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More Precious Than Gold: Local Player Wins Olympic Medal, Shows Character

Local Church Pursues County Legally by Annalisa Pesek After taking drastic measures to try to ban indoor religious services for all houses of worship for more than a year, the State of California is now settling lawsuits with the churches that refused to have their First Amendment right to worship restricted during what the State deemed a prolonged public health emergency. Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park, however, will not be settling. “We are moving this case forward with the clear understanding that other cases similar to Godspeak and Calvary Chapel San Jose are settling. However, we think it is extremely important to continue with our litigation [against the County] to

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Elite blocking: Amanda Longan defends a goal in the quarterfinals against Canada at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. “I want people to know that I am truly proud to be here representing the USA. ... I believe in asking what you can do for your country, and not what your country can do for you.” by Kate Kilpatrick The Bible’s book of Proverbs says that “humility comes before honor.” Moorpark’s Amanda Longan, back-up goalie for the gold-medal-winning U.S.

women’s Olympic water polo team, chose a path of humility and found herself elevated to an international platform, helping the team win Olympic gold in Tokyo this summer. “Winning gold was the experience of a lifetime,” says the local 24-year-old, who played water polo for Oaks Christian High

School and USC. “It’s a peak so very few get to reach, and I’m still not sure I have fully fathomed what our team just accomplished. Representing the United States is a tremendous honor. To serve as a representative of everything great that I Continued on pg. 8

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extremely important to continue with our litigation [against the County] to understand the motives behind the shutdowns and expose them.” - Attorney Robert Tyler

Ventura County Sheriff’s Candidate Promises Change by Conejo Guardian Staff Cmdr. Jim Fryhoff is throwing his hat into the ring after ten years of uncontested sheriff ’s races in Ventura County. He will fight for votes against the incumbent, Sheriff Bill Ayub, in the July 2022 election. In an interview with the Guardian, Fryhoff shared his goals for policing. At the forefront is strengthening relationships between the police department and the community. “I believe in strong partnerships with policing and our community,” says Fryhoff, who has been with the police department for nearly 31 years. “We’re not different than the community; we are part of our community. We live here, we have our families here, we want this community to be as safe as you all do, and we need to do it together, not as a separate entity

that’s been sent in to take over a territory.” Fryhoff has served various cities in Ventura County and filled leadership positions from assistant chief and commander chief of Thousand Oaks to the adjutant, working directly for Ventura County sheriffs Brooks and Dean. In 2015, his department selected him to attend the FBI Academy — a ten-week training in Quantico, Virginia — as the first officer to represent the organization since 1974. During his time in the police department, Fryhoff helped develop programs to educate and equip the community, including active shooter training for citizens, an anti-bullying campaign for fifth graders, and threat assessment programs to prevent school shootings. Last year, he held Zoom meetings to educate youth on the role of and reason for policing. “For a lot of our youth, in particuContinued on pg. 20 PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN VONCOLIN


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Going on Offense: Church Pursues County With Legal Action to ‘Expose’ Motives

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Godspeak in the fall of 2020 after McCoy opened the church’s understand the motives behind doors on April 5, 2020, Palm the shutdowns and expose them,” Sunday, despite Governor Gavin Godspeak attorney Robert Tyler Newsom’s attempt to prohibit all told the Conejo Guardian. public gatherings. Pastor Rob McCoy echoed “The lawsuit was a last resort this response during a May 13 to keep the public safe through livestream of his online pro- adherence with State Public gram, Vintage McCoy, in which Health Orders in the height of he said, “We the pandemrequested in ic to prevent hey’re stating the spread of the discovery phase there is no longer an COVID-19,” [of the said a Counemergency, but they cross-comty spokesare mandating vacplaint] 120 person in a cines.” press release. documents; they gave us Nearly zero. They a year lat- Pastor Rob McCoy are brazen, er, on April and they 13, 2021, don’t care. ... These are public the County dismissed its lawsuit officials; there’s nothing secret against Godspeak, following the about these things.” U.S. Supreme Court ruling that The County of Ventura sued Governor Newsom’s health manContinued from pg. 1

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dates were unconstitutional. A County press release explained, “Dismissing the lawsuit is an act of goodwill in acknowledgment of the loosening of indoor restrictions.” But Godspeak attorney Tyler told the Conejo Guardian that “the county of Ventura and the state of California have been obstructionists and refused to provide us with the documentation we have requested through the process [of the cross-complaint]. We have motions to compel the state and county to produce all of the documentation we are seeking.” McCoy, a former mayor of Thousand Oaks who has boldly preached against government overreach since resuming indoor services, filed a cross-complaint in May against both the County and the State, arguing that the health orders violate con-

stitutionally protected liberties. He hopes to illuminate why the county and State acted as they did to help ensure it doesn’t happen again. However, on August 6, Ventura Superior Court Judge Henry Walsh tossed the church’s complaint. “The court granted the demurrers of the State and County with prejudice, effectively dismissing Godspeak’s case against the County,” wrote county spokeswoman Ashley Bautista in an email to the Conejo Guardian. In legal terms, “with prejudice” essentially means the case cannot be brought back before the court but is permanently dismissed. McCoy says the church plans to appeal, “without question.” “They’re stating there is no longer an emergency, but they are mandating vaccines,” McCoy said in response to the judge’s dismissal of the church’s cross-complaint. “This is a battle. Look at the number of people who have lost their jobs, and the battle has just exponentially increased. My role as a pastor is in place. Folks don’t realize that this [vaccine mandates] is an iteration of the next step, and that next step is going to be exponentially worse.” That next step, warned McCoy, is “totalitarianism.” Che Ahn, leader of the Harvest International Ministry network of churches based in Pasadena, won a significant U.S. Supreme Court victory last year which struck down mandates that had closed churches. “Rob is one of my heroes,” Ahn told the Guardian. “I just love him, and I thank God for his courage and boldness. ... I personally have a conviction that every pastor should have opened

up. … They should open up because we’re to be the light in the darkness, and if we’re not showing up, the dark is going to get darker. So I felt it was really crucial that we don’t forsake assembling together.” For its part, “The County is very pleased with the court’s ruling, which the County believes is the right result in this case,” wrote a County spokesperson on behalf of assistant county counsel, Jaclyn Smith. “The court’s ruling was based upon the fact that the cross-complaint filed by Godspeak and its pastor Rob McCoy failed to state a cause of action against either the State or County and that there was no amendment to the cross-complaint which could cure those defects.” However, “The ruling defies facts and law,” attorney Tyler told the Guardian in a written reply. “This case will be appealed, and, as a result, justice will be unnecessarily delayed. The fight is far from over.” The attorney continued, “The ruling is incredibly short-sighted and defies 100 years of precedent. We will appeal. I have no doubt we will be able to continue prosecuting our claims against the County and State after the matter is resolved in our favor on appeal. The State has already sought to reimpose restrictions affecting indoor worship, which hits at the heart of our request for injunctive relief. Furthermore, the U.S. Supreme Court made clear that the County violated the rights of the Godspeak congregation and must be held liable so that governmental officials never trample on civil liberties again under the guise of a pandemic.”

Supervisor Parks’ ‘Fantasy’ Campaign To Force a Land Sale by Annalisa Pesek Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks is once again at the center of questions concerning emails that seem to show her unconstitutional interference in a plan by the City of Thousand Oaks to develop a prominent parcel of privately owned land in Newbury Park. “My fantasy is to restore the wetlands, theirs [Thousand Oaks City Council] is that they can ignore the flowage easement and the need for the land to hold stormwater to prevent flooding,” wrote Parks in an email dated May 27. According to landowner Shawn Moradian, the flood easement to which Parks refers was established in 1978 and “since its inception has never been used.” Moradian told the Conejo Guardian that “the only requirement I have, as far as the county is concerned, is not to impact the flood plain.”

As previously reported by the Conejo Guardian, emails from early May, obtained via a public records request, show Parks using her dual positions as county supervisor and board member of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC) to block the approval of a rezoning plan. This plan would allow

for future construction of new housing and commercial buildings on the 37acre “Borchard Property,” situated at the southwest corner of Borchard Road and Highway 101. The Moradian family has owned the parcel since the 1970s. Now, a second round of emails has surfaced due to another public records

request, this one to the County. They reveal that Parks’ campaign to acquire the land may have started as early as March and involved the participation of Thousand Oaks Mayor Claudia Billde la Peña, who is positioning herself Continued on pg. 21


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Frontline Doctors Pack House at N.P. Events By Staff Writers

America’s Frontline Doctors, a coalition founded by Dr. Simone Gold, drew an overflow crowd to Newbury Park in August. The Saturday event featured powerful presentations in-person and by video from some of the nation’s leading freedom-fighting medical and legal professionals. Gold, who is both a doctor and a lawyer, called the present public health situation a “morass, this quicksand that we’re in,” and said for the first time publicly that it’s time for open resistance. “There’s a noose around our neck, and it’s slowly being tightened,” Gold told the packed audience. “I believe the time has come for peaceful civil disobedience.”

An hour before the event began, a line wrapped well around the Godspeak building in Dos Vientos, and after filling every seat and overflow room, hundreds were turned away to watch on the livestream instead. In the weeks since the conference, the video has received more than 30,000 views on Rumble. The gathering had an electric air to it, with frequent applause, cheers and the occasional intense silence as sobering realities seemed to call forth a united, patriotic resolve. Many participants described the event as “exciting” and the information as “shocking.” The purpose of the threehour gathering was to arm people with medical and legal information about COVID-19, dispelling myths and assumpContinued on pg. 19

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Dr. Mark McDonald (center left), fellow Frontline Doctors, Dr. Simone Gold and Dr. Jeff Barke (both to McDonald’s left), and attorney Nicole Pearson (to McDonald’s right) spoke powerfully to hundreds who turned out to learn strategies for preserving medical freedom in America.

Conejo Valley to Rally, Relay Against Cancer In September, supporters in the fight against cancer will participate in the Relay for Life, the largest fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The Sept. 18 event is scheduled to take place for 12 hours at Conejo Creek North Park. Anyone may participate or sponsor; registration is required at relayforlife.org/ConejoValleyCA.

By Sherry Shoop

On Saturday, September 18, local walkers, runners and cancer survivors will meet at Conejo Creek North to fight cancer with their feet in the annual Relay for Life of Conejo Valley. Traditionally a 24-hour event, the event will run for 12 hours this year, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m. Participants may register on the event website to enjoy a variety of activities, including breakfast provided by the Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Club, with coffee and pastries from Thousand Oaks McDonald’s restaurant. Registered survivors will enjoy a special dinner, gelato from Tifa Chocolate and Gelato, with food for purchase available from the Ventura BBQ food truck. Live entertainment and other family-friendly activities are planned throughout the day. Teams will have on-site raffle items and silent auction baskets to raise funds. Event volunteer coordinator Cristy Warner got involved with the event seven years ago when her son, Jackson, became an event lead. Following the death of his paternal grandfather, Jackson desired to make a difference in the cancer battle and didn’t want another person to lose a grandfather to the disease. The Warners, joined by co-lead and friend John Routh and other dedicated committee members, have spent years bringing volunteers, participants and survivors together to

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support Relay for Life. “We walk and walk because cancer never sleeps,” Cristy said. “This event was started by one person to bring positive change to a ravaging disease.” Dr. Gordon Klatt launched the Relay for Life effort in 1985 when he walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, to raise money for the American Cancer Society (ACS). As a cancer survivor, he envisioned teams participating in a 24-hour event to help battle cancer. Dr. Klatt lost his cancer battle but would have been pleased to see the worldwide fundraiser’s success. In the past, the Conejo Valley has helped raise more than $100,000 with this event. They hope this year’s relay exceeds

fundraising expectations and helps compensate for the past year’s funding deficit. “The Relay for Life is the largest fundraiser for the American Cancer Society,” said Kelsey Davis, development manager for the ACS. “We’ve experienced a decline in contributions and are hoping to raise at least $50,000 with this year’s event. UCLA Health has been a big supporter for us for many years, and we have appreciated their ongoing support.” UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Center’s generous financial donation is getting the event off to a great start. As the event’s partner and presenting sponsor, UCLA Health also provided marketing and communications support, goody bag

items for survivors and a booth with on-site literature and support. PennyMac, City of Hope, and Hotline Construction also provided generous event sponsorship. Varying levels of fundraiser sponsorship remain available for local businesses. Community members can join Relay by leading a team of friends and family, joining an existing team or attending as a solo participant. As this is not a race, participants walk or run at their own pace. Those wishing to support in a different way may create a luminaria — a homemade paper lantern. The luminaria, decorated with the names of loved ones, honor the lives touched by cancer and are especially beautiful when illuminated at sunset.

