1. Letter: Election regulations VC Star Simi

    Well they are WORSE in T Oaks fox uses OTHERS to throw the mud, claiming to be lilly white; they have the WORST, anti American sign law (You CANNOT put 2 signs on your yard UNLESS theyare 100 Ft apart!!! ALL INCUMBENTS since 1998 have failed to change law and have grossly violated the ord. 
    The office makes you drunk with arrogance!!!

    Letter: Election regulations

    It has been reported that Barbra Williamson, a former Simi Valley councilwoman, is going to run again. She has been accused in the past of accepting too much money from a donor and was found guilty with a fine.
    She stated she did nothing wrong and it was a clerical error.

    Now she is reportedly being looked at by an election/ethics panel because a few citizens complained about her website advertising and the signs she may have ordered for yards and fences that say Re-elect Barbra Williamson.

    That is in direct conflict with the law and ethics procedures. She said she has done nothing wrong. I remember when she made a fuss because the man who defeated her in the election stated in his literature he was a retired fire chief. She didn’t like that, and he had to change it to retired firefighter, I believe.

    I think I am seeing a pattern here. Do as I say, but not as I do? Is she above the law on these infractions? You decide in November. I choose to vote for someone other than a lifetime politician seeking another shot at a legacy.

    - Wayne Evans,
    Simi Valley

  2. Gaza b4 & after not even kind to animals

  3. Six seconds 'can transform health' →


    There is an argument that short and strenuous exercise may be safer than conventional exercise.

    A higher heart rate and blood pressure caused by exercise can be a trigger for heart attacks and stroke.

    Dr Babraj said running for a long time “puts a greater strain on the heart overall” even if it is worked harder in the short-term in High Intensity Training.

    Larger trials are planned

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  5. Community | www.toacorn.com | Thousand Oaks Acorn →

    Expect to see more brown as CRPD cuts back on water

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    Turf ‘conversion’ taking place at the majority of parks
    By Becca Whitnall

    The grass won’t be greener on the other side of the Conejo Recreation and Park District’s latest budget.

    Due to the rising cost of water, the district—which serves 120,000 residents in Thousand Oaks,Newbury Park and the Ventura County portion of Westlake—expects to take a big hit in fiscal year 2014-15 in the area of grounds maintenance.

    As a result, CRPD is planning to take steps that will leave some of its properties dry and brown.

    The district is responsible for maintaining more than 50 parks covering 1,000 acres of property.

    “The big news here, and what we’ve been trying to let people know about, is our turf conversion… . We are literally turning the irrigation off,” said Jim Friedl, park district general manager, of the 2014-15 final budget, which was approved by the park board in June.

    In fact, irrigation has been shut down in portions of nearly every district park, Friedl said. In the unwatered areas, the grass will die and be converted to some other ground cover, such as wood chips or droughttolerant native plants.

    A list of the parks and maps of their affected areas can be seen at www.crpd.org/parkfac/ water.asp.

    “Our philosophy is, let’s keep the green grass green and let the other (areas) be covered with wood chips,” Friedl said.

    Around $4.4 million—or about 25 percent of CRPD’s total operating budget of $18.6 million—has been set aside for grounds maintenance in this fiscal year, up $129,000 from the previous year.

    The bulk of that is related to water costs, Friedl said.

    Even in non-drought years, the district is careful about not overwatering or otherwise wasting the resource, he said, so there isn’t a way to both cut back and save the grass.

    CRPD buys all of its water from Calleguas Municipal Water District, which announced last week that it was asking consumers—public agencies included—to reduce their use by 20 percent.

    Friedl said the district has received some complaints about dead grass, but some residents have acknowledged the drought and understand the need to conserve.

    The public can help the district by telling staff members about broken sprinkler heads or excessive irrigation and runoff, he said.

    “We do a good job of keeping things in order, but when you have in the neighborhood of 10,000 irrigation heads, they do break and there’s going to be a geyser coming out of the ground at some point,” Friedl said.

    Administrative costs up

    Another area of the budget that is going up is administration.

    “It’s an election year, and we have to pay for elections out of the administration budget,” Friedl said.

    Other spending increases included in 2014-15 budget will pay for building maintenance and increased activities at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center.

    While CPRD plans to spend an additional $40,000 on the center this year to cover the cost of a second full-time staff member, the facility is bringing in more revenue than in the past, according to Brenda Coleman, recreation services manager.

