1. My family survival plan Eubola +

    http://www.myfamilysurvivalplan.com/

    If you`ve landed on this site five minutes ago, you`ve probably already figured out some of my interests: preparedness, U.S. politics, DIY, health and food security. Just reading the titles of the articles I post here is enough to get what subjects make me tick.

    However, I must confess something. The idea of creating this site has a more selfish origin, which also reveals the #1 on my interests list: my family. I swear I would do ANYTHING to protect them and make them happy. My wife Ana and my two boys, David and Andrew, are the world to me. When I nearly lost them in a fire 6 years ago, I became this survival fanatic who dreamed of living in a water-proof, fire-proof and unbreakable plastic bubble, together with his family.

    I`m not that person anymore. I`m more relaxed now, but that`s only because I know I`m prepared for anything. But when I look around and I see Americans are ten times more relaxed than I am, but not because they`re prepped to the teeth… but because they`re simply ignorant… I`m thinking they might use a daily dose of good, old paranoia, just to open their eyes to what`s going on in the U.S.

    And that`s why I created this site. To help Americans see beyond the pink lenses of their glasses. Well, that didn`t work out that well. And I`m actually glad it didn`t. Because what I`ve created here is even more important: the MyFamilySurvivalPlan community. Made of people interested in the same issues, people who love their families more than anything in the world, who want to protect their kids and their homes and who want to see this country change into better. And I want to thank you for being part of this community. People like you are the ones I write for.

  2. ADHD Is Different for Women the Atlantic

    ADHD Is Different for Women

    http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/04/adhd-is-different-for-women/381158/?single_page=true

    The standard conception of the disorder is based on studies of “hyperactive young white boys.” For females, it comes on later, and has different symptoms.
    Courtesy Maria Yagoda (Maria Yagoda )

    When you live in total squalor—cookies in your pants drawer, pants in your cookies drawer, and nickels, dresses, old New Yorkers, and apple seeds in your bed—it’s hard to know where to look when you lose your keys. The other day, after two weeks of fruitless searching, I found my keys in the refrigerator on top of the roasted garlic hummus. I can’t say I was surprised. I was surprised when my psychiatrist diagnosed me with ADHD two years ago, when I was a junior at Yale.

    In editorials and in waiting rooms, concerns of too-liberal diagnoses and over-medication dominate our discussions of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. The New York Times recently reported, with great alarm, the findings of a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study: 11 percent of school-age children have received an ADHD diagnosis, a 16 percent increase since 2007. And rising diagnoses mean rising treatments—drugs like Adderall and Ritalin are more accessible than ever, whether prescribed by a physician or purchased in a library. The consequences of misuse and abuse of these drugs are dangerous, sometimes fatal.

    Yet also harmful are the consequences of ADHD untreated, an all-too-common story for women like me, who not only develop symptoms later in life, but also have symptoms—disorganization and forgetfulness, for instance—that look different than those typically expressed in males. While the New York Times’ Op-Ed columnist Roger Cohen may claim that Adderall and other “smart” drugs “have become to college what steroids are to baseball,” these drugs have given me, a relatively unambitious young adult who does not need to cram for tests or club until 6 a.m., a more normal, settled life.

    The idea that young adults, particularly women, actually have ADHD routinely evokes skepticism. As a fairly driven adult female who found the strength to sit through biology lectures and avoid major academic or social failures, I, too, was initially perplexed by my diagnosis. My peers were also confused, and rather certain my psychiatrist was misguided. “Of course you don’t have ADHD. You’re smart,” a friend told me, definitively, before switching to the far more compelling topic: medication. “So are you going to take Adderall and become super skinny?” “Are you going to sell it?” “Are you going to snort it?”

    “It’s difficult for girls to be diagnosed unless they behave like hyperactive boys.”

