805 Talk

Jeff Landau

Want to know what's going on inside the 805? Our show focuses on the Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Conejo Valley Communities. We bring you information about real estate, along with interviews of local business owners, nonprofit organizations, government officials, community leaders, and topics affecting our communities. Come on in!

Real estate donations to charity with Juan Ros of Forum Financial
Oct 27 2019
Real estate donations to charity with Juan Ros of Forum Financial
It is well documented that there will be a great transfer of wealth as the baby boomer generation ages and passes away. There exists an amazing opportunity for non-profit organizations to keep in close touch with their donor base, and keep their eyes and ears open for planned gift opportunities. Although planned gifts rarely happen immediately (hence, planned gifts...), they can be transformative for an organization. Do you work for a nonprofit? Do you sit on the board of a nonprofit? If so, this episode provides very important information for your organization. Juan Ros, financial advisor with Forum Financial Management, offers our listeners a unique perspective. Juan offers a unique perspective as he possesses great experience in the nonprofit world as a planned giving officer. He also has a wealth of knowledge as he now advises clients on planning strategies that could also involve gifts to nonprofits. This episodes focuses on real estate gifts. Where a monthly gift can be as little as $5 a month, and is incredibly valuable to an organization, and a major gift can be a donation of $500 or $1,000, a planned gift can easily be in the $100,000s and even over $1 million. Organizations that think they are too small to accept a real estate gift can learn a great deal from this episode. It could be as simple as creating a gift acceptance policy (if one isn't already in place) and speaking with someone from a community foundation, such as Ventura County Community Foundation or California Community Foundation. I hope you find  great value from this show, and if you do, please share it with your donor base and others in the nonprofit world. You can reach Juan at 805-494-3416.
Santa Susana Field Lab with Denise Duffield
Oct 27 2019
Santa Susana Field Lab with Denise Duffield
What do we know about the Santa Susana Field Lab? It depends who you ask. In this episode I interview Denise Duffield, Associate Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility. There are a few PDFs I was not able to attach to these notes. I did offer to have Boeing part of the show and they declined. Please find links where you can do further research. The timing of the show is critical as NASA wants to break out of the cleanup agreement they entered in 2010. Info on public hearings is: Best Western Posada Royale, Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 from 6:30–8:30 p.m., 1775 Madera Road, Simi Valley, CA 93065 Corporate Pointe at West Hill, Thursday, November 21st, 2019 from 6:30–8:30 p.m., 8411 Fallbrook Avenue, West Hills, CA 91304 The notice says that written comments due around Dec. 9, via email to msfc-ssfl-eis@mail.nasa.gov     This website from 2017 has good background on SSFL history (and history of cleanup agreements) as well as Boeing's greenwashing, (Boeing's effort to claim that cleaning up the site will do more harm to the environment) and also a map that shows the operational areas of the site for DOE, NASA, and Boeing see    Another good article for background on SSFL's nuclear past, and on the Woolsey Fire, is    And here is the Parents vs SSFL Facebook page  which will always have the most current news and actions. On Boeing's website, they write "Since acquiring its portion of the Simi Hills site from Rocketdyne in 1996, Boeing has made significant progress with cleanup and restoration. The company secured the future of nearly 2,400 acres as permanent open space habitat to benefit wildlife and the community, fulfilling a commitment made 10 years ago. The transformation of Santa Susana from field laboratory to open space is well underway, with native plants and animals reclaiming most of the previously developed areas of the property." In disagreement with this statement, a year ago, Pacific Magazine wrote, "Fifty years later, the contaminated site has yet to be cleaned up, although this month two federal agencies promised to plow ahead without the site's current owner, Boeing. And in March, the Department of Energy provided $38.3 million in funds to complete the radiologic survey of "Area IV" as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act." This isn't accurate today, as Boeing continues to dodge cleaning up the site to high standards, and the Department of Energy and NASA want out of their agreement from 2010 Administrative Orders of Consent since Boeing is fighting to live up to those standards. Boeing is proposing to clean the site to a "recreational" standard, which could leave up to 98% of the contaminants, as opposed to a "residential" standard, clean enough to build homes on. If you want to take action, you can attend the public meetings in November, contact government officials Henry Stern, Christy Smith, Brad Sherman and Julia Brownley. You can also get information from Parents vs. SSFL and Rocketdyne Clean Up Coalition.