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 […]

Book club a safe place for veterans to share their own wartime stories

The peer-led reading group meets at the Camarillo Library

Doug Devine had just finished reading “Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War,” a New York Times best-seller by Karl Marlantes, when he learned about a reading group that meets at the Camarillo Library. What caught Devine’s attention was the fact that the group members were discussing the book by Marlantes—a decorated Marine who fought in Vietnam— but he was […]

Donations needed to stuff kids’ bags

Sixteen Southeast Ventura County childcare sites are collecting items for the My Stuff Bags Foundation throughout December. In addition, students who attend the before-and-after-school YMCA childcare programs will make blankets to donate. My Stuff Bags Foundation, based in Westlake Village, provides new belongings to nearly 300,000 children around the country each year who must enter crisis shelters and foster care—often […]

How to build a better world

GOOD VIBRATIONS—Annie Reznik sings with the band Clockwork City during the Build a Better World Foundation Launch Concert Celebration Dec. 3 at the Agoura High School performing arts education center. The event also featured music by youth and special guests as well as a silent auction. Proceeds from the concert will help build a Native American wellness center, rebuild schools […]

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 […]

For thrifty shoppers

The Mad Attic Thrift Store will host its “12 Days of Christmas” sale through Wed., Dec. 21 at 226 N. Skyline Drive, Thousand Oaks. During this event, every item in the store is 50 percent off, including Christmas merchandise, clothes, books and toys. Proceeds will help fund meals for the homeless and benefit local charities, including Hospice of the Conejo, […]

Tis the season for Santa, cars and charities

Oak Park students are debating champs

PROS AT PRO AND CON—The Oak Park High School Debate Club, with advisor Audrey Israel, in front, may be new to the high school debate circuit, but the team has won numerous honors and trophies. The Oak Park Unified School District Board of Education honored the team in November.

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. […]