    “We were targeting $140,000 (in revenue) and we hit $158,000,” she said.

    “The teen center is approaching its 25th anniversary, and in all of those years we ran that unit with one full-time staff person,” she said.

    According to Friedl, some of the teen center expenditures come from making up the difference between what the city had been contributing to it and what it now contributes.

    Up until a few years ago, the City of Thousand Oaks, which paid for constructing and furnishing the center, also covered the entire cost of running it, Coleman said.

    But when the city had to start making cutbacks, the teen center took a $100,000 hit, she said.

    “Still, we’re really grateful because this partnership has worked so well all this time,” she said.

    Another area where the district is gaining more money than expected is in rent and concessions.

    The district anticipates collecting about $60,000 more than listed in its preliminary budget and about $16,000 more than it earned in 2013-14.

    Friedl said budgeting for that sort of income is difficult because it’s not entirely predictable.

    “It’s a bit of a guessing game because it’s outside people wanting to rent facilities,” he said.

    To see this year’s CRPD budget in its entirety, go to www.crpd.org/civica/filebank/ blobdload.asp?BlobID=9052.

  6. Former mayor takes a journey through the past TO Acorn 072414 Larry Horner

    Former mayor takes a journey through the past

    Where’s the story?8 Points Mentioned
    By Anna Bitong

    DIFFERENCE-MAKER—Former Thousand Oaks mayor and council member Larry Horner, 84, works from his office at his Newbury Park home, which is filled from floor to ceiling with plaques and pictures detailing his many accomplishments. MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers DIFFERENCE-MAKER—Former Thousand Oaks mayor and council member Larry Horner, 84, works from his office at hisNewbury Park home, which is filled from floor to ceiling with plaques and pictures detailing his many accomplishments.MICHAEL COONS/Acorn NewspapersIn late 1973 Lawrence “Larry” Horner, a Westlakeresident and candidate for Thousand Oaks City Council, was asked by the editor of the News Chronicle, ‘How would you run a campaign being an African American in a community that primarily has a conservative makeup?’”

    “I said I never gave it any thought. I was just running it like any other candidate would on the issues locally,” said Horner, 84, who served on the council for 16 years. “The people in the Westlake community wanted to become more involved in the mainstream of Thousand Oaks activities. There was some factionism, a little jealousy and maybe a little hostility. I went in with the idea of bringing the community together, which we did. No race was ever mentioned.”

    In the years after Thousand Oaks was formed in 1964, city residents and council members debated contentious issues and large-scale projects sometimes until the early hours of the morning.

    Horner, the first black councilman and mayor in Ventura County, joined the fray in 1974 and served until 1990, when he was not reelected. He was appointed to the position of mayor four times. 

    He brought to the public office a business acumen honed in managerial and executive positions at Lockheed Martin, Litton Industries and Northrop Grumman, which he retired from in 1997.

    In the 16 years after his first victory, his wife, Betty, sat in the back at every council meeting and predicted the votes. Her own service includes longtime work with Crime Stoppers and Volunteers in Policing. The couple, who have three children, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June.

TRAILBLAZER—Larry Horner was elected to the Thousand Oaks City Council in 1974. Then a Westlake resident, he now lives in Newbury Park. He was thefirst black mayor in Ventura County. 
MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers TRAILBLAZER—Larry Horner was elected to the Thousand Oaks City Council in 1974. Then a Westlake resident, he now lives inNewbury Park. He was thefirst black mayor in Ventura CountyMICHAEL COONS/Acorn NewspapersAnna Bitong: What were the biggest challenges facing the city when you served on the council?

    Larry Horner: The main issue outside maintaining controlled growth and building and development was to have sufficient revenue to run the city without implementing a city property tax. We held steadfast to that and still are.

    It was a very young community. The average age when we first moved here was just under 30. We had 14,000 senior citizens. In the early ’70s right on into the mid- ’80s everything was put into place. Now we’re in a maintenance mode. Sometimes that’s more difficult because you have to mind your pennies carefully. We’ve never been in any financial difficulty.

SYMBOLS OF SERVICE—Badges from Horner’s time as a T.O. council member are framed and displayed in his home office. SYMBOLS OF SERVICE—Badges from Horner’s time as a T.O. council member are framed and displayed in his home office.AB: What’s your take on the city’s growth over the years?

