1. Survey suggests Conejo Valley voters would support school bond VCStar

    Survey suggests Conejo Valley voters would support school bond

    A survey of Conejo Valley voters has found modest support for a $229 million school bond measure to raise money for science and technology upgrades, infrastructure repairs and campus safety.

    Consultants hired by the Conejo Valley Unified School District to carry out the Revenue Measure Feasibility Survey told the Board of Education that a poll of 56,266 likely voters in the November 2014 election shows slightly more than 55 percent approve of a bond measure on the ballot. That would be sufficient for the measure to be approved.

    The five-member board voted in May to give TBWB Strategies a $30,000 to do the study, which was to include a public opinion survey and suggestions on how to proceed.

    Pollster Bryan Godbe presented the survey results at the board’s meeting Tuesday at district headquarters. He said voters were in tune with the need to improve science and physics labs; update Internet access, classroom technology and computers; and complete upgrades and repairs to school buildings.

    He said the survey also showed that support for a bond measure would be strong if it stated that all the money would benefit local schools and replace outdated classrooms.

    “The polling does suggest that the measure is feasible, but voters do want more information and input before the measure is finalized,” Godbe told the board.

    Jared Boigon of TBWB laid out a proposed schedule if the board decides to move forward. It includes a period of public outreach this year and the start of the next, to be followed by a draft ballot measure.

    In late spring, Boigon said, the company should survey people again about the proposed measure, refine it and hold a public hearing, with the board aiming to consider a ballot resolution in July.

    Fifteen years ago, Conejo Valley voters approved Measure R, which generated $88 million for the school district. The district leveraged that to obtain $66 million more from the state and $5 million from the city of Thousand Oaks to improve school properties. The bond will be repaid by 2019.

    Board member Mike Dunn said property owners would be paying two assessments until 2019 if a new bond measure is approved in November 2014 and wanted clarification on how much that would be.

    The amount proposed for the new bond is $229 million, and property owners would pay $35 tax per $100,000 of assessed property value, Boigon said. For four years, that would be on top of the $28 per $100,000 they are paying for Measure R.

    Superintendent Jeff Baarstad said the district could not likely leverage more money from the state, which is partly why the bond amount is much larger than the one approved 15 years ago.

    “We’re being told by the state that the days of statewide facilities bonds for education are near an end,” he said. “We’ve been told: You’re going to need to take care of that stuff on your own with your own local communities.”

    Baarstad said the bond money included a proposed $50 million for a technology endowment grant that could generate $3 million a year for projects for 20 years.

    The remaining $180 million would be used for improvements and repairs at the district’s 33 school sites, some of which are almost 60 years old.

    The board is expected to vote on whether to proceed with a bond measure proposal at its meeting Sept. 3.

  2. Letter: CVUSD bonus proposal mike dunn VC Star

    Letter: CVUSD bonus proposal

    My proposal to give all the employees of the district a 3 percent cost-of-living allowance bonus using about $3 million of surplus property funds does not take money away from facilities. See Education Code 17463.7 and Bond Accountability Act of 2000.

    My proposal substitutes bond proceeds spent to relocate facilities instead of using surplus property funds. Using bond proceeds instead of surplus property funds allows us to give the COLA and relocate facilities.

    - Mike Dunn,
    Newbury Park

    The writers is Conejo Valley Unified School District board member. — Editor

  3. Donald Bernard Hunn (1934 - 2014)

    Donald Bernard Hunn (1934 - 2014)

    • It was great to work with and for Don. He was a wonderful…"

    Donald Bernard Hunn, 79, passed away at home, Friday, August 1, 2014 after a lengthy illness.

    Don was born October 11, 1934 in Phoenix, AZ. He was the son of the late Adele and Oscar Hunn. He attended St. Mary’s High School and graduated valedictorian of his class. He attended Loyola University in Los Angeles and graduated in 1957, at the top of his class, with an electrical engineering degree. As a side note to help pay for college he would return to Phoenix each summer and worked for a florist, US Post Office, electrician and best of all was his job at a cantaloupe shed. He worked for Hughes Aircraft for 5 years and for 38 years at Litton Aero Products until his retirement in 2000.

    Don was a loving husband, father, and “Papa” who committed his life to family and friends. After retirement, he enjoyed going to the grandkids’ sporting events (like soccer and baseball), tending his rose garden, maintaining his Koi pond, and building model rockets. Don loved watching his Notre Dame “Fighting Irish” football on Saturdays. (He would not miss a game for anything). Not going to South Bend was perhaps one of his biggest disappointments. Decorating the front of his house at Christmas was a work of joy. He also enjoyed a good challenge and attempted to refurbish an old piano. To his chagrin he was not able to finish it.

