages in addition to my legal costs (on top of its own legal costs)—all at very substantial but totally wasteful taxpayer expense.
I understand many millions have been set aside in the CVUSD budget for building improvements at the 667 and other sites.
If you are wondering what happened to the money CVUSD “saved” by stealing my property, I am wondering too. Did the money get diverted to another project? Or worse, did it end up in private pockets?
Steve Banerjee
Westlake Village

Disc golf was forced on park

Regarding the Thousand Oaks Planning Commission’s 5-0 approval of Sapwi Trails Park (Acorn, Oct. 13), the commission approved a disc golf course in the park.
Disc golf is incompatible with hikers, picnickers and bicyclists who will also be using the park at the same time.
These discs typically have sharpened edges to allow them to fly faster and farther. And they do go fast—as fast as 60 mph. A wayward disk can hit an unsuspecting park visitor.
On a personal note, I play tennis at Thousand Oaks Community Park on Moorpark Road. When a disc golf game was about to take place, I was told by the organizers to move my car. It was about 20 feet from one of the disc golf “holes.”
I asked why. He said that if the disc hit my car, it would dent it. Imagine if a disc (it’s not a Frisbee) hits a child or adult?
At the public planning meetings for the park last year, a disc golf contingency from out of the area attended to push for a disc golf course at Sapwi Trails.
Judging from the reaction of the CRPD members in attendance, the presence of the out-of-area disc golf proponents did not come as a surprise, and they were encouraged to speak and vote on what they would like to see at the park.
Those who were against the idea were, not surprisingly, outnumbered by these out-of-area groups. It was obvious to me that disc golf was a predetermined part of the park whether Thousand Oaks residents wanted it there or not.
We hike the park regularly, and their decisions about the park will impact our lives. I’m disappointed that our concerns were ignored.
Diane Rumbaugh
Thousand Oaks

Native animals take precedent over nonnatives

Let’s take a quick little quiz. Which of the following is native to the Santa Monica Mountains: llama, alpaca, cougar?
Apparently, some local residents, like Mr. Phillips and Mr. Sumner (“Ranchers say they’re fearful of mountain lion attacks,” Acorn, Oct. 13) are unclear on the correct answer and feel they should be able to maintain nonnative animals at the expense of native ones. Such hubris.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s OK that their animals were killed. However, if they wish to maintain nonnative livestock, it needs to be at their expense, not at the expense of a wild animal that established its territorial rights centuries ago.
David Dawson
Thousand Oaks
2016-10-20 / Letters

Writer renews call to move cougars out

Well, here we go again. It’s bad enough these mountain lions have to contend with being surrounded by freeways, thousands of residential homes, poisoned rodents and now bullets (Acorn, Oct. 13).
The National Park Service says, “No evidence of livestock killed by big cats,” and the ranchers say they’re killing their livestock.
Of course they are because they’re starving.
Even the park service admitted on camera that this area cannot sustain this many cats. So if we don’t move them, I guess we’ll just watch them die or be killed. I’ve been camping two hours north of here and I’ve never seen so many deer and wild turkey; they come out in droves at night around campfires.
It’s really sad that we have the means to save these lions but we just collar and tag them. Why? I don’t know.
Haven’t we learned what we need to know by now? There’s nothing for them to eat, so is it any wonder that they’ll climb a barbed wire fence to get at a goat for food?
I have hiked in these hills for about six years and I’ve seen one deer with fawn. So let’s get real: The suburbs and freeways don’t mix well with wild mountain lions. Set them free.
John Michel
Newbury Park

Montgomery Rd already has too much traffic

What happened to transparency? Superintendent Bonitatibus states in her bio that “we have a number of community outreach initiatives planned to connect with and respond to our community.”
However, lately, as a member of the Thousand Oaks community, I’m not feeling like the school district sincerely wants to connect.
Seventy-two hours before the board’s Sept. 6 meeting I caught word from a neighbor that CVUSD was planning to put their continuation school in my backyard here in Waverly Heights.
No heads-up from the district, no effort to connect by anyone on the board.
After they saw our neighborhood will not tolerate this disrespect, they scrambled to show that they were soliciting our input by hosting two community forums on Oct. 10.
A good representation of our neighborhood appeared, and representatives of the district were kind enough to sit us through a 45-minute presentation reviewing all their lovely programs.
The neighbors thought a community forum meant we would have a dialogue. We didn’t. It felt one-sided.
It seems they forget that as taxpaying citizens we do have a say in how this is going to go, and they do need to respond to our concerns over traffic.
Has CVUSD done any research on our neighborhood here, to see that we live on a street that is built to handle 2,500 cars a day and yet 4,500-plus cars travel on Montgomery Road per day, according to a recent city calculation.
This is due to our existing neighbors, the traffic we already have from Conejo Valley Adult School and the fact that Montgomery is a shortcut for folks to get from Avenida de Las Flores to Janss.
Never mind the stop sign at Old Farm Road and Montgomery that is often ignored.
We have children, pedestrians and animals trying to enjoy this property we pay for, while trying to dodge the hurried, stressed (often young/inexperienced) drivers trying to get to class on time.
This entire issue has been a complete slap to our face as neighbors, and residents, of the Conejo Valley Unified School District.
AnneMarie Winic

