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OCT 2008

8 Trickle Up


45 Politics of Inclusion Ojai’s Judy Bysshe


38 Creative Expression Paul Amadio and Besant Hill School


29 Côte d'Azur California A “staycation” at Santa Monica’s Le Merigot


20 Cupcakes & Couture Michelle Michel takes the cake


10 Topa Tower Club, Oxnard Tribute to Gabriel Figueroa


12 Fall Dress Code Step into the new season


14 2009 Ford Flex A new direction in cargo hauling



COV E R: Judy Bysshe at her Ojai home. Photograph by Michael Robinson Chavez.

53 Local Events A selective preview of happenings countywide

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Trickle Up It seems so simple, philanthropy. There’s a need. People recognize it. A civilized society addresses it. And the world is a little better off. But of course, there are complicating factors. Politics. Egos. The question of how to divide the pie amongst the needy. It’s not a simple game, philanthropy. Beyond the back pats and tax deductions, does anyone help just to help? Because they really care? Absolutely they do. Judy Bysshe (page 36) does. Either that or she’s a hell of an actor. It’s not just the obvious twinkle in her eye. Or the one-liners that sound straight out of a Berkeley handbook, circa-‘60: “Trickle up is always more effective than trickle down. … We do our best for ourselves when we are doing our best for one another.” It’s the whole package— the life she leads. When I first met Judy, she was in her garden gathering fresh herbs and veggies. “You want some basil?” she asked. And from there she was off, expatiating on the theme of giving, particularly to local environmental causes. Not giving of money per se, but rather giving of time and energy. Lots of energy. The woman crackles with it. She sparks and boils and by God she gets things done. This isn’t a person who grazes casually







from the trough of environmentalism. Since the early ‘70s Judy Bysshe has supported the eco-movement on a large scale, taking altruistic gallops through the fields of green. She’s left her mark on Ventura County from the Santa Monica Mountains to the Ventura River and back into the Sespe. People like Judy make me question whether I do enough. And that sort of introspection is generally the impetus to change. Nearly thirty years ago one of my best friends took a left turn away from the public school system and into a place called Happy Valley, a boarding school in Ojai with only a hundred students. We’d grown up on a dirt road in an unincorporated nook of Ventura County, and I couldn’t understand why he’d want to prolong the isolation. They’ve since changed the name from Happy Valley to Besant Hill. And there’s a new head of school: Paul Amadio (page 43), who plays the role to a hilt, inspiring students to use their passion and discover their true calling in life. Apparently, it’s still a happy place. Did I mention that was nearly thirty years ago? Time flies: a heartening cliché, considering the current financial madness. One day we’ll look back. We may not laugh, but we’ll look back and it’ll seem like just yesterday we were in line at Washington Mutual. We reserved some editorial space at the end of the Judy Bysshe article so she could plug a few local nonprofits. When you have a moment, please visit their websites. Times are tight. But most likely they’re even tighter for one of your neighbors. Thanks again for your readership. As always, feel free to send me any comments or suggestions.



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T R I B U T E TO G A BR I E L F I GU E R OA , TO PA TO WE R C LU B, OX N A R D Downtown Center for the Ar ts (DCA) is presenting a tribute to Gab riel Figueroa, the acclaimed cinematographer from Mexico's Golden Age of Film (1930-1960). The tribute includes a four-week film series during the City of Ox n ard’s Latino Heritage Month . The nationally recognized per formance ar tist and painter Gro n k will be featured. To launch the tribute, DCA held a benefit dinner on S eptember 13 at the Topa Tower Club in Oxn ard, where Gron k unveiled a new print inspired by the film Nazarin, which is par t of the Figueroa film series. Gronk also discussed his ca reer and the cinema’s influence on his wo rk . DCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster economic development and cross-cultural understanding through the ar ts. For more info rmation about the film series visit DowntownCente r.o rg. R ight : B eat rice Zamudio, Ar mando Lopez , Gro n k, and Gil Ramirez Cloc kwise from below: V i rginia Espinoz a, Ma ria G. B rown, and B etty Wi lls; Pr iscilla Herr era , Danie Navas, Tony Navas, Sue Chadwick, and Anita Hav kost; Dan La Manno, Flo La Manno, Cynthia Hently, Jess Herrera , and Judy Keer, R ich Keer ; Ch ristine Velasco, Jimmy Acosta, Ma ria Elena Acosta, and Gina Fontana.







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Women’s shoes (left to right): Arider leather loafer in orange, $48 at Well Polished; N.Y.L.A.Waverly leather pump in natural wax, $70 at Well Polished;

Romika Oslo 03 clog in gray leopard, $125 at Jack’s Shoes; Diego di Lucca Monica mule with glossy suede crocodile embossed finish in pewter, $135 at Jack’s Shoes;Wild Diva Soho ankle boot in leopard, $7.99 (no, that’s not a typo!) at Blooming Deals Shoes.

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Classic CAS leather driver in brown, $48 at Well Polished; Florsheim Duke bicycle toe, side-zipper, kidskin leather boot in cognac, $130 at Jack’s Shoes; Pikolinos Fuencarral Lace leather slip-on “sneaker”in brandy, $165 at Jack’s Shoes.