    The answer to all of those questions was no. I would be taking Concerta, a relative of Ritalin. Dr. Ellen Littman, author of Understanding Girls with ADHD, has studied high IQ adults and adolescents with the disorder for more than 25 years. She attributes the under-diagnosis of girls and women—it is estimated that there are around 4 million who are not diagnosed, or half to three-quarters of all women with ADHD—and the misunderstandings that have ensued about the disorder as it manifests in females, to the early clinical studies of ADHD in the 1970s. “These studies were based on really hyperactive young white boys who were taken to clinics,” Littman says. “The diagnostic criteria were developed based on those studies. As a result, those criteria over-represent the symptoms you see in young boys, making it difficult for girls to be diagnosed unless they behave like hyperactive boys.”

    ADHD does not look the same in boys and girls. Women with the disorder tend to be less hyperactive and impulsive, more disorganized, scattered, forgetful, and introverted. “They’ve alternately been anxious or depressed for years,” Littman says. “It’s this sense of not being able to hold everything together.”

    Further, while a decrease in symptoms at puberty is common for boys, the opposite is true for girls, whose symptoms intensify as estrogen increases in their system, thus complicating the general perception that ADHD is resolved by puberty. One of the criteria for ADHD long held by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, published by the American Psychiatric Association, is that symptoms appear by age 7. While this age is expected to change to 12 in the new DSM-V, symptoms may not emerge until college for many girls, when the organizing structure of home life—parents, rules, chores, and daily, mandatory school—is eliminated, and as estrogen levels increase. “Symptoms may still be present in these girls early on,” says Dr. Pat Quinn, cofounder of The National Center for Girls and Women with ADHD. “They just might not affect functioning until a girl is older.” Even if girls do outwardly express symptoms, they are less likely to receive diagnoses. A 2009 study conducted by at The University of Queenslandfound that girls displaying ADHD symptoms are less likely to be referred for mental health services.

    In “The Secret Lives of Girls with ADHD,” published in the December 2012 issue of Attention, Dr. Littman investigates the emotional cost of high-IQ girls with ADHD, particularly for those undiagnosed. Confused and ashamed by their struggles, girls will internalize their inability to meet social expectations. Sari Solden, a therapist and author of Women and Attention Deficit Disorder, says, “For a long time, these girls see their trouble prioritizing, organizing, coordinating, and paying attention as character flaws. No one told them it’s neurobiological.”

    I considered my messiness, forgetfulness, and trouble concentrating to be embarrassing personal failures.

    Often, women who are finally diagnosed with ADHD in their 20s or beyond have been anxious or depressed for years. A recent study published in theJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychologyfound that girls with ADHD have high rates of self-injury and suicide during their teenage years, bringing attention to the distinct severity of ADHD in females. In Pediatrics, a large population study found that the majority of adults with ADHD had at least one other psychiatric disorder, from alcohol abuse to hypomanic episodes to major depression. This poses a particular threat to females, for whom ADHD diagnoses tend to come later in life.

    For the two decades prior to my diagnosis, I never would have suspected my symptoms were symptoms; rather, I considered these traits—my messiness, forgetfulness, trouble concentrating, important-document-losing—to be embarrassing personal failings. Matters really deteriorated in college, when I was wrongfully allowed a room of my own, leaving me with no mother to check up on “that space between your bed and the wall,” where moldy teacups, money, and important documents would lie dormant. I maintained a room so cluttered that fire inspectors not only threatened to fine me $200 if I didn’t clean, they insisted it was the messiest room they had ever seen (boys’ included!) in their 20 years of service. Throughout college, I would lose my ID and keys about five times a semester. I’d consistently show up for work three hours early or three hours late. I once misplaced my cellphone only to find it, weeks later, in a shoe.

    “Often, if girls are smart or in supportive homes, symptoms are masked,” Solden says. “Because they’re not hyperactive or causing trouble for other people, they’re usually not diagnosed until they hit a wall, often at college, marriage, or pregnancy. A lot of things that are simple and routine to other people—like buying groceries, making dinner, keeping track of possessions, and responding to emails—do not become automatic to these women, which can be embarrassing and exhausting.”