    Survivors include his wife Diane Hunn of Thousand Oaks, brother Harold Hunn and his wife Jean Hunn of Phoenix, Arizona and their daughters Patty, Barbara, Kathy and Carol, brother Jim Hunn of Phoenix, son Gary Hunn and his wife Robin of Thousand Oaks and their children, Ashley, Amber and Joe, son Greg Hunn and wife Andrea of Branson, Missouri and their children Kevin, Kyle and Brooke, daughter Trina Hunn of Thousand Oaks and her daughters Ashley and Brandy; daughter Karen Ellis and her husband Steve of Thousand Oaks and their children, Peyton, Madison, and Jake; and step-children, Lisa Hornbaker and husband Darin of Ventura and their children Christina and Nathan, Dan Nagelmann and wife Deanna of Simi Valley and their children Ryan and Kyla, and Trina Gagliano and husband Chris of Rancho Palos Verdes and their children, Natalia and Nicoletta. In addition are great-nieces and nephews.

    Preceded in death include his sister, Dorothy Hunn, and his niece Debbie. Lastly the family wishes to thank everyone who has assisted with his care recently especially Keck Hospital of USC, Dr. Russell Hines and OakView Skilled Nursing.

    In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Office of Development 1441 Eastlake Avenue, Room 8302 Los Angeles, CA 90033 http://uscnorriscancer.usc.edu/support/

    Mass begins at 10:30am Friday, August 8th, at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church, 155 East Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, after the 10 am viewing.

    Lunch reception follows at the Palm Garden Hotel, 495 Ventu Park Road in Newbury Park. Arrangements are being handled by Pierce Brothers Mortuary of Westlake Village. Interment will be at a later date in Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes.

    Published in Ventura County Star from Aug. 6 to Aug. 9, 2014
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  4. vc star 06/20017 School board votes to censure trustee Mike Dunn

    School board votes to censure trustee Mike Dunn

    Member reprimanded over e-mail

    The Conejo Valley Unified School District school board voted to censure one of its own members at a special meeting Tuesday and said that his actions caused the district to lose a candidate for a top position.

    In a 4-1 vote, the board decided to censure trustee Mike Dunn for violating three board protocols. Dunn voted against the censure.

    The board’s decision was an official reprimand, but it will not limit Dunn’s work as a board member.

    According to a three-page report by Superintendent Mario Contini, Dunn violated protocols when he e-mailed a candidate who had recently accepted the position of assistant superintendent of instruction.

    In an e-mail dated May 18, Dunn wrote the candidate about several options regarding housing in the district and surrounding areas. The name of the candidate was withheld from the report, which was distributed during Tuesday’s meeting at the district office at 1400 E. Janss Road.

    According to Contini’s report, the candidate also received a voice message encouraging him to check his e-mail. A caller, who at first refused to identify himself, also spoke to the candidate’s mother-in-law, urging the candidate to check his e-mail.

    When the mother-in-law pressed the caller for his name, the caller only identified himself as “the Conejo Valley Unified School District Board of Education” and hung up, Contini said.

    The next day, the candidate called Contini and rescinded his decision to accept the position.

    "In my several discussions with the candidate, he indicated that he was unwilling to risk moving his entire family for a position in a school district where this type of contact would occur and feared it would only get worse if he accepted the position," Contini said.

    "He confirmed multiple times that he was impressed with the district and the staff he met … and he was quite optimistic about the housing situation, but decided not to accept the position based primarily on those three contacts. From their point of view, it was overly aggressive."

    In response, Dunn reread the e-mail he sent to the candidate and said he decided to contact him only after learning that he would not accept the position.

    Dunn said he has not been allowed to speak to the candidate since the appropriateness of the e-mail came into question. He said the board has denied him his right to call witnesses in his defense.

    "I do not believe he decided to withdraw based upon my e-mail," Dunn said.

    "If he had indeed confirmed it with me … then I would admit my error and submit myself to admonition to the district. I am being denied my rights. I am being tried based on hearsay evidence that no judge in this country would allow a jury to hear to decide guilt or innocence."

    Trustee Patricia Phelps said all board members have agreed to make decisions together as a board.

    "It’s not your opinion that we are challenging," Phelps said to Dunn.

    "This is not a trial. This is the board trying to figure out what we can do to make you a part of this board."

