No easy answers to the housing crunch

California’s housing problem just never seems to go away. The hyperexpensive homes in Northern and Southern California are making a mockery of middle-class salaries. Young adults, once a powerful home-buying demographic, are finding it difficult to rent, much less purchase a home at the present high prices. Problem is, the important players in the housing game seem unwilling to compromise. […]


Yes, guns kill people

I’m a little worried about people who don’t understand that guns actually do the killing of people. How many crazy people without a gun have shot and killed someone? I think that would be zero. Yes, let’s give more resources to mentally ill people, which I think you are if you want to kill yourself and others. But let’s spend […]

Debunking your water bill

Beware— the number of residents on your household has a huge impact on your total Las Virgenes Municipal Water District water bill. Why? Because the water budget and the sanitation charge (sewerage) are based on that number. A LVMWD family of four’s minimum water bill will be at least $96.69—$67.27 sewerage and $29.42 “readiness to serve” charge—even if they use […]

Pure water a pipe dream

Pure water? The Las Virgenes Water District plans to invest $95 million in a 13-year water treatment project for our community to drink our sewage water. A key reason is the existing Tapia treatment plant discharge water—used by many customers for irrigation—is too excessive to discharge into Malibu Creek in the winter, per federal regulations. LVMWD estimates it would cost […]

How to keep the weather from raining on your vacation

Flying Squirrel

You can’t help but notice our weather’s been in the news recently. Forget about all those Midwesterners dealing with the Polar Bear Vortex, or whatever it’s called when freezing temperatures turn everything north of Chicago into an ice cube tray. Yes, we’ve had our own significant weather challenges. We’ve had . . . rain. Lots and lots of rain, sometimes […]

Praying along with St. Clare of Assisi

Roots of Faith

“For many of us, prayer is our lifeboat, but we still find ourselves treading water from time to time,” says Jon M. Sweeney in “The St. Clare Prayer Book: Listening for God’s Leading.” St. Clare of Assisi is often overlooked in favor of her more colorful contemporary, St. Francis of Assisi, who traveled and preached across Europe in the 13th […]

Teen tired of the teacher strike stress

Family Man

Angry mobs yelling and trampling over others, trashcans flying through store windows, tear gas— you might think “riots.” But that’s what comes to mind when I think “strike.” The recent teacher strike in Los Angeles, however, was more like, “Careful, dear, car coming. Move out of the street, please.” And they’d move. With an apology. “I’m so sick of hearing […]

Heads are still high despite big game loss

With only minutes to go in last Sunday’s Super Bowl—rain falling in the Southland— one city’s hopes and dreams circled the drain. In their place came a new reality: Maybe those other guys really were better than us. The final score would indicate so. As the clock ticked down and Julian Edelman caught his umpteenth pass, hopes that our Conejo […]


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