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

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
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MEET THE CANDIDATES: AN INTERVIEW WITH DEBORAH KLEIN LOPEZ

Neigh...borhood News: What are your primary goals and objectives for the City?

Lopez: I grew up in Agoura Hills and benefited from the best our town has to offer: access to open space, great public schools, and a safe, caring community. My husband and I returned to raise our family here so that our children could benefit from the same opportunities I had growing up. But as we know, the qualities we love about our town require constant vigilance, and I have been working for decades to protect and improve our community.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Growing up at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains shaped my core values which would carry over into my adult identity and activism. An avid hiker who has traversed nearly every trail in the Santa Monica Mountains including the 65-mile Backbone Trail, I became an outspoken advocate for the preservation of open space and native habitat and for making sure our footprint on this earth is as light as possible. My dedication was noticed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and I was appointed to serve as a Director on the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains. My sacred time in the mountains has given me an intimate and unique understanding of their fragility if we aren’t faithful stewards.

I want to bring this vision to the City Council so that our decisions can be viewed through this environmental lens. Any development must come with an obligation to respect the community and its guidelines. For me, the presence of the Santa Monica Mountains, visible from virtually every point in the city, is the guide. We should consider only developments that preserve ridgelines and night skies, that incorporate the natural landforms vs. grading them flat, that consider traffic impacts and how to mitigate them for their projects, etc.

Environmental sustainability is also about initiatives beyond brick and mortar buildings: ensuring our wildlife can thrive in its native habitat, making sure our residents have access to clean energy, adapting to new business models that reduce commuting and our carbon footprint, etc.

GREAT PUBLIC SCHOOLS

I am a product of the Las Virgenes Unified School District. My parents moved here when I was 12 years old for the great schools, and I attended Lindero Canyon Middle School and Agoura High School. Decades later, my children have benefited from the same strong public school system, a reason that many families continue to settle here.

Strong city-school partnerships are essential for our community. They keep our neighborhoods healthy and our property values high. But the school environment has changed greatly over the past decade in terms of funding, safety, traffic and more. With children currently in school, I have an intimate understanding of contemporary issues, as I’ve contributed at the highest levels of school site leadership as Parent Faculty Club President at Yerba Buena Elementary, Lindero Canyon Middle School and Agoura High School. In addition, I served as the campaign manager of Measure E, a parcel tax measure that secured $27 million in stable funding for our schools, which would earn me the 2017 Friend of Education Award from the Las Virgenes Educators Association. I have cultivated strong relationships with our school district officials and will continue to build on our well-established city-school partnerships in every way.

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND TRANSPARENCY

I’ve been approached many times to run based on my long record of leadership and public service, but my tipping point came when the three Councilmen lined up behind the developer of the massive, out-of-character Cornerstone development last year. They decided on a narrow 3-2 vote to refuse to order an updated environmental impact report despite powerful arguments and impassioned testimony from the community. Many of us felt that Cornerstone was not representative the vision of Agoura Hills or of the Specific Plan, but our voices were ignored and it was only a costly citizen-funded lawsuit that curtailed the project. This cannot happen again.

I felt that Cornerstone was indicative of a larger issue: that fewer and fewer voices around the community were being heard. In my leadership roles, my top priority has always been to engage people and get them invested through one-on-one meetings, events, social media and active-listening campaigns. Our city can – and must – do the same.

We must modernize the ways we reach out to residents so that we can meet them where they are at. It’s time to employ new strategies to expand public outreach so that people feel invited and invested in their community. Regular newsletters that explain upcoming agendas, social media use and in-person events are just some ways to better include residents in the conversation about our city workings. I bring this to the table as the next generation of Agoura Hills leadership.

NN: Do you want to see the City aligned with California's more progressive values? If not, why, and if so, In what way?

Lopez: I believe the priorities I detailed above reflect our State’s goals, and this is where my experience with State Senator Henry Stern is an advantage. I was the Senator’s very first campaign staffer, stayed with him through Election Day, and worked in the District office as well. This gave me an intimate understanding of how state action impacts local policy. It is a partnership that will ensure our local voices are heard at the state level.

Who do you see as your primary opponent and how will you govern differently than you see that person governing?

