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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Fwd: the mountain lion, first spotted Friday morning in the Rosewood area of Newbury Park, was captured at 8:34 p.m. in the area of Ventu Park and Lynn roads


COMMENT:  We are so civilized that we will NOT kill /shoot a wild cat yet not hesitate to blow people to bits via drones or kids who we may think have a gun within seconds!!
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ThousandOaks Acorn    GREAT reporting Acorn!! 
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TAKE THAT NAT GEO: Newbury Park resident Sherry Kempster snapped this incredible photo of a cougar walking along the wall in her backyard. See the story behind the shot here: http://bit.ly/1xwgCSQ

This is about mile from my home on Lynn Rd past Ventu on side facing mountains! 

TAKE THAT NAT GEO: Newbury Park resident Sherry Kempster snapped this incredible photo of a cougar walking along the wall in her backyard. See the story behind the shot here: http://bit.ly/1xwgCSQ
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According to Sr. Dep. Tim Lohman of the Thousand Oaks Police Department, the mountain lion, first spotted Friday morning in the Rosewood area of Newbury Park, was captured at 8:34 p.m. in the area of Ventu Park and Lynn roads. Lohman was unable to comment on the status of the animal.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife asked for police assistance at about 6:50 p.m., Lohman said.

UPDATE: 

UPDATE: The Newbury Park mountain lion that was captured tonight WAS NOT KILLED. Per CA Fish & Wildlife Spokesperson Janice Mackey, the female lion, 14 months old, was hit with a tranquilizer dart and is "on her way" to be released in an undisclosed location. More details to follow. --KJ

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VC Star 

Mountain lion captured in Newbury Park

7:46 PM, Dec 19, 2014
45 mins ago
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NEWBURY PARK, Calif. - A mountain lion was captured Friday night in Newbury Park after authorities closed a thoroughfare so a sighting of the big cat could be investigated.

Two California Department of Fish and Wildlife wardens responded about 5 p.m. when a mountain lion was spotted near Lynn and Ventu Park roads. To accommodate the response, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office began conducting traffic control at 6:50 p.m. Eastbound traffic on Lynn Road at Ventu Park was blocked.

The mountain lion was a 14-month-old female "who found her way into a trailer park and was hiding under one of the trailers," said Janice Mackey, public information officer for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Mackey said the 75-pound cat was trying to find a territory for herself. With wildcats in the area hemmed in by highways and development, each one has difficulty finding its own space, leading to problems. In addition, with cats from outside the area unable to get in and local cats unable to get out, there are issues with inbreeding.

"She was trying to find her own space, took a wrong turn and ended up there," Mackey said.

The animal was also acting scared, Mackey said.

The cat was identified as a mountain lion from the Santa Monica Mountains by an ear tag that had been placed by the National Park Service, an agency that helped with Friday's investigation.

The cat was captured about 8:30 p.m. and released in an undisclosed location, Mackey said.

The mountain lion had been seen earlier in the day in the area, and the Ventura County Sheriff's Office said there had been numerous mountain lion sightings over the past few days.


Brownley and family OK after Fillmore crash VC Star 12/20/14

Brownley and family OK after Fillmore crash

FILLMORE, Calif. - U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley and her family are OK after being involved in a car crash Saturday in Fillmore, her chief of staff said.
Brownley’s daughter and son-in-law were in the area over the weekend and the Westlake Village Democrat was driving them around Ventura County when a car rear-ended her black Prius, said Lenny Young, Brownley’s chief of staff.
The crash, which occurred just after 2:05 p.m., pushed the Prius into the truck in front of her car, causing major damage to her vehicle, Young said.
The family members suffered some bruises from the seat belts but were not seriously injured, Young said.

Friday, December 19, 2014

This Is What Happens When You Step On Molten Lava

This Is What Happens When You Step On Molten Lava: "As lava on Hawaii's Big Island nears a shopping center and gas station (it is expected to make contact around Christmas), we're taking this video as a reminder of what not to do.