    As a recent college graduate cautiously negotiating adulthood in New York City, I am both embarrassed and exhausted by my struggles to keep track of objects and time. While the stakes have become significantly higher—credit cards, passports, and cameras have slipped through my fingers—medication has minimized the frequency of these incidents.

    I can’t say that I know what part is ADHD, what part is me, or whether there’s a difference. I can say that ADHD medication (in conjunction with SSRIs) has granted me a base level of functionality; it has granted me the cognitive energy to sit at my jobs, to keep track of my schedule and most of my possessions, and to maintain a semblance of control over the quotidian, fairly standard tasks that had overwhelmed me—like doing laundry, or finding a sensible place to put my passport.

    Medication is certainly not a cure-all, but when paired with the awareness granted by a diagnosis, it has rendered my symptoms more bearable—less unknown, less shameful. And while I’m certain I’ll continue to misplace and forget objects, I have discovered the virtues of a little self-love, a lot of self-forgiveness, and even using different drawers to store different things.

    The drawer thing, though, is a work in progress. The next time I misplace my keys, the fridge will be the first place I look.


    This article appears courtesy of The Wire.

  3. Woman Has To Be Rescued After Getting Stuck In Ex’s Chimney In Thousand Oaks - CBS Los Angeles →

    http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/10/19/woman-trapped-in-thousand-oaks-chimney-rescued/

  4. Oxnard Massage parlor trial begins Ventura County Star 10/15/14

    Oxnard Massage parlor trial begins

    Ventura County Star (CA) - October 16, 2014Browse Issues

    Author: Marjorie Hernandez mhernandez@vcstar.com 805-437-0263

    Readability: >12 grade level (Lexile: 1420)
    Opening statements began Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting a massage parlor manager in Oxnard.

    Jose Ochoa, 31, has been charged with 12 felony counts, including murder, second-degree commercial burglary, attempted second-degree robbery, second-degree robbery, forcible oral copulation, forcible rape, sodomy by use of force and false imprisonment.

    Prosecutors said Ochoa and another man, 21-year-old Miguel Martinez, robbed two Oxnard massage parlors, Tokyo Spa and A1-Spa Massage Therapy, in February 2010. Prosecutors said that during the robbery of A-1 Spa Massage, Ochoa shot business owner Sun Cha Kays.

    Ochoa was first arrested Feb. 19 on an unrelated charge involving an assault at an Oxnard bar. Ochoa posted bail and was arrested again the next day in connection with a Feb. 17 attack at Tokyo Spa, officials said.

    Martinez’s older brother Gabriel Lopez pleaded guilty to murder and other felony charges and was sentenced in January 2011 to 25 years to life for his role in the A-1 Spa Massage robbery and shooting.

    Ochoa’s jury trial continues Thursday. Martinez is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 3 for his jury trial.

  5. Congressional race funds may set record CA 26 & 15 Brownley & Strickalnd races VC Star

    Ventura County Star (CA) - October 16, 2014

    Author: Timm Herdt therdt@vcstar.com 916-444-3958

    Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley has widened her fundraising lead over Republican challenger Jeff Gorell in Ventura County’s contentious 26th Congressional District campaign, and records show $5.8 million has now been committed to the race.

    With more than two weeks remaining until Election Day, it seems certain spending on the campaign will top the $6 million that was spent in the district two years ago, setting a record for a congressional contest in Ventura County.

    Reports filed Wednesday with the Federal Elections Commission show Brownley took in $730,040 during the third quarter, bringing her total contributions for the election cycle to $2.7 million.

    Gorell reported $402,494 in contributions between July 1 and Sept. 30, to bring his total for the campaign to just over $1 million.

    Ramping up for campaign season, Brownley spent $1.4 million during the quarter — more than Gorell has raised for the entire campaign. Even after that spending, however, she ended the quarter with a significant advantage in cash on hand: $896,000, compared with Gorell’s $338,000.