I don't see this as a contest against any opponent. For me, this campaign is the beginning of a continuing conversation and exchange of ideas between me, as your elected representative, and the people of our city, moving forward together. The best decisions are made when government and the people work together, seeking public input at the beginning of the processes, not at the end when it’s too late to make a difference.

That said, there is one big difference between myself and my fellow candidates: the partnerships I’ve made and the strong endorsements that reflect that. I am the only candidate endorsed by our first mayor and former State Assemblywoman and Senator, Fran Pavley. In addition, I am supported by trusted leaders like Congressman Ted Lieu, State Senator Henry Stern, Mayor Pro Tem Linda Northrup, Councilwoman Illece Buckley Weber, many former mayors, all five school board members and hundreds more. I am endorsed by the Sierra Club, the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters and the National Women’s Political Caucus. These endorsements show recognition of partnerships and decades of hard work in the community. I would come to the dais with these relationships already in place. I’m ready to serve!

NN: Anything you'd like to add?

Lopez:

  • I moved to Agoura (pre-“Hills”) in 1980, before the city was incorporated.
  • I have hiked nearly every trail in the Santa Monica Mountains, including the 65-mile Backbone Trail. I’ve climbed to the peak of Ladyface many times.
  • I have been married for 24 years to Fabricio and we have three children. My older daughter Amanda is studying Environmental Science and Policy and University of Maryland. My younger daughter Izzy is an equestrian and rides with Katy Rishoff weekly in Old Agoura. My son Marcus is an accomplished jazz piano player. My parents still live in Agoura Hills in the house I grew up in, close to where we live.
deborah klein lopez
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Thursday, July 04, 2013
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Do you share the sentiments expressed in this letter written by Larry Brown? Most offensive about the sale is the Agoura Hills City Council's secrecy. Just as the community was lulled into thinking that the plan was for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy to buy the land, the deal was struck behind their backs. What is to say that the buyer, who has already pressured the city with a lawsuit, won't sue yet again for the right to do whatever they want with the land, regardless of the city's so-called restrictions? The Council's track record is to back down and succumb to the pressures of a lawsuit. They've caved to another developer who sued the city for approval of a project on the corner of Driver and Chesebro. Read the Acorn article by clicking HERE.
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Dear Denis [Mayor of the City of Agoura Hills],


Speaking as an old friend who wants to communicate to you, as "heart to heart" as is humanly possible , I can not over state how sick to my stomach I am that the council can even consider not going through with the law suit to clear the title to the Heschel land. This is a mistake of cataclysmic proportions.

These [people] are already
acting like they own the place. They are trespassing on people's properties, driving a Mini Cooper and other vehicles all the way back and parking on top of the hill in the middle of fire season, leaving trash all over the place and generally being obtrusive.

Not long ago, Illece Weber told me there was "no deal as of yet", but given what I have personally witnessed, I simply do not believe that anymore. These guys have been back there disturbing the sanctity of the neighborhood for at least 6 weeks and there is no way on earth these guys are going to these lengths unless they believe they have a deal. I am not talking about ink or technicalities. I am talking about what is.

We are dealing with "open space" and not just any open space, but the very most strategic open space from the perspective of the homeowners, from the perspective of the city who requires a buffer, a wildlife corridor, and from the broader perspective who lament excessive development generally. It is my sincere feeling that you are grossly underestimating the value of this land and over estimating the downside should things not go our way. There is always a way to finance a project but once this land is gone, it is gone for good and the quality of life of many of your friends, particularly Ron and Kelly are going to be greatly diminished. It is my understanding that this developer is not trustworthy and has been embroiled in numerous law suits and he has already proven to me that he is a slime ball by playing both ends against the middle, not the tactic of an upstanding businessman.

I am extremely unhappy about this "penny wise, pound foolish" direction the council appears to be taking and all I can tell you is I intend to fight this project, and encourage the community to fight it with every tool at my disposal. We have worked far too long and hard to roll over for these creeps now.

Ironic that on the 10th of July, we will honor some of our locals for "the day of the cowboy". I feel compelled to remind the council that in order for these honors to amount to anything more than a mouth full of empty rhetoric, the council will have to remember what is important to cowboys.

Cowboys are about wide open spaces.

Cowboys do not back down from a fight, even when the odds are difficult.