    LH: The master plan for the city called for 80 percent singlefamily dwellings and 20 percent commercial and multiple-family dwellings. The residents all wanted to hold close to that so that we would not have a preponderance of apartments… . Another point: the Conejo Valley overall, if we used all of the available land in the city, we could have accommodated about 200,000 people. But the City Council at that time when I was on it said no, we want to keep the population down to about 130,000 to 135,000. That is what every City Council since that time has tried to adhere to.

    AB:Of all your accomplishments on the council, what are you most proud of?

    LH: One of the things I feel very proud about was that in 1978 I was part of a two-member team to go down and investigate applicants for a new city manager. The old one retired. The city manager was Grant Brimhall, who we brought in fromGlendora, one of the best moves we made because he helped implement the (General Plan)… . He was one of the best city managers that I’ve ever seen.

    AB:You were the first African American mayor and councilman in Ventura County. Did that affect your candidacy? Did you face any obstacles because of your race?

    LH: None. I had more support than I needed. I’ve never sought public office. I’ve always been asked to run. I said I’ll do it as an obligation as a citizen and a resident. But my heart and soul rests in the corporate world, where you can control things better on your own.

    As far as a racist concern, that wasn’t even brought in. That sign there (points to poster of his face) was used in our campaign. They were placed everywhere in the city. Everybody knew who I was. All we ever got was, “How can we help?” So many people wanted to be part of the team it was almost embarrassing. We’ve never had any racial problems. Unfortunately, throughout the history of our nation, when the clock moves forward, it moves back. (But) we didn’t have that here at all.

    AB:What’s an important milestone that helped shape the city?

    LH: Some of the city’s citizens wanted a Civic Arts Plaza. I supported that concept. I wanted a multipurpose facility that could house both the government activities as well as the community activities. We didn’t want people to go down to the theaters in Los Angeles.

    The problem was, how are we going to pay for it? We had $500,000 in a CD (certificate of deposit) and it’s going to draw interest. I said that’s fine for this year and next year, but those facilities are going to need to be maintained. I was concerned we would run into trouble if we had to put too much money into that facility. When I voted for it, I said I have a little bit of concern and I think we’re going to run into a problem. We did run into a problem.

    I had some reservations because you have to do what is best for the residents as a whole, and that’s the infrastructure. You can’t have a decaying infrastructure and expect it to be a quality community.

    AB:In hindsight, do you think you made the right decision?

    LH: Yes, I made the right decision in supporting it because the performing arts is a very excellent thing to have in a community. But would you rather have a nice performing arts facility and potholes in the streets? Some people were angry. They said, “You’re not supporting this.” I said, no, our job is fiduciary responsibility. People have a tendency not to remember the past. Now people say, “How are we going to pay for this?”

    AB:What do you perceive as the biggest issues facing the city today?

    LH: Right now it’s to make sure that we are able to provide city services to a population that has a different age level and to make sure that our infrastructure does not deteriorate. What we planned for in 1974 was for a population that was young. But now you have an aging population. We have to deal with that and the amenities that are going to be required. They made their homes here, they’ve made their contributions… . Now we have to look and see how we can make life more comfortable for them.

    AB:What do you envision in the city in the next 50 years?

    LH: You’re going to have to deal with an aging population and aging infrastructure and … develop and acquire financial resources. People are going to be demanding more.

    You have to have a two-year plan. We’re at a period of time in our history where you can’t make too many long-term plans. You can have a (long-term) concept, but you have to have a short-term plan to see if you are on solid ground. And then go back east and look at some of the older cities, what they’ve experienced during 25-, 30-year periods and see what impacts they’ve had. We’re still a young city.

  7. TO Acorn more letters TO Parade & Tax for open space

    Mark calendar for the parade

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    I love a parade. Hopefully you do too.

    So get ready to support the Thousand Oaks 50th Anniversary Parade on Sat., Sept. 27. It will be in the morning along T.O. Boulevard just like the previous Conejo Valley Days Parade.

    Step up and show your pride and gratitude for this great community in as many ways as possible.

    First, go to the website, www.toparade.com, for group participation applications and/or sponsorship. Why sponsorship you ask? Well, it costs money to put on a big public event, and advertisements in this paper and others are not free.

    You who have had successful businesses in our fair city should consider a sponsorship in appreciation of your fortunate T.O. connections. Do it ASAP.

