What I learned from losing my home

GUEST OPInion /// Climate change

Some lessons about the fire’s menace I already knew. Our mountain home in Cornell that perished is where I grew up, and I foresaw the risk of losing it. Record-breaking heat waves had cooked the surrounding vegetation, which was severely parched by drought. So I lived daily with the threat that a stray spark or careless cigarette could incite disaster. […]

Report of friendly fire adds to frustration

The Officer Down Memorial Page—a Virginia-based nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring America’s fallen law enforcement men and women—reports 137 cops were killed in the line of duty this year. It is 137 too many. The organization says there have been 10 law enforcement officials who made the ultimate sacrifice this year in the state of California, one of whom we […]


Love-hate relationship with the shopping mall

As the holidays approach, the retail experience is heating up and so are trips to the mall. Often we object when shopping centers are built on land we’d rather see left as open space—and we gnash our teeth at having to deal with the traffic and parking problems that accompany the holiday mall experience. Yet, build it and they will […]


Poignant Borderline memorial just the beginning

It began with three candles and a few cellophane-wrapped flower bouquets on a wall, but little by little, a makeshift tribute to the 12 people killed at the Borderline Bar and Grill has taken over an entire street corner in Thousand Oaks. Now, T.O. city leaders are examining where and how to establish a permanent memorial for Sgt. Ron Helus, […]


Fine community shows its true colors

There was a certain incongruity to be found at Conejo Creek Park South in Thousand Oaks last Saturday morning. Along the dirt lots at the northern edge of the playing fields, insurance companies had set up mobile offices to assist those whose homes had been damaged or destroyed by the Woolsey and Hill fires. Though the Hill fire had recently […]


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