Cowboys do not roll over, especially when threatened with blackmail.

Cowboys place honor above dollars and cents etc.

I can not place my opposition to this project in stronger terms. This open space is literally priceless and no matter what the numbers are, given the circumstances, they do not even begin to mitigate, no less justify the disgraceful consideration of this wrong headed capitulation.

Denis, I am begging you to rethink this. After coming this far and fighting so many battles, it is crazy to surrender .... and lose the war. Again, I intend to fight this development and to encourage everyone I know to do the same right down to the very end, win, lose or draw.

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Friday, June 28, 2013
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Demise of DOMA is good for real estate in the Conejo Valley.

Yesterday's landmark decision by the US Supreme Court to overturn the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act was a hard won victory for same sex couples who want to be married.

It's fantastic how public opinion has seemed to shift in such a short time. In 2008, the overwhelming majority of Californians voted to pass Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state.

Was it really the majority of California who would deny equal rights to anybody? After all, California consistently votes Democrat; it's about as liberal a state as any. What happened to California was the promotional campaign waged by the Church of the Later Day Saints. LDS spent $20 million promoting Prop 8 in California.

The Conejo Valley is the hotbed of LDS members, or Mormons. There are more churches, colleges, community centers and administrative offices for the LDS in the Conejo Valley than anywhere this side of Salt Lake City. The Conejo Valley is home to a fire and brimstone of a lot of Mormons.

Prior to the vote on Prop 8, Yes on 8 lawn signs outnumbered NO on 8 signs by 10 to 1. If there were any enthusiasm for the NO on 8 position, it was suppressed by a LDS sponsored YES on 8 consonance.

At the time, I was trying to sell homes in the Agoura Hills neighborhood of the Conejo Valley. Trying to sell a home next to one with a YES on 8 sign on the front lawn is like trying to sell right next to one where the weeds grow sky high. Actually it was worse. I was showing homes in Old Agoura to a dapper young couple with two adorable toddlers. HE had just been hired to be in-house counsel for the Las Virgenes Unified School District. His husband was a stay-at-home dad. The couple asked about all the YES on 8 signs. I was apologetic and explained that while there were a few devout Mormons, I also knew of many resident gays and lesbians. The argument fell flat; it only takes one child molester in the crowd to ruin a good 5-year-old's birthday party. The couple decided to look elsewhere.

I was basking in yesterdays good news when I woke up to today's Acorn, the Conejo Valley local paper. I read an article about how long time Old Agoura resident Kevin Hamilton was called by the LDS to do missionary work in Africa. Hamilton was lauded by the church for helping the Yes on 8 campaign. While the church elder surmised in a public statement that the LDS influence was not the reason for Prop 8 passing, it was the LDS signs that seemed to be on every block.

Hamilton's home is on the market for sale. Also, I read an article recently that Mormons have left the church in record numbers over the last few years. Too late for one adorable family of four.

Regardless of where you stand on the issue, can we agree that limiting large groups of buyers can not help your sale? And that publicly displaying one's political opinions will automatically set the buyer apart from many, which is most crucial when the issue is about human rights?

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Monday, June 24, 2013
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOVmH5H60Vs

I showed a home in Old Agoura on Saturday. I must have missed the warning sign upon entering the home that said "WARNING - Use discretion when viewing this home as the visual presentation may be disturbing".

What I saw in that house has left me unsettled for the past 3 days. HEADS - attached to necks and chests, of exotic wildlife - endangered species: elk, gazelle, wildebeest, water buffalo - trophies on the walls.

My customer gasped audibly. My reaction was physical as well. The owner of the property saw our expression and commented with pride, "and we ate every one of those animals!"

Old Agoura is an equestrian community. As a rule, people want to live there because they are kindred spirits with animals and they commune with nature and wildlife. Animal heads on the walls are just so WRONG.

Unless they live in a cave, people know that big game hunting is bad for the animals, the ecology, and for the economy of Africa where threatened animal populations hurt tourism.

The listing agent for the home compared it to a lodge in Montana. Is that where hunters and other rednecks live? I imagine fat impotent rich men getting off by shooting lions in virtual cages. Certainly that's a distraction when viewing a home for sale.

If you recognize yourself as the owner of the home I showed on Saturday, you can thank your real estate agent for not persuading you to take the heads off the walls before putting your home on the market.