School board incumbents get the job done

I’m writing in support of Betsy Connolly and Peggy Buckles for the Conejo Valley school board.
I attended the candidate forum earlier this month, and I have also been an involved parent for many years, serving on PFA and PTA boards, school site councils and several district committees. I have seen Betsy and Peggy at work and fully support them for reelection.
Many issues are complicated and not always easy to understand at first. Part of the complications arise from the need to be fiscally responsible. I have always known Betsy and Peggy to be thinking only about the students and what is good for the district as a whole. They listen, contemplate all alternatives and don’t have their own agendas in deciding an issue.
Just because some don’t agree with their answer to an issue doesn’t mean the board members are bad. The loudest group of people and those who write the most letters to the papers aren’t always right.
Connolly and Buckles are the most informed among those running. Their experience and knowledge of the laws and issues are especially obvious and were clear in their presentations at the forum.
They know we have a wonderful district here but can’t simply rest on our laurels. They know that we have to keep to budgets and that all students and programs are important. They are conscious of the effects of their decisions.
Even with controversial issues, including Conejo Valley High School, they think about what is right overall for CVUSD and work to mitigate any problems that might arise because of their decisions.
These two candidates think about the present but also about the future. They know that there are competing factors on all issues, and they are able to sort through them. They understand budgets and know that difficult choices must be made sometimes.
Connolly and Buckles are not one-issue candidates. They don’t discriminate against any student, and I know that they will continue to work for the good of all students in this district.
Please join me in voting for these two exceptional candidates.
Gail Ginell
Thousand Oaks   Just watch the board meetings The condescending remarks about meeting of the Board If they were not trampling on our rights no one icluding me would show up:
Just ONE question will they take responsibility for $12.6 mill loss Kelly rd incompetence to state READ last week classified Emps story pg 1 on again incompetence in sales/ move + Mr. Bannerjee's letter above

Simpson is a true leader

I’ve gotten to know Angie Simpson through local American Association of University Women events, and we work for the same local biotech firm.
I’m inspired by Angie and what she brings to the table as a role model, mentor and leader. When Angie recognizes a need in her community, without hesitation she jumps in at full force to become the champion for those ignored by the status quo.
Her tenacity for serving her fellow neighbor is informed and strengthened by the other hats she proudly wears: mother, wife and healthcare professional. She is the epitome of the type of woman that I strive to be.
This past spring, Angie nominated me for the Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce Top 40 under 40 awards. I was selected, and that’s an honor that I wouldn’t have received without her initiative. I am humbled to have the opportunity to learn and draw insights from such a stellar pillar in the Conejo Valley.
There are so many great debates surrounding what makes leaders successful. Are leaders born or are they made? Is leadership an art or is it a science? Over her 15 years in this community, Angie has displayed all the traits of a leader, and her methodology has been the same since she was a kid playing sports on nationally ranked teams.
Angie Simpson knows what it takes to get things done, and she sparks the people around her into action too. She has the guts to take initiative, create buy-in, demonstrates mental fortitude and honesty, while driving results.
Angie’s latest example of achievement is launching her first campaign running for the CVUSD school board and getting out of the gates No. 1 in campaign fundraising across the field. More notable is the number of donations Angie has received and the effort, dedication and determination it has required launching such a successful grassroots campaign.
I look forward to voting for Angie on Nov. 8.
Anne Beaubrun