    Several members from the audience spoke during public comment in support of Dunn and said board members Dolores Didio, Dorothy Beaubien, Tim Stephens and Phelps were conducting a “witch hunt” against Dunn.

    Others said Dunn’s action has continually disrupted the board’s ability to conduct business and has caused friction in the community.

    Many also criticized the board for scheduling a special board meeting at 2 p.m. when most people were at work or had to pick up their children from school.

    This is the second time in two months the board admonished Dunn for his actions. At the board meeting May 8, board president Dolores Didio also admonished Dunn for soliciting opinions about possible school closures.

    In his three years as a board member, Dunn has found himself in other controversies, including a health textbook that uses the word “partners” when talking about marriage, polling teachers about winter break and allegedly interfering with labor negotiations.

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  6. LA Times L.A. council faces key question: Who pays to fix broken sidewalks?

    L.A. council faces key question: Who pays to fix broken sidewalks?

    Broken sidewalk in L.A.
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    L.A. faces key question as lawmakers focus on its broken sidewalks: Who should pay to fix them?
    L.A. official: Sidewalk woes are “result of the city taking responsibility but not putting in the resources”

    As Los Angeles lawmakers again turn their focus to the buckled, broken sidewalks that line city streets, they face a key question: Who should pay to fix them?

    State law is “crystal clear” in leaving property owners responsible for fixing and maintaining their sidewalks, City Councilman Paul Krekorian said at a committee meeting Monday.

    However, during the 1970s the city voluntarily took on responsibility for fixing sidewalks damaged by street trees — even though the city did not necessarily plant those trees.

    Soon after, the city stopped that program. The sidewalks have since broken so badly so that the city now faces a lawsuit filed by residents with disabilities, who argue that the buckling sidewalks violate their rights to public access. It also routinely faces trip-and-fall claims from injured residents.

    The problems that L.A. suffers today “happened as a result of the city taking responsibility but not putting in the resources,” City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said.


    At the committee meeting Monday, lawmakers did not answer the question of who should pay. However, city officials are expected to report back soon on whether L.A. should steer away from taking responsibility for sidewalks damaged by street trees, as it does now.

    Santana said that one issue for city leaders to consider is how to “transition” responsibility, if they choose to do so. “How does it go from currently being the city’s responsibility when a sidewalk is damaged by a tree … transitioning to something else?” he asked the committee.

    How does it go from currently being the city’s responsibility when a sidewalk is damaged by a tree … transitioning to something else?- City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana

    Krekorian said he didn’t have a position on shifting responsibility yet, but that it would be one of the ideas that Santana would report back on. Lawmakers will have to weigh how much the city could afford to repair, as well as how the shift would affect residents and property owners, he said.

    Margaret Peters of the Empowerment Congress Southwest Area Neighborhood Development Council warned that residents in her neighborhood had lower incomes — but higher rates of homeownership — than the city at large, making them bear “an inordinate amount of cost in terms of sidewalk repair.” 

    • Ethnologist Frank Salter writes “Relatively homogeneous societies invest more in public goods, indicating a higher level of public altruism. For example, the degree of ethnic homogeneity correlates with the government’s share of gross domestic product as well as the average wealth of…
      AT 8:50 PM AUGUST 19, 2014

    Peters suggested that the city consider waivers for residents who had been in their homes for longer than 25 or 30 years. “If the cost is prohibitive, we can’t attract new residents” to the area, she added.

    City officials are supposed to report back on possible options for a sidewalk repair program in 60 days. It remains unclear exactly how many sidewalks need fixing: Santana said the rough estimate is that 40% of L.A. sidewalks are damaged, an approximation based on assessments in the late 1990s.

    The city recently stepped up its spending on sidewalk repairs, budgeting $20 million for such fixes this fiscal year. An additional $7 million that was budgeted last year — but not spent before the budget deadline — was rolled over to be spent on sidewalk repairs this year.

    Lawmakers decided that the $27 million should go toward sidewalks on or adjacent to city properties, such as parks and libraries, partly because the city is indisputably responsible for those walkways. Krekorian said it was also crucial that such public amenities be accessible. Santana said the cost of ultimately fixing all of the sidewalks next to city facilities will wxceed the $27 million available this year.

    Beyond the immediate plan, city officials have been tasked with coming up with ideas for a comprehensive plan to fix sidewalks, focusing on those that have the biggest risk of legal liability. The city currently lacks such a plan, one reason that budgeted repairs were delayed last year, Krekorian said.

