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Old Agoura Homeowners Assn.
Old Agoura Homeowners Assn.Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 12:53am
January 14, 2015
WILDLIFE CROSSING GRANT NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS

Because of the recent death of a mountain lion, in addition to deer, coyotes and other wildlife, trying unsuccessfully to cross the 101 freeway in the Liberty Canyon area of Agoura Hills, an exciting new wildlife freeway crossing is now being planned. The 101 freeway creates an impenetrable barrier for wildlife that is essentially trapped on one side of the freeway or the other, resulting in inbreeding and high animal mortality rates.

The attempted crossings on the freeway also create dangerous conflict between wildlife and high-speed traffic. We now have the opportunity to start a landmark project that will help connect an entire ecosystem from the Simi Hills on the north to the ocean, with a naturalized wildlife crossing of the freeway itself.

On Thursday, January 29, the State Coastal Conservancy will be acting on an application filed by the National Wildlife Federation for $1 million in voter-passed resource bond funds that will allow Caltrans to do the necessary initial project and design review.

THE Coastal Conservancy TAKES COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR PROJECTS INTO SERIOUS CONSIDERATION IN DECIDING WHETHER A GRANT WILL BE APPROVED. Please consider doing either, or both, of the following:

1) Send a simple email in support of the “Liberty Canyon Wildlife Overcrossing” to the State Coastal Conservancy at druddock@scc.ca.gov and copy kara.seward@sen.ca.gov at Senator Pavley’s District Office. It must be received no later than Sunday, January 25.

2) The meeting will be held at Ventura City Hall, Council Chambers, 501 Poli Street, Ventura at 11:00 a.m., January 29. If you are able to attend and read your letter to the State Conservancy Board in person, that would be a powerful expression of support.
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Old Agoura Homeowners Assn.Thursday, January 15th, 2015 at 1:54am
INTIMATE CONCERT IN OLD AGOURA HOME -not to be missed

Kiki Ebsen in concert at the beautiful home of Steve and Adrienne Jacob February 7@ 6pm, suggested donation $20

An evening of Kiki’s original music, colorful stories and jazz standards from a golden era inspired by her dad Buddy Ebsen’s early career “Her voice is phenomenal, able to slide through the hills and valleys of some intricate arrangements without sounding at all old fashioned.”

Please come and enjoy an intimate concert in the gorgeous country manor of Steve and Adrienne Jacob in Old Agoura. I will play songs from Scarecrow Sessions as well as earlier records with a trio.

Renown chef, Adrienne Jacob will prepare fabulous appetizers. Feel free to bring a bottle of your favorite wine or other beverage, if you desire, to add to the evening. Directions and other details will be sent upon ticket purchase. Advance ticket holders will have priority seating. http://kikiebsen.com/kiki-ebsen-house-concert-2-7-15
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Old Agoura Homeowners Assn.Thursday, January 15th, 2015 at 1:53am
WE HAVE A WONDERFUL NEW COMMUNITY CENTER ! Located above our community library and city hall at 29900 Ladyface Court, the Agoura Hills Recreation & Event Center (www.agourahillsrec.org) (818-597-7361) will currently be open M-F 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., with planning still underway to expand hours as classes and events are added. From toddlers to teens to adults to seniors, every possible wish has been met in order to offer residents a learning/enjoying place of comfort & growth. It was obvious the rain was not enough to dampen the enthusiasm of the joyous, overflowing crowd who attended the exciting ribbon-cutting ceremony which launched this new activity hub on Saturday, January 10, 2015. What a spectacular location and beautiful, spacious building! Our proud mayor, Ileece Buckley-Weber, shared that this is the former site of a religious institution which was home to so many of our residents, including her own family. She looks forward to the former members of Temple Beth Haverim, which means "house of friends", visiting the center and taking joy in its' new incarnation. Please stop by to familiarize yourself with their full program of community offerings, beginning with their interpretive outdoor play area for our children! Should you wish to schedule a private social event or group seminar, use the recreation center's main phone number for now... Congratulations to all the hard-working planners who brought this dream to life!
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Old Agoura Homeowners Assn.Thursday, January 15th, 2015 at 1:52am
DID YOU FEEL IT?

Around 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning, January 5, 2015, we had our own local earthquake hit Chesebro trail!
Yup, a magnitude 2.4 which was 8 miles down...

We are all always asked "are you prepared"?
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Old Agoura Homeowners Assn.Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at 10:56pm
Dear Team #SaveLACougars:

Happy 2015! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.

First, a fun P22 sighting by a #SaveLACougars team member. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library over the holidays had a temporary exhibit called Christmas Trees of California and one of the trees included a homage to LA's mountain lion, P-22! (see pic below)

*We have some exciting developments in the #SaveLACougars campaign, and would like to ask for your help.