    In addition, the Center for Responsive Politics reports that outside spending in the race has reached about $2.1 million, which ranks 25th among the 425 House districts being contested nationwide this fall.

    The outside spending also heavily favors Brownley, who has seen $1.7 million spent on her behalf, while spending on behalf of Gorell totals

    See cash, 2A

    $331,000. Most of the outside spending has come from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which has spent $1.26 million on the race.

    The report does not reflect, however, the full amount of $834,000 in cable television advertising time that has been reserved by the conservative American Future Fund SuperPAC for ads attacking Brownley. To date, reports show that $272,000 of that has been spent.

    In an interview last month, Gorell said he realized coming into the campaign that he would be outspent, as political parties and their donors tend to support incumbents more generously than challengers.

    In the neighboring 25th District, former state Sen. Tony Strickland widened his substantial financial advantage over state Sen. Steve Knight, taking in slightly more than three times more in contributions than Knight. Both are Republicans.

    Strickland’s $334,060 for the quarter brought his total for the election cycle to $1.6 million. Knight received $111,600 in contributions, for a campaign total of $299,436.

    During the quarter, Strickland spent more than twice as much as Knight — $176,914 to $54,760.

    Going into the final six weeks of the campaign, Strickland had $176,914 in the bank, while Knight had a balance of $69,653.

    For the quarter, Strickland’s advantage came mostly from contributions from political action committees, taking in $129,500 from such sources while Knight received just $3,000.

    A significant share of Strickland’s PAC contributions came from health care interests, including $5,000 each from associations representing physicians, optometrists and radiologists.

    Candidates for federal office will each file one more pre-election report, which will reflect additional contributions and spending from Oct. 1-15. Those reports must be filed with the FEC next Thursday.

  6. ICCV.org Newbury Park Ismalic Center Open House THIS Sun Oct 19th 1 pm

    ICCV.org Newbury Park Ismalic Center Open House THIS Sun Oct 19th 1 pm

  7. TOCC Meeting 10/14/14 8B Grafitti Removal QUESTIONS NOT ANSWERED

    You have got rid of tax payer participation by putting the “NOT welcome sign” outside.

    As one of the few to read and speak I had $$$ questions about the change.

    1. How much have parents been paying in the past for graffiti removal?

    2. If community service is available in ;lieu of the payment?

    CM Price according to letter in Acorn today deserves to be elected;why did he and fox NEVER allowed staff to answer the questions??

    Why did CM. Claudia remain quiet and not jump in; she did play politics later and voted AGAINST a project on Los Feliz; a free ride as it was 4-1 and Adam is NOT up for election so he remained a Benedict Arnold. In fact she tells the Star that she had no problems with the project (but the activists OPPOSED to such housing were cajoled for their votes.

    Please see the link to get the real enchilada! 

    Iqbal  Quidwai   

  8. Thousand Oaks council OKs Los Feliz apartments VC Star 10/16/14

    Thousand Oaks council OKs Los Feliz apartments

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - A proposed development of 45 apartments in a mix of two and three stories on Los Feliz Drive has been approved by the Thousand Oaks City Council.

    The five-member body voted 4-1 to approve a zone change to allow the construction of one- and two-bedroom apartments on 1.5 acres just north of Thousand Oaks Boulevard.

    Council member Claudia Bill-de la Pena cast the dissenting vote.

    The property, which is the former site of Faith Tabernacle Church, will require the demolition of the church building and two single-family homes plus the removal and transplant of one oak tree and encroachment on another oak tree.

    The Thousand Oaks Planning Commission on Sept. 8 recommended that the City Council approve a zone change and related entitlements to allow the applicant, Justus Commercial Group, to proceed with the development.

    The parcel lies just outside the area encompassed within the new Thousand Oaks Boulevard Specific Plan, SP20, which allows the construction of mixed-use retail and housing developments along the downtown portion of the boulevard.