    Krekorian has suggested reviving a popular program that allows homeowners to speed up repairs by paying half the cost, with the city paying the rest. His proposal also calls for creating a revolving loan program and helping neighborhoods create special taxing districts to fund sidewalk repairs.

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  7. Naval Base Ventura County takes no position on Measure M tax Stephanie Hoops 5:06 PM, Aug 19, 2014

    Naval Base Ventura County takes no position on Measure M tax

    PORT HUENEME, Calif. - Naval Base Ventura County formally declared Tuesday that the federal installation, which is a local representative of the U.S. Navy, takes no position on Measure M, a controversial tax measure proposed by the city of Port Hueneme for voter consideration this fall.

    Measure M would tax port customers and military contractors at Naval Base Ventura County. Businesses working at the port and at the Naval Base, and union, nonprofit and community leaders have since expressed concern the measure could drive indispensable businesses to leave the region, impacting jobs and the economy.

    The no-position statement came after Port Hueneme Mayor Jonathan Sharkey wrote a guest column published in The Star’s Opinion Section Sunday that said he and city Councilman Ellis Green met with Rear Adm. Patrick Lorge, commander, Navy Region Southwest, on Aug. 11 and he “was eager to help with enforcing not only our existing license law, but also Measure M as well.”

    Sharkey wrote: “the admiral assured us that he and his legal staff had reviewed Measure M and had no problem with its content.”

    The base issued a two-paragraph news release titled “Navy remains neutral on Measure M” that quoted the admiral.

    “Navy is a committed good-neighbor in this city and we applaud the community’s dedication toward public improvements,” he states. “With regard to the specific tax proposal, the city’s voters will make their decision known in November.”

    Asked about the Navy’s declaration that it will remain neutral, Sharkey said he understood.

    “The Navy doesn’t take sides in political issues nor should they,” he said. “We didn’t ask them to take a position.”

    Sharkey said he’s grateful for the cooperation and support he’s received from the Naval Base in understanding the “difficulties of running a small city and helping us with enforcing our existing laws.”

    Port CEO Kristin Decas said “this clearly is a discussion outside the realm of the port, and a clarification between the Navy and the city.”

    Naval Base Ventura County is part of Navy Region Southwest, the shore installation management command headquarters for the Southwest region, which includes installations in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

  8. http://www.globalresearch.ca/what-the-world-bank-actually-does/5396476

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/what-the-world-bank-actually-does/5396476  part copied here:

    According to Perkins:

    “So how does the system work? We economic hitmen have many vehicles to make this happen, but perhaps the most common one is that we will identify a country—usually a developing country—that has resources our corporations covet, like oil, and then we arrange a huge loan to that country from the World Bank or one of its sister organizations.

    “Now most everybody in our country believes that loan is going to help poor people. It isn’t. Most of the money never goes to the country. In fact it goes to our own corporations. It goes to the Bechtels and the Halliburtons and the ones we all hear about, usually led by engineering firms, but a lot of other companies are brought in and they make fortunes off building the infrastructure projects in that country. Power plants, industrial parks, ports, those types of things. Things that don’t benefit the poor people at all; they’re not connected to the electrical grid, they don’t get the jobs in the industrial parks because they’re not educated enough. But they as a class are left holding a huge debt. The country goes deep into debt in order to make this happen, and a few of its wealthy people get very rich in the process. They own the big industries that do benefit from the ports and the highways and the industrial parks and the electricity.

    “The country is left holding this huge debt that it can’t possibly repay, so at some point we economic hitmen go back in and we say, ‘You know, you can’t pay your debts. You owe us a pound of flesh, you owe us a big favor. So sell your oil real cheap to our oil companies, or vote with us on the next critical United Nations vote, or send troops in support of our to some place in the world like Iraq.’ And so we use this whole process as, first of all, a means for getting their money (money we loan them) to enrich our own corporations, and then to use the debt to enslave them.”

    In his book, “The Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order,” Professor Michel Chossudovsky of the University of Ottawa provides extensive documentation of precisely how this process has functioned over the years through the Structural Adjustment Loan and Sector Adjustment Loan programs at the World Bank’s disposal. This documentation includes details of the Bank’s oversight of the build-up of Rwanda’s military budget in the run-up to its bloody internal war of 1994, the Bank’s own admission of how its loan-dictated deregulation of Vietnam’s grain market led to widespread child malnutrition in the country, and the World Bank’s contribution (in conjunction with the IMF) to the unprecedented plundering of Russia that took place in the wake of the Soviet collapse.

