Agoura Horse Property - Custom & Equestrian Real Estate by Nona Green

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Who is harvesting your grapes or citrus or avocados? Besides yourself, who is cleaning your horse stalls? Many horse or farm property owners say that good help is hard to find.

Recent changes to immigration policy were promised to create jobs for American workers based on a belief that those entering the country illegally or legally were saturating the job market. According to PEW Research Center, there are not enough workers to fill these jobs. The pay is low, the work grueling. In the agriculture business, immigrants make up the majority of hirees.

The proponents of Senate Bill 54 say it is needed for humanitarian reasons. SB 54 has the support of law enforcement who say it maintains trust and the level of crime reporting. It would expand so-called sanctuary city policies, prohibiting state and local law enforcement agencies, including school police and security departments, from using resources to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect or arrest people for immigration enforcement purposes. This bill is hoped to result in fewer deportations and keep families together. At the time of this writing, the Bill passed the Senate and is under review by the Appropriations Committee of the State Legislature.

Some say the bill falls short of protecting migrant workers. What is missing from the bill are protections to ensure that they are not overworked and underpaid, that they receive breaks and days off, and that they are provided safe and sanitary work conditions. Existing labor laws may fill that purpose, yet undocumented workers are vulnerable to exploitation.

What are an employer's responsibilities when hiring a housekeeper or a horse groom, for example? They must ask a prospective worker for their Form I-9. An employer may be subject to fines or jail time if they do not verify an employee's employment authorization and withhold unemployment and disability taxes from wages. If a prospective worker has a temporary visa, the employer can sponsor that person for "green card" or lawful permanent residence in the US. Meanwhile, if ICE comes knocking on your door, you can decline to provide information about your employees. Without a warrant signed by a Federal or State court, an ICE agent is not authorized to come onto your property.

Contributor for this article: Vanessa Frank, Immigration Attorney
City of Ventura 805 641-9300

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Preparation is key. Buyers want to know whether they can build what they want on a lot BEFORE spending time and money.
For them to feel secure that they are not throwing away their cash, they want the information needed to get the answers ahead of time.

1) Have property surveyed and corners staked.
2) Have ready a preliminary title report with easements plotted.
3) Have a zoning letter (a letter from city or county) confirming zoning - have a copy of the zoning ordinance.
4) If sewer and utilities are available - know their location. If no sewer is available, have land tested for septic system in advance.

It should go without saying that the lot should be priced correctly. If no comparable sales are available, then improved properties should be used, subtracting the cost of development to arrive at the residual value of the land. For more information, please contact, 818 426-2292

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

The National and State Park system that operates in the Santa Monica Mountians contains miles of trials for the riding and hiking. If you have an opportunity to take a trail ride before you buy, you will be certain that you are making the right move for yourself and her horses.

Nona Green of routinely offers pre-purchase trails rides to her clients. Explains Green, "I have a customer who once purchased a property based on a real estate salesperson telling them that they could ride from the property onto trails. After they moved in, they discovered that there weren't any trails. I want people to know first hand what they can expect."

Green will either meet her clients with their horses at the respective trailhead, or she will let her customer borrow one of hers.

The trails system is extensive, yet a buyer may want to know if access requires crossing a busy street, or if the particular park allows dogs. They may want to be close to trails that are less frequented by bikers, or trails that are flat versus hilly. Even though horse property inventory is slim, it may be good to know the terrain before you buy.

Green also offers POST-purchase rides to help a homeowner get familiar with the trails after they move in.

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Friday, July 07, 2017
TO: Nick Newkirk, City of Agoura Hills Parks and Recreation Department
Dear Nick,
Thank you for your email. I want to point out that giving horse and pet owners a head's up falls short of solving the primary problems with fireworks near open space and in an equestrian community.
At best, homeowners who have advance notice can arrange to be present should a horse be injured so they can timely administer first aid. Perhaps the owner can confine a horse to a small area where it is less likely to be impaled or break a leg. There is not a way to put earplugs in their ears, or sedate them such that they won't be frightened. In the most sensitive animals, fireworks can induce colic, ulcers, or a heart attack.
The distance from Chumash Park to the conservancy land behind the high school is 1000 feet. To quote a phrase on the Federal Government website, this Sunday's display (and for that matter, all the displays at the high school) may be in violation of Federal Law: which says the explosives cannot be within 3/4 mile of protected wildlife habitat.
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I appreciate that you're sensitive to my concerns. Does that mean the duration of the explosions can be shortened? Are you using silent fireworks? How about a pledge to eliminate them from future events at Chumash Park?
I realize that fireworks are a tradition on the 4th of July. In this case, this event is a concert in the park on the 9th, and I question the value of this display when there are deleterious consequences to the environment. Please tell me what needs to happen for them to stop.
Thanks Again,
Nona Green
On Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 7:59 AM, Nick Newkirk <> wrote:


Thank you so much for your email and letting us know about your concerns.

If it comforts you at all, the City of Agoura Hills makes every effort to not only keep the area safe from any fires that may break out, but also reach out to the local horse community via the HOA in the hopes that people will take whatever steps necessary to keep their animals safe. We have the fire department present at the event as well as local sheriff that will keep the firing area safe as well as handle traffic flow after the show is completed.

We are very sensitive, and have been over the past several years, to make every attempt for this to be a safe and enjoyable event for all parties involved. If you have any further concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to email me or call me!

Nick Newkirk

Recreation Supervisor

City Of Agoura Hills

(818) 597-7325

Dear City of Agoura Hills and Waste Management,

It is regretful that there will be fireworks this weekend at Chumash Park. The park is adjacent an equestrian community and less than a mile from open space, home to wildlife.

It would seem that this venue is inappropriate for fireworks which are known to cause significant harm to the environment and wildlife. Especially in a high fire severity zone, the timing is suspect, not only due to the fire risk, but the nearby recent brush fires have already compromised air quality. This activity should not be encouraged in this area, especially this time of year, especially here.

Horses and other animals can be seriously injured when frightened by the sounds. Birds are disoriented and are known to abandon their nests, Perhaps this coming weekend, the quantity and magnitude of the explosive devices can be limited.

Please be informed. I appreciate your consideration.

Nona Green

A concerned neighbor

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Agoura Hills Chiropractor Dr. Namira Alibhoy treats patients whose physical maladies may be caused by horseback riding. Unbalanced riding may be a contributing factor - it may also be a factor in causing horses discomfort as well.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

This zoning is for unincorporated Los Angeles county that is NOT in the Coastal Zone.

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