Friday, September 30, 2016

iccv candidates forum 093016

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Thousand Oaks City Council candidates share views vc star sept 29 2016

Thousand Oaks City Council candidates share views vc star sept 29 2016

Thousand Oaks Council hopefuls share their views at a candidates forum on downtown development, affordable housing, traffic and other issues facing the Conejo Valley city

what is wrong with these idiots; why the luv with the Blvd? Let businesses improve strip malls as they have done; Typsy Goat is successful but creates DUIs and cops wait to give tickets; fix the pot holes, the $5 million deficit street maintenance.
Nick Q
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Two Thousand Oaks City Council candidates running for re-election said at a forum that they handled the ouster of the former city manager appropriately and that the transition unfolded as smoothly as possible under the circumstances.
At least one challenger said events leading to the firing could have been handled differently, and the second challenger said there was probably nothing different that could have been done.
The comments were made during a candidate forum Wednesday night sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Ventura County attended by at least 40 people at City Hall. A live feed was also shown on TV.
The candidates for two open seats — Councilmen Al Adam and Rob McCoy and community volunteer Anne LaFianza and writer Billy Martin — answered 16 written questions from the audience during the 90-minute forum, on topics such as affordable housing, traffic, granny flats and marijuana legalization.
One questioner asked how the council in July had handled the firing of Scott Mitnick as city manager for dishonesty in his dealings with the school district and a high school booster club.
“It was dramatic and difficult, but we did what needed to be done,” said McCoy, who had been on the council 17 months when the scandal arose.
“Those are tough decisions,” he continued. “One of the things I’m so proud of is that the council stood together. And we worked through the issues. We listened to one another. We knew it was a heavy decision, but we moved forward in unity.”
Adam called Mitnick’s dismissal a “wrenching decision,” saying he has known the former city manager for “many years” and had lunch with him every Monday for four years.
“You get to know a guy after that time,” he said.
“It was a unanimous vote to make the necessary move to do what we had to do,” he said. “It was in the best interest of the city, we thought, and fortunately transition-wise, it was seamless.”
Martin said he did not think the transition was seamless and said the council should proceed by promoting from within the ranks of City Hall to fill the position of city manager, as well as planning director.
“Keep all the people we have in the city in the city,” he said.
The council has decided not to begin looking for a new city manager until after the November election. Former Assistant City Manager Andrew Powers is serving as interim city manager.
Martin conceded the council had no choice but to dismiss Mitnick.
“I think the council handled it the only way you can,” he said. “Ethics issues are very difficult, but they’re cut and dry.”
La Fianza said she thought “this is an instance where the council did not do their job.”
“The job of the City Council is to oversee and hold accountable the city manager, and they’re directly responsible for the behaviors and actions of that position,” she said. “There were ethical questions of Scott Mitnick’s behavior way before they gave him the enormous compensation of $370,000 a year, and to have that raise happen right before you have to fire him for dishonesty, I think it was not the best way to handle this situation at all.”
Later, she said, “I also feel it was inexcusable for Mr. Mitnick to have dragged our schools and our children into this issue.”
The candidates also were asked whether non-native trees should be planted on Thousand Oaks Boulevard and what their views were on the development of the corridor, which the city plans to transform into a pedestrian-friendly mix of business and housing to encourage young professionals to live and play there.
LaFianza said she would like the boulevard to “have a mixture of an Ojai and a Carmel kind of setting, where we have lovely pedestrian walkways with shade and our native oak trees.”
“I believe it’s OK to have other kinds of trees, as well, but we need to make sure our Thousand Oaks Boulevard has our native Thousand Oaks namesake trees on it.”
Martin said, “We need to do something with Thousand Oaks Boulevard right now.”
“We have businesses on the boulevard that are struggling,” he said. “There is no reason we can’t build businesses on the boulevard the way it is right now.”
Adam, a financial adviser, said the council voted 5-0 recently to consider planting oaks on the boulevard.
“We can build a town center that’s pedestrian-friendly, sustainable, that attracts young people, that has a nightlife, that is a gathering place for the community,” he said.
With the addition of caf├ęs, bistros and other businesses that encourage nightlife, the boulevard can become a magnet for millennials, he said.
“There’s 90 million millennials in the United States of America, and I think we’ve got about 15 of them in Thousand Oaks,” he said to laughter. “We’ve got to bring some young people into this city. Millennials make up the biggest part of the workforce in the United States, and we need some of them in Thousand Oaks.”
McCoy, a pastor, said he’s impressed with the plan the city has approved for reviving the corridor.
“I love the vision of it, and I think it’s time to implement it,” he said, adding later, “We’re Thousand Oaks. And if we can put oak trees in the downtown center, I think we need to do it.”