Perhaps you can donate the animal heads to the Museum of Natural Science. Pretty soon, that will be the only place left where these creatures can be seen.

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Thursday, June 06, 2013
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A new listing in Old Agoura is priced right thanks to help from Old Agoura expert Nona Green. Nona recognized and coined the term 'LANDMARK" as it applies to this property, meaning that it was the quintessential example of the Old Agoura Overlay (City of Agoura Hills planning ordinance) intent when the ordinance was implemented.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012
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Like a runaway train, the Chesebro Bridge project seems to have no breaks. At least the Agoura Hills Council members were befuddled how to keep Caltrans from building a monstrosity that most of the neighborhood feels is unnecessary and unwanted.

City engineers have been working since 2009 on four design plans to improve and widen the Palo Comado freeway overpass, also known as Chesebro Bridge. Caltrans picked one of those designs that raises and widens the bridge to five lanes, including a center left hand turn lane. Caltrans says that the existing bridge is unsafe and too low.

At the City Council Meeting Wednesday night, the Council was asked to allow the city staff to obtain bids for project design plans. Council members Ilece Buckley Weber, Denis Weber and Willliam Koehler all asked "how did we get to this point?" The Council was unaware that city staff was proposing changes to the bridge and did not review any of the other three alternatives to the design. The council decided to postpone, for two months, the decision to go forward with bids until they had time to review what the city staff was doing. The salaries and benefits of the city engineering staff total over half a million dollars a year, and the Council did not know that the staff was working on this project.

Public speakers at the meeting expressed concern over the failure to communicate between the public at large and the city government. Those who drive the bridge several times a day did not see the need for five lanes. Traffic would be encouraged to take Driver Ave. to drive to Agoura High, which is already a gridlock situation times three.

Councilman Harry Schwarz wanted to be done with the decision to go forward with the project. Schwarz felt that change was inevitable and that since Caltrans wielded the final decision anyway, further discussion was not worth the effort. There was apprehension from Schwarz and other council members that the funds for the project, available through Measure R, would disappear if not grabbed soon.

Measure R was approved by California voters in 2008 and increased sales taxes by .5% to pay for road improvements. The Reyes Adobe interchange in Agoura Hills cost taxpayers close to $5M.

Twenty-five years ago, CalTrans slated the bridge for an overhaul. Let's not forget that they also slated Balkins Dr. to be replaced with an extension of Thousand Oaks Blvd., which was to connect with Ventura Blvd. If Old Agoura resembled Woodland Hills with a Ventura Blvd running through it, we would need a five lane freeway overpass. Plans can be changed.

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Thursday, July 05, 2012

I hope your dogs were not freaked by the fireworks last night. I went to a party and while I was gone, my retriever scratched screen doors to shreds (trying to get inside the house) and then dug her way out of the yard and started running in a random direction until a neighbor (thank you Dr. Peter Roth - Agoura Hills orthodontist and animal lover) found her a mile away from the house. Jeez, you'd think a so-called hunting dog would just "deal with it". Next year, I'm giving her a Valium and not letting her out of my sight.

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Monday, June 18, 2012
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Another good samaritan in Old Agoura!

Thank you Carolyn!

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Thursday, June 07, 2012

Brownie Stanisch of Prospect Mortgage explains the appraisal process in today's market given the restrictions imposed by the Home Valuation Code of Conduct and The Consumer Protection Agency. Learn what is necessary for a custom property to receive the appropriate valuation-especially rural homes (like Old Agoura horse property) and homes which have been improved.

Video courtesy of Nona Green, CA DRE# 00692351

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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Gregg and his wife Dee, built their custom Old Agoura home in the 1980's AFTER their kids were grown and on their own. Gregg had an amazing life.

Gregg wrote the following after he had started to paint art which became a very important part of his life, it was a great joy for him to be able to put the people in his life into a painting.

