Reprint of post from August, 2010, to demonstrate that consequence of change in law were not hard to predict!
“As far as the oak trees, sad to say that as of February of this year (2010), the Thousand Oaks City Council voted 4-1 to ease the stringent regulations on oaks. (guess who the lone vote was?*) This now opens the door for removal of any oak that the city determines is owner-planted or non-native.
This could lead to hundreds, if not thousands of oak trees being removed, that were planted by developers who reached agreements with the city in a long-gone time when the city council was concerned about urban sprawl.
What does this say about TO’s commitment to the environment now?”
*The lone T.O. City Council member voting against ordinance and standing for the oaks was Claudia Bell de la Pena.
Econerd responds to news that Governor Brown just signed into law a bill that prohibits HOA’s from penalizing homeowners who let their lawns go brown while conserving water during a state drought:
“This isn’t going to sit well with some HOA boards and I’m sure that a few residents will now have their lawns go brown just to mess with the HOA.
Now if we could just convince the communities and public municipalities that they don’t need to keep planting turf and high-water-using species in the common areas (even if they are using the coveted ‘reclaimed’ water). The biggest complaint that I hear from residents is that people will dial down their sprinklers once the city gives them an example to follow.
The state capitol is brown and Getty has drained their pools but Westlake Village has medians that look like Disneyland. Kanan Road in Oak Park has a daily river due to the poor landscape design and communities continue to plant colorful ‘welcome’ annuals and tropicals that have no value aside from looking pretty. Water for aesthetics isn’t helping our community image these days and those that make the decisions need to realize that.”
Photo by Janna Orkney
Here is a gateway to Thousand Oaks,
With a sign and falling water.
It is on a major thoroughfare,
Can you say where?
Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 2100, which prohibits Homeowner Associations from fining residents in California for having brown lawns during droughts. This law encouraging water conservation went into effect this Monday, July 21, according to a story on KFI AM 640, in Los Angeles.
So, we can turn off our taps, and plan the next step of removing our lawns, using rebate funds for that purpose from Metropolitan Water District, with an extra $1/square foot from Calleguas MWD if you live in south and east Ventura County…
Please note that I took the photo of the state capitol in 2012. The capitol lawn in now brown.
Sign at Ventura fruit stand. Photo by Janna Orkney
Econerd weighs in on the CP post that Ventura County is the source of 70% of lemons in U.S.:
“That’s a good reason to check and recheck your citrus trees for the Asian citrus psyllid that vectors the HLB disease. A look at the Florida citrus production numbers since HLB took hold in 2005 shows the seriousness of the disease. In four short years 60,000 acres were lost along with 6,600 jobs, a $1.3 billion loss directly to farmers and a $3.6 billion economic loss in citrus related activities.
On a lighter note, most know that strawberries are our number one crop followed by lemons but can you guess what the #3 crop was last year? You might be surprised!” Link to: Ventura County Farm Bureau.
VC Supervisor Linda Parks office urges folks to run on OP message board.
We are in the candidate filing period for local offices in both Ventura and Los Angeles County. The districts and agencies that have seats up for election that I know about in Ventura County are: Thousand Oaks City Council, Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council, park districts Conejo Recreation and Park District (CRPD), Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District (RSRPD) (which owns and operates parks in Oak Park), school districts Conejo Valley Unified School District CVUSD) serving Thousand Oaks, and Oak Park Unified School District (OPUSD). Also with seats up for election is the Triunfo Sanitation District (TSD), which owns and operates Oak Park Water Service, plus collecting and treating wastewater.
The filing period ends Friday, August 8, unless an incumbent in a city or district does not run, and then the filing period is extended another week.
I am less familiar with opportunities to run for office in Conejo Valley cities and agencies that are in Los Angeles County. The one agency I know about from serving on the TSD board is Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) because our boards meet together in a monthly in a Joint Powers Authority (JPA). At LV, three seats are up for election, just like at Triunfo.
I knew we grew a lot of lemons in Ventura County, but 70% of American lemons are harvested in here? Yes! That is the figure reported in a front page article yesterday (7-21-2014) in the Ventura County Star.
Bob Blakeley of California Citrus Mutual supplied the stat, along with the fact that the county has approximately 17,000 acres of lemon groves.
And, lemons are still expensive in supermarkets, which makes me very happy to have my own dwarf tree in the front yard.
Part of photo appearing in background on Conejopost Twitter home page.
It finally occurred to me that since Twitter suggested that I use conejopost1 as a user name, someone must be using that name without the 1. Of course, it was me! I signed up in 2011, didn’t know what to do with the account and promptly forgot about it. So, I went back to Twitter just now and tried that name along with a password, and voila! It was indeed my user name and I am going back to it.
Now that it finally seems useful to me to have the Conejo Post to have a Twitter presence, I will be consulting with an expert tomorrow. My friend Mary Wiesbrock and I are meeting with Twitter user extrodinaire, Christina Walsh and I hope that she can get us set skipping merrily down the road to Twitterdom! (You can sense my resistance when I start to write in such a flowerly way…)
However, it is my goal to get current. Today Twitter, tomorrow Instagram!
Janna Orkney, Editor, Conejo Post