City approves $200,000 more for upkeep to barriers above Camarillo Springs VC Star Sept 30 16

City approves $200,000 more for upkeep to barriers above Camarillo Springs VC Star Sept 30 16

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The Camarillo City Council has unanimously approved an additional $200,000 to remove and haul off debris from barriers designed to protect homes in Camarillo Springs.
The additional cost would bring the total to $2 million that the council so far has approved for the barriers — giant metal nets designed to keep mud and rocks unleashed by winter rains from falling into the community of homes at the base of Conejo Mountain.
After the Springs Fire in 2014, a debris flow of mud and rocks inundated the neighborhood during heavy rains, seriously damaging 10 homes.
Earlier this year, the city completed a project on private property that added the barriers in expectation of a strong rainy season.
City engineer David Klotzle said some debris did come down, almost completely filling two upper barriers and somewhat filling three lower barriers.
While a council meeting Wednesday was just held to approve a change order to increase funding for the project, Camarillo Springs residents came to voice their concerns to the council.
The residents said that while they appreciate what Camarillo has done for the community, they don’t believe they should be financially obligated to maintain the barrier project.
They said the city is financially responsible because it decided to move forward with its own barrier project instead of an alternative, less costly plan presented to them by the community’s five homeowners associations and the hillside property owners.
Barbara Williams, a resident and president of the Springs Homeowners Association board of directors, noted that it was back in the mid-1980s when the city approved plans by a developer to “cut off the toes of alluvial fans to build homes right at the base of Conejo Mountain.”
Williams said Camarillo Springs residents are seniors and mainly living on fixed incomes, and they have already spent over a half million dollars for cleanup and repairs, while owners of the hillside property above Camarillo Springs have paid none.
She said city officials last month basically bullied and threatened residents, saying that if they didn’t agree to maintain the hillside with the property owners, permits would be denied for rebuilding five red-tagged homes in their neighborhood.
Camarillo Springs resident Ted Elliott said failure of the city to issue permits to rebuild the homes is presenting a health and safety issue and affecting the value of the rest of the homes in the community. He said the city should either issue permits or condemn the homes.
“Our street has looked like a war zone for far too long,” he said. “My wife and I as individuals have no control over whether or not an agreement can be achieved with the affected landowners and the associations as demanded by the city. However, our property values are affected each and every day until some agreement is reached.”
Other residents questioned the owners of the hillside property, Tom Staben and the Longos family, don’t step up and take financial responsibility with the city.
City Manager Dave Norman said the city’s engineering consultant recommended that building permits for the five damaged homes only be given if there is a maintenance plan in place for the barrier project.
“As we attempt to negotiate a maintenance plan with the affected parties, that will certainly change our ability to be able to move forward on permitting those red-tagged homes,” Norman said.
Councilman Bill Little said he understood the engineer’s recommendation but felt something should be done.
“I don’t think we can just sit here and wait five, 10, 15 years because we can’t get a maintenance agreement with the parties. I’d like to see staff see what other alternatives would be available for us to consider something in the close or near future,” Little said.
Mayor Mike Morgan said rain this winter could help with vegetation regrowth on the mountain to make it more secure against another debris flow. He told the residents the city continues to work with experts and won't let them down like what he believes the county did to La Conchita residents.
“We’re making an effort to help you and see if we can make it safe and secure there. We’re always looking to keep you guys safe,” Morgan said.
Donald J. Trump went on a morning Twitter tirade on Friday, denouncing the former Miss Universe winner he once shamed for gaining weight and directing the American public to seek out a sex tape that he said she participated in as evidence of her sordid past.
The attack, in a flurry of tweets on the topic posted from 5:14 to 5:30 a.m. Eastern time, was the latest effort by Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, to discredit the beauty queen, Alicia Machado, after Hillary Clinton used her as an example of his sexism during the debate on Monday night. Fact-checkers have found no evidence that Ms. Machado, who was featured in Playboy, appeared in a sex tape. Her critics may be referring to a risqué scene that she appeared in on a reality television show.
Mr. Trump maintained this week that Ms. Machado's weight and attitude were problematic after she won the 1996 pageant and his campaign circulated information about her previous brushes with the law.
On Friday, Mr. Trump suggested that there was more to be revealed about Ms. Machado and offered the theory that Mrs. Clinton, his Democratic opponent, helped her attain American citizenship.
Mr. Trump had been modulating his tone in the weeks before the debate, but his uneven performance appears to have caused him to lash out. He has increasingly flirted with leveling more personal attacks on Mrs. Clinton's history of marital problems and he has doubled-down on his charges that the news media is rigging the election.
While Mr. Trump had little to say when Mrs. Clinton brought up Ms. Machado on the debate stage, he said in his Friday tweets that she "duped" Mrs. Clinton. He called this a sign of bad judgment.
"Wow, Crooked Hillary was duped and used by my worst Miss U. Hillary floated her as an 'angel' without checking her past, which is terrible!" Mr. Trump wrote.
Ms. Machado, who told CNN this week that she is "not a saint girl," was also accused in the late 1990s of abetting an attempted murder committed by her then-boyfriend, who shot a family member in Caracas, Venezuela.
She was said to have been seen driving a getaway car, but did not face charges.
Since he reshuffled his campaign's leadership in August, Mr. Trump's team has tried to instill a more disciplined approach that has been heavier on scripted speeches and policy. Twitter, however, has continued to be an outlet for Mr. Trump to vent without a filter, and rants such as the one unleashed on Friday undermine his efforts to appear presidential.
Backers of Mrs. Clinton seized on Twitter storm as more evidence that Mr. Trump is unfit to be president.
Correct the Record, a "super PAC" that supports the Democratic nominee, suggested that Mr. Trump was showing frustration about a recent batch of weak polls.
And John Podesta, Mrs. Clinton's campaign chairman, advised that Mr. Trump might want to resist the urge to grab his phone when he wakes up "in the middle of the night."
Mrs. Clinton responded later in the morning on Twitter by calling Mr. Trump "unhinged" and said his treatment of Ms. Machado was unwarranted.
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fwd: How Dien Bien Phu Led to America’s War in Vietnam