88 YEARS OF CHALLENGE

For many years my son- in-law, Jim Daly, an artist well known for his painting of children of the 1920’s and 1930’s, was after me to try painting, I could not tell you why he thought I could paint. In high school in the 1930’s I had taken art and stage art, it was required in those days, along with reading, writing and arithmetic but afterwards I never gave art another thought. Oh, I liked to look at "good" art through the years but never considered trying to paint anything, especially portraits. At his urging, sometime in 2000 I started to paint in acrylics, a few landscapes and flowers in my yard, nothing of any consequence. In March of 2005 Jim sent me a book, " Portraits from Life in 29 steps" by John
Howard Sanden and Elizabeth Sanden, it changed my life in thinking about painting. At the age of 84 after reading John Howard Sanden’s book I decided to take the challenge and paint one of the subjects in the book, (page 51) in acrylics, I would have gotten a “D” in school. As I read thru the steps outlined I could understand them, “Voila!” An artist was born. Next step was to purchase a paint kit, John Howard Sanden’s Pro Mix color system produced by Martin/F Weber co.,. My son in law mixes all his own paints, but he was impressed with the Pro Mix paints when I painted with him in December 2005 working on my first portrait, a self-portrait from an old picture and a mirror. With steps outlined in “Portraits from Life” and a few pointers from Jim Daly on my first three portraits (I use the term loosely), I have gone on to paint 70 portraits of family and friends, heads and shoulders only. All my portraits are painted from photo’s I have taking myself and printed on my computer, no posed pictures, both outside and inside, different light, shadows. ETC. I know, live models are best, it says in the books. Painting from photo’s I’m learning to measure and observe before the brush strokes.

So what happened in the first of 88 years?

Born Robert Gregg Symonds on August the 24,1921, at home 1310 No. Broadway, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. A church is now at that location; I’ve gone back and looked. My father was Robert Clinton Symonds and my mother Gladys Elizabeth Gregg Symonds. My father was a Realtor all his life, we moved a lot, California, Florida, back to California. Santa Monica, Burbank, Glendale, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Studio City to name a few. We drove over the wood highway thru the sand dunes on the first trip to California, over paved two lane roads (no interstates in those days) to other places and back thru the Panama Canal on the H M Alexander on the return to California in 1928.

I went to schools in all these cities but managed to finish high school, 7th thru
12th, in North Hollywood, California in 1940. During this time I worked in the fields, picking up potatoes behind the digger machine (did not last long in that job), in a restaurant washing pots and pans, some food prep, in a gas station and auto shop among other things after school and summers. After high school I worked for a Dodge dealer in Burbank, California. Then came my first challenge! I met my wife in the restaurant I used to work for, she was with her brother waiting for one of the employees to close up. As I seemed to be sitting around and helping to close up, she wondered who I was, asking her brother the next day. Frank told her he thought I was looking for work and she told him that the First National Bank of Glendale was looking for people, ME working for a Bank ?, remember this was 1940 times, anyway I went to the Bank and was hired. As it was raining that day I took Davida Ingram home and 69 years later I still go home to her. (She still speaks to me) The Bank paid $75.00 a month, five and half days a week. After we were married, August 31, 1941 I went work for Western Air Lines in Burbank California for .33 cents an hour and all the overtime I could use, on the ramp crew, cleaning the cabins, loading the planes, figuring the weight and balance for the captains on Boeing 247’s, Lockheed
Loadstar, and DC 3’s, even weighting each passenger and assigning seats in some aircraft.

So the Challenge goes on. In late 1943 I was drafted into the USNAVY 13th NCB Battalion. In Hawaii we connected the two small airports in Honolulu which is now the main airport in the Hawaiian islands, From there we went to Tinian and built the 4 airstrips for the B29’s which flew to Japan and back bombing the cities we read about in history. We went to Okinawa building the airstrips and hospitals for the invasion when the white airplane flew over on it’s way to the Philippines that ended WW2 on that day in1945. Discharged in December 1945, I returned to work at Western airlines. 1946 I took up Flying, I hold a commercial, instrument and multi engine pilots license and owned a V-Tail Bonanza, flying all over the USA for work and pleasure. In 1955 I left Western airlines and went to work for my father building stores, shops and industrial buildings At the age of 48 I took up motorcycle racing with my son David in the desert earning number 9 in district 37 having become a member of the Checker motorcycle club before breaking a wrist and moved into off-road cars at age 55 and joined the Checker car club becoming president in 1985. Off-road racing is a family sport, I drove with my son and 2 daughters in many races in the California, Nevada and Baja Mexico, while Davida handled the pit radios as "Checker Main" that cared for us in our races. I was sponsored by Toyota and Yokohoma tires for 5 years but lost out when I turned 70. From there I went to circle track racing NASCAR and MSRA pro 4 class, earning number 2 at the end of the 1994 season. Turning 80 after 35 years of racing I gave up racing and took up Golf. Oh, Tiger does not have to worry about my Golf game, but it’s fun and the challenge goes on.

