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Nov 122011
 

From Calabasas to Simi Valley there have been lots of movies and tv episodes made. Below is just a small list of some old movies made in our area:

The Concentratin’ Kid…1930…Hoot Gibson

Many of the Hopalong Cassidy films

Dodge City….1939….Errol Flynn

Heaven With A Barbed Wire Fence…1939…Glenn Ford, Jean Rogers

Dark Command….1940….John Wayne & Roy Rogers

King of the Texas Rangers….1941….Sammy Baugh

Jungle Girl….1941….Francis Gifford …. (Republic Serial)

Romance of the Range….1942….Roy Rogers

Haunted Harbor….1944…..Kane Richmond….(Republic Serial)

Daredevils of the Clouds…1948…Robert Livingston

The Doolin’s of Oklahoma…1949…Randolph Scott

Cattle Town…1952…Dennis Morgan and Philip Carey

The Command…1954…Guy Madison

Man Without A Star….1955…Kirk Douglas

Davey Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier….1955….Fess Parker

The First Texan…1956…Joel McCrae, Jeff Morrow

Westward Ho, The Wagons!….1957….Fess Parker

Gunsight Ridge….1957….Joel McCrae

Joe Dakota…1957…Jock Mahoney, Lee Van Cleef

Forty Guns..1957…Barry Sullivan, Dean Jagger

The Left-Handed Gun…1958…Paul Newman

Man of the West…1958…Gary Cooper, Lee J. Cobb, Julie London

Man in the Shadow…1958…Jeff Chandler, Orson Welles

Cast A Long Shadow…1959…Audie Murphy & Terry Moore

Spartacus….1960….Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis

Flaming Star….1960….Elvis Presley

Cimarron…1960…Glen Ford

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance….1962…. John Wayne and James Stewart

Cheyenne Autumn…1964…Richard Widmark & James Stewart

Texas Across The River….1964….Dean Martin

Advance To The Rear…1964…Glen Ford & Stella Stevens

He Rides Tall…1964….Tony Young, Dan Duryea

Shenandoah….1965….James Stewart

Waterhole #3….1967….James Coburn

Welcome To Hard Times….1967….Henry Fonda

Forty Guns to Apache Pass…1967…Audie Murphy

Journey To Shiloh…1968…James Caan, Brenda Scott

Firecreek…1968…James Stewart & Henry Fonda

The Ballad of Josie…1968…Doris Day & Peter Graves

The Bull of the West…1975…Charles Bronson & Brian Keith

Wuthering  Heights….1937….Merle Oberon & Laurence Olivier

Lassie Come Home….1943….Elizabeth Taylor

The Gay Ranchero…1947…Roy Rogers, Tito Guizar

Sands of Iwo Jima….1949….John Wayne

 Posted by at 8:35 am
Nov 052011
 

History

About 3,000 years ago, Chumash Indians moved into the region and lived by hunting rabbits and other game, and gathering grains and acorns. On-going excavations, archaeological sites, and polychrome rock paintings in the area provide a glimpse into the social and economic complexity of the ancient Chumash world. In 1770, Captain Gaspar de Portola led a party of Spanish explorers and missionaries, traveling north on the route that became known as El Camino Real. The party camped near a Chumash village, believed to be the site of present-day Westlake Village. Father Juan Crespi, chaplain and diarist of the expedition, wrote: “We are on a plain of considerable extent and much beauty, forested on all parts by live oaks and oak trees, with much pasturage and water.”

When the Spanish finally did settle the area, they were given huge land grants, the largest of which was Rancho Simi, given to the Pico family. When Mexico won independence from Spain in 1821, California became Mexican territory, and a few more land grants were given. When California was admitted to the union in 1850, most of the land that later became Ventura County was divided among only 19 families. The picturesque future Westlake Village site among rising knolls, arroyos, barrancas and ancient oaks was recognized as the central part of two Mexican land grants: Rancho El Conejo and Rancho Las Virgenes. In 1881, the Russell brothers purchased a large portion of the land for cattle ranching. According to Patricia Allen, historian and family descendant, Andrew Russell beat the competition in buying the land by racing across 6,000 acres (24 km²) on a fifteen-minute trip in a buckboard and sealed the deal with a $20 gold piece. The price per acre was $2.50. The area continued to be known as the Russell Ranch although it was sold in 1925 to William Randolph Hearst and again in 1943 to Fred Albertson. The Russell family leased back part of the land to continue its successful cattle ranch operation while the Albertson Company used the vast area as a movie ranch.

Westlake Lake in Westlake Village

In 1963, the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company bought the 12,000 acre (49 km²) ranch for $32 million and, in partnership with Prudential Insurance Company, commissioned the preparation of a master plan for a “city in the country.” Prominent architects, engineers, and land planners participated in designing the new community, a prominent example of planned 1960′s-style suburbanism.

The original tract was divided by the Los Angeles/Ventura county line. In 1968 and 1972, the Ventura County side, two portions of Westlake Village consisting of 8,544 acres (35 km2), were annexed into the city of Thousand Oaks. In 1981, the Los Angeles County portion (3,456 acres (13.99 km2) or roughly 1/3) of the Westlake Village master community was incorporated as the City of Westlake Village. California state law prevents a city from existing in two separate counties, so the areas in Ventura County remained part of Thousand Oaks. To this day, many residents of the Ventura County portions of Westlake do not realize that they are actually within the city limits of Thousand Oaks.

 Posted by at 7:51 am
Oct 252011
 

#13 Surprise, Ariz.

Surprise had only 115 violent crimes per 100,000 people.  There were zero murders

#12 Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Thousand Oaks had only 112 violent crimes per 100,000 people. There were 13 forcible rapes per 100,000 people, almost  a third less than the national average.

#11 Amherst Town, N.Y.

Amherst Town had only 111 violent crimes per 100,000 people.  There were 2 murders per 100,000 people, a fourth of the  national average.

#10 Orange, Calif.

Orange had only 109 violent crimes per 100,000 people. There  were 2 forcible rapes per 100,000 people, 16 times less than  the national average.

#9 Bellevue, Wash.

Bellevue had only 108 violent crimes per 100,000 people.  There were zero murders.

#8 Simi Valley,  Calif.

Simi Valley had only 106 violent crimes per 100,000 people.  There were only 30 robberies per 100,000 people, almost nine  times less than the national average.

#7 Frisco, Texas

Frisco had only 105 violent crimes per 100,000 people. There  were zero murders.

#6 Round Rock, Texas

Round Rock had only 104 violent crimes per 100,000 people.  There were zero murders.

#5 Gilbert, Ariz.

Gilbert had only 95 violent crimes per 100,000 people.There  were only 28 robberies per 100,000 people, almost ten times  less than the national average.

#4 Murietta, Calif.

Murietta had only 95 violent crimes per 100,000 people.There  was one murder, a ninth of the national average.

#3 Cary, N.C.

Cary had only 85 violent crimes per 100,000 people.There  were only 25 robberies per 100,000 people, more than ten times  less than the national average.

#2 Temecula, Calif.

Temecula had only 72 violent crimes per 100,000 people.There  were three forcible rapes per 100,000 people, more than ten  times less than the national average.

#1 Irvine, Calif.

Irvine had only 55 violent crimes per 100,000 people. There were zero murders and 30 robberies per 100,000  people, almost ten times less than the national average.

Of the 13 cities above California had 6 and  you’ll be glad to know that of the worst cities for crime in the USA, California did not have any cities!

 Posted by at 10:41 pm