    The market-rate apartments are aimed at young professionals, retirees and empty nesters and would help with the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Association’s goal of revitalizing the city’s downtown corridor for which the city approved SP20, according to the applicant.

    The complex will basically be three buildings connected by a single roof with a community pool and recreation room.

    Claudia Pedrosa, who presented the staff report to the council, said the project has 84 parking spaces, the minimum required.

    The project was opposed by four speakers, who said there has been enough multifamily housing built on Los Feliz and the immediate area already, and the impact of more housing and traffic would be excessive for those already living there.

    Council member Al Adam said the city is built out and building more housing along the boulevard area is the way the council wants to go. It will also help meet state requirements to develop sustainable communities, he said.

    "I think we can have smart growth in Thousand Oaks and we can market to the so-called millennials and we can abide by traditional housing," Adam said. "We’re still protecting our oak trees. We’re still within our guidelines. We’re still within our zoning density."

    "I would call this Thousand Oaks contemporary. To my mind this is the kind of thing we’re looking for," he said.

    This is exactly the type of development we were envisioning,” said Council member Jacqui Irwin.

    In opposing the project, Bill-de la Pena said she was wrestling with policy rather than the specifics of this particular project.

    She said there shouldn’t be automatic approval of multi-unit housing development that comes before the council because a zoning change is required.

    The general plan gives the council a range of 15 to 30 units per acre.

    "Do we want high density throughout at the maximum?" she said. "Yes, we do need to attract young professionals, the millennials. I think we can do that with a lower density zoning."

