The 1619 Project

Should CVUSD Use the 1619 Project as Curriculum? The 1619 Project is not new, but it has been spotlighted recently as a number of school districts across America have adopted it as part of their curriculum in response to calls for enhancement of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs. There is significant controversy, however, about whether the 1619 Project has the accuracy and academic rigor to be used as actual curriculum in the classroom. It has been suggested that we should use the 1619 Project as part of the curriculum…

How We Work: Conejo Pest Control Inspector

Route Clearance: Private First Class Brena (left), SGT Allen (middle), and Specialist Landis (right), had just come back from a 15-hour clearance mission in Taji, Iraq. SGT Allen was stationed at Camp Taji with the 84th engineers in the 3rd squadron of the 2nd Calvary Regiment. By Joel Allen as told to L. R. Ames I have a kind of unusual job—I get rid of fleas, termites, pill bugs, earwigs, bedbugs, and cockroaches.  Those last three we call “specialty bugs.”  You’d be surprised how many people call us with bedbugs,…

Relationship Talk: Q and A #2

Q: It’s upsetting to me that I keep losing friends because we differ in our political stance and our views of the upcoming election.  How do I handle this? —June in Westlake Village. A: It can be very painful to see people who we have called friends turn away from us just because we don’t agree on certain things.  There was a time when friends could “agree to disagree” and yet still hold mutual respect and care for each other.  Issues that we are facing today societally are emotionally charged,…

Seth Viso Eagle Scout Project: Scout Troop 711

On Saturday, August 29, Seth Viso’s friends, family, and fellow scouts gathered to paint the large restrooms at the new Hillcrest Christian School campus, former site of  Pinecrest Elementary School. Viso, a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 711, is working on his Eagle Scout project. He is 16 years old and is a sophomore at Beacon Hill Classical Academy.   As a Life Scout, a candidate for the Eagle Scout rank must develop, plan, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to a religious institution, school, or…

Importance of Voting in Your Local Elections

The 2020 election is one of the most important elections of our lifetime! Presidential General Elections are usually highly emotional and generate many lively conversations around the workplace “water cooler.” The political party platforms and campaign promises give us many topics to discuss and debate. Unfortunately, this year, with many folks working at home, the “conversations” have been occurring more through social media and less out in the public square. When the national and state races heat up, particularly as the election date draws near, the attention they demand leaves…