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The 2009 For d Fle x dar es t o b e diff er en t. Its contemporary design provoked strong opinions (mostly positive) from nearly everyone I met during a recent seven-day test drive around Ventura County. To be sure, the Flex is like no other vehicle on the road. Which means it’s not for everyone. But Ford knew that going in. With the exception of the driver’s seat, all of the seatbacks fold flat to open up the interior for virtually any cargo-loading situation—including seven passengers. The powerful V6 engine is mated to a smooth shifting six-speed automatic transmission and a fully independent suspension, which makes the Flex drive and ride like an entry-level luxury sedan. From its planted stance and broad shoulders—flanked by signature side grooves—to its distinctive multi-panel Vista Roof, Ford designers have crated a provocative vehicle. In a world of easily recognizable automobiles, this one is hard to define. Its prominent stance is a key design element setting it apart from all other vehicles. Just park the Flex next to an SUV or Crossover. The proportions immediately take you by surprise. Capping the horizontal design cues in bold contrast is the Flex’s unique flat roof. Available in just two colors, White Suede or Brilliant Silver, the roof contrasts stylishly with the exterior paint palette. The Flex’s multi-panel Vista Roof adds even more distinction, and is only available as an option on the Flex SEL and Limited models. The Vista Roof features four glass panels that provide abundant natural light to occupants of all three rows. The forward panel is a power moonroof that opens to let in fresh air. And all four panels have easy-to-use shades when you want to keep the light out. The exterior design of the Flex creates strong interest,






but it’s the clean interior with surprising space and comfort that will really whet your interest. The interior environment is radically different than other people/cargo haulers. You will notice the improvement in the quality of materials used throughout, the unique chrome accents, and the general appearance. Even the way you interact with the Flex is different because of all the new technology packed inside—and outside: To enter the Flex, you use a newly designed keypad that remains invisible until you touch one of the numbers. Flex is loaded with innovative, class-leading technology solutions that seek to empower, not overpower, the driver. These features include Ford SYNC—a Ford exclusive voiceactivated, hands-free, in-vehicle communications and entertainment system. And the EPA specs are better than you might expect: 24 mpg/highway and 18 mpg/city. The all-new Flex’s ride and drive is impressive as well. The fully independent suspension system provides comfort and precision, with virtually no noise, vibration, or harshness. Up front is a gas-pressurized MacPherson strut setup with rear-facing L-shaped lower control arms with hydro-bushings, coil springs, and a 32 mm stabilizer bar. The rear features a multi-link setup with upper and lower control arms, coil springs, gas-charged shocks, and a 22 mm stabilizer bar. The all-new 2009 Ford Flex has to be driven to really appreciate its finer points. Just judging by the outside styling isn’t fair to the vehicle or to the consumer. Oddly, the more you dislike the Flex, the more you come to appreciate it. It’s not for everyone. But this versatile vehicle may well represent the new direction in people and cargo hauling. v


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Y O U R F o r Y o u r H o m e F u r n i t u r e has been at the same location in historic Downtown Ventura since 1976. Their huge two story showroom has all categories of furniture- Bedroom, Living Room, Home Office, Entertainment, Sofas and Recliners, Mattresses as well as hundreds of lamps and accessories. They also display one of the largest selections of quality Arts and Crafts style furniture in California. They specialize in furniture that can be built to order in choice of woods and finishes so you can get exactly what you want. They deliver in their own trucks all over the Southland and can ship anywhere. See ad on Page 11. Ventura County is home to W o o d c r a f t S h u t t e r s, a local company that manufactures shutters for the public as well as the wholesale and design trades. Woodcraft Shutters offers the highest quality custom shutters for your home or business. Each order is custom made to your specifications. Our quality is backed by a written warranty. We have an excellent rating from the BBB and are a California Contractor.

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Sweet Couture When it comes to comfort food, Michelle Michel’s Couture CupCakery takes the cake.







A cupcake craze is sweeping the country. Oprah is raving about Sprinkles in Beverly Hills, Dots is about to open a new store in Pasadena, and the TV show What About Brian? created whole plot lines about one character whose dream it was to own a cupcake store. Now, with the birth of Michelle Michel’s Couture CupCakery, Ventura County gets its tiny cake too. The word “couture” conjures thoughts of meticulously made, hand-stitched, avantgarde clothing—often impractical and ludicrously expensive. The word “cupcake” brings to mind summery childhood birthday parties, baking with grandma, and fighting over the one with the most frosting. Combine the two and you have a novel concept: custom-made, individual dessert creations that simultaneously make a fashion statement and give you the warm fuzzies. Couture CupCakery made its debut this spring at Weaver Wines’ Ventura Women and the City event, a fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit Women’s Economic Ventures. Michel, an Oxnard native who had just procured her business license and a space in which to bake, called Seana Weaver, one of the event’s organizers, and offered to donate cupcakes. But not just any cupcakes. She designed unique flavors to represent four main characters in the movie that set the tone for the evening, Sex and the City: Cosmopolitan, Bailey’s and Kaluha, Passionfruit Mojito, and Chocolate-dipped Strawberry. That debut of her cupcakes, presented on satin ribbon-edged silver serving tiers, yielded six more orders. Weaver herself became one of Michel’s first clients and ordered cupcakes for several subsequent events. “They are incredibly unique, and guests love them!” gushed Weaver. “Each is like a little fashion piece.” Although Michel loves the challenge of meeting high-end and unusual orders with her custom business, her motto is “cupcakes for everyone.” She started baking as a young girl, with her mother and grandmother. Later in life she gained not only a husband (with a somewhat ironic last name), but also two children who love to bake. “I started for very selfish reasons,” she said with a twinkle in her eye. “It’s a lot of fun!” The feeling she got watching family and