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"The Geneva accords didn't so much establish a lasting peace as set the stage for another war in Vietnam. Just a few months after the diplomats had departed from Geneva, Hanoi sent orders to the 15,000 clandestine Vietminh political agents who remained in South Vietnam (in violation of the Geneva accords) to begin a subversion campaign against the Bao Dai administration.  Meanwhile, the National Security Council in Washington called for the use of "all available means" to undermine the Communist regime in Hanoi, and "to make every possible effort . . . to maintain a friendly noncommunist government in South Vietnam." As 1954 drew to a close, a CIA team under Col. Edward Lansdale had begun to implement a clandestine subversion program against Ho Chi Minh's government in North Vietnam. The American crusade against Communism in Vietnam had begun in earnest.
In the minds of the architects of America's new war, the French defeat in Indochina had very little to do with the strategic prowess and tenacity of the enemy, and everything to do with a lack of political will in Paris, and French military lassitude and incompetence in the field. In retrospect, it's astonishing how little respect was paid by American decision makers to Ho Chi Minh and Giap's brilliant "protracted war" strategy against France—to the deft integration of guerrilla warfare, conventional operations, the methodical buildup of a shadow government in the countryside, and a worldwide propaganda campaign against Western imperialism—as their commitment deepened. 
There were, of course, a number of reasons for failing to give the Vietnamese Communists their due. Prominent among them was the arrogant and misguided belief that a new American way of war based on air mobility, heavy firepower, and cutting-edge intelligence-gathering and targeting technology would render irrelevant the Communist strategy Ho and Giap had developed over more than a dozen years of fighting for their country.
How wrong the architects of the U.S. war proved to be! For in the end, Giap employed essentially the same highly flexible strategy and force structure to defeat the Americans that he had used to vanquish the French, albeit on a larger scale."



multimillion-dollar connector, which allows domestic and international passengers to move between several terminals, was officially opened at Los Angeles International Airport

A multimillion-dollar connector, which allows domestic and international passengers to move between several terminals, was officially opened at Los Angeles International Airport Thursday. (KABC)

A multimillion-dollar connector, which allows domestic and international passengers to move between several terminals, was officially opened at Los Angeles International Airport Thursday.

The $148.5 million connector gives travelers the chance to move between the Tom Bradley International Terminal on the west side of the airport with terminals four through eight on the south side of the airport.

It also allows domestic travelers to catch international flights without re-screening and provides a faster screening area for international travelers.

