2016-12-08 E-Edition

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P-45 mountain lion gets reprieve as rancher calls off the hunt

More protective livestock pens recommended for predator defense

Frustrated and afraid, Victoria Vaughn-Perling decided to act. Having lost 10 of her beloved alpacas Nov. 19 in a single mountain lion attack, the rancher turned to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for help. What the department suggested started a firestorm, with Vaughn-Perling at the center. The 58-year-old Malibu resident now says she never wanted P-45, the cougar […]

Home for the holidays

OPEN HOUSE—Above, the vocal group Sound Check entertains at the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara 25th annual Holiday Homes Tour on Dec. 4. Below left, docent Sahiti Gava shows visitor Brenda Kermode a beautifully decorated dining room in one of the homes. At right, David Wank, CSCVVSB chairman of the board, welcomes guests to the Lake Sherwood home of Joan […]

Fran Pavley retires after 35-year public service career

Agoura Hills resident in elected office since 1982

A leader on the environmental stage, a founder of Agoura Hills and certainly a deft policy wonk, Fran Pavley rose from the ranks of small-town mayor to become one of California’s most effective leaders of a generation. The former middle school teacher turned politician served in the California Assembly and the state Senate for 14 years before retiring this month. […]

Why are many trees dying?


One by one, big trees are disappearing, the sound of songbirds replaced by the buzz of chain saws and crews cleaning up dead branches. According to the U.S. Forest Service, 102 million trees have died in forests across California since 2010 due to heat, drought and infestation from beetles and other bugs. Many heritage oak trees in the Santa Monica […]

Lingering drought keeps firefighters on edge

Just how dry is it out there? Much of Southern California is now deep into a second year of “exceptional” drought, the most extreme level. As a result, the amount of moisture in recent brush and grass samples from Ventura County’s hillsides is at the lowest level officials have ever seen, county firefighters said last week. Despite a recent storm […]

Positions open

Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks is looking for applicants to fill open seats on county-appointed councils and committees in District 2, which encompasses Oak Park, Casa Conejo and Somis. The municipal advisory councils provide a community forum for residents in unincorporated areas to discuss issues of land use, neighborhood beautification, roads and infrastructure. The boards then make recommendations to county […]

Paws up, don’t shoot . . . or should we?

As if it weren’t hard enough to protect the area’s precious few majestic mountain lions from mange, starvation, destruction of habitat, inbreeding, poisoning and traffic collisions— now comes the threat of some people who are intent on putting down the animals the old-fashioned way: with a rifle and bullet. Outrage grew following last week’s announcement that the California Department of […]


Don’t blame the lions

What is wrong with our elected officials and the community do-gooders? First build a glorified animal mating overpass and spend $60 million in money we do not have. Now, we are allowing nasty hunters with guns to shoot P-45. Let’s get real and lock the doors, buy alarms and be sure of who we are killing. Take a lesson from […]