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March 22, 2000
Re "Man Plants Himself in Ojai Oak to Protest Trees' Removal," March 16. I hope the photo of John Christianson strapped to the trunk of one of the condemned Ojai oak trees was sent around the world. Although he may be mocked by some as a "tree hugger," I was strangely and deeply moved by the picture. I saw two living beings in an intimate embrace, two of God's creatures become as one. The sad and wistful look on John Christianson's face pierced my heart. It took daring and courage for him to scale the fence and climb the tree.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2001 | MATT SURMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Ojai, where people love oak trees enough to build shops around them and write poetic odes to their spirits, John Christianson might love them most of all. He is the town's best-known tree hugger, gaining notoriety last year by sitting in an aging oak for 15 hours, while television cameras rolled, to protest its date with a buzz saw. Depending on who you are, he is either the type of passionate and colorful character who defines Ojai or a giant pain in the neck.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1991 | THIA BELL
A developer offering to donate a park to Ojai--in exchange for permission to build a subdivision--said he found the City Council's reaction discouraging. Howard M. Palmer said Tuesday that he needs more time to decide if he will withdraw his offer or pay up to $80,000 for an environmental study before the council votes on whether he can build a 26-lot subdivision. "I'm still in shock," Palmer said after the meeting. "We thought a park would be ideal. This is the best piece of property in Ojai."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2001
For sale signs have been posted on an important piece of de facto open space land in Ojai. A 1.68-acre parcel across California 33 from Nordhoff High School is for sale. It is next to a 19-acre undeveloped parcel. Together, these two parcels extend from Church Road north to the five-way stop where California 33, Cuyama Road and El Roblar Drive converge. These properties are across the street from the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy's Ojai Meadows Preserve. The sense of spaciousness and expansiveness one gets from this preserve is amplified by the open land that lies directly east across the highway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2001
For sale signs have been posted on an important piece of de facto open space land in Ojai. A 1.68-acre parcel across California 33 from Nordhoff High School is for sale. It is next to a 19-acre undeveloped parcel. Together, these two parcels extend from Church Road north to the five-way stop where California 33, Cuyama Road and El Roblar Drive converge. These properties are across the street from the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy's Ojai Meadows Preserve. The sense of spaciousness and expansiveness one gets from this preserve is amplified by the open land that lies directly east across the highway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2001 | MATT SURMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Ojai, where people love oak trees enough to build shops around them and write poetic odes to their spirits, John Christianson might love them most of all. He is the town's best-known tree hugger, gaining notoriety last year by sitting in an aging oak for 15 hours, while television cameras rolled, to protest its date with a buzz saw. Depending on who you are, he is either the type of passionate and colorful character who defines Ojai or a giant pain in the neck.
SPORTS
June 17, 1989 | PAUL OLSON
Charles Utts of Camarillo won the 15-lap Street Stock oval main event, an eight-lap heat race and the trophy dash Friday night at Ventura Raceway before 2,800 spectators, expanding his oval-track points lead. Tom Stephens of Ventura and Jim Firsich of Port Hueneme finished second and third in the Street Stock race. Bill Floyd of Ventura captured the 20-lap Mini Stock main event, negotiating a 23-car field. Oxnard's Jim Jewett took second and Rock Ake of Moorpark finished third.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1998 | PAULA PISANI
A free nature walk Saturday will teach hikers about which plants are edible and which should be avoided. The forest hike is sponsored by the Ojai Valley chapter of the American Red Cross. The day will begin with a 30-minute video titled "Love Vine and Thorn Apple: Getting to Know Common California Wild Plants." "This information is lifesaving," said Dale Hanson, a member of the Red Cross Disaster Emergency team. "We should all know it."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1990 | THIA BELL
Ojai residents have scorned a developer's offer to donate a $500,000 chunk of land to the city or a nature conservancy, calling it a bribe and a Trojan horse. About 80 people attended a town forum Monday that Anaheim developer Howard M. Palmer sponsored to pitch a proposal he has submitted to the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2000
In Ojai's Libbey Park oak controversy, Mayor Suza Francina played an important and courageous role in helping to establish that the fate of the century-old heritage oaks is worthy of careful consideration by the public and by the city. At the March 14 Ojai City Council meeting, Mayor Francina spoke eloquently of the importance of honoring and preserving all three of the trees in question. She advocated fencing them and moving the playground out from underneath them rather than cutting down the trees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2000
Re "Man Plants Himself in Ojai Oak to Protest Trees' Removal," March 16. I hope the photo of John Christianson strapped to the trunk of one of the condemned Ojai oak trees was sent around the world. Although he may be mocked by some as a "tree hugger," I was strangely and deeply moved by the picture. I saw two living beings in an intimate embrace, two of God's creatures become as one. The sad and wistful look on John Christianson's face pierced my heart. It took daring and courage for him to scale the fence and climb the tree.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1991 | THIA BELL
A developer offering to donate a park to Ojai--in exchange for permission to build a subdivision--said he found the City Council's reaction discouraging. Howard M. Palmer said Tuesday that he needs more time to decide if he will withdraw his offer or pay up to $80,000 for an environmental study before the council votes on whether he can build a 26-lot subdivision. "I'm still in shock," Palmer said after the meeting. "We thought a park would be ideal. This is the best piece of property in Ojai."
SPORTS
June 10, 1989 | PAUL OLSON
Rock Ake of Moorpark moved up from the 21st position to capture the 20-lap mini-stock oval main event Friday night at Ventura Raceway. With the victory, Ake moved to within five points of leader Gary Curtis of Camarillo, who was black-flagged out of the race for illegal contact. Ake also captured the $100 bounty that had been offered any driver who could defeat Curtis, the oval main-event winner each of the past four weeks. Jim Firsich of Port Hueneme held off street-stock points leader Charles Utts of Camarillo to win his first oval main event of the season by half a car length.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2000
Two months ago, local resident John Christianson felt tired and scared as he stared down the trunk of a large aging oak while deputies broke up a protest in Libbey Park. As he left court Friday, Christianson said he felt "relieved." "I was not looking forward to going to jail or being on probation," the 51-year-old activist said, standing in the courthouse hallway after prosecutors dropped criminal charges against him.
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