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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fwd: Hurricane Ana center will miss islands Hurricane Ana was on course Saturday to miss Hawaii by more than a hundred miles but was generating high waves, strong winds and heavy rains that prompted flash-flood warnings throughout the islands.

NOT even Edhi is spared!!
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Newbury Park CA 91320-1821 USA  I.quidwai at gmail.com 


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Edhi held hostage, deprived of millions in cash and gold
 
October 19, 2014, 10:43 pm
 
 
KARACHI- World renowned social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi was held at gunpoint today and deprived of cash and valuables estimated to be worth millions of rupees.

Dacoits looted gold and cash worth hundreds of thousands of rupees from prominent philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi at his centre in Mithadar area of Karachi. According to Edhi centre spokesman, eight dacoits broke into Mithadar's Edhi Centre and made Abdul Sattar Edhi hostage while looting the centre. Edhi said that dacoits woke him up and asked for keys of the closets. "They didn't manhandle me," he added.

Faisal Edhi, son of Abdul Sattar Edhi, said that the dacoits robbed gold and cash from two closets. According to a private TV channel report, after holding the inhabitants hostage, the criminals spent over an hour going through cupboards and drawers making away with cash and valuables including 10 million rupees in cash as well as 5 kilograms of gold.

Cash and valuables looted by the robbers were donated to the Edhi Foundation for social work. The criminals managed to escape on motorbikes after the heist. Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah taking notice of robbery in Edhi Centre, directed police to bring the culprits to book immediately. The chief minister directed Sindh Police Additional Inspector General (AIG) Ghulam Qadir Thebo to submit the report of robbery incident.


From: nasirmamu@hotmail.com
To: anquadri@aol.com; khana@hawaii.edu; drasad@hotmail.com
Subject: Hurricane Ana center will miss islands Hurricane Ana was on course Saturday to miss Hawaii by more than a hundred miles but was generating high waves, strong winds and heavy rains that prompted flash-flood warnings throughout the islands.
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:16:30 -1000

Al Haji Qadri:
ASWRB
Every one is fine in Manoa Valley  ~ no flooding at all... in the Parkway...
Tallah have made all EM kit etc..very deligent and hard working taking of younger  bros all the times.
he is a superb
Are you coming via Karachi or flying directly from Iabad.
Aloha

Hurricane Ana center will miss islands
Hurricane Ana was on course Saturday to miss Hawaii by more than a hundred miles but was generating high waves, strong winds and heavy rains that prompted flash-flood warnings throughout the islands.
The center of the powerful Pacific storm was about 190 miles west of the Big Island and about 150 miles southwest of Honolulu, the National Weather Service said. A tropical storm watchfine youngman remained in effect on Oahu and Kauai but was lifted for Maui, Lanai and the Big Island.
A downpour on the Big Island prompted officials to close Mamalahoa Highway in a region known for its coffee farms. It's the only road connecting some communities to the eastern side of the island. On Oahu, rain was falling on the island's North Shore and Koolau Mountains, said Bob Burke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Waves were expected to crest to 10 to 15 feet on the south shores of the islands and remain high through Sunday.
The heaviest rains were falling along the southeast slopes of Mauna Loa, in the Puna district and the Kau district on the southeast side of the island. However, no one on the Big Island reported storm damage, said Darryl Oliveira, director of Hawaii County civil defense.
Ana became a Category 1 hurricane Friday when it was about 230 miles south of Hilo. The hurricane was expected to gradually weaken and again become a tropical storm by Sunday afternoon, Burke said.
The American Red Cross closed its evacuation shelters on the Big Island and opened shelters on Oahu. Island Air suspended its Maui and Lanai flights Saturday afternoon and all flights Sunday, but airports remained open.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

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

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.

Congressional race funds may set record CA 26 & 15 Brownley & Strickand races VC Star

Congressional race funds may set record

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

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$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.

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  From my yard

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! 


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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."

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

T O Acorn BID seeks to limit Quimby fees Developers want to pay less to build homes on Thousand Oaks Boulevard

BID seeks to limit Quimby fees

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

PARK BENEFITS&mdash;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.
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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.

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&mdash;Last Tuesday, the school board voted to sell the district&rsquo;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.

T O Acorn CVUSD School board race heating up 10/16/14 FORUM Event is being held Oct. 26 at TOHS