friends respond to her cupcake experiments led her to create more flavors and designs. People suggested she consider selling her cupcakes, so she did a bit of research. When she learned how popular cupcake shops had become across the country—and realized that her local area didn’t have a bakery that specialized in them—she asked herself, “Why shouldn’t it be me?” For now, Michel doesn’t have a retail store; she bakes part-time out of a rented commercial kitchen and delivers her products to clients. She dreams of having a store, and even has a vision of how it would look: dressed in damask and dripping with chandeliers. But she’s taking this endeavor one scoop at a time, striving to do it right. Starting next year she hopes to pursue baking for more wedding and big events. She has over forty-five flavors, including a buttermilk maple syrup Breakfast Pancake Cupcake with maple buttercream, an After Dinner Mint chocolate mint cupcake with chocolate mint ganache and mint buttercream, and a Cup of Pink Lemonade Cupcake. Two of her flavors—Jeter, Jeter Pumpkin Eater and White Diamond, a white chocolate cupcake with whipped white chocolate ganache—are named after her children. So far, the most popular flavors are Cinnabun and The Island, a coconut cupcake filled with pineapple, topped with cream cheese frosting, coconut, pecans, and pineapple slices. She also sells organic cupcakes, and even three varieties of what she calls PupCups for dogs. Michel’s cupcakes are remarkable in appearance, taste, and texture. The chocolate cupcakes are rich and moist like chewy brownies with crunchy edges, while her vanilla versions are slightly spongy, with a delicate flavor. Her martini cupcakes are tart and just sweet enough. She puts her ingredients together in a specific order, being careful not to beat them too much—just to the point of wetness. “Over mixing a cupcake makes it into a muffin,” she explained. She insists on freshness and bakes orders the night before, frosting them just prior to delivery. Michel, who has a background in social work, found an occupation that combines creativity with her desire to help people. Yet it’s still a selfish occupation. “Cupcakes make people happy,” she said. “I’ve yet to give someone a cupcake and have them not get excited.” v

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Yolanda’s Opens a Fourth Location

Enjoy sunset and marina views while dining on the patio at their newest location in Oxnard The owners of Yolanda’s Mexican Restaurants, Rod and Yolanda Gietzen, worked in ing to each community they are a part of. Rod and Yolanda are community leaders and the restaurant industry for several years in the San Fernando Valley prior to opening their give of themselves and their resources to help others. own restaurant doors in 1982. From its inception, the Oxnard restaurant was a great sucThey believe the success they've enjoyed is a direct result of the quality food, service and cess and soon customers from nearby Ventura were urging them to open one in their city. atmosphere provided at each of their locations. Only two years after Oxnard opened, Yolanda’s Ventura became a reality and the community has been very supportive over the years. On September 10th, 2001, after many requests from the customers who reside in Camarillo, Yolanda’s Camarillo was opened and welcomed with open arms. While Camarillo is the smallest unit, the staff has been delighted with the sales and overwhelming community support in Camarillo. On January 16, 2008, Yolanda’s Simi Valley Mexican Café opened. Once again, Yolanda’s is very pleased with the local support that the community has displayed, making it another success! Yolanda’s newest location in Oxnard opens October 6, 2008. The sunset and marina views from the outside patio will enhance your dining experience. Inside the restaurant, the paintings and atmosphere will entertain your eyes while you enjoy an award winning margarita. Rod and Yolanda are very happy to have a location in Oxnard, and are looking forward to serving the community where they first opened their doors in 1982. Owners Rod and Yolanda Gietzen. Over the past 24 years the Gietzens have built enduring relationships with customers, landlords, vendors, government leaders, as well as their employees. Some of their regular Call now to make reservations at one of our locations. AD PROOF customers have been working with them for decades and one of their employees has been Oxnard: (OPENS 10/06/08) 1601 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard, CA 93035, (805)985-1340. working with them since day one. Most of the workforce consists of long term employees Ventura: 2753 E. Main St., Ventura, CA 93003, (805) 643-2700. Client: Bombay Ad Executive: Peter Burgi (805) 648-2244 who enjoy the friendly and supportive work environment Rod and Yolanda have created. Camarillo: 86 E. Daily Dr., Camarillo, CA 93010, (805) 389-9922. Please check this proof over carefully and indicate all corrections clearly. You will have a “1st Proof”, “2nd Proof”, and “Final Proof”. If we receive no proof after the 1st or 2nd Simi Valley:PROOF 590 E. (APPROVED)” Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, CA. 93065, (805) 306-9933. As aAD family-orientated they meets are veryyour dedicated to enhancing and contributProofs, WILL RUN ASestablishment, IS. If this proof approval on the 1st proof, check off “FINAL box, date and sign at the bottom. ISSUE: OCT. 2008




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“If we abandon one person, we abandon ourselves. If one piece of the fabric tears, the rest of us feel the effect,” Judy Bysshe said recently over a hearty lunch in Ojai. “We are a community that cares about one another, and we take care of one another.” Bysshe is the embodiment of the politics of inclusion. A thin, blue-eyed beauty in her mid-60s, she has boundless energy. Whether she’s working on one of her philanthropy projects or hiking several times a week with a girlfriend, she is a full participant in life. She wants to take care of everyone she meets—and everyone she has yet to meet. In a way, Judy Bysshe has protected and cared for

Ventura County for nearly four decades. She is a natural teacher, lecturer, administrator, fundraiser, outdoors person, environmentalist, feminist, carnivore, baker extraordinaire, musician, world traveler, intrepid adventurer, gardener, and politico. She lives the saying “think globally, act locally.” And Ventura County is her locality. Kate McLean, a consultant on nonprofit management and the past president of the Ventura County Community Foundation, has known Bysshe since 1973. “Ventura County probably does not realize how much Judy has done for our community,” she said, “and how many projects and organizations are strong because of her ability to get people to come together.”