    Second, for group participation, the entry fee goes up soon, so round up your troupe and sign up.

    Third, mark the event on your calendar—Sept. 27—and bring your whole neighborhood to the parade. We who are participating need an audience.

    We await your applause and celebration of our great city.

    I love a parade. I will be there. Will you?

    Sherrill Hyink
    Thousand Oaks

    More funding needed for paths

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    Thousand Oaks has completed three rounds of the 2064 Visioning committee meetings. These once-per-month meetings have given community members a rare chance to speak out on their vision of what our city should look like in 50 years.

    There are five committees covering all aspects of city. The V2064 meeting on the environment has been focused on specific improvements to our parks, open space and suggestions to link these recreation areas through a system of pathways.

    There has been considerable discussion on increasing funding to Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency for the purpose of land acquisition and/or improvements to existing park infrastructure.

    After the June 3 V2064 meeting which focused on acquisition, the question arose, “If we do gain additional funding, where should we place our priority: improvements to our existing open space or land acquisition?”

    COSCA already has $1.7 million in acquisition funds in the bank for land purchases. The purchase of private land will take time and lengthy negotiations with landowners.

    There’s already a green ring which circles our city; filling the gaps in this ring will take time even if we had unlimited financial resources. It’s my opinion that current reserves for land acquisition are adequate.

    COSCA receives $1.2 million from city and CRPD resources annually. It pays for staff, rangers, operations and limited COSCA projects, but there are no direct levies to taxpayers for open space.

    More funding is needed for: park to park links and access points, urban to trail connectivity, bike pathways, trailhead upgrades, new and improved trails, and an interpretative nature center.

    A small increase in funding would have a major impact on our trailheads and trail system, and add new pathways.

    To give the reader perspective, a $17 yearly levy per property owner would bring in $1 million for improved open space infrastructure.

    I see a future where our open space and park system will be a model for all of California. I see a future where our real estate values will rise in response to a desire to live in a community where open space is a cherished value.

    Steve Forman
    Newbury Park

  8. TO Acorn 07/24/14 Letters CAP supporter retaliates, illigal fliers, Julia 4 illegals? GOP response tweets Atkins, Jenny remembered

    CAP supporter retaliates

    Where’s the story?2 Points Mentioned

    Turning to my trusty Collins English Thesaurus, I’ve found a whole raft of words that aptly describe Robert Hughes’ sad stance on the Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks.

    Take the word “bitter,” for example. One could use any of the following: begrudging, embittered, morose, resentful, rancorous, sullen—and those are just a few taken from a long list.

    On the other hand, one could instead choose three appropriate antonyms that thousands of patrons feel about the very same establishment: appreciative, fortunate and thankful.

    I think Mr. Hughes can happily look forward to another onslaught of “less than kind” comments as those of us who are proud of playing a small part in the life of the Civic Arts Plaza retaliate.

    Patience Lacy-Smith
    Westlake Village

    Fliers on front porch are litter

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    Dear church, pool service, real estate agent, lawn service, politician, solar provider, etc.

    I am writing to let you know that I found your leaflet on my front porch today, and I consider this littering on my property.

    Our HOA has posted signs as you enter our division stating that there is no soliciting. I have a “No Soliciting” sign on my front door. You ignore the signs and throw pieces of paper on my porch anyway. Littering is a crime.

    If I had been home, I would have called security on whomever you had going door to door. I am still considering calling them to complain due to the fact that you threw garbage on my front porch.

    If I throw your leaflet out of my car window on the freeway, I will get a ticket for littering. What you are doing is no different.

    Do not put anything else on my porch and definitely do not ring my doorbell or knock on my door. Your intentions may be good, but you are breaking several rules and mostly irritating people.

    Additionally, the practice of going door to door is dangerous for the people in the home, as well as for your canvassers.

    In my hometown of Kansas City, a good friend of mine was murdered while going door to door. It’s simply not safe.

    Stacey Wilson
    Thousand Oaks

    Why do liberals ignore the law?

