Published: 15.11.2018 to 23:19:59
In honor and remembrance of Sergeant Ron Helus we will be closed after 3pm today in Thousand Oaks.
Published: 15.11.2018 to 08:17:31
Why on earth would anyone want to live in California?
I’ve struggled to gather my thoughts into one post. California is a place I never thought I’d end up. I had so many stereotypes in my head when I first packed up my Jeep a year ago and drove over 2,000 miles to make a place I’d never even visited my home.
I feel things too deeply. I rage, I mourn, I love - deeply. I have felt small, insignificant, expendable over the past week. I have watched a fire straddle a ridge six miles from my home, the flames hungry to destroy and consume without any regard for the lives beneath it.
I have watched members of my community in grief over the victims of a senseless shooting as they themselves try to survive and find their way to safety. Human nature is to prevail and to cling to that which is most important, and I’ve seen this play out in the most heroic of ways, even if it’s something as seemingly small as a cup of coffee given to a mother who hasn’t slept in days, a world-famous singer delivering pizzas to evacuees, or as extreme as the bravery of our firefighters walking into danger while the rest of us only have the urge to flee.
Why on earth would anyone want to live in California? It’s a question many people have.
Because it makes us feel something. It makes us feel alive, even as it makes us feel small.
Published: 15.11.2018 to 04:53:43
Published: 14.11.2018 to 03:58:54
Know their names. #ThousandOaksShooting
Cody Coffman, 22
Sean Adler, 48
Sgt. Ron Helus, 54
Alaina Housley, 18
Dan Manrique, 33
Justin Meek, 23
Kristina Morisette, 20
Telemachus Orfanos, 27
Noel Sparks, 21
Jacob Dunham, 21
Blake Dingman, 21
Mark Meza Jr., 20
It’s been 5 days since the Borderline shooting in Thousand Oaks, California and my heart is still very much aching after hearing such horrific news. Again. On the 311th day of the year the 307th mass shooting took place here in America. This time leaving 12 dead. Thousand Oaks, California— my heart, my thoughts, and my prayers are with you during this time of tragedy, and my deepest condolences go out to all the families who lost loved ones due to this horrific event. However, we must always remember that thoughts and prayers alone are not enough— for faith without work is dead. We have a problem that needs fixing. We must keep fighting with all the blood, sweat and tears within us to combat this epidemic of gun violence that cripples our nation, and scream until our voices are heard so another mother, father, sister, brother, and so on does not collapse to their knees in agony as they receive the horrific news that their loved one is no longer with us. We cannot ignore this senseless violence, and claim there is no way to stop these tragic things from occuring because there is a way, yet many continue to look past the solution even though it’s staring them in the eyes. Nobody with a mind that feels the need to kill people should ever be able to obtain a weapon of mass destruction. This is why we need stricter gun legislation across our nation. Data from other countries proves that it works by decreasing these incidents and in some cases almost stoping them completely. Thank you to all who are consistantly working hard to create this change, even when your heart is shattered in effort to prevent more innocent lives continuing to be taken so frequently in this way. May all these victims rest easy, and may they all remind us why we continue to fight for what is right.
Published: 14.11.2018 to 01:41:17
Published: 13.11.2018 to 18:56:58
“For those of you in other parts of the country wondering if CA state policies and actions precipitate these wildfires, the short rebuttal is that the administration in control is essentially a negligent landlord pointing fingers to escape blame.
The long story: the federal government (and thus, all of us taxpayers) is responsible for management of over 20 million acres of our 33 million acres of forests in CA, plus millions acres more in grasslands, deserts and national parks; the State just added $1 billion over five years to existing funding ($803 million from one fund alone for natural resource management) to manage the forests under our care (and we are actively signing Good Neighbor agreements to do proactive work and restoration on fed lands); we experienced a prolonged and unprecedented drought that will continue to impact forest health (plus reservoir capacity thanks to erosive soils running off into waterways) for many more years; climate change has increased temperatures and the increase in overnight lows coupled with drought means conifers were doomed in fighting off an endemic bark beetle, leading to 150 million+ dead and dying trees in CA; there are countless hard-working public servants at all levels of government who care about the fate of our natural resources and do our damnedest to improve management.
Please ignore the messages you are hearing that these fires are our fault. Know your facts and know that we need more money from the federal government to proactively protect our land. We also need all levels of government to consider the impacts of development as we move into an increasingly dry and hot future”
Published: 13.11.2018 to 08:29:27