Raised in B akersfield, Bysshe came to Ventura County as a young adult. She learned about the wilderness from her father, an outdoorsman, and was encouraged by her mother to play musical instruments including accordion and harp. Not your typical upbringing. But the “Future Farmers Queen” of Bakersfield High still had not learned much about the world outside of Kern County. In 1959, Bysshe went to college and her life was forever changed. She went to UC Berkeley during the heady days of the first flashes of rebellion and the recognition of what would become a full-on charge for equal rights. “Berkeley was perhaps the most exciting place in the world to be at that time,” she said. “I was exposed to a broad and general belief that we could really do something. I came away absolutely knowing I could make a difference in the world.” After graduation, she returned to Southern California and gradually immersed herself in the new movement of environmentalism. During her time as president of the Environmental Coalition, the group tackled some giants of industry. The coalition stopped Shell Chemical Company’s nighttime dumping of illegal chemicals in the Ventura River by proving it was a navigable waterway, which placed it under federal protection. “We got the first water pollution fines in the State of California on that project,” she said proudly. Other quests soon followed. Eight electric plants were planned for Ormond Beach in Oxnard. They would have delivered electricity to Los Angeles, but brought only pollution to Ventura County. The coalition limited the construction to the one plant already built. They also stopped channelization on the Santa Paula Creek, and took the EPA to court when their Environmental Impact Report was clearly one they had taken off the shelf from another project. And they helped preserve the Santa Monica Mountains—one of Ventura County’s most beautiful and environmentally sensitive wilderness areas—through the development of the Santa Monica Mountains State Park. And there were more challenges. “We stopped U.S. Gypsum from strip mining in the Los Padres National Forest,” Bysshe said, “and stopped the building of a sulphuric acid plant in the backcountry that would have drained the aquifer and potentially fouled the wild Sespe Creek.” By the time she had thrown herself into the environmental causes, Bysshe was also a young mother with two children. During the battle for Sespe Creek, Bysshe brought her children with her to many rallies and fundraisers. Her daughter, Kelly Lynch, still has vivid memories of those days. “U.S. Gypsum would have required that seventy trucks use Highway 33 on a daily basis,” Lynch said. “We used to leave the rallies early because [mom] drove an old Dodge Dart that belched smoke when it was started.” Over the years, Bysshe and her younger sister, Joan Fulton, collaborated on many visits to areas in Mexico and Central America that had been ruled by the Maya. Eventually, the middle-aged sisters began to explore the jungles in earnest. “We are talking slogging through belly deep mud on horseback to go to sites rarely visited,” Fulton said. “We barely avoided an eight-foot venomous chulpate snake whose grip is

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Along with her younger sister, Joan Fulton, Bysshe has traveled the globe, preferring destinations rich in native culture, such as The Sacred Valley (top) and Lake Titicaca (bottom) in the Andean Highlands of Peru.

so powerful that the fangs can only be removed by cutting the head off … pointless since you’d be dead anyway.” Then Bysshe decided what she wanted for her sixty-fifth birthday: to go to Machu Picchu in Peru. And to get there the hard way—a four-day trek down through the jungles and up into the oxygen-challenged stratosphere at fourteen thousand feet. The sisters survived the adventure and felt it was worthwhile. However, Bysshe said that as they were heading to other parts of Peru, she told her sister, “Next time I call you with some hair-brained scheme that includes hiking steep and long distances at high altitude, please remind me of how I am feeling right now.” Somewhere along the line (maybe it was the exposure to exotic locales), Bysshe developed a preference for unusual pets. When she worked in her husband Fred’s law office, she’d bring along her constant companion, a ferret named Elizabeth Ferret Browning. “Judy adored her ferret and took her everywhere,” her sister said. “Elizabeth even had her own drawer at the office.” At home in Ojai are two llamas, Fernando and Boliviano, gently living out their geriatric years. They were a fiftieth birthday present from Fred, intended to be helpful as Judy recovered from neck surgery. They carried her belongings, but soon became more than mere pack animals. As pets, they even accompanied Fred on his runs. “Until both the llamas and Fred had to give up running,” Bysshe said. Outspoken as always, Judy Bysshe is not oblivious to the political turmoil of the past several years. “I do believe that in this time of crisis and seeming defeat, when much of what we have worked for has been dismantled by an administration that exists only to serve corporate interests, we cannot allow ourselves to become defeatist,” she said. “The threats to liberty in this country were never more insidious; we must consistently confront the threat with the truth.” v

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At Besant Hill in Ojai, head of scho ol Paul Amadio takes students outside the classr oom and outside the b ox, teaching them to use their passion and discover their true p ot ential.