First request.
The National Wildlife Federation recently applied for a grant with the State Coastal Conservancy on behalf of Caltrans for $1 million--the money would be used by Caltrans for the design and environmental compliance for the Liberty Canyon Wildlife Crossing. If we receive the grant, this will be an enormous milestone for the project. If you would like to WRITE A LETTER OF SUPPORT, I HAVE ATTACHED A SAMPLE (at the end of this post) AND THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE BELOW-

Letters need to be mailed or emailed in PDF format, to arrive no later than Monday, January 26.

The letters are addressed to:
Douglas Bosco, Chair
State Coastal Conservancy
1330 Broadway, Suite 1300
Oakland, CA 94612

Emailed letters in PDF format to druddock@scc.ca.gov Please cc me at prattb@nwf.org as well.

If you want to come out and show your support, the meeting to consider the grant will be held on January 29, 2015 at 11:00 am at Ventura City Hall, Council Chambers, 501 Poli Street, Ventura CA.


Second request.
Our #SaveLACougars team member Susan Gottlieb generously donated the funds to make a short and fun video about the campaign that we can use in social media to help launch the public fundraising campaign, such as the new text to donate option. Filmmaker Bowman Modine is directing. We will be telling the story of the crossing and P22, but want to include a number of celebrities in the video posing with the P22 cutout (see sample photos below) and showing their support for mountain lions and the crossing.

DO YOU KNOW ANY CELEBRITIES IN THE LOS ANGELES/LIBERTY CANYON AREA OR KNOW PEOPLE WHO KNOW ANY? Especially those who use Griffith Park or the Santa Monica Mountains for recreation, (or live in the area) or are supporters of wildlife and conservation. We are assembling a list of people we can approach, so please email me and let me know if you can help and who you might know.

(Senator Fran Pavley and Supervisor Linda Parks pose with P22)
(My P22 selfie)

Thanks again for all of your help!
Take care,

Beth Pratt-Bergstrom
California Director,
National Wildlife Federation
www.savelacougars.org

PS: Check out my new article in Boom: A Journal of California http://www.boomcalifornia.com/2014/12/tattoo/ that explains why I wear my “heart on my sleeve” for P22 and the wildlife crossing!
Please consider a donation to help the #SaveLACougars campaign!
Email: prattb@nwf.org
Cell: (209) 620-6271 Office: (209) 966-2623
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"Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed."
Wallace Stegner

“I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature’s loveliness.”
John Muir

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Richard Rodriguez

SAMPLE LETTER TO SUPPORT NEEDED CROSSING-

Date

Douglas Bosco, Chair
State Coastal Conservancy
1330 Broadway, Suite 1300
Oakland, CA 94612

Re: SCC Grant for Liberty Canyon Wildlife Crossing at U.S. 101

Dear Mr. Bosco:

On behalf of [you or your organization], I am writing to express support for the funding requested by Caltrans and the National Wildlife Federation from the State Coastal Conservancy for the planning, design, and environmental compliance for Phase 2 of the Liberty Canyon Wildlife Crossing at U.S. 101.

The Santa Monica Mountains to the Sierra Madre Range is one of the few coastal to inland habitat connections remaining in Southern California and we recognize the need to preserve and enhance this critical linkage. The National Park Service (NPS) has been collecting and publishing data on large-carnivore movements for over a decade, validating the importance of the linkage for sustaining wildlife populations in the Santa Monica Mountains. As the research demonstrates, the US-101 acts an impenetrable barrier for wildlife as they attempt to migrate into or out of the Santa Monica Mountains. Animals with large home ranges, such as mountain lions, are essentially trapped within the mountain range, resulting in inbreeding and high mortality rates.

Caltrans and many other stakeholders have been working toward this crossing for over a decade, and now is the critical time to begin implementation. Research by the NPS’s Carnivore Study proves that mountain lions are already inbreeding in the Santa Monica Mountains because they cannot physically reach other potential mates. Without outside genetic material in the population, they could be extirpated.

With this grant, the SCC has an opportunity to provide the seed funding for a landmark project that will help reconnect an entire ecosystem, and potentially build what could be the largest wildlife crossing in the world. The project also has the additional benefit of increasing recreational and outdoor opportunities for local residents and the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Santa Monica Mountain Recreation Area, the largest urban park in the country.

For all of these reasons, [your organization]strongly supports the Liberty Canyon Wildlife Crossing at U.S. 101 project and urges the State Coastal Conservancy Board to support the application from Caltrans and the National Wildlife Federation.

Sincerely,

cc. Beth Pratt, National Wildlife Federation, prattb@nwf.org
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