Thank the flying spaghetti monster that I did not make any promises to be a better version of myself this year because that Acorn editorial has me giving all sorts of side eye. Like whiplash level side eye. Jorrey, why you gotta do this to me on DAY 2 of the new year?
So, if you didn’t catch it, The Acorn published an editorial commenting on the current tension/situation within our school board — particularly regarding the shenanigans (that’s really too light of a word) of the self-anointed “watch dog,” Sandee Everett and Dr. McLaughlin’s comments at the last board meeting. First of all, doesn’t “Watch Dog Sandee,” sound like a bad sitcom? Totally wish it were just that.
Distracted. And so I must write.
It’s the one-year anniversary week since the series of tragedies that devastated and tested our community in so many ways last November. Friends admitting that they burst into tears at unexpected times after seeing commercials of the fires or reminders — reminders are everywhere as we prepare for a week of remembrance — not that they ever really left.
The symposium on Homelessness in Thousand Oaks, hosted by the City of Thousand Oaks, took place today at the Scherr Forum in the Civic Arts Plaza. It was a pretty full room, which is not surprising giving how much of a hot-button issue this has become in our community. Councilmember Claudia Bill-de la Pena brought up disheartening conversations she had witnessed on platforms like NextDoor, as well as comments from community members, that expressed to the council opposition against affordable housing because they didn't want to have to see "those people," in their neighborhood. Bill-de la Pena mentioned that $80k households are considered low-income in our area. This is a real issue and California leads the nation in homelessness.
We've all heard it. Every day there's some pressing issue or another that requires attention and action, that demands you "call your representatives!" But which ones? Who are MY representatives? What's the difference between all of them? Let's dig in ...
I figured I should start off this blog by letting you know that if you come for Jenny Fitzgerald or Cindy Goldberg, I will throw down. Also, that's a picture of a bad apple. Because in 2020, I encourage you to make sure your friends are informed of the #badapple on our school board: Sandee Everett. She can use a cute apple photo in her campaign slogan all she wants. We all know what's up in 2020.
And to be clear, I cast nearly 10 seasons of The Bad Girls Club (you're right Sandee, I've got reality TV "training" and balls for dayssssss), so COME FOR ME.
In the words of #Barb (same Barb who lied about a "secret" meeting she alleged happened between Acorn reporter Dawn and CVUSD Sup. Dr. McLaughlin — psssst, didn't happen — the surveillance cameras actually documented said evening of alleged secret rendezvous and caught Barb lying about the interaction, while also chillin' with Amy Chen and Sandee Everett, but cough cough), "you don't intimidate me."
But like seriously. Publish 1,000 more hate pages. See how that works out for you. The last three worked out well in silencing me. Try me.