  9. TO Acorn BID seeks to limit Quimby fees Developers want to pay less to build homes on Thousand Oaks Boulevard By Anna Bitong annab@theacorn.com PARK BENEFITS—Quimby fees are fees collected from developers to mitigate the impact of new home developments. In Thousand Oaks, the fees go to the Conejo Recreation and Park District, which uses them to acquire new parkland or to improve the current park system. Courtesy of Ed Lawrence Collection PARK BENEFITS—Quimby fees are fees collected from developers to mitigate the impact of new home developments. In Thousand Oaks, the fees go to the Conejo Recreation and Park District, which uses them to acquire new parkland or to improve the current park system. Courtesy of Ed Lawrence Collection A long-running source of revenue for the Conejo Recreation and Park District, Quimby fees, which are paid by developers in exchange for permission to build homes, are being called into question by members of the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Improvement District. The BID, which is comprised of individuals and agencies who own property along the boulevard, is currently lobbying the city and park district to change the formula they use to determine how much residential developers must pay for each new project. Where’s the story? PointsMentioned Map4 Points Mentioned The property owners say the current formula makes the cost of constructing multifamily housing in the downtown area—a goal of the Thousand Oaks City Council— exorbitant, an expense that will be passed on to future buyers in the form of higher rents and higher for-sale prices. Under the Quimby Act, a state law passed nearly 50 years ago, cities and counties are authorized to pass ordinances requiring residential developers to donate land or pay fees for park improvements. In Thousand Oaks, Quimby fees are calculated using the fair market value of the property under development to approximate what it would cost CRPD to build a park nearby. The goal is to have 4½ acres of additional parkland for every 1,000 people that come into the community. BID member Dave Gulbranson said the formula to calculate Quimby fees in downtown is flawed in part because it doesn’t consider the commercial aspect of mixed use. “One of the walls we hit that made it almost impossible to build housing on the boulevard was the Quimby fee,” Gulbranson said. “We all support Quimby fees. It’s essential that we have parks and recreational facilitates throughout the Conejo. (But) we need either a credit for the commercial aspect of (mixed-use housing) or we need to base the fee on the average price of real estate throughout the Conejo Valley.” “I don’t think the fees are too high,” he added. “I think they’re correct and need to be what they are for most of the city, but (downtown) is the most expensive real estate in Thousand Oaks. So when you add the burden of the most expensive real estate to the formula and don’t give credit for the commercial aspect of it, it puts it way over the top.” Because any change to the formula would impact CRPD’s bottom line, on June 5 the park district’s Board of Directors hired a consultant to review BID’s request and possibly recommend a new formula to calculate Quimby fees within the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Specific Plan area, which stretches from Duesenberg Drive to Moorpark Road. The consultant, Fairfield, Calif.-based SCI Consulting Group, will also look into the possibility of a park impact fee that would apply to all new development, not just residential, according to a report provided to the board from Jim Friedl, CRPD general manager. “What the boulevard property owners are saying is that property values on the boulevard are so ridiculously high compared to just two streets over that it would be silly to actually try to buy and put a park on the boulevard,” Friedl said. “You logically put (the park) a couple of streets over anyway, so why don’t we consider what it might cost to buy four acres just off the boulevard? “They raise a fair argument. They’re not coming totally out of left field,” Friedl added. Over the past 10 years, CRPD has collected Quimby fees between $3,000 per affordable-housing unit built to as much as $9,000 per unit in multifamily projects, Friedl said. But BID fears that Quimby fees based on the current land values on T.O. Boulevard could soar to as much as $30,000 a unit, he said. “A fee that’s three times higher than somebody building two streets over, maybe that isn’t fair,” Friedl said. “Maybe there’s a different way to do it. We’re trying to figure out what seems to be fair and reasonable for everybody, for the park district, for the property owners. Ultimately, fair for the park district means fair for the people who live here who want to use parkland.” Without a change, the costly fees would be passed on to consumers in the form of higher rents and higher home prices, said Haider Alawami, the city’s economic development manager. “The fees make it expensive for a developer to build a mixed-use project,” he said. “But if they can come up with a formula that’s going to be fair, then hopefully the cost of the rental unit will be reasonable. That’s what the BID is trying to accomplish, rather than pass the additional cost to the renter or the owner.” The matter may be decided by the CRPD board or the City Council. “It may be that we need to go to the city and ask to have the (Quimby) ordinance amended,” Friedl said. “Or the CRPD board may look at the way we look at fair market value and (change that). And if so, can we come up with a number that we’re comfortable with and also that the boulevard owners feel is within the realm of reason? I don’t know which path we’re going to go down yet.” Asked about BID’s request, Councilmember Claudia Bill-de la Peña questioned whether the fees should be reduced. “We have to be fair,” she said. “Other developments have always paid Quimby fees, no matter what. We have to be very careful that we’re not being too lenient when it comes to Quimby fees.” BID’s latest request is part of an ongoing effort to clear the way for mixed-used development on Thousand Oaks Boulevard, a goal of 2011’s Boulevard Specific Plan. BID, which includes the City of Thousand Oaks, has also asked the city to allow construction of an additional 206 housing units on Thousand Oaks Boulevard. And the group recently commissioned a $12,000 study to identify underutilized properties on the thoroughfare that could one day be converted into mixed-use complexes. A parking study is also in the works. 10/16/14

    BID seeks to limit Quimby fees

    Developers want to pay less to build homes on Thousand Oaks Boulevard
    By Anna Bitong

    
PARK BENEFITS—Quimby fees are fees collected from developers to mitigate the impact of new home developments. In Thousand Oaks, the fees go to the Conejo Recreation and Park District, which uses them to acquire new parkland or to improve the current park system. 
Courtesy of Ed Lawrence Collection PARK BENEFITS—Quimby fees are fees collected from developers to mitigate the impact of new home developments. InThousand Oaks, the fees go to the Conejo Recreation and Park District, which uses them to acquire new parkland or to improve the current park system. Courtesy of Ed Lawrence CollectionA long-running source of revenue for the Conejo Recreation and Park District, Quimby fees, which are paid by developers in exchange for permission to build homes, are being called into question by members of the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Improvement District.