    Where’s the story?1 Points Mentioned

    I just received the this memo from Congresswoman Julia Brownley:

    “Dear Mr. Murray,

    “Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns about the temporary shelter at Naval Base Ventura County for Unaccompanied Alien Children. Naval Base Ventura County is currently housing several hundred UACs under a short-term 120-day memorandum of understanding with the Departments of Defense and Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    “Most children will only stay in the facility for a few days before being placed with a relative or responsible guardian while their case awaits review before a federal immigration judge. I have been working closely with the federal agencies, local elected officials,Naval Base Ventura County, and local nonprofits to make sure the children are receiving appropriate care and legal counsel, and I will continue to monitor the situation very closely.”

    What is it about the term “illegal” that our current state government or local law enforcement does not understand?

    We have an immigration system and have had it for years, but our present state and local representatives want to turn a blind eye and ignore the laws.

    What good is the liberals’ “wanted immigration reform” if they apparently may or may not choose to adhere to and enforce any laws?

    As a local resident, businessman and third-generation Californian, I’d like to know.

    Paul Murray
    Thousand Oaks

    Don’t send tax dollars to L.A.

    Where’s the story?10 Points Mentioned

    I read with dismay the list of stores that will be in the new Target shopping center in Westlake. The majority of the stores are ones that already have locations in the Conejo Valley and Ventura County.

    The difference is the sales tax on the items you buy at this new location will go to Los Angeles County, not to Ventura County, which means if you live in Ventura County you’re spending money that we will never get back.

    Not to mention the fact that sales tax is higher in L.A. County than it is in V.C. (9 percent versus 7.5 to 8.5 percent). So you are paying more for your Target tank top or your Dickies from Tilly’s.

    We can’t get them to remove the shopping center, but I encourage all Ventura County residents to shop in this county.

    We have a Target in Newbury Park, one in Moorpark, one in Simi, one in Camarillo, one in Oxnard, you get the picture? You want Animal Fries? The In-N-Out restaurants here in V.C. will be happy to have you.

    Otherwise you will just be aiding L.A. County in leaching money out of Ventura County.

    Cordelia Daniels
    Newbury Park

    Article inspires reader to help

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    I write in praise of the July 24 Acorn article, “Whatever became of Jenny?”

    I also knew of “Jenny,” and I observed her over the years as she pushed along that market basket full of her possessions or as she rested on “her” bench near Gelson’s market. However, I never garnered the moral courage to stop and get to know her, nor to help as Michelle Munyon did. I could have done a bit more.

    I am humbled by this article and touched by Michelle’s understanding of Jenny’s desire to be independent. I admire how she accepted Jenny’s choice to sleep on a bench so as to be able to afford makeup and cigarettes. I was not as generous in my opinions.

    How easy it is for me to judge the street people in our community and to rationalize as I pass them by. How easy it is to think of them as inconvenient, annoying, undeserving. Yet, I have noticed how heartwarming their gratitude when I have stopped to hand one of them a dollar or two. What if I stopped to chat, to help just a bit more, as did Michelle?

    I thank Becca Whitnall for writing the article about Jenny, and I thank Michelle Munyon for inspiring it. I am one reader that will now think: What Would Michelle Do? And I will try to help … a bit more.

    Nickie Dwork   wlv

    Suggestions for the GOP

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    So what if the Ventura County Democratic Party’s chair sent tweets that thin-skinned Republicans didn’t like? Their overreaction was hysterical.

    Republicans can dish it out but cannot take it themselves. They scream if someone pays them back in their own coin. But the more Republicans scream over little things, the more the voters notice the big things.

    Republicans, please grow up. Do something constructive to move the country forward.

    This doesn’t include more austerity measures that shrink the economy, taxing the top 1 percent even less, denying benefits to veterans, denying healthcare to millions, shutting down government, another ridiculous impeachment of the president, filing a frivolous lawsuit against him, ginning up phony scandals or voting to abolish Obamacare 51 more times.

    Raymond Freeman
    Thousand Oaks

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  10. LA Times Urgency grows in Gaza peace talks As deaths top 560, efforts to resolve the crisis intensify. But regional rivalries are creating hurdles.

    Urgency grows in Gaza peace talks
    As deaths top 560, efforts to resolve the crisis intensify. But regional rivalries are creating hurdles.

       CAIRO — As Secretary of State John F. Kerry embarks on his latest Mideast mission, seeking to stem the escalating carnage in the Gaza Strip, he also wades into a complicated secondary fray: the enmity between Egypt and its regional rivals Turkey and Qatar.