In the demonstration above, recorded in 2010 but only recently posted on YouTube, a safety-indifferent soul places his foot on the leading edge of a lava flow from the island's Kilauea volcano. Not surprisingly, his shoe briefly catches fire.

Darcy Bevens, education specialist at the University of Hawaii's Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes, told The Huffington Post the boot ignites because the molten lava is about 2,000 degrees fahrenheit. It does not stay lit because the shoe's material does not burn efficiently, "which is why you build a campfire with wood and not boots," she added.

The boot is quickly removed from the lava, and the indentation left behind slowly disappears, returning that portion of the lava to its original bulbous shape and showing the viscosity of the substance. "The lava begins to form a solid outer 'skin' where it contacts the relatively cold air and ground," Bevens said of this property, "but the lava skin is still flexible for awhile, until it cools further and becomes a solid crust of glassy rock."

Kilauea has been continuously erupting since 1983 and is considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The recent lava flow has been threatening a rural town on the Big Island for months, displacing residents as it slowly approaches.

The owners of the at-risk gas station plan to pump out all of the remaining fuel and fill the tanks with water and firefighting foam.

After seeing the reaction a mere shoe can trigger, we're glad they're prepared."



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Thursday, December 18, 2014

The language of sorrow Fatima Bhutto Peshawar student massace

The language of sorrow
Fatima Bhutto
Friday, December 19, 2014   http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-9-291024-The-language-of-sorrow

I called a family friend in Peshawar tonight. "How is everything?", I asked. I had no language for what I felt. I had no words for the horror that scrolled across the television screens or my constantly updating twitter feed.
"Oh my god", he said. 'They were so young. They were so handsome."
Most of the dead were between the ages of 12 and 16. On the phone I listened to the story of a son who was trapped in the school. The boy was shot in the jaw and in the shoulder. But he is alive.
The Taliban attacked Peshawar's Army Public School because, they said, they wanted Pakistan to feel pain. But Pakistan, the poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz once wrote, is a congregation of pain. How much more sorrow can one nation bear?
"My son was my dream", a grieving father said in Peshawar. "Today I buried my dream."
Today, Pakistan feels, for the first time for so many of us young citizens a country empty of dreams.
There is no word for a parent who buries a child. No equivalent of widow or orphan in any language that I know. We do not have the language to describe a parent who lays his child into the earth before his time. So with what tongue do we speak of the dead now? It is a sorrow too large to bear.
But with sorrow, there is anger in Pakistan today. There is anger at those who turned their eyes away from terror and let the cost be paid in human lives. There is anger at those who offered the killers silence, refusing to condemn them by name. There is anger at those who saw some expediency in the deaths of innocents. There is anger, there is anger and then there is shame.
There is shame to read of the three first aid instructors who had come to teach the children of Peshawar's Army Public School about emergency aid when they were killed.
There is shame to know that most of the dead, most of the children killed, were shot in the head.
There is shame towards those whom we cannot apologise to, to the countrymen we did not, could not, protect. Shahrukh Khan, sixteen years old and asked to recount the horrors of the day told the press that the men who came to kill him and his classmates looked under the school benches, making sure they had left no one alive.
Shahrukh, who was shot in both legs, stuffed his tie in his mouth to stop himself from screaming. What language do we have to reassure Shahrukh? When it comes to words, I have none.
Taliban, it bears noting, means students in Arabic. What kind of student brings blood into a place of learning?
In the aftermath of the carnage in Peshawar, India announced a two-minute silence across their schools, a two minute silence of grief and solidarity. Turkey called for a day of mourning. And in Pakistan today, we grapple with language. How do you eulogise a woman burned to death in front of her students? Who is a Taliban when so many public figures – anchor-men, politicians, and disaffected, alienated youth – trade in nothing but hate? How have we spoken this long of the terror we all face – the attack on the Istiqlal school in Kabul that killed six Afghans and injured many others, the women raped as they rode night buses in Delhi, and the children of Peshawar – without compassion for each other?
In Pakistan today we read poetry in remembrance of the dead because in times of unquantifiable grief, we look for solace in the words of others.
Mohammad Hanif, one of our most fearless writers, wrote: "There is no need to offer prayers for the souls of the children killed in Peshawar. What possible sin could 16-year-olds have committed? Pakistan's political and military leadership is requested not to worry about the children's afterlife. When they raise their hands in prayer, they should pray for their own forgiveness. And they should look at their own hands closely, less they be stained with blood."
But it is Rahman Baba, the nightingale of Peshawar, who I keep coming back to. "We are all one body", the poet wrote. "Whoever tortures another, wounds himself."
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CPUC Letter RE TNCs June 2014