    The BID, which is comprised of individuals and agencies who own property along the boulevard, is currently lobbying the city and park district to change the formula they use to determine how much residential developers must pay for each new project.

    Where’s the story?PointsMentioned Map4 Points Mentioned

    The property owners say the current formula makes the cost of constructing multifamily housing in the downtown area—a goal of the Thousand Oaks City Council— exorbitant, an expense that will be passed on to future buyers in the form of higher rents and higher for-sale prices.

    Under the Quimby Act, a state law passed nearly 50 years ago, cities and counties are authorized to pass ordinances requiring residential developers to donate land or pay fees for park improvements.

    In Thousand Oaks, Quimby fees are calculated using the fair market value of the property under development to approximate what it would cost CRPD to build a park nearby. The goal is to have 4½ acres of additional parkland for every 1,000 people that come into the community.

    BID member Dave Gulbranson said the formula to calculate Quimby fees in downtown is flawed in part because it doesn’t consider the commercial aspect of mixed use.

    “One of the walls we hit that made it almost impossible to build housing on the boulevard was the Quimby fee,” Gulbranson said. “We all support Quimby fees. It’s essential that we have parks and recreational facilitates throughout the Conejo. (But) we need either a credit for the commercial aspect of (mixed-use housing) or we need to base the fee on the average price of real estate throughout the Conejo Valley.”

    “I don’t think the fees are too high,” he added. “I think they’re correct and need to be what they are for most of the city, but (downtown) is the most expensive real estate in Thousand Oaks. So when you add the burden of the most expensive real estate to the formula and don’t give credit for the commercial aspect of it, it puts it way over the top.”

    Because any change to the formula would impact CRPD’s bottom line, on June 5 the park district’s Board of Directors hired a consultant to review BID’s request and possibly recommend a new formula to calculate Quimby fees within the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Specific Plan area, which stretches from Duesenberg Drive to Moorpark Road.

    The consultant, Fairfield, Calif.-based SCI Consulting Group, will also look into the possibility of a park impact fee that would apply to all new development, not just residential, according to a report provided to the board from Jim Friedl, CRPD general manager.

    “What the boulevard property owners are saying is that property values on the boulevard are so ridiculously high compared to just two streets over that it would be silly to actually try to buy and put a park on the boulevard,” Friedl said. “You logically put (the park) a couple of streets over anyway, so why don’t we consider what it might cost to buy four acres just off the boulevard?

    “They raise a fair argument. They’re not coming totally out of left field,” Friedl added.

    Over the past 10 years, CRPD has collected Quimby fees between $3,000 per affordable-housing unit built to as much as $9,000 per unit in multifamily projects, Friedl said.

    But BID fears that Quimby fees based on the current land values on T.O. Boulevard could soar to as much as $30,000 a unit, he said.

    “A fee that’s three times higher than somebody building two streets over, maybe that isn’t fair,” Friedl said. “Maybe there’s a different way to do it. We’re trying to figure out what seems to be fair and reasonable for everybody, for the park district, for the property owners. Ultimately, fair for the park district means fair for the people who live here who want to use parkland.”

    Without a change, the costly fees would be passed on to consumers in the form of higher rents and higher home prices, said Haider Alawami, the city’s economic development manager.

    “The fees make it expensive for a developer to build a mixed-use project,” he said. “But if they can come up with a formula that’s going to be fair, then hopefully the cost of the rental unit will be reasonable. That’s what the BID is trying to accomplish, rather than pass the additional cost to the renter or the owner.”

    The matter may be decided by the CRPD board or the City Council.

    “It may be that we need to go to the city and ask to have the (Quimby) ordinance amended,” Friedl said. “Or the CRPD board may look at the way we look at fair market value and (change that). And if so, can we come up with a number that we’re comfortable with and also that the boulevard owners feel is within the realm of reason? I don’t know which path we’re going to go down yet.”

