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Whirling Around in Gilroy, Garlic Capital of U.S.


I was on vacation for a while this past week and so the posts were a little sparse.  Now I am back in the Conejo Valley, enjoying the sunshine and blue skies, and will be posting more, again.

One place I visited was Gilroy Gardens, about 30 miles south of San Jose.  Gilroy Gardens is an amusement park with an agricultural, mellow theme, that is now owned by the city of Gilroy.

I certainly could see a similar park in Ventura County, and I sure would take grandkids there!

Photo:  Yes, those are twirling strawberries spinning up fun for young and old!

August 17th, 2014 · California

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I Will Serve On the Triuno Board Another 4 Years: Only Incumbents Filed to Run

The good news for me is that I don’t have to spend time and money on a political campaign to win a seat on the Triunfo Sanitation District board again.

This is because only the three current board members, including me, who were up for election filed candidate papers.  Therefore, there will be no election for the seats and we will automatically get to serve another 4 years.  Our names will also not appear on the ballot.

However, what is good news for a candidate is bad news for the electorate.  What happens with this scenario is that important issues of water supply, conservation choices, storage choices, and board policies don’t get discussed in The Acorn and The VC Star and in political forums. 

Thank you for the pass to serve again, and I will continue to bring up water and wastewater issues in the Conejo Post, but it is not the same as taking part in a rousing, good debate in front of potential voters!

Janna Orkney, editor

August 11th, 2014 · Elections

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Mail Box at Mysterious Blue-trimmed House


Who wouldn’t want a statue of a bearded, muscular, one-armed man at their mailbox?  I just never considered it option, till I saw this at the mysterious, cactus-surrounded house on the way to Topanga Canyon from the Valley!  To read Al Martinez’ column from a few years ago in the Daily News:

August 11th, 2014 · Uncategorized

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Mysterious Blue-Trimmed House Is For Sale in Woodland Hills

If you have driven through Topanga Canyon to get to PCH from the San Fernando Valley, I will bet that you have seen this house.  It is hard not to, because of the interesting landscaping all around it.  Definitely not your usual landscaping, either, with varities of cactus abounding.

It is located on Topanga Boulevard, where Mulholland intersects.  You can search previous posts for a photo essay of the grounds.

August 8th, 2014 · California, Uncategorized

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Just Say No to Traffic Circle at Kanan and Agoura Road Intersection


There are too many vehicles going through the Kanan/Agoura Road intersection for a traffic circle to be useful!  In fact, I could see longer lines of cars waiting on Kanan to get through this meeting of the roads, as folks go to and from the beach in the summer.


One possible solution is to change some lane designations.  There is now one lane heading south toward Zuma Beach, coming from the 101 Freeway.  The other southward lane on the outside is for right turns only on to Agoura Road.  As you can see in the photo above of Saturday traffic, no cars are in the second lane to turn right.  It is a wasted lane, and backs up traffic to over the 101 Freeway.

How about making that outside southward lane dual-purpose?  It could be used either for turning right or for continuing though the intersection.  Then, a long merge lane after the intersection could be put in.

The only time I think traffic circles actually calm traffic is when there is much lower volume.

August 6th, 2014 · Agoura Hills, Conejo Valley, Development, Transportation

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Westlake Village Sharky’s Remodled

Usually I am gung-ho when a restaurant is redone and updated, but not so with the new look at Sharky’s fast and healthy Mexican food in Westlake Village, at the corner of Thousand Oaks and Westlake Boulevards.

I still like the food, but to me, the inside space is now heavier and darker, with fewer seating options.  Guess I will just have to pull up a chair at one of their outside tables, by the lion fountain!

August 5th, 2014 · Restaurants, Westlake Village

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Lawn Gone!


Around the Conejo Valley, I am seeing more turf being removed from front yards.  This photo is of a home in Oak Park.  I will post a photo of the newly planted yard in a few days.

Hats off to this homeowner!  I am thinking of removing my front yard lawn, too.  After all, it would lower my water bill and help conserve water during the state drought and after.

Plus, right now, folks in the Ventura County part of the Conejo Valley are eligible to receive $3./square foot for turf removal…$2. from Metropolitan Water District (the huge SoCal wholesale water distributor) and $1. from Calleguas Municipal Water District (our local wholesale water distributor).


August 3rd, 2014 · California, Conejo Valley, Oak Park, Outdoors, Triuinfo Sanitation District, Ventura County, Water Issues

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I Take Out Candidate Papers for Triunfo Sanitation District Director


Getting candidate filing papers in whatever county you live in to run for public office is usually referred  to as “pulling papers.” An image always pops into my mind when I hear that phrase.  I can see a prospective candidate trying to pull the papers out of the hands of an election division staff member, going back and forth like in a tug of war!  Or, when I hear about taking out papers, I chuckle to think of a candidate driving up to a take-out window at a fast food place.

Perhaps I am just trying to distract myself with a little humor about the process of running for office.  After all, once a candidate pulls or takes out papers and then turns them in, the real work of campaigning begins.

And, that is about to start for me.  I took out papers last week to run for a continued seat on the Triunfo Sanitation District board in the November election, and will be turning them in this week.

I would appreciate having your support in the election.  Triunfo San District serves around 30,000 folks in Oak Park, the Thousand Oaks part of Westlake Village, Lake Sherwood and Bell Canyon with wastewater treatment services.  Plus, Triunfo serves Oak Park with potable water with Oak Park Water Service.

Thank you, and I will keep you posted on the election.

Photo of Ventura County Government Center in Ventura that I took of the ring of palm trees, while approaching the Administrative Building to go to the Elections Division

July 30th, 2014 · Conejo Valley, Elections, Lake Sherwood, Oak Park, Thousand Oaks, Triuinfo Sanitation District, Uncategorized, Ventura County, Water Issues, Westlake Village

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