It was a marriage made in ac ademic heaven. Paul Amadio was looking for the perfect job to take him to the end of his career, and Besant Hill, a private boarding school in Ojai, was looking for the perfect headmaster to take it to the next level. But before we start this love match, the obvious question: Why would anyone in their right mind want to run a school? Dealing with all those students, teachers, and parents. Overseeing the property, the budget, the fundraising. And that mountain of never-ending paper work! Amadio (Ah-mah-dee-o), 48, lays it squarely on his own parents. "I grew up around civil servants who gave their lives to education,” he explains. “My father worked for the Massachusetts State Department of Education." What a noble inspiration. Based on that answer, I was ready to interview an egghead. What a very different picture I got when I walked into his office. Front and center on his desk was a photo of John Lennon, another photo of the Beatles, David Halberstam’s book “The Fifties,” a 12-pack of Diet Coke, a Peter Max print, and his Blackberry. The only egghead thing was a plaque that read, “Aun aprendo.” Turns out that’s the school motto—Latin for “I am still learning.”







Greeting me was a man with a warm and open face, curly gray hair and a trimmed beard, an easy smile, and an affable voice. A twinkle-in-the-eye guy. Knowing he was from Massachusetts, I couldn’t resist asking if he was a Red Sox fan. “Yes, of course!” he replied. Which explains the unbridled enthusiasm. After all, being a Red Sox fan requires eternal optimism. Paul Amadio may have been inspired by his parents, but it was his own hard-wiring that took him on the circuitous route from Massachusetts to Ojai, from acting to education, and finally to being an educator. His trip, like most, had a few detours. The first stemmed from a part in his high school play, “Grease,” which led directly to a role in a professional road company tour of the musical. After a year on the road, he went to college at Roger Williams, a liberal arts school in Rhode Island, where he studied education and business. But acting was still a passion. So he took himself back on the road, ending up in Chicago where he worked in different resident theater companies, one of which sent him into the inner-city schools of Detroit. "I walked into classrooms that were overstuffed with kids, and my job was to introduce theater games to them,” says Amadio. “What I learned is that kids are all born with extraordinary creativity— and that schools are killing it.” That experience solidified his path to being an educator, and he went back to New England to start his career. "When kids are confident and comfortable, they express themselves in ways that are extraordinary,” he says. “If you teach kids to trust themselves, they'll take risks, and that creativity is a mental process you need to give voice to."







Creativit y is the hear t and soul of B esant Hill, a sprawling place on 500 acres in Ojai. Opened in 1946, it was originally named Happy Valley School. Amadio was instrumental in having it renamed two years ago in honor of Annie Besant, the English feminist and theosophist who—along with celebrated friends such as Aldous Huxley and Jiddu Krishnamurti—envisioned the school. (Besant actually bought the 500 acres.) It was an impressive site with an altruistic philosophy: that students are served by learning cooperation and service, and by eventually leaving the school knowing what they do best. It was just the sort of environment Amadio was looking for when he decided he needed a new challenge and applied for the position of head of school. His educational experience combined with a strong background in marketing and fundraising made him an ideal candidate for the job. Ojai resident Peter Bellwood, whose daughter Lucy had been at the school for four years, was one of the parents who interviewed Amadio. "I liked what Paul said right at the start: ‘I'm looking to make one more move with my wife and my children,’" Bellwood recalls. "Then, after talking about the school's strengths, he shared what

he thought the school lacked. I thought he was right on the money in his assessment." While the school is still in the process of recalibrating itself under Amadio’s stewardship, one faculty member has had the advantage of the long view; Tina Leslie, who’s been a teacher at Besant Hill for 21 years, has seen the before and after. “The biggest change since Paul Amadio has taken the helm is the physical plant of the school,” says Leslie. “The school needed a lot of repairs and upgrades, and he has tackled those beautifully.” He’s also expanded the experiential education program, such as traveling, both domestically and abroad. Basically, it’s an all-around reconstructive energy that Amadio has brought with him to the school, where he lives in the Besant House with his wife, Donita, their three children, and four dogs. But these tight financial times require a focus on fundraising. Besant Hill has a steady enrollment of 100 students, 80 percent of whom board. They come from as far away as China, Taiwan, and Africa. While about a quarter of them get financial aid, the full tuition is $38,500 a year. The board wants to expand the $3 million endowment (which doesn’t include the value of the

Opposite page: Paul Amadio in the on-campus yurt. (This isn’t your typical little red schoolhouse.) Above: Creative expression takes many forms at Besant Hill, from refined music to boisterous outbursts of affection. A spirit of community that began in 1946 continues today and is still considered one of the keys to building responsible adults.






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500 acres), and is about to launch a $10 million campaign. Of course, the school is nothing without its unique curriculum, which goes way beyond the college prep requirements. The emphasis is on an experiential education—getting outside the classroom. On a post-Katrina trip to New Orleans, students not only studied the history of music and blues, they also helped rebuild and restore houses demolished by the hurricane. They’ve worked on beach restoration at the Channel Islands and in Baja California, and have delivered books via donkey in Egypt, where they set up a traveling library. As Tina Leslie says, “Paul really inspires all the students and staff to find our creative sides and use them.” Amadio firmly believes that creative expression is the cornerstone of the school, and from that expression, students discover themselves as true learners. He wants kids to get excited about their potential. "Use your passion,” he teaches them. And those two priceless commodities are what Paul Amadio brings to the party at Besant Hill School—inspiration and passion. v B e s a nt H il l Sc ho o l 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd., Ojai To learn more about Besant Hill School, including how to make donations, log onto or call 805.646.4343.






