Borderline T-shirt sales raise $267,000 for victims families

By Michael Hernandez

THOUSAND OAKS—The Bible, Martin Luther King and some 24 volunteers were feted at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting for helping to raise $267,000 through Borderline T-shirt sales for victims and the families of the victims and survivors in last year’s shooting.  The money was presented in a check to the Westlake Village Rotary Club.

“And let us not grow weary while doing good for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart,” (Galatians 6:9) was the scripture verse quoted. More than 24 volunteers were acknowledged in a presentation given by John Short.

“Our community came under attack on November 7th and 11:20 p.m.   That night had many heroes and there were stories of individuals helping others to safety.  We went from shock to disbelief.

“To the families that lost lives, our prayers go for each of you.  We as a community have hearts full of grace, souls of love…Thousand Oaks strong.  Borderline strong.  Help our community be strong.  God bless America.”

City Council members were told how “Thousand Oaks Strong: Rally Around Borderline” t-shirts (printed by Thousand Oaks Eastwind Screenprint) went around the world (as far as England, France and Afghanistan) with as many as 50,000 t-shirts sold in one day from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. with the assistance of dozens of volunteers that came in to work after their day jobs for the first seven weeks after the shooting—only taking Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Also, attending the fundraising presentation was Brian Hynes, the owner of the Borderline Bar and Grill and Jason Coffman and his wife, parents of Cody Coffman, 22 (their eldest son), a Camarillo Pony League coach and umpire who was in the process of joining the Army before being killed at the Borderline Bar and Grill.  He is credited by survivor Sarah DeSon that she, and others, had survived because of Cody’s quick response as reported by Kandiss [email protected] “He was protecting everyone,” she said,  “He got up and he just yelled, ‘Everyone, run!’”

Jason Coffman told CBS that Cody went line dancing every Wednesday night at the bar.  “I talked to him…before he headed out the door. First thing I said is, ‘please don’t drink and drive.’ Last thing I said is, ‘I love you.’”  Cody never met his sister who was born later in November.  The Coffman’s were introduced at the start of the City Council meeting by Mayor Rob McCoy.

Clean Power Alliance Executive Director reports on efforts to reach citizens

Clean Power Alliance Executive Director Ted Bardacke reported that 46,000 Thousand Oaks residents (249,898 residents in Ventura County)  were eligible for Clean Power Alliance service instead of staying with Southern California Edison in one of its three options:  100 percent green power; 50 percent renewal energy or 36 percent renewal energy.

According to Bardacke, approximately 7,000 residents (15-16 percent) had chosen one of the three Clean Power Alliance options (532 the 50 percent option; and 1,743 the 36 percent option) with 5,065 opting out of any option.  He also reported that 980 residents had attended one of the 15 Clean Power Alliance presentations and that he had 60 call center agents taking calls about Clean Power with 10 minutes being the average call time. 

Bardacke said that service would be launching in February to 31 communities.  He said that his goals and priorities for the coming year were:  stable competitive rates; higher renewable content; and local management and control.

During questioning:  Councilmember Claudia Bill-de la Pena said that the complaint she had received was that “People didn’t like being given a plan that they were forced to accept.”  Bardacke said that when legislation for the Clean Power Alliance was passed in 2002 it was worded as a “mandated opt-in” and that in 2008 a ballot proposition to change the measure was defeated by voters as well as a measure presented to legislators.  Councilmember Bob Engler said:  “While you have an admirable goal.  Execution (is) not (there).”

Bardacke said the Clean Power Alliance is using social media to get outs it message and especially before rolling out “to business customers.”  The Executive Director also said that customers who opt out will have a chance to opt in after 12 months have passed.  For more information go to the website.

Related article: ALERT: How to Opt Out of the “Clean Power Alliance” Which Will Otherwise be Forced Upon You Shortly

Thousand Oaks Alliance for the Arts presents report to City Council

The Thousand Oaks Alliance for the Arts (“TOARTS”) reported a 2018-19 operating budget of $372,999 (not including $2.7 million in programming expenditures for the CAP Presents concert series and a $210,860 budget for concessions operations for a total budget of $3.3 million.

Some 23 artists and attractions were presented under the CAP Presents banner, which attracted 19,653 patrons and generated $1.3 million in ticket sales revenue with some November performances cancelled or postponed due to the Borderline shooting and Woolsey and Hill fires.

John Bradley and David Mead were reelected as Board Directors for three-year terms.  Leanne Neilson was re-elected Board Chair.  Upcoming is the 25th anniversary celebration of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Bank of America Performing Arts Center (“BAPAC”) scheduled for early October 2019.  The Kavil Theatre will be closed during the months of August and September 2019 to complete the scheduled renovations.

Photo Credit Michael Hernandez


Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor.  He has worked 24 years as a middle school teacher.   Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected].

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