CPUC Letter RE TNCs June 2014



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CPUC CA Public Comment Rules

Public Comment Rules: "Rule 14.    With the exception of representatives of public officials, written comments of individuals who cannot be physically present will not be read aloud at the meeting.  Copies of written comments of individuals who cannot be physically present should be given to the Public Advisor for distribution as described in Rule 13.
 
Rule 15.    If written copies of comments are given to the Public Advisor, the Public Advisor will identify the name of the commenter and subject matter of the comments for the Commissioners at the close of the Public Comment Session.
 
Rule 16.    Attendees may not distribute written materials inside the meeting room except as described in Rules 12 and 13.
 
Rule 17.    The Commission retains the right to remove disruptive attendees from the Commission meeting.
 
Rule 18.    The Commission reserves the right to override the above rules in case of emergency or other unforeseen circumstances.
   
 
* -   All references to Commission President will refer to the Commissioner chairing the meeting in the absence of the Commission President.
 
** -   Public speakers who require interpreters or other special accommodations may be given additional time to speak, to account for the time needed to provide the accommodation at the podium.  The granting of the additional time is at the discretion of the Commission President."



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CPUC CA Public Comment Rules

Public Comment Rules: "Rule 14.    With the exception of representatives of public officials, written comments of individuals who cannot be physically present will not be read aloud at the meeting.  Copies of written comments of individuals who cannot be physically present should be given to the Public Advisor for distribution as described in Rule 13.
 
Rule 15.    If written copies of comments are given to the Public Advisor, the Public Advisor will identify the name of the commenter and subject matter of the comments for the Commissioners at the close of the Public Comment Session.
 
Rule 16.    Attendees may not distribute written materials inside the meeting room except as described in Rules 12 and 13.
 
Rule 17.    The Commission retains the right to remove disruptive attendees from the Commission meeting.
 
Rule 18.    The Commission reserves the right to override the above rules in case of emergency or other unforeseen circumstances.
   
 
* -   All references to Commission President will refer to the Commissioner chairing the meeting in the absence of the Commission President.
 
** -   Public speakers who require interpreters or other special accommodations may be given additional time to speak, to account for the time needed to provide the accommodation at the podium.  The granting of the additional time is at the discretion of the Commission President."



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CPUC Meeting RE TNCs Nov 2014





'via Blog this'     As part of the California Public Utilties Commision’s (CPUC) decision (D.13-09-045) establishing rules and

regulations for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) the asigned Commisioner, CPUC President

Michael R. Pevey, convenes this en banc to hear from al stakeholders on the impacts of this new mode of

transportation and the acompanying regulations. The CPUC may chose to update its rules based on the

information learned in this en banc. Phase I of this proceding is stil pending and isues from this en banc

may be scoped in Phase I of this proceding in aditon to updating the rules for limousines.

Al five Commisioners are invited as are Asembly Members Bonila and Nazarian who each authored

legislation for TNCs and also Insurance Commisioner Dave Jones. The moderators for the en banc wil be

Marzia Zafar and April Mulquen from the CPUC’s Policy & Planing Division.