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Four Weekends in October | Faulkner Farm, Santa Rosa A Ventura County tradition continues with the Santa Paula Rotary Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Festival at Faulkner Farm. Families can take advantage of great autumn weekends with acres of bright orange pumpkins, a giant sunflower forest for the kids, towering hay pyramids, and hay rides with historic information about the area. There will also be farm animals, pony rides, mini train rides, face painting, a country store, delicious food, and entertainment. $2, October 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Briggs and W. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula. For more information ca l l 1. 88 8. 5 22 . 1 88 4 o r vi s i t Fau l knerFarmPumpkinPa

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October 3 – November 1 (see dates below) | Ventura County Fairgrounds Seaside Haunt, a haunted theme park, is twice as large this year with two new attractions: Mutiny to Purgatory and Blood Beach Haunted Mansion.Visitors will encounter zombie pirates in the corridors of a haunted ghost ship and/or tour through a haunted mansion with 20 rooms of terror along the cliffs of the sea. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from October 3 to November 1, and every night from October 23 to November 1. Family matinees also offered Saturday and Sunday afternoons, October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, and November 1. 10 W Harbor Blvd.,Ventura. For a schedule of events and ticket information visit

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Fabulous ocean & island views from this romantic Summerland split level home. It boasts 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, fireplace in the living room, 2 large viewing decks, new carpet & newly landscaped side yard. Minutes to the charming Summerland shops, hiking Offered at $995,999 trails & beaches.

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T H E P I N N AC L E O F E L E G A N C E Nestled behind large stately gates and rambling roses, this lovely immaculate 5 bedroom, 6 bath home boasts double stair cases with ornamental iron balusters. Travertine stone flooring, 6' marble & travertine mosaic medallion greet the entry. Victorian cream cabinets in kitchen make this truly a Chef's & entertainer's dream, complete with center island/with veggie sink & granite counters. Beautiful built-ins complete with decadent crown molding

throughout. Upgraded designer hardware and plumbing fixtures, custom wall treatments and paint throughout. Custom window coverings and drapes. Enormous stone fireplace in living room. Plasma screens in nearly every room including some bathrooms. Game room with pool table & surround sound for huge plasma. 4 car garage. Beautiful upgraded guest house w/ separate water heater & air conditioner. Lush landscape complete w/stone


ENTERTAINER’S DREAM Wonderfully maintained 4 bedroom home in the much sought after Legacy Park neighborhood. Perfect residence for those looking for space for entertaining. Stepping into the 56




spacious living room you will be greeted with vaulted ceilings, a large dining room, and custom lighting. At the rear of the home is the full gourmet island kitchen with GE appliances and


waterfalls and swimming pool with grotto; pebble & abalone bottom, stone water slide, elevated spa, 2 fire pits, lawn & exotic plants. This is Paradise! Contact Larry Krogh General Pacific Properties 805-312-0512.






land, this peaceful setting is sure to help you unwind in no time. Contact Karen Campbell, Ventura Property Shoppe (805) 320-0225.








granite tile counters, tile floors, and family room with fireplace. Upstairs you will find the 4 spacious bedrooms, 2 full baths, and an indoor laundry room. There is also a loft area that is perfect as an office or library retreat. Outside there is a nice patio, an above ground spa, and beautiful gardens. This property is without question one of the best buys available with this size and location. Contact Bob Ridgway at RE/MAX Gold Coast, 805-339-3585 ext. 2 or visit


This unpolished gem tucked away in Ventura’s desirable Hidden Valley Estates needs updating inside, but the stellar location and price more than make up for it. Over 1900 square feet of living space with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a spacious family room. Large corner lot and park-like backyard afford ample privacy.Located across from open

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SOMIS SCHOOL HOUSE MAJOR PRICE REDUCTION! Restored 1890 Somis School House. Beautiful, Queen Anne style residence with detached guest house on over 1.5 acres. House has freshly painted exterior, beautiful stained glass windows, 12 foot ceilings on first floor and large rooms. Bell tower can be 3rd BR/den with great views. Full basement can be accessed from interior and exterior. Re-roofed and copper plumbing. Fully fenced property with beautiful stone work and wrought iron gates. Dozens of

fruit and nut trees.Old small barn sold as is. Potential historic Mills Act designation for substantial tax benefits. Unique property. REDUCED TO $999,000 – Visit Contact Fred Evans at RE/MAX Gold Coast Realtors at (805) 339-3502.