The new connector is part of a $15 billion makeover that is being done at LAX, the nation's third busiest airport.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Mixed use proposed at former Lupe’s site TO Acorn Sept 29 16

Mixed use proposed at former Lupe’s site

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VISION&mdash;A rendering depicts a three-story mixed-use development planned for the 1700 block of E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard, former home to Lupe&rsquo;s Mexican Restaurant, which closed in August after 69 years in business. 
Rendering by KTGY Group VISION—A rendering depicts a three-story mixed-use development planned for the1700 block of E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard, former home to Lupe’s Mexican Restaurant, which closed in August after 69 years in business. Rendering by KTGY GroupA site that had come to represent Thousand Oaks’ past may serve as a window into its future.
T.O.-based Daly Group Inc. filed an application with the city this month to build a mixed-use housing development consisting of 36 apartments and three retail spaces in the 1700 block of E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., former home of Lupe’s Mexican Restaurant, which closed in August after 69 years in business.
If approved, the Daly project would be the first of its kind in the city, and the first since the City Council passed the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Specific Plan in 2011 calling for such development.
“As soon as I saw it, I thought, ‘That’s what we’re talking about,’” Mayor Joel Price told the Acorn this week. “This is a place where even the developers themselves would want to do business, sit outside in the morning and have coffee or maybe a drink at night.”

CHANGES COMING&mdash;Lupe&rsquo;s Mexican Restaurant closed last month. Developers have submitted plans for a mixed-use project at the site. Thirty-six housing units have been requested for the development. 
ACORN FILE PHOTO CHANGES COMING—Lupe’s Mexican Restaurant closed last month. Developers have submitted plans for a mixed-use project at the site. Thirty-six housing units have been requested for the development.ACORN FILE PHOTOThe European-style design includes two three-story buildings, one housing apartments and the other incorporating apartments over retail.
A meandering path leads from the boulevard to the center of the development.
A fountain near the entrance would pay tribute to the Zuniga family, which owned the land and operated Lupe’s from 1947 through August of this year.
The city’s 25th anniversary oak, planted in 1989 when T.O. turned 25, would remain.
The Daly Group’s intention is to attract a cafe and bistro to the property that would serve both tenants and the general public, according to plans.
Because Daly is requesting 36 housing units—the number of units that remain of those allocated for that portion of the boulevard under the specific plan—the developer does not need to go before the City Council.
Daly will, however, have to get planning commission approval to address the housing and retail element as well as any trees protected under the city’s recently revised tree ordinance, which says any commercial property owner wishing to remove any oak or landmark tree greater than 24 inches in diameter must go to the commission for approval.
The city is awaiting the developer’s tree report, but Daly has already indicated it would have to remove three sycamore trees adjacent to Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Senior Planner Steve Kearns said in an interview.
“One of those trees is just at 24 inches, so that alone would trigger having to go to the planning commission,” he said.
Before its date with the commission, Daly Group must first address questions from city staff, Kearns said.
“We still have a few concerns we’ve communicated to the developer,” he said, adding that Daly has been quick to respond to questions and any requested changes.
“They’ve made changes and added features that show they really want to play by our rules,” Kearns said.
One of those features is a sitting area around the 25th anniversary tree, a large oak that stands on the east side of the former Lupe’s parking lot.
Also in design plans: a ground level parking structure for tenants and a parking lot for business patrons, with traffic entering and exiting on Zuniga Ridge Place, which runs between AutoZone and Leslie’s Pools. Those two businesses will remain in place. There will also be an entrance to a drop-off area near the current Lupe’s parking lot entrance.
Apartment tenants would have access to a gym, a clubhouse and what Daly is calling a “spool,” a water feature that will be larger than a spa but a smaller than a traditional pool, Kearns said.
In another tribute to Lupe’s, the developers purchased some of the fixtures from the restaurant to use in the space, Kearns said.
While there will always be residents who would like to see the city remain how it is, if not revert to the pastoral setting of 50 years ago, Price said, it’s vital to attract millennials and other younger residents who might go for the all-in-one type housing.
“It would kill us if we didn’t find ways to bring young people back,” he said. “We need them in the job market; we need their tax money, and our schools need their children.”
One more need, he said, is to get a shovel in the ground.
“I’m excited we’re at that point now,” Price said. “I think when people see it, they’ll say, ‘Oh, that’s what you’re talking about—it’s beautiful.’”
The project has thus far passed muster with the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Association, president Shawn Moradiansaid.
“The beautiful thing about it is Lupe’s was really a pioneer at the time it started . . . and in the same location, now a mixed-use project will take its place and will be the beginning of change for the boulevard,” he said.