Everett won’t rubber-stamp budgets

It pains me to see our students and teachers scraping by to get basic supplies and for families and businesses constantly pressed for more money while tens of millions of dollars go wasted due to irrational decisions at the school board.
For example, the property housing Conejo Valley High School and Maintenance and Operations on Kelley Road was sold last year for $8.9 million and is now is essentially being flipped by the buyer for $20 million.
Making matters worse, we are paying that same buyer $25,000 per month to lease back the land for CVHS and spent $11.4 million on M&O’s new facility, which hasn’t even met safety standards. This whole situation is sickening. We are being squeezed to support student programs while tens of millions of dollars go wasted.
How can our community afford to support board members who make poor decisions? We cannot stand by and allow this foolishness to continue.
Two long-term school board members are up for reelection. They have been on the board eight years, have been central to many poor decisions and always vote as a bloc (even running on the same ticket this election like a president and vice president). Enough.
We need school board members who think independently and act with everyone’s best interests at heart.
As a native to Newbury Park and father of four CVUSD students, I am passionate and have worked hard with many of you to improve our community.
Please join me in voting for Sandee Everett. She is a gem who listens to understand, not reply. She is one of the most decent, impartial people I know and exactly who we need on the school board.
She will not rubber-stamp budgets, nor make decisions based on personal interest.
Instead, Sandee will take the time to study the issues, talk with the community, listen to our teachers and students. She’s a person who can be trusted with our children’s future.
John Merrill
Newbury Park   TRUE Her husband is a great Prof., father too Nick Q

Freedman has a lot to offer CVUSD

As the father of four kids attending schools in the CVUSD, I am proud to pledge my support to Julie Freedman for school board.
If you attend any PTA or CVUSD meeting and mention Julie Freedman’s name, most everyone in the room will know it and will have a story of how she has had a hand in helping with a cause for a school, sports club or other community event.
With over 12 years of volunteering and being engaged, her positive impact at the school sites and the district has already benefited thousands of students. I truly believe a lot of what makes CVUSD such a special place is, in part, because of the never-ending work Julie has put into it.
A mother of two children who attend schools in the CVUSD and one that just graduated, Julie Freedman will be a strong voice for all students. She will collaborate with all parties while not being afraid to make tough choices if the result will ultimately benefit the students of CVUSD.
Nov. 8 presents us with an opportunity to put Julie Freedman in a position where her dedication, experience and love for CVUSD will ensure our schools remain a place where we continue to be proud to send our children and others seek to send theirs.
Please join me in voting for Julie Freedman for school board.
Marshall Denninger  UNFORTUNATELY SHE HAS COME LATE TO THE TABLE, RUNNING POOR CAMPAIGN WILL TAKE FROM ANGIE/SANDEE HELPING INCUMBENTS Your vote is precious!!  She refused to answer me about her 10 yr corp background Nick Q

Measure I funds are in good hands

A few weeks ago the Acorn ran my letter inquiring as to whether there is a master plan for the $197-million CVUSD Measure I bond and about the status on bond spending.
Putting my money where my mouth is, so to speak, I submitted an application for the bond oversight committee about the same time. Whether it was great timing or a happy coincidence, I was surprised and happy to see extensive reporting on bond fund spending in the very same Acorn issue my letter appeared in. I was also happy to see updated accounting reports had been added to the Measure I bond site.
I interviewed with Superintendent Bonitatibus and trustees Pat Phelps and Mike Dunn last week for a spot on the bond oversight committee (I decided to withdraw my application afterward).
During the interview, I was pleased to get the superintendent’s confirmation that her staff is working on creating a Measure I master plan. But what impressed me the most was not only had the superintendent, Dunn and Phelps read my letter to the Acorn, but they connected it to me and spoke with me at length about my ideas and concerns.
I felt respected and valued.
It’s clear to me that the three are on top of Measure I bond funding and addressing ideas and concerns from residents like me. I give them an A+ and now stand very happily corrected.
Colleen Andersen  NP

A fresh face is needed in local government

I believe Anne LaFianza would be the best choice for Thousand Oaks City Council. Anne has the background and dedication to enable her to make a positive contribution. She has demonstrated her commitment to the environment through her work on the Oak and Landmark Tree Committee and, through extensive canvassing, has taken the pulse of our citizens and will have the knowledge to act in their best interests.
Also, it’s important to have a fresh face periodically to bring new insights to our city’s policies— insights that can result in valuable contributions to our community. I had hoped Rob McCoy might bring new, positive ideas to benefit the community, but I have been disappointed.
Rob is an honorable man and has been very kind to me. I’m impressed with his church members— they were extremely cordial when I met them campaigning last year. So my comments are strictly about my perception of his performance on the council.
For openers, I believe he has the wrong perception of the council. The council is not a farm team to prepare him for higher office. I consider the City Council as the “big leagues” of government, and decisions made here should be for the benefit of all our people—not to curry favor with a political party.
Secondly, I believe he has inappropriately injected his version of religion into his role as councilman. His faith has brought an inappropriate mixing of church and state. I believe he has said that the state should not give direction to the church but that the church should be able to direct the state. I wholeheartedly disagree.
I could remind him of the Spanish Inquisition, but, without going that far, I understand that he would like a government decision to outlaw abortion. That may be his position, but, in my opinion, he should not use his role as a council member as a platform to broadcast that opinion.
I believe Anne LaFianza would put the people of Thousand Oaks first in her thinking, and I support her for election.
Ed Jones
Westlake Village