The day is separated into five panels covering al the stakeholders. First, we wil hear from the CPUC’s Safety

& Enforcement Division on how they’ve enforced the rules and the impediments to their enforcement. We wil

hear from the TNCs directly in the last panel.


Day labor location contract extended Ventura County Star TOCC last meeting

Day labor location contract extended

Ventura County Star (CA) - December 18, 2014

During its last meeting of the year, the Thousand Oaks City Council extended its contract with a nonprofit agency that provides services for the day labor site on Royal Oaks Drive.

With the 4-0 approval on Tuesday, the city will spend $18,000 for the Cyrus Urban Inter-Church Sustainability Network to keep operating the day labor site for six months. The total cost of the one-year agreement that started in July is $54,000. The agency runs the site four hours a day, every day.

Councilman Andy Fox said the day labor site has been a “total success” since the city hired the nonprofit.

“This problem is not going away,” Fox said. “You can’t eliminate it; you have to manage it.”

Day laborers have been congregating in the Old Town West neighborhood since the 1980s. Residents and businesses in the past have expressed safety concerns and complained about loitering



and other issues.

Police Chief Tim Hagel said police have has received just one call this year coming from the day labor site.

Councilman Joel Price called the hiring of the Oxnard-based nonprofit “money well-spent.”

The city solicited bids in 2007 and 2011 for day labor site services, but only the Oxnard nonprofit placed a bid. City officials said they hope to seek bids again in the hopes of cutting costs.

“I feel queasy spending taxpayers’ dollars on something like this,” said Councilwoman Claudia Bill-de la Peña. “I look forward to other bidders for the next fiscal year.”

The city funded the site in the past with Community Development Block Grant money but now that some infrastructure improvements have been made, the federal dollars no longer can be used for the site.

According to a city staff report, Moorpark is the only other city in Ventura County with a day labor site. A Moorpark staff member runs the site for three to four hours a week at an annual cost of $3,000.

Tuesday’s Thousand Oaks City Council meeting started with public comment from 14 speakers, half of them residents of Newbury Park’s Dos Vientos neighborhood who wanted the city to help after last week’s mudslides.

“Please help us feel safe again on our street,” said Erin Bell, whose house on Via Santana was inundated by 2 to 5 feet of mud.

City Manager Scott Mitnick said city staff members will work with residents and the homeowners association on the mudslide issues.

In other council business, an appeal of the extension of hours for the McDonald’s restaurant on Avenida de los Arboles has been postponed to Jan. 13. The Planning Commission had approved new hours for McDonald’s, allowing it to open at 5 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. while letting the drive-thru stay open until 1 a.m. on most days.

A resident filed an appeal with the City Council on that decision.

The Planning Commission on Monday approved new hours for the Starbucks in the same shopping center as the McDonald’s. There was no opposition at the meeting when the commission approved a 5 a.m. opening time for Starbucks.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Being Uber Ain't Easy: Why Drivers Should Support Regulation - disinformation

Being Uber Ain't Easy: Why Drivers Should Support Regulation - disinformation: "Hell, I’d rather be a cabbie. They have it much better. They don’t have to use their own cars. Or shell out the big bucks for car maintenance. Or provide their own insurance. Or pay a deductible if they get in a no-fault accident. They don’t have to deal with the demands of self-entitled kids accustomed to getting the world handed to them on a silver platter and expecting premium service at a cut-rate price. (I’d take the tourist trade over the start-up crowd anyday!) Cabbies actually have their own businesses in the form of repeat customers. Charm and quality service don’t pay when you’re an Uber driver. But cabbies get tips. On top of all the other indignities Uber drivers suffer, we are also denied tips! According to Uber’s official policy, “Being Uber means there is no need to tip drivers with any of our services.”

So yeah…

Being Uber isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Not for drivers. When you think about it, sitting in the waiting room of a government agency for a few hours to ensure you’re protected from the evil machinations of a corporation bent on world domination doesn’t seem that bad. In fact, it sounds kind of like a vacation."



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