    The World Bank, despite its friendly exterior and the lofty platitudes its proponents spout in its defense, continues to undergird a system of exploitation and debt enslavement of developing countries. For half a century, the Bank has been responsible for the furtherance of a Pax Americana built not upon peace, prosperity and free trade but violence, debt and enforced servitude.

    The Rest of the Story

    …But now along comes the New Development Bank promising an alternative to the World Bank hegemony. Unlike the Structural Adjustment Loan regime of the World Bank, the NDB is promising to provide loans with no strings attached; the BRICS have no interest in telling loan recipients how to run their country.

    Is this a fundamental challenge to the system as it exists? Is the NDB likely to live up to the lofty expectations that have been placed on it? In what time frame can we expect to see the changes to the international order take place?

    The answer to these questions constitute what Paul Harvey would call in his trademark drawl, “the rest of the story…” and we will explore that story here next week.


  9. ISIS Leader trained by Israel Mossad

    The former employee at US National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden, has revealed that the British and American intelligence and the Mossad worked together to create the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

    Snowden said intelligence services of three countries created a terrorist organisation that is able to attract all extremists of the world to one place, using a strategy called “the hornet’s nest”.

    NSA documents refer to recent implementation of the hornet’s nest to protect the Zionist entity by creating religious and Islamic slogans.

    According to documents released by Snowden, “The only solution for the protection of the Jewish state “is to create an enemy near its borders”.

    Leaks revealed that ISIS leader and cleric Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi took intensive military training for a whole year in the hands of Mossad, besides courses in theology and the art of speech.


  10. Immigration reform activist Robert Gittelson of Tarzana dead at 54 la DAILY NEWS

    Immigration reform activist Robert Gittelson of Tarzana dead at 54

    Robert Gittelson

    Robert Gittelson, an award-winning immigration reform activist who became a prominent voice on Capitol Hill, died peacefully on Aug. 7 in his Tarzana home after suffering a heart attack. He was 54.

    Gittelson, who was Jewish, served as a board member of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the nation’s largest Christian Hispanic organization, and as the organization’s vice president for government affairs. Gittelson — an independent conservative — participated in hundreds of meetings in the nation’s capital in recent years, including with President Barack Obama and his staff, senators, congressmen, to advocate for a legislative solution to comprehensive immigration reform.

    “I was saddened to learn of the passing of your husband, Robert Gittelson, and I send my deepest sympathies as you mourn his loss,” Obama wrote to his wife of 33 years, Patricia Gittelson. in a condolence letter dated Aug. 11. “Leaders like Robert remind us that we are our brothers’ and our sisters’ keepers and challenge us to practice what we believe in both words and deeds.”

    Patricia Gittelson said her husband — who was retired after nearly 30 years as an apparel manufacturer and importer — became interested in the complex issues of immigration reform through her own work as a Van Nuys-based immigration attorney.

    “He saw all the people coming into my office and all the heartbreak that was going on so he took up the cause,” Patricia Gittelson said, adding that he started an organization called Conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, which supported creating a path to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants. He was also a co-founder of the Evangelical Immigration Table, which brought together conservative and liberal evangelicals. “He would take messages back and forth between the Republicans and Democrats who couldn’t really talk to each other. He was a bridge builder, soft and persuasive,” she said.

    Before Gittelson took his position with the NHCLC, he won a Champions of Justice award in 2012 from the organization for his “biblical and humanitarian commitment to the immigrant community.” He also spoke frequently on immigration issues at forums and conferences around the country.

    “His commitment and advocacy on behalf of religious liberty, immigrants, righteousness and justice made him a prominent voice on Capitol Hill,” said Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the NHCLC in a statement on the organization’s website. “Robert did justice, loved mercifully and walked humbly before God.”

    Family members recalled the father of two, who was partly raised in Encino and graduated from USC, as very calm, kind and family oriented. His brother Gerald Gittelson called him the “best brother anyone could ever want.”

    “He touched a lot of lives,” he said. “He was a special and extremely unique person, not your typical 54-year-old guy. He was a rising star in the world of politics and immigration reform activism.”

    In addition to his wife, Patricia, and his brother Gerald Gittelson, a Los Angeles journalist and paralegal, he is also survived by two sons: Alex Gittelson, a entertainment manager in Los Angeles, and Jesse Gittelson, a financial analyst in New York City; his sister Beverly Gittelson-Manitsky, a former hotel-amenities designer; and his mother, Anita Gittelson, VP of Wessco International, a hotel-amenities corporation with offices in New York and Los Angeles.