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    Hillcrest Christian Center to move ahead with up to $25 million tax-exempt bond

    By Michael Hernandez

    THOUSAND OAKS—The City Council held a public hearing as required by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that allows Hillcrest Christian Center, a non-profit private non-denominational Christian schools serving preschool through 12th grade students, to move ahead in seeking a tax-exempt bond up to $25 million for acquisition and improvement of educational facilities including classrooms, music and dance rooms, offices, cafeteria, parking lot and playground.

    The City Council approved 4-0 the resolution that allows the Christian school founded in 1977 to secure the debt at a low interest with no fiscal responsibility nor obligations to the city nor use of taxpayer money.

    The City Council also adopted a resolution calling for the election of two Councilmembers for four-year terms each in the General Municipal Election set Nov. 3 with expenditures not to exceed $71,000 in contact services with Ventura County Elections Division. The resolution also authorizes the City Manager to approve the League of Women Voters request for use of the Scherr Forum Theatre and Thousand Oaks Television for a televised City Council Candidate Forum at a date to be determined.

    Candidates may provide a candidate statement at a cost of $1,600. Fundraising began May 6 with candidates required to submit form 501 before receiving/expending any funds. The contribution limit is $560 per person or committee. The nomination period is from July 13-August 7 which is extended to Aug. 12 for non-incumbent nominees. This is an all-vote by mail election with vote by mail ballot drop-off locations available for 12 hours per day starting Oct. 6 thru Election Day until 8 p.m. Polling Centers are available starting Oct. 31 for eight hours per day and on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub speaks on Black Lives Matter protests

    “On May 25th, we saw an incredible misuse of police power in the Minneapolis death of George Floyd,” said Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub. “He died because of hate activity (which) created racial tensions in communities across the nation. We saw places with civil unrest and looting and destructive behavior.”

    “In Ventura County, we staffed accordingly not to frighten the public but to prevent serious criminal activity before it happened. We have been very fortunate. We have had some minor graffiti and a little bit of violent behaviors in Thousand Oaks.

    “We have been well funded and this has allowed us to train our deputies on how to treat people fairly and how to use force. We have had more than 200,000 citizen contacts over the last five years. Of those contacts, less than one-third of one percent have required any force.

    “Our deputies have 30 hours of mandatory training in diversity policing, discrimination, and cultural competency. We review certain key policies annually. We teach everyone crisis intervention principles and psychological principles on interacting with people in crisis from mental disorders to autism.

    “Some 92 percent of our deputies are trained. We have posted a list of frequently asked questions on how we use force that are posted on our website at”

    Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub


    City Manager Andrew Powers reported on 168 COVID-19 cases in the Conejo Valley which includes one death in Newbury Park, three deaths in Thousand Oaks, and one death in Westlake Village. For more information see: or

    The City Council heard four public comments at its June 9th meeting:

    • The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce is funding $2,500 micro-grants to small businesses. Some 60 business applications have been received. A “Shop Conejo Valley” campaign is starting and the annual Economic Forecast will be held as a virtual meeting on July 11 from 9-10:30 a.m. with chamber members free and the cost to the public is $25.
    • Received a public request to close the Los Robles Regional Medical Center helicopter pad until a nose study was completed.
    • A Thousand Oaks resident strongly opposed the implementation of HR6666 COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act within the community.
    • A request to initiate a study to pursue an ordinance that would increase regulation or possibly prevent the use of gas powered landscape equipment such as lawn mowers and leaf blowers.


    Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service; editor of the History Makers Report and 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 worked 25 years as a middle school teacher in Monrovia and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected]

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