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Month: January 2007
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
BOBBY MCFERRIN & VOICESTRA Jan. 27, 8 p.m. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation presents Bobby McFerrin and Voicestra in concert. One of the natural wonders of the music world and a 10-time Grammy Award winner, McFerrin is one of the world’s best-known vocal innovators and improvisers, world-renowned classical conductor, and creator of one of the most popular songs of the late 20th century, “Don t Worry, Be Happy.” The music is entirely improvised and captures everything in the performance: the day, the time, the theatre, the audience. $45-$30. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100...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
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
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