2016-11-03 E-Edition

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The ABCs of ‘F’

SIGN LANGUAGE—Don’t be confused by the many Measure F signs in the final days of the campaign. Above, a “Yes on F” sign on a farm next to Rio Mesa High School opposes the Ventura County Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources initiative and favors SOAR Measure F, a similar land-use proposal that is seen as more lenient to farmers. […]

Council members split over parks and transportation taxes

Agoura Hills worried about sunset clause and few local benefits

Agoura Hills City Council members expressed mixed feelings about the two Los Angeles County measures on the Nov. 8 ballot. Measure A, the Safe Clean Neighborhood Parks measure, checks all the right boxes for environmentalists, but the 1.5-cents-per-square-foot parcel tax add-on created a division among the five council members. If approved, the measure would generate about $94 million per year, […]

Where have all the good times gone?

Angry election puts a dent in campaign bumper stickers

Could sporting a Trump or Clinton bumper sticker put you at risk of getting your car keyed? Fear of reprisal could be one reason why bumper stickers and yard signs endorsing the candidates are noticeably missing from the presidential election this year. Think about it. How many Trump and Clinton bumper stickers and other signs have you seen in the […]

Mae Boyar’s 50-year-old community center gets a modern twist

The new community center replacing a 50-year-old building at Mae Boyar Park in Oak Park will use rustic, Craftsman-style architecture while embracing modern function. The Oak Park committee reviewed plans for the new Mae Boyar Park center at an Oct. 13 meeting in Oak Park. The committee, which reports to Rancho Simi Recreation and Parks District, includes Derek Ross, Janna […]

Oak Park considers leaf-blower ban

Should leaf blowers, lawn mowers and professional yard maintenance be banned in Oak Park on weekends? The Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council has been mulching over the issue for the past three months. Council Chair Alon Glickstein said many people have come to him over the years to express their concerns about the noise and disruption that professional gardeners cause […]

Both SOAR measures fall short

With four years left until the countywide urban-growth restriction known as Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources, or SOAR, expires, there is still an opportunity to make what has been a good policy even better. But it won’t happen on the 2016 ballot. Competing open space initiatives, Measures C and F, both miss the mark in their attempts to strike […]

Political Cartoon

Up in smoke

Is California a great place to live or what? Choice to vote for a legally grown crop—that is heavily taxed and since its original use by local natives has been proven to be bad if the smoke is drawn into our lungs, but does not impair the mind’s functions—to an illegally grown plant that has the same lung-killing power, plus […]

Ban the plastic

Plastic bags have become a menace to our environment, leaving pollutants in our oceans and lakes, and even contaminating our food. Proposition 67, which would ratify Senate Bill 270, is written to “prohibit large grocery stores and pharmacies from providing plastic single-use carryout bags and ban small grocery stores, convenience stores and liquor stores from doing so the following year.” […]