Yearly Archives: 2008

Excitement filling the gym at Moorpark

The buzz at Raider Pavilion is that the Moorpark College men’s basketball team has its best team since the 2001 group that completed back-to-back state Final Four appearances. Pirates anew: If score had actually been kept, the Ventura College men’s basketball team might have lost to Westmont College on Tuesday night over five 10-minute periods by 15 points. more

Education 10-30

Attorney Barry Cappello on 10/22 argued before the Court of Appeal on behalf of Concerned Citizens over Westmont Expansion. The group appealed a December 2007 decision by Superior Court Judge Thomas Anderle in which he opined that the school’s environmental impact report for its 345,000-square-foot campus expansion was thorough enough and that the planned construction was consistent with the Montecito community plan. more

Blue Tempest Rages at Westmont

Since 2005, the Lit Moon Theatre Company has produced three distinct interpretations of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Last Friday’s was a comic one that director John Blondell said was designed to emphasize the play’s “fantasy, playfulness, exuberance, and its hope for a happy ending.” Lit Moon’s entertaining and quirky theatrical storm was dubbed Blue Tempest. This year’s Blue Tempest whirled with creativity and the immense skill of actors who can switch not just player roles but also gender roles quickly and naturally. All six performers, including James Connolly on banjo, piano, and percussion, delivered impeccable performances. more

Oxnard College held up transcript for former basketball player

A former Oxnard College men’s basketball player, declared ineligible last season, had his transcript held up by the college for nearly two months before it was released last week, allowing him to enroll and play basketball in Arizona. Danny Benson, who participated in Ventura’s preseason scrimmage Tuesday night against Westmont College, is the only one of the six still enrolled at either school. more

Dandenong board member Lou Godfrey has become the Rangers’ recruiting guru

LOU Godfrey has done it again. The recruiting specialist who brought Americans Lester Strong and Vince Inglima to the Dandenong Rangers has snared another gem in Jenni Benningfield. His first acquisition was a powerful forward from Westmont College in California. “The first guy I brought over was Brian Gomes and he ended up playing in the SEABL all-star five that year (2001),” Godfrey recalled this week. more

Cold Springs—West Fork: Gateway to Tangerine Falls and a historic water tunnel built in 1905

Though not a long nor well-known trail, it leads up a very pretty canyon to Gibraltar Road. A side trip along the way leads to Tangerine Falls and the upper end of the Middle Fork canyon…Turn right and continue up past Westmont College to Mountain Drive. more

'Blue Tempest' a light entry to Shakespeare fest

As host of the World Shakespeare Festival, Lit Moon’s own theater company owed audiences at least one play. “Blue Tempest” is John Blondell’s more metaphysical take on “The Tempest” in which, he explained in an opening introduction, the “domestic comedy” themes of the play would be explored. But the big surprise of Friday’s performance at Westmont’s Porter Theater was how the company opted for a relatively straightforward reading of the play. The “Blue” could have fallen off the marquee, and no one would have been the wiser. more

Westmont expansion appealed : Residents argue developer never considered the no-project option

The future of Westmont College’s expansion is in the hands of the state Court of Appeal for the 2nd District. Attorneys representing Citizens Concerned over Westmont Expansion appealed a December 2007 Santa Barbara County Superior Court ruling, which upheld the county Board of Supervisors’ unanimous approval of Westmont College’s master plan to add 345,000 square feet of building space. more

More middle-class professionals join homeless ranks

Colin never thought he’d wind up on Skid Row. As a middle-class father and business owner, he had achieved the American dream. But that all came crashing down recently when his coffee-bean importing business went under and the home he was renting in El Segundo went into foreclosure.

With nowhere else to turn, the Westmont College graduate sought shelter for his family at the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles. more


Westmont Breaks Ground on Campus Construction

A day after a California Court of Appeals panel heard oral arguments from opponents of Westmont College’s Master Plan, school officials broke ground on the first phase of campus construction, which is expected to add roughly 166,000 square feet of new buildings to the campus in less than three years. Barry Cappello, attorney for Concerned Citizens Over Westmont Expansion, argued his case in front of the three-judge panel gathered in the Board of Supervisors room Wednesday, the one day this year the Court of Appeals will make a trip to Santa Barbara to hear cases. more