Cancer survivors traditionally take the Relay’s opening lap to cheers and community support. The final relay lap of silence closes the event as survivors, participants and supporters join in recognizing the lives lost to cancer and honoring those who continue to battle the disease. The Conejo Valley is known for rising to so many challenges. As cancer continues to impact many lives and families locally, the Relay for Life fundraiser is a great chance for the Conejo community to join together and celebrate life. To register for or sponsor Relay for Life, go to relayforlife. org/ConejoValleyCA or contact Jackson Warner at relay4lifecv@ gmail.com.


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Letters to the Editor Book-Burning at CVUSD? I recently obtained a copy of the meeting minutes from the CVUSD Board of Education special meeting held on May 27, 2021. I was interested to read about the goals for CVUSD; in particular, Goal 2, outlined on pages 2-3 of the minutes. I would like clarification for the objectives outlined in Goal 2. For example: 1. In Goal 2, CVUSD says it wants to “Focus on increasing educational equity for all CVUSD students within the standard grading process and curriculum.” My questions are: What does “increasing educational equity…within the standard grading process” mean? How specifically does CVUSD intend to “increase educational equity”? Who designed and approved this process for “increasing educational equity”? 2. As a subset of the above goal, CVUSD says it wants to “Create a uniform secondary grading policy.” My questions are: What is a “uniform secondary grading policy”? Who devised it, what is its purpose, and how will it be implemented? 3. CVUSD says it wants to “Address [the] lack of diversity in materials/books by adopting books from more diverse authors.” My questions are: What is this lack of diversity that CVUSD says exists in materials/books? How does one define “more diverse authors”? Who decides which “diverse authors” are chosen? 4. Finally, it appears the BoE also discussed “the process to remove problematic books on the core curriculum list.” My questions are: What exactly are these “problematic books”? Why are they “problematic”? Who decided they are “problematic”? If these books are “problematic,” then why have they been on the CVUSD core curriculum list in the recent past? If these “problematic books” were part of the CVUSD core curriculum in the past, then they are likely in my home (as my children kept many of their high school texts). As one can imagine, I don’t want to have “problematic books” in my home, and I am sure other parents don’t want them either. If I should find any of these “problematic books” in my house, what does CVUSD suggest I do? Should I return the books to the CVUSD for dis-

posal? Should I shred and burn the books here at home? Should I call the police and self-report having these books in my home? Should I report CVUSD to the police for providing these “problematic books” to my children? Moreover, what should I do if I see one of my neighbors or their children with one of these “problematic books” — should I report them to the authorities? What if I see any of these “problematic books” at my local bookstore — should I call the police? Having “problematic books” in our community is obviously very concerning. We clearly need a coordinated effort to eradicate “problematic books” from our midst. But working together, I am sure we can quickly root out these troublesome texts. Who knows, maybe we can organize the biggest bonfire the Conejo Valley has ever seen and rid ourselves permanently of all the worrisome words and ideas contained in these “problematic books.” Tim Dunne Thousand Oaks

Pronoun Madness Many students attending CVUSD schools came home after the first day at Newbury Park HS, Westlake HS and Thousand Oaks HS reporting that some teachers made the students introduce themselves with their “preferred pronouns” in front of the whole class. It seems the leftist CVUSD school board and superintendent have encouraged teachers to pry into students’ personal lives. What will they do with this information? Why put students on the spot who choose to go by pronouns such as they, them, and their (used as singular) and other “new” pronouns such as ze, xe, co, sie, ey, etc.? Could it be these teachers want to determine which students report certain pronouns so they can personally (or with the help of school administrators) facilitate gender reassignment surgery, puberty blockers, hiding the “secret” from parents? Teachers have no business asking students about their gender ideology. They are not trained as mental health workers. They have no license to do this kind of work. Their job is to teach the subject for which they are licensed. How many students feel embarrassed, exposed and harassed by this activity? Students should not be asked to

reveal personal beliefs and choices to the rest of the class. It seems these teachers are planting seeds of self-doubt and are not-so-subtly manipulating young, impressionable minds to accept the teacher’s own personal values and belief system. It needs to stop. Beth Stein Thousand Oaks

Bizarre Bills Boost CRT, School ‘Police’ Three new California bills which Governor Newsom signed affect every child starting K-12th grade in charter and public schools and ages 0-K for all state child programs. SB 98, AB 77 and AB 101 are of great concern. According to the Legislative Counsel’s Digest, here are examples of what will soon

happen: Effective July 1, 2021 - All the responsibilities and powers of the Department of Education are given to the Department of Social Services “At the pleasure of the Governor,” the governor will appoint the Deputy Director of Child Development If a state of emergency is declared by the governor (which includes fire, flood, earthquake, or a period of civil unrest), the superintendent may waive any requirements or regulations listed in the code The governing board of a school may establish a security department under a chief of security, under the direction of the superintendent of the school district The governing board of a school may establish a police department under a school chief of police, under the direction of the superintendent of the school district. It is their intent to ensure

safety, including pupil support services, such as mental health $350 million is being given to CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security). Pupil support will be provided for learning barriers, provision of health, counseling and mental health services There are plenty of reasons to remove your children from the state’s care — and these represent just a few. What are school “police departments”? Why is the Department of Education handing over its authority to the Department of Social Services? Will these “Covid counselors” determine if your child is mentally ill, perhaps from having Christian values and morals? Beware when Social Services takes control of your child’s “mental health” to “ensure safety.” Just as bad, AB 101 rebrands Critical Race Theory as “ethnic studies.” All high school students Continued on pg. 6


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Criminal Laws 2933.1, the violent defendant must serve 85 percent of his actual sentence. Thus, if a defendant were sentenced to ten years in To understand how utterly prison for committing a violent foolhardy and dangerous Assem- felony, he would not be released bly Bill 292 (AB 292) is, we need from prison until he had served to understand that it concerns approximately 8.5 years of his violent crimes and the apparent sentence. The end result is obneed for California legislators vious: an extra 1.5 years where to release violent criminals back a victim can sleep more safely into society as soon as possible. knowing that the person who The major advantage of clas- harmed him or her will not be sifying a crime as “violent” rests able to do so again. in the penalties for these most All of this will end if the Calserious criminal actions. Many ifornia Senate passes AB 292. violent crimes are considered life Authored and introduced by Disoffenses, where the defendant trict 29 Assemblymember Mark receives either the death penal- Stone, this bill will eliminate the ty, life without the possibility of 85 percent sentencing requireparole, or life in prison with the ment for all violent felonies, repossibility of parole, but only placing it with the 50 percent once the defendant has served a requirement currently reserved specified number of years in pris- for all non-violent felonies. Thus, on, depending on the crime he murderers, rapists and child moor she has committed. For those lesters will not only be lumped offenses where the violent perpe- into the same category as non-vitrator is not facing a life sentence, olent felons but will be released he does face a significantly high- from prison significantly earlier. er prison sentence than for most If you go to Assemblymemother felonies. Additionally, he ber Mark Stone’s website, you must serve will read most of the how proud actual senalifornia legisla- he is of this tence before legislation, tors are doing serihe can be bragging ous, irreparable harm about his paroled. When against citizens in the earned repa defendant utation as name of criminal jusis sentenced a leader for tice reform. AB 292 is California’s to prison for most most vulsuch a ghastly piece crimes, he of legislation that no nerable resor she only idents. This person of conscience must mean really serves would even consider that Stone half of the original senconsiders vivoting for it.” tence. For olent crimexample, if a inals some defendant were sentenced to ten of the state’s most vulnerable citiyears for a non-violent felony, he zens and worthy of his attention. would only have to serve five acHow did it all come to this? tual years before being released Why would any politician brag from prison. about helping murderers, rapists However, for the violent and child molesters? criminal, that is not the case. Enter Proposition 57, the Pursuant to Penal Code section 2016 legislation mislabeled by

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California Again Reduces Penalties for Violent Crimes

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California legislators and approved by voters under the misguided belief that this new law was actually making the public safer. In July, I published an article titled “California Leaders Mislead Public, Reduce Penalties for Crimes with Deceptively Named Propositions.” In that article, I discussed how California legislators deceived the public by misnaming this proposition to get it passed by voters. They created a false narrative about how Californians felt about criminal justice reform. Assemblymember Stone is now citing the authority granted to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation by Proposition 57, as well as his false belief that Californians want these violent offenders released back into the public early, as his reasons for authoring AB 292. It’s working. AB 292 has already sailed through the Assembly. Now it is just waiting for a final vote by the California Senate. Inhuman crimes

If California citizens had any their lives. These illicit crimes are idea what crime a person need- defined by Penal Code sections ed to commit to be regarded as 261, 262, 264, 264.1, 286, 287, a violent criminal, they would 288 and 289. take stronger notice of these There are several additional drastic changes to state law. The offenses where even though a vicmost horrifying aspect of AB 292 tim did not die or suffer a horrenis that California legislators do dous sexual assault, the conduct know what constitutes a violent is so awful that it frightens and crime, and yet they are falling offends any person who chooses over themselves to get these most to live his life peacefully. These terrible of criminal offenders acts include any felony where back on the street to further vic- the subject inflicts significant or timize people everywhere. substantial physical injury on anPenal Code section 667.5(c) other, or the subject personally defines what sort of criminal ac- uses a firearm during the comtivity qualifies as a violent felony. mission of their crime, as defined The list reads like a horror novel. by Penal Code section 12022.5, First and foremost are murder subdivision (a), 12022.53, and and voluntary manslaughter. 12022.55. Any person who uses People convicted of these crimes or directly employs a weapon of have unlawfully taken the life of mass destruction against anothanother huer person or man being. public natuAttempted ral resourcf California murderes, in violaers are also citizens had any idea tion of Penal considered Code secwhat crime a person violent, even tions 12308, needed to commit though they 1 2 3 0 9 , failed in 12310, and to be regarded as a their efforts violent criminal, they 11418, subto kill. There divisions (b) would take stronger and (c), will is no mitiganotice of these tion for the also make wicked just the list. An drastic changes to because they arsonist who state law.” were unsuccauses great cessful. bodily inNext is mayhem, which is jury or sets fire to any inhabited defined as when one human be- structure, as defined by Penal ing unlawfully and maliciously Code section 451, subdivisions deprives another human being (a) and (b), will not escape being of a body part, or disables, disfig- defined as a violent criminal unures or renders a body part use- der the law. less. Have I gotten your attention Finally, although some of the yet? The list only gets worse. criminal acts may not necessariAlso included is a series of ly result in great bodily injury or violent sexual assault-related of- death, they are listed as violent fenses against both adults and felonies because only a violent act children that serve to not only committed by the assailant will harm their victims but likely guarantee their success. These indamage them physically and Continued on pg. 22 emotionally for the remainder of

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are now required, and cannot opt out of, these classes in order to graduate. They will be taught CRT doctrine, that you are either a victim or an oppressor. Schools and the State are targeting our children — and we must protect them. God has given you His authority and power over evil. We have within us His greatness, strength, wisdom,

bravery, courage, protection, care and love to reverse any of these school bills by joining together and working under His umbrella and guidance. As William Wilberforce said, “You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again you did not know.” Debbie Brown Newbury Park

Support for Kevin Kiley for Governor of California We need thoughtful, creative leadership, not the incredible overreach and conflicts of interest we have had [in our State government]. I support Kevin Kiley for our new governor. Kevin is a member of the California State Assembly, District 6, assuming office in 2016 and was re-elected twice, with his current term ending in December 2022. Assemblyman Kiley is the only 100-percent cit-

izen-backed California elected official, refusing all funding from special interests. Kevin began as a high school teacher in inner-city Los Angeles. Later, as an attorney, Kevin defended the U.S. Constitution in California courts and helped prosecute the civil case against China’s Huawei Technologies for intellectual property theft. He left private practice to become a prosecutor and Deputy Attorney General, representing the people of California in cases against violent felons. Kevin has authored groundbreaking new laws on freedom of speech, artificial

intelligence, privacy, criminal justice reform and protections for sexual assault victims, along with the introduction of school choice legislation. Each year in the legislature, Kevin has declined the per diem allowance, giving up $40,000 in income annually. He also declined a pay raise granted to the governor and legislature in 2021, and he has introduced legislation to end special perks available exclusively to state lawmakers. Susan Stewart Westlake Village


