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…

Public Invited to Get Involved in Conejo Recreation and Parks District Planning

By Doug Nickles When I first visited the Conejo Valley, I was enthralled with the idea that a city could be readily identified and surrounded by open space. The 1970’s was a transitional decade for me. I left my home in the Santa Clara Valley for college, met my wife, who was from Thousand Oaks, and where we ultimately made our home in 1984 (she moved here with her family in 1963). Having spent my formative years watching the greater San Jose region merge into a metropolis, including the birth…

Taxes…Science or Art?

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By John Wurts Most people assume that all tax returns are done the same way. Nothing could be further from the truth. When Money magazine tried an experiment, they gave exactly the same tax return information to forty different tax preparers, CPAs, attorneys, and enrolled agents. They were astonished to find they got back forty different tax returns. Some showed thousands of dollars were owed in taxes and others showed refunds of thousands of dollars. The shock was so great they tried the same experiment the following year with a…