2014-02-06 E-Edition

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Horn of plenty

Waxman, Yaroslavsky leave void

Candidates for two high-profile seats are lining up

The pending departure of two prominent politicians in Los Angeles and Washington D.C. is opening the door for a new generation of legislators eager to represent local constituents. After 20 consecutive terms, U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, the incumbent in the 33rd Congressional District whose political career began when Gerald Ford was president, announced he would retire next year. Zev Yaroslavsky, […]

Committee backlash in Oak Park

The election for members of a park district advisory committee in Oak Park—usually an amiable and uneventful affair—grew lively last week when residents expressed concern about the possible disbanding of the committee for which the election was being held. Established in 1976, the Oak Park Recreation and Park Plan- ning Committee comprises seven representatives from Oak Park who meet quarterly […]

Water reserve adequate despite zero allocation

Serious conservation being advised

Local water officials expressed concern over last week’s announcement that new allocations from the State Water Project would be halted for 2014, but they said despite the record drought the supplies for communities served by the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District would remain adequate. It is the first time in the 54- year history of the State Water Project that […]

Oak Park to see new cop cars

By summer, deputies will be driving Chevy SUVs

Move over, Crown Vic. There’s a new cop car coming to town. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office announced in December that deputies will be driving the Chevrolet Tahoe, a full-sized SUV. It will replace the Ford-made sedan and longtime car of choice for police. The sheriff’s coverage area includes Oak Park. The eight-seat trucks—which will be outfitted with radios, cage […]

You’ll need a scorecard for this election

The primary election season is almost upon us, and several elections affecting our local communities have already drawn major attention. With incumbent Jeff Gorell leaving the state Legislature and seeking greener pastures in U.S. Congress, the 44th Assembly District is a wide-open affair. Democrat Jacqui Irwin, a City Council member from Thousand Oaks, holds the early fundraising lead ahead of […]

Fracking makes drought worse

Parched by drought, vital California interests (38 million people, farms that grow most of our nation’s produce, fisheries, hydroelectric power, recreation, tourism and watershed restoration) must constantly compete for dwindling and increasingly valuable water resources. The massive water demands and subsequent groundwater pollution of horizontal hydraulic fracturing (fracking) greatly compound persistent water shortages. State and local leaders should immediately ban […]

Doesn’t like pastor’s posture

I would like to thank Mr. Bond, Timothy Bond, for his kind invitation to visit his and his beloved minister’s church to listen and experience the love. I must, however, decline. Since the Rev. McCoy has named his mentors— Perry, Rand, Huckabee—assisting him in his desire for political office, I know this type of love and it’s not to my […]

Share the road

I just read a letter in the Acorn from a person who said that cyclists should not use roads built only for automobiles. I just want to get this straight. Roads were built for everyone and anyone who commutes and wants to get from one place to another. Roads were never just built for automobiles. They were built so people […]