    Asked about BID’s request, Councilmember Claudia Bill-de la Peña questioned whether the fees should be reduced.

    “We have to be fair,” she said. “Other developments have always paid Quimby fees, no matter what. We have to be very careful that we’re not being too lenient when it comes to Quimby fees.”

    BID’s latest request is part of an ongoing effort to clear the way for mixed-used development on Thousand Oaks Boulevard, a goal of 2011’s Boulevard Specific Plan.

    BID, which includes the City of Thousand Oaks, has also asked the city to allow construction of an additional 206 housing units on Thousand Oaks Boulevard. And the group recently commissioned a $12,000 study to identify underutilized properties on the thoroughfare that could one day be converted into mixed-use complexes. A parking study is also in the works.

  10. District moving ahead with latest plan to sell Kelley Road site CVUSD stands to receive $8.9 million

    District moving ahead with latest plan to sell Kelley Road site

    CVUSD stands to receive $8.9 million
    By Becca Whitnall

    
LONG TIME COMING—Last Tuesday, the school board voted to sell the district’s property on E. Kelley Road in Newbury Park to Daylight Investors. The buyer plans to turn the site into a commercial development. Funds from the sale will allow CVUSD to relocate Conejo Valley High School after years of failed attempts. 
FILE PHOTO LONG TIME COMING—Last Tuesday, the school board voted to sell the district’s property on E. Kelley Road in Newbury Park to Daylight Investors. The buyer plans to turn the site into a commercial development. Funds from the sale will allow CVUSD to relocate Conejo Valley High School after years of failed attempts.FILE PHOTOThe 200 or so students matriculating at arguably the most dilapidated campus in the Conejo Valley Unified School District came a step closer to getting a new school at the Oct. 7 Board of Education meeting.

    In a vote that had to be unanimous to pass, the board accepted an $8.9-million offer from a developer for its property on E. Kelley Road in Newbury Park, where the alternative high school and the district’s maintenance and operations center are located. Money from the sale would be used to relocate both facilities.

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    Trustees Tim Stephens and Mike Dunn recused themselves from the vote due to possible conflicts of interest, leaving just three members to vote on a matter that required a majority of the five-member board to vote yes on.

    If any one of the remaining trustees had voted against the sale, it would not have gone forward.

    “With respect to Kelley Road, I’m pleased,” said Superintendent Jeff Baarstad, who presented the deal to the board. “I’m glad the board approved it… . It’s a generous offer, at least $1 million over the assessment we had done.”

    Baarstad said escrow on the property could open as soon as next week and the deal could close by May 15, 2015.

    He estimated it would take about six months to move the maintenance center and a year to 14 months to move the continuation high school, which could open in August 2016 at its new site, which has not yet been identified.

    Participating board members had no questions about the financial details of the deal, having had the terms for more than a month. However, trustee Pat Phelps raised community members’ concerns about what would happen to the old Timber School building, which attained city and county historic landmark designation in 2004, and now makes up a portion of Conejo Valley High School.

    Baarstad said the buyer, Daylight Investors, would have to comply with guidelines for such landmarks.

    “In the purchase agreement, it is the buyer’s responsibility to conform to the historical preservation pieces as were contained in the City Council action over a decade ago,” he said.

    Local historians cite the Timber School building, which was constructed in 1924 to replace a oneroom wood schoolhouse built in 1889, and an adjacent auditorium built in 1948, as Conejo Valley’s oldest school and public building. The auditorium was the first public meeting space in the area.

    The only board member to speak out against the sale has been Mike Dunn. Though he and Stephens left the boardroom for discussion and the vote, Dunn said previously that he supports relocating Conejo Valley High, just not now. The move will require additional money the district is gambling will come from the sale of Measure I bonds, he said.

    The measure, should it pass, would set aside $2 million to move or renovate CVHS.

    “I will not support construction of a new high school until we find out whether the bond has passed or not,” Dunn said in a September interview with the Acorn.