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Even Liberals Must Adhere to the Narrative

On the Frontlines By Katherine Strange Leftist orthodoxy dictates that you carefully follow their scripted narrative. If you don’t, they threaten to shun you from society and take away your job, if not your career. But what happens when a leftist breaks from the narrative? Liberal public defender Maud Maron in the Southern District of New York recently found out. My journalist inspiration, Bari Weiss, wrote an article titled “A Witch Hunt at the Legal Society,” which reveals what happened. First, understand that Maron is a typical left-wing Democrat. She attended Barnard College, acted as an escort for Planned Parenthood and graduated from Cardozo Law School. She worked for John Kerry’s campaign in 2004 and contributed (“many times”) to Bernie Sanders’ campaign in 2016. Maron joined the Legal Aid Society, New York’s main public defender organization, in 1998. She took a lengthy hiatus in 2006 to raise her four children — who all attend New York City public schools — and decided to return to Legal Aid in 2017. But when she was elected to her local Community Education Council in 2017 and 2019, Maron learned exactly what passes for “education” these days. She started to speak out in mid-2020 about the racist garbage that is being dished out in public education. In a July 2020 op-ed in the New York Post titled “Racial obsessions make it impossible for NYC schools to treat parents, kids as people,” she wrote: “I am a mom, a public defender, an elected public-school council member and a City Council candidate. But at a city Department of Education anti-bias training, I was instructed to refer to myself as a ‘white woman’ — as if my whole life reduces to my race. Those who oppose this ideology are shunned and humiliated, even as it does nothing to actually improve our broken schools. Though facing severe budget cuts, the DOE has spent more than $6 million for the training, which defines qualities such as ‘worship of the written word,’ ‘individualism’ and ‘objectivity’ as ‘white-supremacy culture.’ The administration, and many local politicians, buy into a benign-sounding but chilling doctrine called anti-racism, which insists on defining everyone by race, invites discrimination and divides all thought and behavior along a racial axis.” That’s when Maron’s well-crafted, liberal-Manhattanite world blew up. According

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to Wiess, “Three days after she published the piece, the Black Attorneys of Legal Aid Caucus put out a lengthy statement saying that ‘Maud Maron has no business having a career in public defense, and we’re ashamed that she works for the Legal Aid society.’ It declared: ‘Maud is racist, and openly so,’ and offered no evidence to back up the charge. It said that this veteran public defender was a ‘prominent opponent of equality’ and a ‘classic example of what 21st-century racism looks like.’” A few of Maron’s colleagues sent tweets calling her things like a “pathetic racist” with a “segregation platform.” And four ron is experiencing. Why was Maron unable to colleagues published an attack piece on August 14, 2020, in forecast her own future when Gotham Gazette titled “When she departed from the leftist School Segregationist Dog narrative? I guess the awakening took place when it landed on her Whistle Becomes a Bullhorn.” Weiss attempted to interview doorstep. Let’s praise what we can. It several of Maron’s colleagues for is encouraging to see people like her piece. Only one, the recently retired James Chubinsky, was Maron stand up to the leftist edwilling to speak for ascription. ucation doctrine embodied in Chubinsky was Maron’s supervi- Critical Race Theory. This evil sor during her most recent stint ideology is infiltrating every facat Legal Aid. He called her work et of American society and must performance “beyond terrific.” be eradicated. It’s evident that Another colleague had compli- Maron believes CRT is destrucmentary things to say but would tive enough that she’s willing to not allow his or her name to be risk her career — and probably used. Chubinsky felt at liberty to her friendships and much more comment on the current situa- — to fight it. Her story is a perfect depiction at Legal Aid: “It was becoming intolera- tion of just how viciously those ble,” Chubinsky said of the in- in the thrall of current, moronic tolerance that had taken root at groupthink punish even one of Legal Aid. “We talked about all their own — when that one wanof this behind closed doors. Be- ders from the narrative. cause you can’t talk about this Questions That Need to Be with the doors open. It’s a really Asked About the COVID Vacoppressive environment for anyone that isn’t radical, including, cines Medical narratives abound by the way, those attorneys of color who don’t share these lu- in our day as well. Articles I wrote for the natic views like abolishing the police or saying that it’s neces- Guardian in June — “COVID sarily racist to arrest people for Mania Eclipses Rational Problem-Solving,” and “What Could misdemeanor crimes.” So, where do things stand Possibly Go Wrong with Immufor Maron now? She filed a law- nity Passports” — foreshadowed suit in Manhattan Federal Court exactly what is taking place toon July 12. Maron is accusing day. I cited an article published the Legal Aid Society of racial in December 2020 in Reviews in Cardiovasdiscriminacular Medition against cine, where her and of he [Ventura fifty-seven constructive County] Board of physicians termination. Supervisors issued called for While a statement in midimmediate we await the deployment outcome, it’s August saying they of early worth askwould not mandate medical ining: Didn’t vaccines or vaccine terventions Maron repassports.” that have alize this successfully would happen? I mean, she supported Ber- reduced hospitalizations and fanie Sanders in the 2016 election. talities. These included supposSanders was a cheerleader for edly “debunked” prophylactics the Soviet Union and remains a such as zinc, vitamin D, vitamin supporter of the Castro regime C, hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), to this day. He advocates for the ivermectin and azithromycin. Why were these widely used very suppression of dissent Ma-

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medicines and supplements ignored? Because they didn’t fit the narrative of how to “slow the spread,” which says, “The miracle vaccines are on their way!” Take HCQ, for instance. It has been FDA-approved for 65 years, and in countries and continents such as India, Africa and South America, the drug has been used safely for decades and is available over the counter. Dr. Simone Gold, a board-certified emergency physician (and founder and leader of America’s Frontline Doctors), attests to the fact that HCQ is one of the safest drugs on the planet, bar none. My family and I have used HCQ as a prophylactic to combat malaria during numerous adventures to African countries for a period of 15 years. No malaria. No side effects. It’s a very cheap and effective prophylactic. But the narrative intends to force people to take vaccines. How’s that going? The Mayo Clinic website reports that as of August 8, 2021, 56.3% of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 48.9% are now fully vaccinated. These numbers seem quite low given that the vaccines have been available to the vast majority of the population for months. Why is the vaccination rate not higher? Maybe it’s because people have heard that the overall survival rate of COVID-19 stands at 99.5%. And how about those facts? VAERS data released August 6, 2021, by the CDC showed a total of 545,338 reports of adverse events from all age groups following COVID vaccines, including 12,366 deaths and 70,105 serious injuries between December 14, 2020, and July 30, 2021. Eudraviligance (the E.U. equivalent of VAERS) reported 18,928 deaths and 1,823,219 adverse reactions as of July 17, 2021, following COVID vaccines. The Defender (Children’s Health Defense News & Views) reported that VAERS data from mid-December through July for

all age groups combined shows: — 21% of deaths were related to cardiac disorders — 54% of those who died were male — 43% were female (the remaining death reports did not include the gender of the deceased) — 2,636 pregnant women reported adverse events related to COVID vaccines, including 912 reports of miscarriage or premature birth — of the 2,533 cases of Bell’s palsy reported, 50% were attributed to Pfizer vaccinations, 43% to Moderna and 6% to J&J — 121,452 reports of anaphylaxis (a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction), with 44% of the cases attributed to Pfizer’s vaccine, 48% to Moderna and 8% to J&J — 8,048 reports of blood clotting disorders, and of those, 3,428 were attributed to Pfizer, 2,910 to Moderna and 1,665 to J&J — 2,018 cases of myocarditis and pericarditis with 1,275 cases attributed to Pfizer, 667 cases to Moderna and 71 cases to J&J Maybe people are starting to get the real picture of these vaccines. Keep in mind that I am not an advocate of anything other than revealing the facts and truth. If people have done their risk/benefit analysis and choose to receive or refuse the vaccine, that is what is referred to as freedom and liberty in this country. It is their God-given right. But consider that social media shuts down anyone who questions the efficacy of these vaccines. What happened to the American values of free speech and honest, open dialogue about a gene therapy whose short- or long-term effects very few understand? Not one person on this planet knows what those effects will be. Continued on pg. 9


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Local Athlete Wins Water Polo Gold

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Happy crew: The USA women’s national water polo team in Tokyo, where they took gold. The team Bible study “one hundred percent has helped impact my happiness, my looseness, my connection with others, and it helped me to perform better as a whole,” says goal-keeper Amanda Longan, a Moorpark native. Continued from pg. 1

think our country stands for is so very special. And to come from the small town of Moorpark that has supported my journey from the beginning and just been such a joyous place to live is heartwarming.” While Longan’s goal is to become the starting goalie, in her team’s first four games in Tokyo, she sat without playing, and for

two of those games, she didn’t even suit up. Longan plays second to Ashleigh Johnson, who was a two-time Olympian and repeat world champion going into the 2021 Games. Longan’s uncommon selflessness while on the bench and in the stands came from discovering her identity in Christ, she says. She experienced a spiritual renewal in 2020 when her team should have been playing in the

Tokyo Olympics. That’s when she reconnected to her faith in God. She also brought her newfound joy to teammates, inviting them to start a weekly Bible study with her in September 2020. “I texted a few other girls,” she says, “and I was like, call me crazy, but would you be into this?” Five water polo players — more than a quarter of the girls vying for a spot on the Olympic roster — began meeting.

The group read books together, watched Bible-related series, and bonded because of the deeper conversations that arise from sharing a common faith. “It’s helped me stay grounded so much,” Longan says of the Bible study. “I can tell it one hundred percent has helped impact my happiness, my looseness, my connection with others, and it helped me to perform better as a whole. It’s totally related, and I know it is.” Peace also replaced an unhealthy competitiveness. “I was getting so caught up in comparing how I was doing to how other people were doing, and I just wanted to play more free,” she says. “I needed to know that I am more than just a water polo player, and I think being grounded in my faith and knowing that God loves me no matter how I perform really helped me make strides this year.” Strides in her character and then strides in the pool. Longan’s golden opportunity came in the women’s quarterfinal game against Canada. She started the fourth quarter and defended the goal from three of the five shots taken against her, helping to secure the 16-5 U.S. victory. Her team advanced to the

gold medal Olympic round against Spain, in which Longan spent the majority of the time cheering on her teammates from the sideline while they put up a considerable lead against their opponent. Then, with under three minutes left in the fourth quarter, Longan was subbed in and played the rest of the game, blocking one of two shots on goal and helping her team clinch the 15-4 victory. Humility turned to honor as she earned her first Olympic medal. Longan says she couldn’t be more proud to represent America in the Games and has her sights set on becoming the starting keeper for the U.S. in the 2024 Olympics. “I bleed red, white and blue, and I always will,” she says. “I want people to know that I am truly proud to be here representing the USA. … I believe in asking what you can do for your country, and not what your country can do for you, but how can we as a country, the citizens, the people that make it work daily, how can we better ourselves? I truly believe that we can and will continue to do that. … I hope that I can be a reflection of those things here. … I will wear this flag till the day I die.”

Friday Night Lights Are Back By Frank Enderle First, it’s nice to have the boys playing football again, and in pads, meaning they are protected. I watched the Dallas Cowboys play 7 v. 7 against the L.A. Rams, and they were in shoulder pads and helmets, playing touch football — and nobody got hurt! I wish CIF would let our high school athletes play protected. Every time I go to a 7 v. 7 game in California, the boys are not wearing gear ... and I always see senseless injuries. That needs to change. … CIF says they don’t sanction 7 v. 7 but

forbids the use of protective gear? With all this talk of protecting our athletes from concussions, not allowing them to wear a football helmet or shoulder pad for 7 v. 7 seems to contradict safety. The pros would never play without being protected, but our children are banned by CIF from wearing protective gear. It’s a sad day for the athletes at St. Bonaventure High, as they are the first county football team to fall victim to the COVID crisis in the 2021 fall season. They were forced to cancel their season opener … Simi Valley was next, and the day before the game, Newbury Park got shut down … They’re harm-

Crossing the threshold: Westlake would not be denied a touchdown on this carry, which produced the Warriors’ only score of the game. Thousand Oaks broke the 7-7 tie with a field goal from the 10-yard line. It was the first time T.O. beat the Warriors in more than 13 years. Final score: 10-7.

