California Senate Bills Leave Children Unprotected

Since Megan’s Law was enacted in 1996, new legislation related to California’s sex offender registry has been limited. California Senate Bill 384 and Senate Bill 145 represent new legislation affecting which sex offenders are placed on the Sex Offender Registry and for how long they must remain on that list.  Current law requires sex offenders to register for life, but SB 384, which was signed into legislation in October 2017 and takes effect on January 1, 2021, amends that requirement. The bill changes the registry so that a majority of…

Children’s school alternatives: “Considering all the options”

Robert E. Lee, B.S, M.S. and Ph.D., graduated from UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is a local resident with an interest in science and socio-cultural issues. No one can predict what education will look like in the fall of 2020.  Will students have to wear face masks? Will there be full-time school, or will some teaching be taught online? Will children be held to rigorous standards? How will children be socially distanced? Will children have recess? Will children wear masks, be separated by plexiglass, or stay…

Renewables can spark our recovery from the pandemic

Letter to the Editor

In follow up to the May 17 UK Guardian article “Coal industry will never recover after the coronavirus pandemic, say experts”, by Jonathon Watts and Jillian Ambrose. Sometimes opportunity comes when we least expect it. COVID-19 has exposed how unprepared we were to plan ahead – even when we have been forewarned time and time again by the experts, i.e. the entire scientific community. Thousands of lost lives and the near collapse of our economy could have been avoided with a minimal amount of planning. As we begin to recover…

Moving the goalposts: 4 reasons it is safe to open America

By Jonathan Geach, M.D. The following article originally appeared on medium.com. It appears here in condensed form. Original Goal: Flatten the Curve The curve of new infections is declining and we do not need to wait for additional testing or a surveillance apparatus to be in place to reopen America. In response to warnings that millions of Americans could die, and the carnage COVID-19 created in Italy, state and local governments instituted drastic social distancing in America. In the meantime, the epidemiological curve in the US has followed the trend…

Healthy People Shouldn’t Be Quarantined

Letter to the Editor

I agree with Rob McCoy that the shutdown of our economy and our freedom was a mistake from the very beginning. When people are quarantined they are sick. This is the first time that I’m aware of that healthy people have been quarantined. Newsom has caused the loss of millions of jobs, which also affects the dignity of those that are now unemployed and can’t provide for their families. Not to mention thousands of small businesses that will probably never recover. It’s hard enough to operate a small business in…

Replacing Fear with Hope

The Empty Tomb

By John Erwin, Associate Pastor, Agoura Bible Fellowship For most of us the coronavirus potentially represents the worst medical crisis we have ever experienced and has reached pandemic status. Even people of faith are gripped with fear, uncertainty and anxiety. The volatility of our emotions is only exceeded by the roller coaster of the stock market! Is there any good news? Is there any hope? I believe there is. It is wrapped around the hope of Jesus Christ this Easter Season. By the way, both optimists and pessimists have hope!…

Is Communion an “Essential” Service?

Last Supper stained glass in Basel Cathedral

By Jim Clark Last weekend was Palm Sunday, which for Christians around the world marks the beginning of Holy Week. Controversy erupted when Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park, California provided communion to its members at their church despite the State of California “stay at home” order. This government order came with an extensive list of exceptions for individuals, services and industries engaged in activities deemed to be “essential” to public well-being.  Despite following CDC guidelines for social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Godspeak was technically violating those…

Creative Tips to Reduce your Taxes

Income Tax

By John Wurts By letting your creative juices flow, you can go the road less traveled and save money in the process. Here are tips for both high and low-income taxpayers. Where you put a deduction on the tax return may determine if it will be deducted by only the state or by both the state and federal. For example, if you are working in a partnership, instead of putting driving, cell phone, and home office in Schedule A miscellaneous deductions, where it will only count for the state, put…

Hope is contagious

Letter to the Editor

I was touched to see a man at the head of the take-out pick up line last week pay for the lady’s meal behind her. She was dressed in a Von’s uniform and looked like she was picking up her supper after a days work helping people get what they need to hunker in as we stay safe at home. On social media I see friends collecting masks that folks might have around after a paint project for those in the medical field that need them. I have one friend…

Conejo Valley Unified Allows Students to Leave School for Abortions without Parental Consent or Notification

Conejo Valley Unified School District

By Janet Stephenson The Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) Board of Education discussed its position on releasing students during school hours for abortions or other medical appointments without parental consent or notification, during the August 20, 2019 board meeting. Districts are given the option, but are not required, to allow this practice according to a law passed in 1986 (EC 46010.1). The “confidential medical services” referred to in the law can include abortion, contraception, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, and lobbying has now begun to include hormone therapy and…