Challenger receives thanks

I want to thank Anne LaFianza for running for City Council.
I want to thank her for speaking out and speaking the truth. I want to thank her for gathering 500 signatures for SOAR’s Measure C and the City SOAR, Measure W, which protects parks and open space, and together keep our city from sprawling out into the open space that surrounds us.
I want to thank her for doing something when Regency chopped down the beautiful old oak trees at the Westlakeshopping center, joining a committee whose work led to the passage of a stronger oak tree protection law.
I want to thank her for having the strength to disagree with City Council spending priorities, how the city roads fund is underfunded but the council still offered money to the auto mall and gave City Manager Scott Mitnick praise and one of the highest salaries in the state before he was fired.
Finally, I want to thank Anne LaFianza for taking time from her family to stand up for us.
Linda Parks
Westlake Village

Adam an excellent choice for City Council

Four years ago the voters in Thousand Oaks elected Al Adam to the City Council. Those who follow activities at City Hall and around our community know that Al has been an excellent choice.
The list of achievements Al has initiated or strongly supported is quite impressive and includes supporting the commitments to keep Thousand Oaks one of the safest cities in America, adding to our 15,000 acres of open space around our city, working with property owners and developers to revitalize our downtown along Thousand Oaks Boulevard, working consistently to maintain a balanced budget while improving city services and expanding Dial-A-Rideservice to connect with Camarillo, Moorpark and Simi Valley.
In addition, Al has demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities that have united the council.
Richard Hus
Thousand Oaks
Hus is a former T.O. City Council member and mayor.

Wider freeways just attract more traffic

In last week’s Acorn, letter writer Jim Eckley implored Acorn readers to pass Measure AA to eliminate freeway gridlock, which he says has worsened during his 20 years living in the Conejo.
Well, Jim, I hate to burst your bubble, but I’ve lived in the Conejo for 44 years, and every freeway widening in SoCal has resulted in very temporary relief followed by usually worse gridlock than before the extra lanes were added.
Seems like the wider freeways act like sponges to attract ever more traffic.
Measure AA might have some very slight benefit, but for sure it will not be the panacea that you’re expecting.
Just a fact of life where we live.
Tom Reilly
Thousand Oaks

Re-striping of Moorpark ramp an improvement

Now that work on the 101-23 interchange improvement project is near complete, I have commuted that stretch sufficiently to form an opinion on the impact it will have on the southbound 23 to the westbound 101 bottleneck.
The largest impact comes from what appears to be a simple widening and re-striping of the connector bridge from 23 to the 101. This was formerly a short, quarter-mile merge into a an exit-only lane for Moorpark Road.
At rush hour, this tended to disintegrate into a sort of Super Mario Kart-like battle between cars and created a bottleneck on the westbound 101.
The restriping has resulted in two lanes in the same space. The right-most lane still takes you to the Moorpark-only exit lane. The adjacent lane has an optional exit to Moorpark but also continues on the freeway for another mile before turning into the exit-only at Lynn Road.
While this does sort of kick the can—and the resulting bulge in traffic—down the road to Lynn, the extra mile or so does allow motorists to more space to untangle themselves.
This combined with the extra space to “store” cars and the private lane for those exiting on Moorpark has resulted in a modest improvement in rush-hour throughput in this infamous stretch.
And while I shudder in fear every time I pass the as-yet (and hopefully eternally) inactive meter signal at the entrance to the 101 westbound, I would tentatively award this piece of the project a B.
Bill Michalek
Newbury Park

Rider: No apology coming

I would like to respond to David Schneider’s Sept. 22 letter, “Dial- A-Rider owes driver an apology.”
I am the rider you referred to, Mr. Schneider, when you said I owe the driver an apology for asking for special treatment.
I do not owe the driver or anyone else an apology. I was repeatedly yelled at by the driver and when I asked for help getting in and out of the van, the driver simply sat in his driver seat pretending not to hear.
I have a cane and a fear of falling, so that is why even when the driver yelled at me to get out of the van, I refused to do so.
True, I had in error given the driver the wrong address, not realizing my doctor had recently moved. But the new address was only a block away, and when the driver called his manager for instructions, he was told to take me to the new address.
There was a video in the van that was to be reviewed, but I was told by a spokesperson for the manager that it had malfunctioned.
I think it would have proven the kind of mistreatment I received, not the “special treatment” you suggested in your letter.
Mirian Bethancourt
Thousand Oaks