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On the run: Simi Valley moved up and down the field at will vs. Burbank, capturing the win easily, 63-19, in their first game of the year.

ing the kids all over again! My younger son got COVID a few months ago. He is a healthy athlete and had it for two days, gave it to my wife, and she had a mild case for two weeks ... I did not catch it. My elder son had COVID back in Feb. 2020. After my wife tested positive, I called the doctor to ask what the treatment was … He said, “There is no treatment.” The way I understand it, if they had a treatment, an emergency-use vaccine would not be allowed. So I asked him to give my wife the same steroid he gave my son back in Feb. 2020. That worked for him, but

the doctor said they are not allowed to anymore. He repeated that there is no treatment for COVID. But the treatment back in 2020, a prescribed steroid, helped him get better ... A few weeks later, all survived. No problems. Let the fear-driven madness end. Here’s how coaches pick teams to play … Look at the state ranking. It’s not exact but gives you a good idea. If a team is playing another team from out of the area, and the ranking is over 100 points askew, then the coach Continued on pg. 23


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Love Your Pets By Dr. Ron Resnick

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Also, these vaccines have been neither tested nor approved by the FDA. Why would we mandate vaccines for children when they account for less than 0.1% of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.? There is simply not enough known to conclude that the benefits outweigh the potential risks to children, nor to healthy adults under the age of 70. It is at best incredibly shortsighted and at worst downright unethical. But, given the highly politicized nature of these vaccines, one would be hard-pressed to believe that all three vaccines will not receive approval from the FDA. Pathologist Dr. Ryan Cole delivered a concerning message about the COVID vaccine and long-term impacts in The Last Refuge, August 7, 2021. In the article, Cole talks about how “The healthcare industry has joined the education system, the justice system (DOJ), law enforcement (FBI), the intelligence system, arts and entertainment, as well as many organizations now controlled through the prism of politics.” Cole says that “the FDA final approval of the vaccines is a moot point. ... There is no way the U.S. FDA cannot approve the vaccines that have been sold, forced and pushed upon the entire global population. Can you even begin to imagine the ramifications of the FDA saying the vaccine was (a) unsafe; or (b) ineffective? Think about it. FDA approval is a foregone conclusion, regardless of safety or efficacy.” Cole points out “that data shows the vaccine provides no benefit ... [T]he equal hospitalization rate of vaxxed and non-vaxxed patients … shows an equal percentage of vaccinated/hospitalized people to the vaccinated population in general. [ex. If 75% of the regional population is vaccinated, then 75% of the hospitalized COVID patients are vaccinated.] This statistic clearly demonstrates the vaccine doesn’t stop serious illness,” according to Cole. If there is any good news around this subject, it may be that in Ventura County, the Board of Supervisors issued a statement in mid-August saying they would not mandate vaccines or vaccine passports. We shall see if the supervisors hold to this — or if The Narrative swallows them up, too, as it rushes toward the ultimate goal of complete thought control.

A lot of people are going through pain today, but how do you tell if your pet is in pain? Unfortunately, unlike humans, they are unable to speak to us in words, but subtle clues can indicate your pet is uncomfortable. Changes in behavior should be your indicator to look further at your pet’s mood and actions. Dogs may whine, groan, yelp, whimper or otherwise vocalize. You may also observe changes in their eating and sleeping habits. Some become restless or reluctant to move. If a pet is in a lot of pain, it may even become self-protective and not want to be handled. It may go off and hide. Cats can also show changes in behavior, such as decreased appetite or lethargy. Some cats will no longer want to jump up or down from furniture, and their desire to chase a toy or light may go away. A relatively new technique to observe pain in cats uses what is called a “Feline Grimace Scale.” This method teaches us to look at changes in a cat’s facial expressions – how it opens or closes its eyes, how its whiskers appear and how it holds its ears. (See accompanying chart for more about this.) A pet in pain can have other bodily effects from the pain. There is an increased release of cortisol that can break down tissue faster and cause a suppressed immune system and even decreased hearing. The animal’s heart may race and cause high blood pressure. There may even be increased aggression. If you see your pet having trouble getting up or down, lagging behind on a walk, wanting less to eat, not wanting to play, or showing signs of aggression, you should contact your veterinarian. Do not try to medicate a pet on your own since many medications can be very harmful to pets. Your veterinarian will take a history of how your pet is doing at home, and give it a physical exam. Blood tests may be needed to check organ function. Radiographs are usually taken to look for signs of arthritis. Some pets will need some sedation since they may move around too much for clear x-ray evaluation. Radiographic evidence of degenerative joint disease has been found in approximately 90 percent of cats over 12 years of age, but only four percent of their owners noticed any signs

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of mobility problems. There are many options to treat pain and arthritis in pets. This includes supplements, medications, physical therapy and even chiropractic and acupuncture treatment. If your veterinarian prescribes non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, your pet should have regular blood and possibly urine tests to make sure these medications can be handled by the body. We never want to try and fix one problem to cause another. In these trying times, take care of your health, and also be aware of the pain your pets may be in for their own reasons — then take active steps to help. Dr. Ron Resnick has been in practice for more than 32 years and previously operated two veterinary hospitals. He taught at Harvard University and graduated from Tufts University, considered the best veterinary school in the world. He operates an animal hospital in Simi Valley.

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Roadschooling During the Lockdown Year

Seeing the best of America: Our family drove to 46 states, over 22,000 miles, during the lockdown, to see America, enjoy our freedom and visit countless wonderful places — including Niagara Falls and New York City. By Kate Kilpatrick In the summer of 2020, when many families were staying home waiting for the next round of guidelines to be handed down by public health czars, my family decided to take the opposite route: Starting in July 2020, we embarked on a series of road trips, driving to 46 states, as far away as Maine, Key West, Florida, Washington state and everywhere in between. My sister and I gave up Zoom classes and masked classmates for a year on the road — and learned more than we ever would have in a standard classroom. Not only that but because we believe so-called “public health guidelines” are unconstitutional, we never wore masks and paid no attention to other “mandates.” Some hotels refused us service, and on occasion, convenience store ladies hollered at us to leave their stores, though those instances were few compared to the ones who welcomed us. While much of the world was cowering in fear, we lived in a spirit of joy and freedom, meeting patriots from coast to coast, “roadschooling” in the back of our rental cars and hotel rooms, praying with perfect strangers along the way, marveling at the beauty of our country and making our 2020-21 school year the best yet. Vicksburg Battleground My sister Jane and I diligently worked on schoolwork in the back of the car, but we quickly learned that our very trips were an education. We did not shy away from taking in the scenery or observing the culture of the solid South, Amish country and New England towns. These are places kids read about in textbooks, and we were looking at them with our own eyes. My family spent one morning at the Vicksburg Civil War

battleground on the Mississippi/ Alabama border. The site invites cars to tour the grounds, so we drove beside slopes that soldiers fought to control, and we jumped out to look at memorials honoring the very infantries that held or charged up the hills during battle. A row of cannons lined one grassy ridge, and from the top of the highest ridge, we looked down into the creviced valley where General Grant’s Union army lay siege to the Confederates. The victorious Union won control of the Mississippi River, gaining a valuable resource and dividing the Southern states. As we took in the magnificent scene, a nice breeze swayed the green grass of the battlefield hills. Atlanta’s World War II Paratrooper My 96-year-old great-uncle Russell lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and welcomed our company for the afternoon. He served us sweet tea and toffee, and at length, he began telling us stories from his military service during World War II. Much to my surprise, in the summer of 1945, Uncle Russell parachuted into Tokyo as part of the American occupation force after the U.S. dropped the nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but before Japan surrendered. Being an avid student of American history, I was fascinated to meet someone who had lived it. Saint Simons Island We arrived at Saint Simons Island, Georgia, at dusk, and the next morning we woke up to an enchanting island. Orange butterflies danced around flowers in front of the hotel and landed on the blossoms in our hands. We explored the John Wesley memorial park, where ferns and hedges lined a pebbled pathway. Tall trees draping Spanish moss (or “old man’s beard”) peered over the scene, and we almost got lost weaving through the flowering, green pathways of the park. Nearby, at a white clapboard church, pumpkins lined steps leading to

wreathed doors. In a peripheral garden, trumpet-shaped flowers drooped their golden petals. Just down the road is Fort Frederica, a national monument dating to British colonial times. The fort, which was still standing, looked onto the water where my mom and I saw a boat drift by. A cannon stood next to the fort, and the top looked designed to hold watchmen. Acres of trees dressed the landscape, covered in Spanish moss and vines, which hung down so Jane and I could sit on them and swing. Awestruck and delighted, we left the island and pointed the car towards Florida. Key West’s Natural Beauty On November 2, we arrived at Key West, Florida, the southernmost tip of the continental U.S., which is only 80 miles from Cuba. We drove over bridges connecting the small islands (known as “keys”) as a colorful sunset reflected on the ocean. After I took my economics midterm for Moorpark College in the morning, we headed for the beach, giddy to swim in such warm,

dazzling-blue water. One side of the beach was the Gulf of Mexico, and the other, the Atlantic Ocean. There, we relaxed for hours, floating along with the gentle waves and sitting on large rocks by the water. In the afternoon, while my dad worked, my mom, Jane and I walked around and spotted wild Gila monsters — one green and one orange. We met with a local pastor my dad was interviewing for work, and he taught us that when a house in the Keys has a conch (pronounced “conk”) shell on a stick in the front yard, that means a baby was born. In our hotel, during a night of strong winds, we watched the November 3 election results. We then drove home by the southernmost route, having visited ten states in three weeks and putting 7,153 miles on our rented car. Thanks, Dad and Mom. Amish Country On a following trip, we drove to Maine and stopped in Shipshewana, Indiana — Amish country. We loved spotting horses

and buggies clip-clopping on the roads and observing an alternate way of life. Amish farms in any state make landscapes beautiful and peaceful, with their animals, well-tended land, sparkling clean silos and clotheslines swaying with the wind. As we drove out of a parking lot, we saw an Amish man carrying his groceries to his buggy. We introduced ourselves, and he willingly answered our questions about his faith and the Amish way of life. We learned that the Amish read local newspapers and even support local sports teams. Our new friend explained that technology brings with it evil and can mar the innocence of his children — something he values more than the use of phones or televisions. Amish people also hold church in each other’s homes and rotate the duty each Sunday. St. Louis Arch The day we passed through St. Louis, the top of St. Louis Arch was obscured by fog until we got Continued on pg. 13

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Fields of our fathers: Some of our most impacting visits were to Civil War battlegrounds such as Gettysburg in southern Pennsylvania, Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Charleston, S. Carolina, where shots were first fired in 1861. Seeing the locations of battle brought history vividly to life.