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Beach Duplex located less than a block to the beach! Both units have 3BR + 1.75BA. Downstairs is completely remodeled. The upstairs is well-maintained with a large living room, & a nice outdoor sundeck. Plenty of parking of site, including a garage, plus new landscaping in the backyard, including fruit trees. $1,095,000

4BR + 3.5BA, 3,014 sq.ft. Exquisitely rebuilt & remodeled flowing home. Everything is top of the line - from the Bosch appliances, Hayler wine cooler, Kenmore washerdryer, Wood flooring. Jacuzzi tub, atrium style courtyard. Special Financing. To view virtual tour go to


WELCOME TO PARADISE! Nestled behind large stately gates and rambling roses, this lovely immaculate home boasts double stair cases with ornamental iron baluster. Travertine stone flooring, 6’ marble & travertine mosaic medallion greet the entry. Victorian cream cabinets in kitchen make this truly a Chef’s & entertainer’s dream, complete with center Island/ with veggie sink & all counters made from granite. Beautiful built-ins complete with decadent crown molding throughout. Upgraded hardware and plumbing fixtures, custom wall treatments and paint throughout. Custom window coverings and drapes. Enormous Stone fireplace in living room. Plasma screens in nearly every room including some bathrooms. Game room with pool table & surround sound for huge plasm. 4 car garage. Guest casita. Stone waterfalls and swimming pool with Grotto, pebble and abalone bottom, w/ stone water slide, fire pit, lawn & exotic plants. This is Paradise! To view virtual tour go to



This corner lot home boasts 3 large bedrooms, 2 baths, a living room w/fireplace, large family room w/dining area which opens to a large kitchen w/ kitchenette & a low maintenance yard. Walk to beach, marina, shopping & restaurants. Enjoy the beach/marina lifestyle at an affordable price! $879,900

This home is amazing! New Hickory wood floors, newer carpet, tile floor in bathroom, granite counters, french doors leading from formal dining room to stamped concrete patio. 3d bedroom or large loft could be a very large 4th bedroom. 2.5 bathrooms. To view virtual tour, go to


Offered at $1,699,000



Commercial Property. Great income 5,000.00 monthly. Call Agent for details. $ 749,900.00

This property is amazing and close to nature. Huge 1/2 lot provides for an anazing pool home complete with spa and completely finshed landscape. This 3 BR, 2.5 BA home is nestled in a very quite culdesac. 3 car garage with RV parking. To view virtual tour, go to


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S EE F RED S ELL , H E S ELLS W ELL ! Malibu's Prestigious Point Dume. Next to the last home in the cul-desac with private beach access. One of the best surfing spots in Malibu only accessible by residences in this colony. Sprawling 1.2 acre compound with an ocean view. Built in 1948, the main residence has 4 BR, 3 BA and features hardwood floors, exposed beam ceilings and massive bay window looking out to lawn and ocean. Substantial guest house built in the late 70’s has 2 BR and 2 BA. Filled with charm and that classic Malibu feeling, you are inches from Malibu's most beautiful and pristine beaches and coves. Includes architectural plans. OFFERED AT $11,900,000 – Visit

Exquisite Ventura Ocean Fr ont Home. Hard to find wide sandy beach located at desirable Mussel Shoals. 3 BR, 2 BA with open floor plan. Upper level features open wood beam ceilings, kitchen with breakfast bar, FR with corner fireplace and 3 sets of slider doors to viewing deck, MBR and bath with spa tub and steam shower. Lower level has 2 BR and 1 BA with direct access to exterior. Large wood deck with add’l lower level patio. One of a kind property. OFFERED AT $3,250,000 – See V ir tual Tour on Website

Large Cape Cod Style Ocean View Home. On over ? acre lot adjacent to Ventura’s historic Pierpont Inn on Vista Del Mar Drive. Currently being used as salon and spa for the Pierpont Inn. 4 BR, 4 BA with approximately 3,700 sq. ft. per tax records. Large living room with massive fireplace. Tremendous potential. Zoned for condominiums or just keep as a fabulous ocean view home. Large front lawn with incredible views. Plenty of parking. One of a kind estate. OFFERED AT $1,999,999

E l e g a n t C u s t o m Ve n t ur a H o m e . 5 BR, 5 BA with approx. 4,500 sq. ft. per seller. Custom kitchen with 2 islands, granite counters, walk-in and butler's pantry. 4 fireplaces, 2 family rooms, and exceptional master suite. Magnificent yard with pool, spa, built-in BBQ, fire pit, and putting green. OFFERED AT $ 1, 7 45 , 0 00 – Se e V ir t u a l To ur o n We b s i t e

Ventura Ocean View Mediter ranean Villa. Hillside 3 level 4 BR, 3.5 BA home with approx. 3,476 sq. ft. per tax records. Limestone look tile entry with stone fountain on entry landing. Open floor plan with huge family/game room. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters and butler’s pantry. Master BR with Jacuzzi tub and Roman shower with pass through fireplace. African mahogany floors in living & dining rooms. Possible lower level guest quarters with separate entrance. Security system, expansive viewing decks, and private backyard with arched patio. Must see! OFFERED AT $1,680,000 – Vis it ww

Pierpont Bay Beach Beauty. 3 BR, 2 BA with approx. 2,030 sq. ft. per assessor. Highly remodeled and upgraded. Upper level with cathedral ceilings, newer hardwood floors and ocean view deck. Master suite with fireplace and beautiful bath. Kitchen with walk-in pantry and breakfast bar. 3 car garage with plenty of off street parking. OFFERED AT $1,450,000 – See V ir tual Tour on Website

Fantastic Ventura Ocean View Queen Anne Victorian Style Restoration and Remodel. Built in 1890 and moved to current site in 1951. Current owner, a general contractor, rebuilt in 2002. 3 BR, 2.5 BA with 2 story Cupola, open beam ceilings, Pergo flooring, and 3 fireplaces. Large gated private lot. Gourmet kitchen with maple cabinets, granite counters, and center island. Master bedroom with see through fireplace to bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and separate shower. Custom moulding and window trim around dual pane windows plus forced heating and AC. Two car garage with work shop. OFFERED AT $1,395,000 - Visit

