Oak Park Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Clips of Movies Filmed Locally


Come celebrate Oak Park’s birthday on Wednesday night, September 14, at 7 p.m. at the Oak Park Library.  There you can watch  film clips of movies filmed in the Oak Park area before it was developed.  Oak Park resident and movie historian Harry Medved has put together movie clips, including “Of Mice and Men from 1939, “Brigham Young” filmed in 1940 and “The Red Pony” from 1949, plus others.

Norman Lloyd signing book for resident

Norman Lloyd signing book for resident

I highly recommend going!  I was fortunate to attend a similar presentation that Harry made in June 2012, when then 97-year-0ld Norman Lloyd spoke of his time in the movies, including acting in “The Red Pony.”  Norman Lloyd was so witty and informative and the movies made me look at my community with new eyes.

This fun event is free although you probably have to bring your own popcorn!  Also, the photo-filled book on the history of Oak Park will be for sale.  It was written by Harry Medved, Harvey Kern, Derek Ross, and David Ross.



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Intro to VoteforJanna.com

I am running for a seat on the Calleguas board to put my experience, vision, and common sense to work for you!me.head.coral.350

  • Experience
  • Ten years service as an elected board member of the agency that owns and operates Oak Park Water Service
  • Vision
  • That we have as many sources of water as possible, including ocean desalination, and not be dependent on imported water for most of our supply
  • And that the Calleguas board start a dialog with the community, reaching out on our water supply challenges and solutions
  • Common Sense
  • From working with ratepayers for ten years, I know that water supply solutions can’t break the bank!  We must find the most efficient ways to create new water sources like ocean desalination and find the financing options, including State and Federal grants that make sense and cut the cost

I am asking for your vote in November so I can be your voice at Calleguas to ensure us a reliable water supply for today AND tomorrow

And looking back, I want to thank you for all the support I have received over the past 10 years while serving on the Triunfo Sanitation District board.  Three of those years I was elected chairman and two of those years I served as Chairman of the Triunfo/Las Virgenes MWD Partnership.

Now I am asking for your continued support in my race to win a seat on the Calleguas MWD board.  To make that happen, I welcome contributions large and small, and endorsements, and any help you would like to offer with the campaign.

Together, we can win this election and give you a voice on the Calleguas board!

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A New Application for Crochet


OK, I am all for crocheted items, like hats and blankets, but my mouth fell open when I saw this in the Trader Joe’s parking lot in Newbury Park.  I first saw it from afar, and thought, “Oh, no, it couldn’t be!”  Let me get closer for a better look.

And, yes, it was indeed a crochet tire cover for the tire located on the back of a jeep.  I just wonder what’s the next project of this crocheter…

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Why There is Not a “Bring Your Cat to Work” Day


A month ago, I adopted 2 beautiful Siamese cats.  Saki is 5 years old and Poppy is 4 months.  They have enriched my life so much and are constantly entertaining, unless they are napping, of course, and then they are just beautiful.

When I am working on the computer or at another desk, they want to be part of the action, and I must admit, I don’t find this particularly entertaining.   However, I did find it cute enough to take this photo of Saki sitting on my desk chair.  At least he is not sitting on the stack of papers on my desk!

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Agoura Hills’ Kanan Road and 101 Freeway on a Typical Summer Saturday

Looking west toward the 101 Freeway overpass on Kanan Road

Looking west toward the 101 Freeway overpass on Kanan Road

I am not sure whether or not it took 4 traffic light rotations or 5 to get from the entrance to Hillrise to the 101 Freeway onramps around noon today.  Either way, it took me way too long!

Is there anyone besides me who wants the Kanan Road and Agoura Road intersection IMPROVED so that it is not a bottleneck every summer weekend?

On Kanan Road, just after Canwood Road intersection, heading west.

On Kanan Road, just after Canwood Road intersection, heading west.

Now, drivers from the San Fernando Valley heading to Malibu’s Zuma beach take the 101 Freeway exit at Kanan Road.  Then they try to turn left to get on Kanan and cross the overpass, and clog up the intersection.  And it just gets worse at the Kanan Road and Agoura Road intersection when it goes from 2 lanes to one heading west!

“Powers-That-Be,” whom I think is the Agoura Hills City Council – please do something!

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Boy with Binoculars in Santa Monica


Here’s lookin’ at ya!  What a great and unexpected mural on a wall that faces an alley running into Wilshire Boulevard by Sixth Avenue in Santa Monica!

Even the reflection of what the boy is looking at shows in the lens of the binoculars.  I love finding whimsy and surprises in the course of a day…

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Malibu Feed Bin


Each time I drive by the Malibu Feed Bin, I am fascinated by the signs and the casual furniture displayed outside. Yet, I have never visited the store, which is located where Topanga Boulevard deadends into the Pacific Coast Hiway (PCH).  I am always in a rush to get to Santa Monica or to return home.  One of these days I will visit!  Have you?

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A Stand-Up Addition to the Shoppes at Westlake Mall


I like to spot rabbits when I am walking in my Oak Park neighborhood.  It always makes me smile to see to see one of those little brown “conejos” sitting in someone’s yard till I get close, and then hopping away fast with their little white tails bobbing along.


Well, I got to see another kind of rabbit last week – a tall rabbit statue at the Shoppes at Westlake.  This rabbit has a fancy Italian name, “Coniglio al Tramonto,” translated as “Rabbit at Sunset.”  And, instead of a brown coat, it is painted in soft pastels and stands behind a fountain.  This rabbit makes me smile, too, with its whimsy.  I guess you could say, “It is hopping to go shopping!”

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