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closer. The arch was impressive, but what intrigued me was the Mississippi River running next to it, and beyond that, Illinois. There was the grand Mississippi, a lifeline of industry, the country of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Rivers like this across America allowed for massive industrial growth and played key geographical roles in the war. Michigan Sunset While making our way through Michigan, we hoped to see the coast of the Great Lakes, but the afternoon was failing, and our time was running out. Then, right at sunset, we stumbled upon a view far better than we could have asked for — the fiery-orange sun over the commanding waves of Lake Michigan. Deep blue waves crashed decisively on the shore. People were stopping to take in the scene. Within minutes, the sun had left an orange glow across the horizon. We walked onto a rock strait where the spray of waves threatened to soak us. We weren’t expecting such a surprise, but we thanked God for the adventure. Niagara’s Grandeur After driving up coastal Ohio and skipping across the northwest tip of Pennsylvania, we arrived at Niagara Falls. Spray from the falls formed a rainbow, and across the divide lay Canada. A brilliant-red cardinal sang in the tree above us. Lake Winnipesaukee

We bought lunch fixings in Concord, New Hampshire, and winding through trees, we brought them to Lake Winnipesaukee for a picnic. I waded back and forth across an icy cold creek that deposited into the slowly melting, still frozen lake. The lake was vast, and an island stood quietly in the middle. We ate our lunch in the pleasantly restful park. Coast of Maine We crossed into Maine in the afternoon hours and beelined it for the coast, wanting to see the Atlantic Ocean before the sun went down. Driving through rolling, wooded hills, we stopped in Kennebunkport, then continued with excited anticipation. At last, we walked a small sandy path between houses and set foot on the coast of Maine, the goal and climax of that trip. The sun was beginning to slip behind the houses hemming in the beach, and my dad and I quickly ran down the beach to gain a longer sunset. The waves were docile, and we touched the water in triumph. As the sun set, we played and relished the victory. New York City at 3 a.m. We visited a number of cities — Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and more — but our experience of New York City was unique. We toured Manhattan in the middle of the night, from midnight to 7:30 a.m., to have the city to ourselves and to avoid COVID-crazy rules and people. Radio City

Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Empire State Building, General Grant’s grave, Columbia University, Wall Street, Trump Tower, the Twin Towers memorial, Times Square — we did it all, and in record time. The streets were empty enough that we could hop out of the car and run anywhere without the usual stress of parking in the right spot or disturbing the flow of traffic. Around 4 a.m., we found a small pizza shop with its lights on and a man silently working; there, we bought New York pizza, our morning snack. After visiting a few other sites, we spotted the Statue of Liberty glowing across the water. The “city that never sleeps” began to wake up, with businessmen strolling up Wall Street, women on morning jogs just before dawn, hinting at the morning bustle to come. In the light of the morning, we crossed over to New Jersey and admired Lady Liberty at closer range. There, we slept for a while after our all-night tour. Maryland’s Covered Bridges We cut through Maryland, intent on finding a covered bridge. Before long, we discovered one on a side road — barnlike and spanning a small creek, surrounded by myriads of small purple flowers and lush green vegetation sloping down to the banks. A cow and barn stood near the bridge, and turkeys chattered across the road. Harper’s Ferry

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Slower pace: In Shipshewana, Indiana, and several other Amish communities, we met and talked with people who live without electricity, cars or most modern amenities in search of a simpler, more-faithful way of life. In West Virginia, we stayed with friends, which was a highlight of our trip. For a fun outing, we went to Harper’s Ferry, the site of John Brown’s 1859 raid, which hastened the coming of the Civil War. Having visited various Civil War battlegrounds and gravesites and listening to Shelby Foote’s The Civil War: A Narrative audiobook on our drive, we enjoyed the real-life history of the town. I had read about the raid in school the year before, but to be there — it’s forever in my memory. As for freedom fighting, we did fight battles, but we realized that most of the United States,

in the thick of COVID reaction, did not care to enforce mask and guideline policies. Our tussles were mainly in large urban areas. The four of us brought freedom everywhere we walked, standing up for ourselves when needed, and at other times enjoying already fear-free environments. We wanted an adventure — and we got one by unenrolling from traditional school, pulling out a map and making it part of our homeschool curriculum. Some 46 states and 22,000 driving miles later, we can’t help but thank God — as we eagerly look forward to the next adventure.

Punching Back at Parkinson’s By Guardian Staff Every Monday through Friday, a joyful community of citizens attends class with Rock Steady Boxing VC/LA and boxes to delay and reverse their symptoms of Parkinson’s disease through scientifically proven boxing methods. Participants practice jabs, uppercuts and hooks in an energetic environment while teachers encourage them to conquer their disease. “With Parkinson’s, there is no such thing as having to take a break from exercise,” Lisa Oliver, co-owner of Rock Steady Boxing VC/LA, says. “The more you do — the more you participate in our classes — the more you are able to decrease current symptoms and reverse some symptoms and delay progression of the disease. … We’re giving [participants] control over their lives so that they can remain independent so they can have a sense of purpose and hope.” The Rock Steady Boxing

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Bringing life to bodies and brains: “If they don’t know what it’s about, they’re going to think, ‘Parkinson’s and boxing? What? I can’t do that,’” co-owner Lisa Oliver told the Guardian. “It doesn’t matter how old you are. It doesn’t matter [if] you think you’re too far gone for help. We will absolutely help you at any age, any stage — even if you’ve never exercised a day in your life.” VC/LA counts roughly 25 to 30 members for each Zoom class. Classes are open to those with Parkinson’s disease and their family or caregivers. Workouts focus on strengthening a boxer’s balance, stability, mobility, hand-eye coordination, mental

focus, flexibility, agility, voice control and voice projection. Coaches urge boxers to work harder and longer than they think they can, helping them gain visible results through a little bit of tough love and an encouraging community.

“It’s called ‘passed their perceived limitations with forced intent exercise,’” Oliver told the Guardian. “What that means is that everything in their brain is saying ‘No’ and we are changing the message to ‘Yes.’ We are putting the synapses back together.

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definitely a favorite in my household! Gluten free 1-to-1 baking flour can be used in place of regular flour (Bob’s Red Mill is an excellent brand). Enjoy the last days of summer with these recipes! Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies (makes 16 brownies)

By Chris Garboski Zucchini can be bought year-round, but summer is when they are truly at their peak. Zucchini has soft, thin green skin with firm, very mild-tasting flesh, making it versatile for both savory and sweet applications. Because of its mild flavor, it can be used in everything from breads and brownies to stir-fries and casseroles. Now that summer is coming to a close, you’ve likely noticed that zucchini is piling up at farmers markets, as well as taking over gardens. My favorite way to use this overflowing harvest is in baked goods — specifically, zucchini brownies and zucchini bread. Vitamin-packed zucchini stands in for much of the oil in both of these recipes, adding extra moisture and nutrition without extra fat or calories — with zero vegetable flavor. Zucchini can vary in moisture content, depending on if they were picked from your garden or storebought. I’ve found that those from the garden have more moisture. As well, larger zucchini tends to be a bit drier, while medium and small ones have quite a bit more moisture. Using a box grater to grate the zucchini makes the task super-easy. Brownies need moisture, so there’s no need to squeeze out the liquid from the zucchini. Quick breads don’t need as much moisture, so it’s best to squeeze out some of the liquid for this type of recipe. This brownie recipe uses a combination of melted chocolate and cocoa powder to pack in extra flavor —

1 cup all-purpose flour 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda 1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup dark chocolate chips, divided use 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup (about 1 medium) finely grated zucchini, grated on the medium holes of a box grater - do not squeeze out the moisture 1⁄4 cup melted coconut oil or vegetable oil 1 large egg, at room temperature 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9-inch-square baking pan with parchment paper or foil for easy removal. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Melt 3⁄4 cup chocolate chips in a large, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; stir until smooth. If needed, microwave an additional 10 seconds, stirring until smooth. Stir in sugar, zucchini, oil, egg and vanilla extract. Stir in flour mixture until combined. The mixture will initially appear too dry, but as the zucchini releases its moisture, the batter will thin out. Spoon mixture into prepared baking pan; spread batter into corners of pan and smooth surface. Sprinkle remaining 1⁄4 cup chocolate chips over top. Bake for 23 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Lift brownies from pan; cut into squares. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Tip: For easier cutting, once brownies are cool, place in the freezer for several minutes and then cut into squares. To freeze leftover brownies, wrap brownies individually in plastic wrap and then place in a heavy-duty airtight freezer bag. To thaw, simply place at room temperature for about an hour. Late Summer Zucchini Bread (makes 1 loaf) Always popular, zucchini bread is one of the easiest recipes you can make. Most zucchini bread recipes call for cinnamon, but I

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prefer adding lemon zest, especially for end-of-summer baking. Enjoy this moist, flavorful quick bread for breakfast or a snack. 1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar 2 large eggs, at room temperature 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Freshly grated zest from 1 large lemon 2 cups (about 2 medium) grated zucchini, grated on the large holes of a box grater 2 cups all-purpose flour 3⁄4 teaspoon baking soda 3⁄4 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1⁄4 teaspoon grated nutmeg 3⁄4 cup toasted chopped walnuts, optional 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar, optional Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9-inch loaf pan with baking spray. Combine brown sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, granulated sugar, vanilla extract and lemon zest in a large mixing bowl; stir well. Place zucchini in the center of a paper towel or clean dish towel. Gather ends and twist to squeeze and remove some of the moisture. Stir zucchini into the sugar mixture. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl. Add zucchini mixture to flour mixture; stir just until flour is no longer visible. Fold in walnuts, if using. Pour into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar, if using. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in bread comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Cool in pan for 30 minutes before cutting. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Tip: To freeze zucchini bread, allow it to cool completely. Wrap bread tightly in plastic wrap or foil, and then place in a heavy-duty airtight freezer bag. Bread will be good for at least 3 months in the freezer. To thaw, place at room temperature for a couple hours.

♥ SEPTEMBER LOVE SPARK CHALLENGE ♥ There is no time like September to share the love for those who have added beauty to our lives! For this month, pick three people who have added an element of beauty to your life. Perhaps your gardeners who groom your home’s landscape or a hair stylist/manicurist who helps you look your best? Don’t forget those who build your inner beauty, such as pastors, therapists and close friends! Ready to accept the challenge?

card to a local lunch spot. For personal beauty experts, a note of appreciation is always welcome and could be combined with a gift suited to their personalities. For your inner beauty support person, a written note of appreciation or a voicemail message would convey their importance to you.

Pick 3 individuals who add beauty to your life.

As the world struggles to return to normal and we learn to reconnect, don’t miss the chance to let someone know you appreciate the beauty they bring to your life.

For gardeners, consider writing a short note of appreciation and adding a gift

Be the spark that brings light and love into someone’s life this year!


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Jewish Holidays Are for All Americans

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A season of repentance: “This process, called t’shuvah, reflects the values embedded in our nation. Judaism, like America, has always been based on individual responsibility. We bow only to ‘the King of Kings,’ and we strive to be personally awake and aware.” By Rabbi Michael Barclay On Monday night, September 6, Jews around the world will begin the holiday of Rosh HaShanah — Jewish New Year. This is the first of the Jewish high holidays, which extend through Yom Kippur on September 16. Although the holiday season actually begins before Rosh HaShanah and extends past Yom Kippur (through Simchat Torah, almost

two weeks later), this ten-day period of Rosh HaShanah to Yom Kippur is called the “Ten Days of Awe” and is the apex of the Jewish ceremonial days. But what are these holidays really about, and how do they relate to America’s traditional values? Judaism teaches that on Rosh HaShanah, we open our “Books of Life,” take an honest accounting of our souls and actions, and clean up any mistakes or messes we have created in the past year. Our “Book” is opened on Rosh HaSha-

nah and sealed for the next year on Yom Kippur, which means the “Day of Atonement.” It is a ten-day, ritualized process of self-awareness, personal responsibility and rectification. This process, called t’shuvah, reflects the values embedded in our nation. Judaism, like America, has always been based on individual responsibility. We bow only to “the King of Kings,” and we strive to be personally awake and aware. While we must always take care of others, both Judaism and American val-

ues are rooted in respect for individual choices and in encouraging each other to act with integrity and righteousness. The process of t’shuvah is a wonderful tool to strengthen the value of personal responsibility. First, we recognize how we have hurt others during the past year and how we didn’t take opportunities to do good when we could have. We then personally apologize for what we did to those we hurt. Furthermore, we repair the damage we created. It’s about more than apologizing; we actually fix our mistakes through positive actions and commit not to cause harm in the future. This process helps develop psychological, emotional and spiritual maturity in us. And it is a foundation stone for developing individuals who choose to be awake and responsible, as opposed to subjugating our rights and responsibilities to others. May we all be blessed to be aware, awake and conscious of our actions. And may we always embrace personal responsibility in order to achieve the beauty this nation has always promised. Shana Tovah u’Metukah — may it be a sweet and good New Year for us and for all of America. Rabbi Michael Barclay is the Spiritual Leader of Temple Ner Simcha in Agoura Hills.