School board race heating up

By Becca Whitnall
As the November election draws closer, the seven-person school board race has emerged as the one to watch in theConejo Valley.
If letters to the editor are any indication about what’s on voters’ minds, the Conejo Valley Unified Board of Education is at the top of the list. Just under half the letters in recent Thousand Oaks Acorn editions have discussed the race or its candidates, and as the election heats up, so do the letters.
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Buckles apologizes
While several candidates as well as their supporters have penned their opinions, it’s a letter by current school board president Peggy Buckles that has received the most attention.
Buckles’ letter, published in the Oct. 2 Acorn, resulted in two demands for apologies. At the school board’s Oct. 7 meeting, the trustee gave only one.
In a letter endorsing Pat Phelps, Brian Sullivan and Bill Gorback, Buckles noted three candidates “want to ‘take over’ the Conejo school board.” Included in the list of three was candidate Tony Dolz.
At the Oct. 7 meeting, Dolz addressed the board president during the public comment period.
“I respectfully demand an apology from school board president Peggy Buckles. . . The implication (in the letter) is that I am trying to take control of the school board by means other than a free and fair election. She offered no evidence whatsoever of how I am supposed to do that or for what purpose,” he said.
Buckles also wrote of candidate David Fox that he publicly spoke in favor of Measure I, the school board’s proposed $197-million bond issue, at a District Advisory Council meeting and then spoke against it to a “tea party and homeschooler debate crowd” later on.
While Fox has openly said at the DAC meeting and other places that he was weary of the bond before the district made its financial details widely available, he said his stance in support of the bond has not wavered since August.
Having called attention to the inaccuracy and demanding an apology earlier in the week via his campaign website, Fox did not speak at the Oct. 7 meeting. But he’s the candidate who received an apology.
Buckles began her board member comment period with a mea culpa, explaining she had acted on incorrect third-party information.
“First off, I would like to formally apologize to David Fox,” she said, explaining that one of the tea party debate attendees told a friend of hers that Fox stated he was not in favor of the bond. “That is not true, and I’m thrilled that you are (in favor of it), and I apologize.
“Mr. Dolz, I will not apologize to you,” Buckles went on. “I took that quote directly off of the Citizen’s Journal (website) where you put in the next two weeks you would take over the school district,” she said.
“It was not secondhand, it was an article that you had written.”
Following the meeting, Dolz said the work Buckles was citing from was a reprint of a “pep talk memo” from the Concerned Citizens of Conejo Valley—of which Dolz is the president and founder—to its members.
“Buckles wants us to believe now that she was quoting me, instead of quoting something that CVCP was saying to its members. That is misleading,” he wrote in a letter to the Acorn.
Dolz went on to say Buckles’ allusion was to a headline that said, “The 15 Days That Can Give Us Control of the Conejo Valley Unified School Board— Start Today.”
“The ‘us’ in that heading is the Concerned Parents of Conejo Valley and their members, not Tony Dolz. I stand by my respectful demand that Peggy Buckles apologize to my family and me,” he wrote.
Fox had less to say.
“I demanded an apology and President Buckles was gracious enough to provide one. I now consider the matter closed,” he said.
Other issues
Fox also had taken issue with an implication in the letter that because his children currently attend school in another district (Las Virgenes), he was less than qualified to represent CVUSD.
Pointing out the district is made up of taxpayers who send their children to private schools, don’t have children, or who have grown children, he asked, “Are you telling us they are second-lass citizens and their vote doesn’t matter?”
“You represent these people too. To somehow say their voice shouldn’t matter is not true and it’s not right,” he said.
Fox has fired his own shot across another candidate’s bow—one that others have volleyed as well—questioning how Sullivan has earned the endorsement of the Unified Association of Conejo Teachers when he hasn’t attended school board meetings.
“Attending meetings isn’t really one of the criteria we use. It would be nice if candidates have been going to board meetings, but often it just doesn’t happen . . . we even joke that ‘It must be election season’ because the (board) room fills up this time of year,” said Colleen Briner-Schmidt, president of the teachers’ union.
The union interviews each candidate in person and on paper and decides who to endorse based on the candidates’ understanding of issues and the viability of his or her campaign, she said.
“We aren’t looking for folks to walk lockstep with us, (but) we want to know they understand the issues that are important to us. Do they understand the curriculum and teacher tenure issues?” Briner-Schmidt said.
While the battle heats up in opinions shared by letter writers, the candidates themselves will get a chance to hash it out at an Oct. 26 candidates forum hosted by the Conejo Council PTA.
The forum, to which all candidates have accepted an invitation, will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at Thousand Oaks High School’s performing arts center. In addition to a candidates’ prepared statement portion, questions from community members will also be accepted.
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Hear from school board hopefuls on eve of election

Event is being held Oct. 26 at TOHS
The Conejo Council PTA will host a community forum for the seven candidates running for the Conejo Valley Unified School District Board of Education from 1 to 3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 26 at the Performing Arts Center at Thousand Oaks High School2323 Moorpark Road.
Those candidates running for three open seats on the school board are: John Andersen, Tony Dolz, Mike Dunn, David Fox, Bill Gorback, Pat Phelps and Brian Sullivan.
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Each candidate will give a prepared statement prior to a question-and-answer session.
Those who would like to submit a question to be asked during the forum can visitwww.conejocouncilpta.org. Questions from the audience will also be accepted during the forum.
The moderator will be Selina Brandt, a graduate from the Pepperdine School of Law.
Brandt graduated first in her class and was editor-in-chief of the school’s law review.
She has worked for Lathan and Watkins LLP in Los Angeles andCosta Mesa and now is a legal associate for the Center for Estate and Gift Planning at Pepperdine Law School and also teaches classes in advanced litigation writing.
Conejo Council PTA is made up of representatives from all 18 CVUSD schools.
For more information about the forum, email Irene Pugh, president, or Peg O’Conner Tressel, vice president of programs, at CVUSDcandidatesforum2014 @gmail.com or call Maria Steck, publicity chair at (805) 300-8746.