       The animosity between would-be peacemakers mirrors a larger split in the Middle East between authoritarian military-rooted governments and Islamist-minded regional players — a dynamic that has become increasingly important in the three years since the so-called Arab Spring uprisings. Egypt itself was a case in point, veering between a now-toppled Islamist government and the current strongman-style leadership of retired Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Sisi.

       With the largely civilian death toll in Gaza soaring above 560, and at least 25 military and two civilian fatalities on the Israeli side, diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis intensified Monday. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon traveled to Egypt after talks in Qatar. Kerry arrived in Cairo late Monday, aiming to help revive an Egyptian cease-fire proposal.

       In some quarters, optimism was growing that at least a temporary truce could be struck. Israeli television, citing Palestinian sources, reported Monday night that a limited ceasefire might be announced Tuesday in Cairo.

       The Arab League, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israel last week accepted the Egyptian truce initiative, but Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, rebuffed it. With that, Israel’s campaign of airstrikes flared into a ground offensive. Alarmed by the mounting casualties, President Obama sent Kerry to Egypt

       — but the secretary appeared to be in the awkward position of trying to mediate between mediators.

       Sisi, a sworn enemy of Hamas, is reluctant to cede any of the prestige of Cairo’s traditional peacemaking role between Israel and the Palestinians to anyone else in the region — especially to parties that have lent their backing to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group Sisi has sworn to eradicate. Both Turkey and Qatar fall squarely into that category.

       Amid the Gaza crisis, the governments in Ankara and Doha, whose ties with Cairo have been chilly since Sisi and the army overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last summer, have touted their cordial relations with the Islamists of Hamas. Turkey and Qatar have both hosted groundwork-laying truce talks in recent days, including some that took place while Kerry was en route, and Hamas is seen as unlikely to accept any deal that does not carry their seal of approval.

       Even if Egypt formally presides over the striking of an accord, the importance of a Turkish and Qatari role cannot help but rankle. Gaza-centered diplomacy yielded a particularly undiplomatic exchange last week, when Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said acceptance of the Egypt-proposed cease-fire would lend unwarranted legitimacy to the “tyrant” Sisi. Egypt then summoned the Turkish charge d’affaires for a dressing-down.

       The regional rivals differ as to the roots of the Gaza conflict. Sisi’s camp places much of the blame on Morsi, charging that during his year in office, he forged links with Hamas and allowed armed Islamist militant groups to take root in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, which borders Gaza.

       With scant Egyptian attention paid to the Gaza frontier during Morsi’s rule, Hamas fighters were able to resupply their arsenal of sophisticated weaponry, much of it smuggled in through tunnels running under the border with Egypt.

       Morsi is now jailed on an array of capital charges, among them accusations that he colluded with Hamas during his presidency.

       It was the Morsi government, however, that succeeded in setting terms for halting the last major confrontation between Hamas and Israel in Gaza, in 2012. On Monday, the White House invoked that truce, Kerry would try to work out a similar agreement.

       Egypt itself has sharpened Gaza’s many hardships by enforcing — along with Israel — tight restrictions on Palestinians’ movements in and out of the coastal enclave. The Gaza-Egypt border crossing at Rafah is usually closed, with Egypt citing security concerns in the northern Sinai.

       But Cairo may be prepared to make concessions to preserve at least an appearance of primacy in its peacemaking role. Egypt has reportedly floated the idea of reopening Rafah, but with the crossing policed by security forces from the Palestinian Authority, Hamas’ power-sharing partner, rather than by Hamas fighters.

       Such a concession would also offer a face-saving way out for Hamas. That was underscored Monday by Is-mail Haniyeh, the top Hamas leader in Gaza, who stressed movement in and out of the territory as a principal demand.

       “Gaza … has decided to end the blockade with its blood and resistance,” he declared in an address. “We cannot go back.”

       Abbas, who has spent the duration of the fighting politically trapped between the Israelis and Hamas, radiated war-weariness in a visit to Turkey on Monday.

       “What we want now is a stop to the bloodshed,” he said. “And then we can demand what we want.”laura.king@latimes.com   Special correspondents Maher Abukhater in Ramallah, West Bank, and Batsheva Sobelman in Jerusalem contributed to this report.

    CHARLES DHARAPAK AFP/Getty Images    U.S. SECRETARY of State John F. Kerry, right, is met by Egyptian officials as he arrives in Cairo to help revive an Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire in Gaza.