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Local leader says ‘California needs a pastor for Governor’ By Annalisa Pesek Oxnard pastor Sam Gallucci is one of dozens of candidates vying to replace Gavin Newsom as California governor. Gallucci is the senior pastor of Embrace Church; founder of the Kingdom Center, a ministry that has helped the homeless for 14 years; and a software entrepreneur and planter of Hispanic churches. He is also a 60-year Los Angeles-area native. Gallucci spoke to the Conejo Guardian about his life and candidacy. CG: Why are you running for governor? Gallucci: I’m running for governor because California has been taken from its people, and it’s time to bring it back. California was founded on the principle, “In God We Trust,” which is part of the state constitution. It’s time to bring California back to God. We have to restore the [state’s] foundation, and that foundation has been broken by the Democrats. [Governor] Gavin Newsom has betrayed Californians’ trust and violated their constitutional rights. And that has to be addressed first. Californians don’t feel they have a voice in Sacramento anymore. They are taxed but not represented. There’s no transparency. There’s a complete lack of morality, now with mandates for masks and vac-

cines, and immoral secular humanism taught in the schools in place of academics. The parents’ rights have been violated. The state is basically bypassing the parents and indoctrinating the kids in the schools with a set of beliefs that don’t represent parents’ beliefs. [If Newsom is recalled], whoever wins the governorship is in office only one year, and after a year, they have to campaign again in 2022. The way the recall works is, one: on the ballot is a box to recall Newsom; voters will choose yes or no. Two: If yes, voters select a new candidate, and whoever wins, that person will finish out the term of the office. CG: Tell us about your work among the homeless and immigrant populations in Ventura County over the years. Gallucci: To win again, you have to build a new coalition; you have to reach not only the Republicans but also the Democrats who are disgruntled and disenchanted with Newsom. I am going for the Hispanic vote. Over 15 million Hispanics are residents of California, and over 5 million are undocumented. As a pastor to the Hispanic population, I have earned the right to be a voice for the Hispanic community. Eighty percent of Hispanic registered voters are Democrats, and they are not happy! And no one from the Republican Party has taken the time

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Sam Gallucci and wife, Toni: “The greatest need politically is for our country to stop choosing politician-celebrities to lead them and start choosing citizens who are true patriots to lead them, who are grounded and proven, and who demonstrate Christian values.”

Oxnard pastor and software entrepreneur Sam Gallucci, at Houses of Light Church in Northridge: Gallucci has a special calling to work with homeless populations and with Hispanic communities — relationships he believes have equipped him well for a run at California’s governorship. to connect with them. I am awakening a sleeping giant. I’ve raised up Hispanic pastors; thousands have given their lives to Christ.

Through the power of the executive order, I will pause or stop until further review every unconstitutional law — e.g., the advancement of the LGBTQ agenda in schools that violates CG: If you win, what will the constitutional rights of the you do during your first year parents, the unconstitutional in office? early reGallucleases of ci: I will give criminals he church has for- and felons Californians their gotten the role of the from prison voices back. pastors in history and who violate I will give politics. We need fis- the conthem a way stitutional cal leadership, social to commurights of the leadership, but most nicate with citizens. one anothI will importantly, we need er through also admoral leadership.” the goverdress the — Sam Gallucci norship. I’ll fraud and build a new criminalinetwork to ty in state communicate, using a new so- government. Poverty has becial media platform advertising come the new profit center in strategy that will be a campaign Sacramento. Tens of millions of truth. If I am your governor, of dollars are going to line the there is going to be a revival of pockets of businesses that proftruth about the laws that vio- it from poverty, such as drug late our constitutionally pro- cartels that bribe politicians tected rights. to profit off drugs given to the Every week, Californians homeless. will hear the truth. There will be a great awakening of truth. CG: You have a strong Every tax dollar that was sup- background in business. Give posed to go to building infra- our readers a sense of what structure and roads will be you did in that arena before known by Californians. This is moving into ministry and civabout restoring freedom and ic leadership. the trust that has been greatly Gallucci: There comes a violated. point in your life when you In the first year, I will re- find out that God has prepared store confidence in the vote. you for something bigger than I will sign an executive order you ever imagined. I have the commanding all the counties business experience to run this to clean up their voter rolls, state and the most compassion and give them six months to do to address the greatest social it. I will develop a voter integri- issues we have in this state: ty task force, shut down all Do- homelessness and illegal immiminion machines, and return gration. to a manual ballot count. My business background

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began in 1981 when I worked for IBM. I had the privilege of being on the ground floor of the tech industry. Those of us who are the founders of the tech industry know the passcode to break the stronghold of Big Tech. By the time I was 35, I was a thought leader in the industry. I was traveling the world and running a multinational tech company. CG: What are some of the greatest needs in our country right now? What should the pastors and political leaders be focused on? Gallucci: The greatest need politically is for our country to stop choosing politician celebrities to lead them and start choosing citizens who are true patriots to lead them, who are grounded and proven, and who demonstrate Christian values. In the church today, we have two major camps: we have the apathetic who aren’t getting involved at all. The other camp gets so involved that they follow political wisdom – those who follow the government off the cliff, mandating masks and vaccines, telling people, “Don’t meet, don’t sing.” By their silence, they have sent a strong political message that we as Christians are not to engage. I am surprised that the church has forgotten the role of the pastors in history and politics. We need a pastor as governor. I believe at this time we need fiscal leadership, social leadership, but most importantly, we need moral leadership. California doesn’t need another politician or another celebrity. California needs a pastor.


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Park View A Rewarding Summer board of directors. On June 21, the district recognized retired employees Jim Gilmore, Karen Lindsey and Steve Wiley at a special ceremony at Conejo Creek North Park. Their names have been added to the Gratitude Circle monument at the park. I was honored to emcee the ceremony and share some comments. Badge of Bravery - On July 6, a very special ceremony was held at the Healing Garden in Conejo Creek North Park to honor Sgt. Ron Helus. At the invitation of Congresswoman Julia Brownley, I was asked to represent the CRPD board of directors to share the symbolism and significance of the Healing Garden. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Congresswoman Brownley awarded the Congressional Badge of Bravery posthumously to Sgt. Helus’s family.

By Doug Nickles Serving on the Conejo Recreation and Park District (CRPD) board of directors is truly an honor for me. Conejo Valley residents are so appreciative and supportive of the district that they make it a pleasure to give my time to the community in this way. During 2021, I have been serving as chair of the board. What makes this position very special is that I was appointed to the role by my fellow directors. As the chair, not only am I responsible to lead our regular board of director meetings, but I also represent the board and the district throughout the year

for special events. The last few months have been busy! I thought I would share about several events I recently participated in: Concert in the Park - I had the opportunity to welcome concert-goers back to Conejo Community Park for the district’s annual Concert in the Park series on Memorial Day, and again on Independence Day. The spirited crowds appeared excited to return to the park, after a one-year hiatus. The series will conclude on Labor Day, so plan your weekend accordingly. Senior of the Year - Each year, the City of Thousand Oaks Council on Aging recog-

nizes a Senior of the Year. In a special ceremony on June 18, Roger Bentzer was acknowledged, along with other highly qualified nominees. As the CRPD chair, I was able to represent the district at this ceremony, offer comments of appreciation not only for Roger but for the many volunteers in our community, and hand out certificates to the nominees and the winner. What a special time. Gratitude Circle - Though not an annual event, the District regularly acknowledges those in the community who have contributed significantly to recreation, parks and open space resources. Those recognized must be approved by the

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A time for fun: “Our community relies on parks and recreational programs for mental and physical well-being.”

National Park and Recreation Month - July is designated National Park and Recreation month, and so the City of Thousand Oaks presented the CRPD with a special recognition during the City Council meeting on July 6. All members of the board of directors were present, along with general manager, Jim Friedl, to receive this acknowledgement. Speaking on behalf of the board, I was able to express our appreciation for the recognition, and for our many years of productive partnership with the City, particularly in regard to its funding support for many of the community’s major recreational facilities.

State funding support Working with Senator Henry Stern, Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin arranged to allocate $3.3 million for CRPD in the 2021/2022 state budget, to help offset revenue losses and increased expenses over the last 18 months. On July 14, Assemblymember Irwin held a press conference at Conejo Creek North Park to announce the approved funding. Along with general manager, Jim Friedl, I spoke and received a “check” on behalf of the CRPD board. It has been a busy and rewarding summer for CRPD. While programming and facility use has been gradually catching up to speed, the enthusiasm of the staff and community has never skipped a beat. Serving on the board has reminded me time and again just how much our community relies on parks and recreational programs for mental and physical well-being. CRPD is very important to our community, and so are our partnerships with other agencies and organizations. Doug Nickles is a Director/ Board Member for the Conejo Recreation and Park District, the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency and the California Association of Recreation and Park Districts. The views expressed are his and do not necessarily reflect those of the District, Agency or the respective Boards. He can be contacted via email at dnickles@crpd.org.


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Frontline Doctors Event Draws Crowds Looking For Options to mandate vaccinations for health care workers, Barke exhorted listeners that “it’s tions. “I want Americans to time that we stand up and say, know, most importantly, that ‘enough is enough.’” He later they do not need to live in added that it’s time for “putfear,” said Dr. Gold in the film ting our careers, our licenses Seeing 2020, which opened at risk.” Dr. Mark McDonald, an the event. The hour-long documentary shined a light on the adult, child, and adolescent medical suppression and cor- psychiatrist, called the present ruption that took place during state of affairs not a medical the pandemic. It featured battle but “a psychological, many respected doctors and emotional, and spiritual war.” Leftist doctrines are “a their stories of censorship and distortion, a propaganda cam“cancellation.” Several people in the film also spoke at the paign to keep people scared, to gin up fear ... because peolive event. One was Dr. Jeffrey Barke, ple who are scared can’t think. a primary care physician, who People who can’t think can’t contended that viruses mutate reason, and people who can’t and adapt not because of un- reason can be controlled.” O v e r vaccinated the past 18 people, but months, he because of vaccinated f you comply with said, the propaganda ones. these policies and campaign “When procedures that are has sped up you stimexponenunconstitutional, ulate and force your illegal, unethical … tially. “ I t ’s body to you are legitimizing kept both create very the system.” men and n a r row w o m e n immunity - Nicole Pearson unable to against a make rasingle protional, reatein, those viruses are very smart and can sonable decisions,” McDonald mutate,” Barke told the audi- said. We now have what he ence. “That’s why we’re getting mutations — not because a deemed “a society of irrahandful of us are choosing not tional, fearful narcissists in the midst of the propaganda to be vaccinated.” As California attempts campaign that is extremely Continued from pg. 3

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America’s Frontline Doctors Speak out: (From left to right) Dr. Mark McDonald, Dr. Simone Gold, and Dr. Jeffrey Barke educated and inspired attendees at the recent Newbury Park event moderated by Pastor Rob McCoy (standing). powerful. This is a recipe for totalitarianism. … The preoccupation with self at the expense of others — my feelings whether or not I feel safe or offended is more important than your rights, your ability, your capacity to make choices in your life.” When people ask to see your vaccine passport, “That’s not a legitimate question, I will not be engaging with you on the question,” Barke said. Nicole Pearson, a consti-

tutional law attorney, warned of advancing totalitarianism, comparing the lockdowns to the Biderman Chart of Coercion. “It starts with isolation; it goes to monopolization of perception — the fear-mongering, the campaigns — and then to induce debility and exhaustion,” she told the gathered hundreds and online thousands. “We are exhausted physically, psychologically and emotionally.”