CAMARILLO HEIGHTS ALTAMONT RIDGE GATED COMMUNI TY. Highly upgraded Mediterranean home with views of the ocean, city, and mountains. Approx. 3,500 sq. ft. per seller with 4 BR, 5 BA plus office on over one acre. Upgrades include granite counters, travertine flooring, custom wood shutters, 2 fireplaces, and high ceilings with custom crown molding. Nicely landscaped yard with built-in BBQ, fruit trees and garden area. 3 car garage. OFFERED AT $1,299,000 – Vi si t w w

Char mi ng Co nt e mporar y O ce an V ie w H ome i n Ve n t u r a' s Prestigious Hobson Heights. Spectacular postcard ocean views from every room of this tastefully remodeled 2+2 coastal retreat. Channel Islands and Ventura Harbor are a stunning backdrop for a beautifully landscaped yard with reflection pool and waterfall. Relax on the sundeck off the master bedroom, family room and office area or let the Pacific breeze keep you cool on the covered view patio off the living room and dining areas. This is a rare opportunity to find a view home in historic Hobson Heights that has it all. OFFERED AT $1,124,900 – Vi s it w

MAJOR PRICE REDUCTION! Restor ed 1890 Somis School House. Beautiful Queen Anne style residence with detached guest house on over 1.5 acres. House has freshly painted exterior, beautiful stained glass windows, 12 foot ceilings on first floor and large rooms. Bell tower can be 3rd BR/den with great views. Full basement can be accessed from interior and exterior. Reroofed and copper plumbing. Fully fenced property with beautiful stone work and wrought iron gates. Dozens of fruit and nut trees. Old small barn sold as is. Potential historic Mills Act designation for substantial tax benefits. Unique property. REDUCED TO $999,000 – Vis it ww

FANTASTIC BUY! Panoramic Ventura Ocean & Island Vie w Likenew Town Home. Completed in 2007 located on Vista Del Mar. Steps from the Pierpont Inn & Racquet Club. Largest floor plan approx. 1,740 sq. ft. per builder. End unit with 3 BR, 2.5 BA, and 3 fireplaces located in the master bedroom, living room and downstairs patio. Mediterranean architecture and numerous features including GE Profile stainless steel appliances, tumbled marble flooring, custom master bedroom closets, granite countertops, and smart wiring. One of only four exclusive town homes within walking distance to the beach. OFFERED AT $845,000 – Vis i tw

REDUCED! FANTASTIC BUY! Ve n t ur a ’s S k y li n e E s t a t e s Panoramic Ocean, Island and City Lights V iew Home. Extensively remodeled 4 BR, 2.5 BA with approx. 2,152 sq. ft. per assessor. Remodeled kitchen with granite, tile, travertine, mahogany cabinet fronts, and stainless steel appliances. Huge front viewing patio with fire pit. Upstairs bedroom with spectacular views. 3 walk-in closets, newer dual pane windows, remodeled baths with custom sinks, travertine, and granite. PRICED TO SELL AT $829,900 – See V ir tual Tour on Website

Ventura 1920's Spanish Style Hillside Home with Par tial Ocean View. Remodeled and expanded tri-level floor plan with 3 BR and 2.5 BA. Features include hardwood floors in original part of house, formal dining room with redwood ceilings, remodeled kitchen with Corian counters and newer cabinets, living room with fireplace, remodeled baths with tile and granite, and newer energy efficient windows. Upper level office/possible 4th BR with some ocean view. Breakfast room and indoor laundry room. Lower level bedroom with French sliding doors to outside patio. Private backyard with large deck and cabana area. OFFERED AT $797,000 – Visit

Spanish Hills Golf Villa Former Model. Gated community surrounded by million dollar homes. Largest floor plan approx. 1,928 sq. ft per assessor with 3 BR, 2.5 BA plus den. Family room with fireplace and TV nook, spacious living room, and formal dining room with French doors opening to surrounding deck. Master suite with spa tub, marble shower, dual sinks and walk-in closet. Additional features include tumble tile flooring, sound system throughout, central air, brushed nickel fixtures in baths, upstairs laundry, security system, and professionally landscaped yard. OFFERED AT $775,000 – See Vir tual Tour on Website

Ojai Mountain V iew Cul-De-Sac Home. Beautiful 180 degree mountain views from this spacious 3 BR, 3 BA home on over a 17,000 sq. ft. lot. Features include 2 fireplaces, vaulted ceilings upstairs and down, fresh paint, smooth ceilings, and newer sliders, windows, and plantation shutters. Gorgeous new porcelain tile flooring in each of the bedrooms and hallway. Master bedroom with mountain views and private patio with a spa. 720+ sq .ft. garage has bathroom and plenty of storage space. Move-in ready! OFFERED AT $697,900 – See V ir tual Tour on Website

Ventura Brock Hills Beauty. Largest floor plan with swimming pool and spa. 4 BR, 2.5 BA with approx. 1,776 sq. ft. per assessor. Family room with fireplace. Large private lot with long driveway with room for up to 8 cars. Mountain and valley views. Won’t last long. FANTASTIC BUY ONLY $499,900 – See Vir tual Tour on Website



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