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Month: January 2007
Long live the community bulletin board Before Craigslist, this is how we survived Craigslist.com can be incredibly useful and, if you’re in a rush, probably the best place to find random stuff (not to mention random people). But bulletin boards, those things we used before we’d ever heard of Craig Newmark (and his Web site), are infinitely more entertaining: the clutter, the randomness, the frantic, handwritten notes. A good bulletin board is regularly cleansed of out of date junk and holds only the most interesting announcements and offers. Local trapeze artist desires roommate and potential partner in new act....Read More
Meeting God In 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama, Ventura filmmaker Rick Ray chats with the “rock star of peace” by Matthew Singer Director Rick Ray did not go to India in 2001 with the intent of making what would become 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama. Initially, he was commissioned by a production company to shoot another of his standard travel documentaries. He agreed to do the job for free because the producer promised him an interview with the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and political leader of Tibet and one of Ray’s longtime idols. The contract even listed...Read More
I want to begin exercising, but I weigh over 250 pounds. I am out of shape and I don’t know where to begin. Any advice would help. — Charlene J., Email A sedentary story One of my clients weighed in at over 300 pounds. She had both knees replaced, one shoulder (rotator cuff) replaced, had a mastectomy because of breast cancer and underwent heart surgery. She wobbled her way around and had lost hope that she would never get her stride back. No matter what I said or what anyone around her encouraged her to do, she remained sedentary....Read More
Looking for a landmark While the Wagon Wheel property owners have announced their intention to start demolishing the area in September to make way for a new residential and commercial development, the Ventura County Cultural Heritage Board (VCCHB) has renewed its drive to secure landmark status for the site. On Jan. 22, the board decided to place the issue on the agenda for their upcoming meeting on Feb. 12, when it will vote on whether to recommend that the Oxnard City Council designate the 60-year-old former roadside motel and restaurant as a historic landmark. “Part of the reason is that the property owner [development firm Oxnard Village Investments LLC] doesn’t even seem open to discussing it,” says Gary Blum, chairman of the VCCHB. “And there’s a lack of information coming from the City of Oxnard about where it stands on the issue.” If the council grants the Wagon Wheel landmark status, the developers would have to go through the VCCHB to get a certificate of appropriateness before obtaining a demolition permit. While the property owners have said they plan on preserving a few of the structure’s architectural elements, Blum says the board does not feel the mitigation is significant and would like to find a way for the developer to incorporate the existing building into the new project. Third time’s a charm? Twice in five years voters in Santa...Read More
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