Pearson said the governing authorities have moved on to “threatening us with mandates” and with taking away jobs, schools, commerce and scholarships. She compared the recent lifting of mask mandates to the Biderman principle of “occasional indulgences.” “Next, they’re going to demonstrate omnipotence ... they give you the crumb, then they take it back, then they crush you,” she warned, only days before Ventura County tried to impose yet another health order tightening mask restrictions all over again. The totalitarian strategy concludes with “enforcing trivial demands, making little things important just to crush it and drive the point home.” Pearson continued, “We need to resist. … If you comply with these policies and procedures that are unconstitutional, illegal, unethical, by national and international studies, and immoral ... whether you’re skirting it or you’re giving in to it, you are legitimizing the system.” Rather than seeking exemptions for vaccines, testing and masks, Pearson encouraged those facing mandates to gather like-minded colleagues to present facts to schools and workplaces. “Your employers, your schools don’t know what’s going on,” she said. “This has never happened before, so I think we want to cut them a little slack, but also to use this Continued on pg. 20


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lar, they don’t understand what we’re doing or why we’re doing it, and so they just need to have it explained to them,” he says. “That type of communication is paramount to build trust and understanding in our communities. … When we have these strong partnerships, the community can be very supportive, which helps the officers be even better.” The Murder of a Partner Fryhoff ’s commitment to honor and service passed through fire when, in 1996, his partner, Peter Gary, was murdered, leaving Gary’s wife a widow and his three-year-old daughter fatherless. Every year after the incident, “Uncle Jim,” as Gary’s daughter, Gabby, called Fryhoff, would visit with the family during national police week. When Gabby was old enough, Fryhoff told her about her father’s death. “I told her what happened and that I was there,” he says. “I didn’t go into the graphic detail that I experienced, but it was important for her to know how I knew her dad and what happened that day. After talking to her, we formed a very, very strong bond.” With her mom’s approval, Gabby moved in with the Fryhoff family — including his wife and two daughters — while attending Moorpark College and working at the police station. “I just helped guide her the best I could,” Fryhoff says. “We’ve maintained a strong relationship since then.” Gabby now has two sons of her own — her firstborn, named after her dad, and her second son, Mateo James, named after Fryhoff. “I’m very proud of the woman she’s become, thankful that I was able to be part of her life, and I’m hoping that Pete’s proud of what I’ve been able to do to help shape his daughter,” Fryhoff says. Aiming for Better Communication If elected Sheriff, Fryhoff intends to provide regular and updated training for deputies and

address internal issues voiced by the deputies union. According to a press release by the Ventura County Sheriff ’s Association, the organization believes Sheriff Ayub “has struggled to hit the mark in communicating a clear mission to his employees, lacks personable interaction with his immediate team and departments throughout the county, and has failed to elevate strategies and systems across the county to improve safety for all community members.” The association board unanimously voted to support Fryhoff. John von Collin, owner of VC Defense in Thousand Oaks, knows a number of sheriff ’s deputies and supports Fryhoff ’s run for sheriff. He brings “more of a rank and file kind of mindset and support,” von Collin says, noting that he has heard of a number of complaints about the way the department is presently being led. As word of Fryhoff ’s decision to run for sheriff spread through the department, Sheriff Ayub transferred Fryhoff from his public position as police chief of Thousand Oaks to a position in the detention centers. Fryhoff chooses to see the situation as a chance to build relationships with members of the department. “I’m getting an opportunity to learn everything there is to know about our large division in the sheriff ’s office,” he says, “to work with all the employees there and the great work that they’re doing to keep those who are in our care safe. Working to make sure that the programs they have inside the facility do what they can to help keep people from ‘recidivating’ and coming back into custody.” With the election just under a year away, Fryhoff is raising funds and will continue to make the case for his leadership in the coming months. “My vision is developing those community partnerships, making sure we’re recruiting, retaining and promoting a diverse group of employees where everybody knows they have an opportunity to be successful,” he says.

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as an opportunity to educate and advocate for ourselves.” She compared the situation to the crimes against humanity committed in World War II in concentration camps. “We are not allowed to be forced into human experimentation. It is national and international law,” Pearson informed the audience. “We have to have the option to choose.” America’s Frontline Doctors has four lawsuits, including against the University of California and California State University systems, to halt the mandates. “The point is to get a case to the Supreme Court, so the Supreme Court can affirm once and for all that bodily integrity, that modern constitutional scholarship does not permit the government to stick a needle in your arm,” Gold said. She then brought the meeting to a powerful close with her call for civil resistance against unconstitutional mandates. “We’re at war,” Gold said. “We don’t want to be the western satellite of China. We are going to engage in civil disobedience.” Participants left feeling better informed and with a greater sense of unity and confidence as they continue to stand for freedom. *** Firefighters, police officers, healthcare workers and doctors assembled for a similar meeting later in August, addressing concerns they probably had not anticipated even a few months ago.

The “Firefighters Against Tyranny” event, organized by L.A. Firefighter Joshua Zavala, brought first responders together for an evening of information and connecting with like-minded professionals. Participants came from a number of counties and departments, all seeking answers and camaraderie. The nearly 3-hour meeting did not disappoint. Zavala, who has been with L.A. Fire Department since 2007, was recently confronted, like many others, with the decision between action and compromise when Los Angeles County pushed to require vaccines for first responders, the alternative being exemptions and frequent testing. With the vaccine still years away from clearing experimental trials, Zavala observes that “fear and inconvenience” must be the only motivators for people to consent to it. On the other hand, “the testing is a punishment,” he says. The goal is to “inconvenience you so much that you get tired of testing and you get the vaccine.” He says this joins several other bully tactics being used divisively in fire departments, including asking members to announce their vaccination status before the whole station. When things began to escalate just weeks ago, Zavala joined a group message with several freedom-loving firefighters to discuss the looming mandate and what to do about it. Within three days, the group grew to more than 500 firefighters from different counties and stations, all looking to stand for medical freedom.

“It’s about our civil liberties, our human rights to make our own decision of what we put in our body,” explains Zavala. “We’re organizing … and we want to fight back on this.” The initial group, called “First Responders Against Tyranny,” was one of the first and most influential of its kind, quickly surpassing 1,800 members, including police and medical professionals. “Departments all over the country” have since started “mirroring what we did,” says Zavala. Now he has several groups in which to share information within his own department and with first-responder groups across the nation. The Newbury Park event served to give first responders the reminder “that they’re not crazy, they’re not alone, and that there are a lot of people out there that feel the exact way we’re feeling,” he says. A video call with Fire Captain Kaimi Pelekai of Hawaii kicked off the gathering. In-person addresses by Dr. Simone Gold and Dr. Keith Rose followed, informing and empowering the first-responder community with resources, connections and examples to encourage the apprehensive and strengthen the resolved. “This is not your job, this is your life, and this is your nation,” urged Dr. Gold, who received several standing ovations. “We need to win against the overwhelming tyranny.” Dr. Rose closed with a powerful charge to the first responders, that “if you crush it now, and you stand up and you fight now, your kids won’t have to.”


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Supervisor Tries To Force Land Sale

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Private battle: Shawn Moradian standing on the land his family has owned since the 1970s, and which they are trying to develop — in spite of behind-the-scenes opposition from County Supervisor Linda Parks. Continued from pg. 2

to replace Parks as county supervisor in 2022. Moradian has hired a team of lawyers led by attorneys Barry Groveman and Ryan Hiete to launch an investigation into Parks’ actions and those of two high-ranking SMMC officials. They are requesting that all agency documentation concerning the property be retained; that Parks, SMMC Executive Director Joseph Edmiston, and SMMC Deputy Director Paul Edelman immediately recuse themselves from serving on governing bodies with jurisdiction over the property; and that each agency

conducts its own internal investigation into the activities of Parks, Edmiston, and Edelman. Moradian’s lawyer also noted that any characterizations of the property as a “wetland” and “protected open space” have “no basis in law or fact and constitute, at a minimum, a slander of title.” Such facts appear to be supported by 2019 documentation from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which states that “waters of the United States do not occur on the project site.” Moreover, both agencies are requested to discuss the matter of the property at the next board meeting for all board members to review.

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To date, Parks’ attempts to acquire the land have remained undocumented on SMMC board agendas from January through May, potentially in violation of the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act, which governs the conservancy’s decision-making process. Mandated by the California State Legislature, a multi-member board, such as SMMC, must adhere to a “consensus-building process” rather than an “individual decision-maker model.” As is clear in the emails, Parks is working independently as well as collaboratively with Edelman and Edmiston, instead of within a full board-member consensus. According to state law, the board must also provide the public with the opportunity “to monitor and participate in the decision-making process,” yet neither the SMMC nor the county has contacted Moradian directly about any proposals for obtaining the property. The widening circle of key players now includes Mayor Bill-de la Peña, which raises the question of her role in Parks’ quest to acquire Moradian’s land. On March 17, two months before the city would vote on the rezoning plan permitting future construction on the land, Parks wrote to Bill-de la Peña, stating that “the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy has also offered to purchase the property for parkland if he [Moradian] were a willing seller.” In another email dated March 26, Parks wrote to SMCC Executive Director Edmiston, copying Bill-de la Peña, requesting that Edmiston contact Moradian with “the same offer we gave him before for the Borchard wetland.” The Conejo Guardian requested from Parks, Edmiston, and Edelman copies of offers from the conservancy to purchase the land but has received no response. Moradian maintains that “no

formal offers have ever been made.” In emails dated May 4, Parks again acted independently of both the county board and the SMMC board, soliciting a “comment letter” from SMMC Deputy Director Edelman to the City of Thousand Oaks. In that chain of emails, Parks reveals that the property is “on the conservancy’s acquisition list” and that her motivations are driven by a “vision of acquiring it [the land] and have it be a wetland.” Parks later tweeted on May 16 that the conservancy “just needs a willing seller.” As the May 4 thread continued, Edelman stated that Moradian should “suffer more” to get to the point of becoming a willing seller. This was later deemed by Parks to be “completely inappropriate,” though email records show she did nothing at the time to rebuke or correct the remarks. It remains unclear how Moradian has suffered already, if Edelman’s opinion is that he should “suffer more.” In a May 18 letter to the city, drafted by Edelman under the directive of Parks, Edelman urged councilmembers “not to up zone the subject property by even a single unit,” stating that “solving housing needs on already protected open space that happens to function as a wetland would be a horrible mistake by the city.” SMMC Executive Director Edmiston admitted to authorizing the letter even though he knew it had not been submitted for full board review, unlike dozens of other comment letters considered by the board and placed on meeting agendas between January and July. The same day the letter was received by the city, council members voted on the General Update Plan for rezoning Moradian’s land, ultimately approving a new Preferred Land Use Map in a 3-2 decision on May 18 and 25. On May 26 and 27, two days after the council’s approval to up-zone Moradian’s property, Parks again wrote to Edelman and Edmiston, allegedly seeking clarity on the issue of whether an appraisal had been conducted, noting “Moradian’s objection” to it, and if documents could be shared concerning “the effort to purchase it [the Borchard Property].” Moradian vehemently denies “any notice of an authorized appraisal or formal offers” to buy his property. Additionally, on May 27, Parks wrote to Ventura County Public Works (VCPW) Director Jeff Pratt and VCPW Assistant Director David Fleisch, stating “I would like Transportation to review what the County can do both design wise and legally to limit traffic from the project….” According to Moradian, “This is just another example of Linda Parks exceeding her authority and abusing her power by asking County employees to block development on the property without a formal application before them to consider traffic impacts.” The Conejo Guardian sought comments from Mayor Bill-de la Peña and other county officials, but received no response except for an invitation to watch the city council meeting.