LIFE is a challenge. So at 84 I took up Portrait Painting.. In September/ October
0f 2006 having dabbled in Portrait painting, I had painted 15 or 20 portraits from
snapshots I took and gave away, when I saw a class at the local art supply store by Johanna Spinks. Johanna had studied under Everett Raymond Kinstler and introduced me to another method of mixing and painting including the painting of live models, got to cover all the bases. I have purchased Kinstler’s books for further study, to date have painted 70 portraits of family and friends and joined the Portrait Society of America. Johanna and my wife have been critiquing my work (task masters). My wife has a degree in art but has not painted in 50 years and my daughter Carole Daly does not hesitate to get a word in to this date I have given my painting away in some inexpensive frames and they can always be used for a Dart Board if my work displeases you. What will be my next challenge!!?

BELIEVE ME NO ONE IS MORE SURPRISED THAN I AM THAT MY PAINTINGS HAVE COME OUT SO WELL. One never knows what one can do if one will only try.

THINK YOUNG AND BE WILLING TO TRY, SURPRISE YOURSELF. IT'S NEVER TOO LATE FOR THE NEXT CHALLENGE.

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Monday, October 01, 2007
I almost missed this myself. This past Thursday night in the Malibou Lake Clubhouse we had what amounted to a pep rally to raise money for a lawsuit against Los Angeles County for approving Sage Developments plan to build out Triangle Ranch. I heard about it the week before the meeting from Colleen Holmes, president of Cornell Preservation Organization. I tried to get the word out in Neigh...borhood News yet alas, the Post Office didn't cooperate by delivering in time. My apologies. The lawsuit will cost upwards of $150,000. That's doesn't seem like that much if you break it down - 300 people at $500 each to protect the future of the scenic 300+ acres between Cornell and Kanan, home to Medea Creek, home to hiking and horse-back riding trails, home to Ladyface Mountain - gateway to the Pacific Ocean. Kudos to the family who pledged $5000. I can't remember his name, but he formed SAVE TRIANGLE RANCH, inc. which has non-profit status. Contributions made out to that organization are tax deductible. CPO will be getting their 501c3 license in a week or 2. I know firsthand what a hassle and expense it is to incorporate as a non-profit organization as I did it for Friends of Old Agoura Park back in 1993. What a joke! A couple of thousand dollars could have gone to the 4H SCHOLARSHIP FUND, instead of for filing fees, taxes, and attorneys. I digress... I pledged $1000 to the legal fund against Sage Development. I was concerned that after contributing $400 to the Old Agoura HOA to mount a defense against Heschel, that the money would not amount to enough to do the job. By making a pledge, I would hope that unless enough pledges are amassed, my money would not be collected. Old Agoura did not have enough to file a lawsuit. Also, the attorney, Frank Angel, and the Old Agoura HOA president, Jess Thomas, stressed how the Heschel project did not conform with the guidelines, or the philosophy of the North Area Plan. As Zev Yaroslavsky put it, the HOA was "barking up the wrong tree" as he read the text of the North Area Plan - where it listed acceptable projects to include schools! Bottom line, when you are given only 3 minutes in a public hearing venue to summarize your case - for all the money that's spent, it would be nice to be better prepared! The Triangle Ranch opponents can learn from Old Agoura's mistakes and point out the specific passages in the North Area Plan that render the Sage Development project illegal. I feel more passionate about opposing Triangle Ranch. Truth be told, I never was opposed to Heschel, provided that they have their own entrance off 101 freeway rather than Palo Comado Drive. I personally would rather have a school there than large estate homes or McMansions. It's so hard for developers to get it right and build what is most needed. We have enough huge homes already. We can use more good schools. I was asked to testify that Heschel would reduce property values in Old Agoura. Can't do that when I suppose just as many folks would move TO the area because the school is there. But the traffic situation MUST be addressed. More ramblings later...
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