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Taking Back Control Against Parkinson’s

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Getting better and better: “When I first came into the gym, I was on a walker, and I didn’t know another soul in the world dealing with Parkinson’s,” says Mike L., a Thousand Oaks resident. “I rarely use a walker anymore and have over thirty fellow boxers I’m proud to call friends.” Continued from pg. 13

will be able to control their movement and therefore control their lives and control their future.” Co-owners Lisa Oliver and Yvette Israel also inspire the boxers throughout the workout, shouting phrases such as, “You are punching out Parkinson’s!” “Remember, we are going to fight against the pull of Parkinson’s,” Oliver told students in her Monday morning class. Rock Steady Boxing VC/LA trainers received training at the RSB headquarters in Indiana. Since the VC/LA branch’s inception in 2014, the group has helped

hundreds of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The Newbury Park location, representing Ventura County and LA, often receives boxers who were referred by neurologists, physical therapists and other medical professionals. “Many of my patients depend on this program and would have likely declined without it,” Dr. Adam Darby with UCLA Neurology says of the program. “I thank Lisa and Yvette for the prompt implementation of their program to the Zoom online platform to keep Parkinson’s patients moving, thriving, safe and in control of their lives.” Israel guarantees participants who come to class and put in the effort will

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clude robbery, residential burglary when the residents are home, kidnapping, carjacking, and assault upon another with the intent to commit mayhem, rape, sodomy, oral copulation or any violation of Penal Code sections 264.1, 288, or 289. While gang members define themselves by the violent crimes they commit, special consideration is given when they intimidate a potential witness in a criminal case or extort another for the benefit of their criminal street gang, which is why these two crimes make the list. Lastly, as a sort of catch-all, any felony that is either punished by death or imprisonment in state prison for life round out the list of violent criminal activities. These acts cover mostly murders and particularly violent sexual acts, but they also may include certain acts perpetrated by criminal street gang members that involve some of the crimes listed above as well as certain others when a firearm is discharged during the commission of a particular crime. California legislators are doing seri-

ous, irreparable harm against citizens in the name of criminal justice reform. AB 292 is such a ghastly piece of legislation that no person of conscience would even consider voting for it. Unfortunately, that is not the world we live in right now. Only action by concerned citizens will stop California’s legislators from their continuous efforts to “reform” the criminal justice system to the detriment of their constituents. If you do not want to see murderers, rapists and child molesters released years earlier into the public to victimize others, contact Ventura County state senators Monique Limon and Henry Stern. Let’s help them understand we are paying attention to their votes — especially on AB 292. John Barrick has worked as a prosecutor in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office for more than 16 years and has prosecuted some of the most violent crimes committed in the county. He currently serves in the Major Crimes-Homicide Unit. He is also a 2022 candidate for District Attorney.

improve. The results speak for themselves. “When I first came into the gym, I was on a walker, and I didn’t know another soul in the world dealing with Parkinson’s,” says Mike L., a Thousand Oaks resident. “I rarely use a walker anymore and have over thirty fellow boxers I’m proud to call friends. My coaches push me each class with love, always taking into account my limitations but helping me get stronger. Next to my incredible corner lady, my wife Paula, this is the best thing in my life.” “Of all the medicine I’ve been prescribed, Rock Steady Boxing is the best,” Pete S., 74, says.

Boxers look forward to classes; some haven’t missed a session in five years, and the coaches say one man Zooms in from his vacation spot in Sweden. Oliver and Israel emphasize the built-in community of members dealing with the same issues and the hope it brings to participants. “There’s a lot more that happens than just what takes place in the class as well because it gives people and their families a forum to share,” Oliver says. “If you could be surrounded by people who are striving toward the same thing, then you develop that camaraderie and friendship that motivates and inspires you to stick with it and continue. It gives the families resources that they’re not going to get at a doctor’s office where they can stick around after class, and they can talk to other spouses — other wives, other husbands — about what they’re doing at home that helps with mobility, that helps with sleep, things they’ve done in their house to make things easier, medications they’ve tried that have helped and things that haven’t helped. They can get referrals on doctors. It’s a place for everybody to get what they need that’s going to help the whole community.” Oliver and Israel hope to spread the word that there’s hope for people with Parkinson’s and encourage them to try a free trial class, even if they don’t think they can box. “If they don’t know what it’s about, they’re going to think, ‘Parkinson’s and boxing? What? I can’t do that,’” Oliver says. “It doesn’t matter how old you are. It doesn’t matter [if] you think you’re too far gone for help. We will absolutely help you at any age, any stage — even if you’ve never exercised a day in your life.” “That’s the joy in all of this,” says Israel, “to see them not declining or slowing down with the progression of the disease — because there is no cure — and until then, we fill that gap.”


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High School Football Returns

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SUBMIT YOUR LETTERS conejoguardian.org Shot heard ‘round the Conejo: The game-sealing field goal in T.O.’s historic win over the Westlake Warriors. Continued from pg. 8

on the low side is looking for competition. The teams on the high side want to play an easy game — to win without much competition ... If a team is playing a higher-ranked team from the area, it’s a rivalry, and they don’t care about the win/loss; they care about the game. … It’s sad in sports when the coaches from Moorpark (ranked 459) and Newbury Park (ranked 316) don’t want to play Westlake (ranked 387) ... It is stealing local competition from the athletes who want to play their friends. Shame on you, coaches! CIF Southern Section has 81 leagues and more than 400 teams. Here are our local leagues and teams ... I list them according to strength of league ... But next year, it is rumored that Simi and Royal will move to Marmonte. I put the teams in the order I think they will wind up ... Attrition plays a factor. If a good player can’t play, it changes things ... But you can see by the state ranking, it is close but not exact. (*CA state rank) Marmonte: *14 Oaks Christian, *46 St. Bonaventure, *387 Westlake, *223 Calabasas. Camino: *61 Bishop Diego, *158 Camarillo, *459 Moorpark, *316 Newbury Park. Pacific View: *153 Buena, *203 Ventura, *259 Santa Ynez, *711 San Marcos, *800 Channel Islands, *904 Cabrillo Canyon: *67 Simi Valley, *281 Thousand Oaks, *310 Agoura, *499 Oak

Park, *656 Royal.

come was Oaks Christian 31, Chaminade 13 Scores and recap How could they be off by so Thousand Oaks (Canyon much? Chaminade blew out the League) 10, Westlake (Mar- Lions by 31! That is not even a monte League) 7 game. Ranking Oaks ChrisCal Preps picked Thousand tian 14th in the state? Wow, Oaks to beat Westlake by 10 someone pulled that from what points on Friday. T.O. won by Oaks has done in the past, with 3. A last-second field goal set past coaches … Maybe didn’t up by two realize back-toCoach Jim back penB. is not at he pros would never alties with Oaks anyplay without being less than a more? That minute in loss should protected, but our the game drop them children are banned put Thouout of the by CIF from wearing sand Oaks top 100 ... protective gear. on the 10C O V I D yard line … killed the To say the Marmonte least, both teams had no offen- League. sive threat. I must have counted eight dropped balls in the first Agoura (Canyon League) half, and on Westlake’s opening 43, Channel Islands (Pacific drive, they fumbled the ball to View League) 0 set up the only touchdown by The game that should have Thousand Oaks ... The score never been played ... Agoura is was tied going into the half not a powerhouse, so maybe ... Westlake opted to go for a picking a team ranked in the touchdown 800’s gets you a blowout win, with seconds on the clock but nothing more. Even Cal going into the half ... well with- Preps knew it was going to be a in their kicker’s range. The ball bad game, projecting the score was thrown out of the end zone, to be Agoura 42 Channel Iswith no hope of completing the lands 10. Not far off the mark. pass ... Sitting at the game was equal to watching paint dry Moorpark (Camino on the side of the house. Both League) 3, Royal (Canyon teams were not even close to League) 7 being prepared to play football. Cal Preps’ projected matchIt is going to be a long season if up was Moorpark 35, Royal 21. these teams don’t figure things They must have thought these out. teams would have their offenses together in week one. Nope! Oaks Christian (Marmonte Moorpark went after a lowLeague) 17, Chaminade (Mis- er-ranked team and found out sion League) 48 Royal may deserve a shot in the Cal Preps’ projected out- Marmonte League next year ...

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Good job, Royal! Moorpark is ranked 459 in the state, while Royal is ranked 656. They should jump up 100 points in the rankings. Oak Park (Canyon League) 22, Buena (Pacific League) 21 Buena was picked to blow out Oak Park, 38-7… Again not an exact science. Buena (MaxPreps state rank, 153) may have been given too high of a ranking. Saw them in a passing league game (although not real football); they didn’t stand out ... Oak Park (MaxPreps state rank, 499) may have something this year. Not saying they will beat Simi, but they should have a good season. Simi Valley (Canyon League) vs. Ventura (Pacific League) Canceled due to Ventura’s crazy COVID rules. No game! What does Coach Benkert do? He boldly schedules Burbank (ranked 518). Good job pulling a game together for the boys. Simi beat Burbank 63-19. Calabasas (Marmonte League) 20, Birmingham (West Valley League) 13 This Cal Preps matchup didn’t disappoint ... the Coyotes beat the Patriots by 7 in a close game ... By picking a team close in your state ranking, you wind up getting a more competitive game. Again, it is not exact, but if you play a team 100 or more below your ranking, it basically guarantees a win. On to next week! Good job, boys.


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Events 2021 BOOGIE NIGHTS SUMMER RUN SERIES IN VENTURA August 25, September 1, September 8, 2021 The Boogie Nights Summer Run Series is back for a 5-week run in 2021 on Wednesday nights starting at 6 p.m. The new race start/finish is San Buenaventura State Beach, 901 San Pedro St, Ventura. The run includes chip timing, light snacks after the run, a T-shirt for those who register for the series, and a flat course along the Ventura Promenade. Each race has a different theme – August 25: Team Night, September 1: Pajama Night, September 8: Tie Dye Night. DATES: August 25, September 1, September 8, 2021 TIME: See website COST: $20 per race or $75 for the entire 5-week series, including T-shirt. INFORMATION: Learn more and sign up at https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/Ventura/BoogieNightsSummerRunSeriesVentura _____________________ THE 2021 WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL Saturday, August 28, 2021 Ventura Land Trust’s annual benefit, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, inspires environmental activism and a love for nature through film. The film festival

shares an urgent call to action, encouraging festival-goers to learn more about what they can do to save our threatened planet. This is Ventura Land Trust’s largest annual event to raise funds to protect and conserve Ventura County’s open spaces. Support helps Ventura Land Trust restore habitat, build trails, plant trees and clean up local rivers. Ventura Land Trust preserves are open daily for visitors to enjoy and are always free. This year, the film festival will be a live experience with films, food, drinks and a raffle of items from local businesses. DATE: Saturday, August 28, 2021 TIME: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. COST: $5 - $125. See website. LOCATION: Ventura County Credit Union, 2575 Vista Del Mar Drive, Ventura, CA 93001 INFORMATION: https://www.venturalandtrust.org/wsff2021 TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite. com/e/wild-scenic-film-festival-tickets-160231254997 _____________________ 39TH ANNUAL MALIBU CHILI COOK-OFF Labor Day weekend, September 3-6, 2021 The 39th Annual Malibu Chili CookOff is a four-day event featuring chili (but of course), a carnival and fair, live entertainment, a silent auction, food for

sale, vendors and more. The fun event is hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu. DATES: Labor Day Weekend, September 3-6, 2021 TIMES: Friday, Sept. 3, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Locals Night) Saturday, Sept. 4, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. (chili competition) Sunday, Sept. 5, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. (chili competition) Monday, Sept. 6, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. COST: Advance tickets only. Tickets will not be sold on-site. The cost is $15 per person, per day, or $55 for a 4-day weekend pass. Carnival tickets will be sold separately. LOCATION: 23575 Civic Center Way. Event parking is $20, cash only. INFORMATION: Learn more and purchase tickets at bgcmalibuchilicookoff. org _____________________ PIER TO PEAK 2021 Sunday, September 5, 2021 Pier to Peak is Santa Barbara’s unique half-marathon run/walk, which starts at sea level, winds through the city and finishes on top of the mountains (elevation 4,000 ft.). It takes you from the famous Santa Barbara Friendship Dolphins Fountain at the edge of Stearns Wharf, past the “Queen of the Missions” and up to an elevation of 3996 feet with majestic views at La Cumbre Peak. Capture the panoramic layout of the city, Santa Barbara Channels and the Channel Islands. You can see where you started from 13.1 miles earlier at sea level.

There will be a well-earned medal for all finishers. DATE: Sunday, September 5, 2021 TIME: Start time is 6:30 a.m. (6 a.m. for walkers) at Stearns Wharf, State Street & Cabrillo Blvd. COST: See website LOCATION: Santa Barbara Wharf, 1 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 REGISTER: http://www.runsantabarbara.com/pier-to-peak/ _____________________ THE BULLDOG ULTRA Saturday, October 2, 2021 The Original Bulldog Trail Runs Welcome to Southern California’s oldest 50k, now in its 29th year! Come run the challenging Bulldog Ultra course through the beautiful Santa Monica mountains. One full day with one course and two races - the 25k Trail Run or the 50k Ultra. The track offers incredible views of the rugged terrain and breathtaking ocean as you weave through the course and fire roads. Be prepared for a fantastic workout as temperatures can be very hot in the mountains. DATE: Saturday, October 2, 2021 TIMES: 50k Bulldog Ultra - 7 a.m. 25k Bulldog Trail Run - 8 a.m. COST: See website LOCATION: Malibu Creek State Park, 1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, CA 91302 REGISTER: www.bulldogultra.com

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