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PLUGGING IN: The Ojai Trolley, which 110...

PLUGGING IN: The Ojai Trolley, which 110 riders use every day, may soon be battery-powered. The city is studying whether to replace the familiar green gas-guzzling trolley with a new model that runs on electricity. . . . At about $150,000, the vehicle would cost twice as much as a gasoline trolley, city transportation planner Dan Singer said. But it would be pollution-free--a significant plus in the smog-plagued Ojai Valley. . . . It would be the county’s first battery-powered bus.

RIOT AFTERMATH: After last year’s riots, lots of businesses in South-Central Los Angeles considered moving to Ventura County. “We got a flurry of inquiries,” said Loretta Denhart of the Ventura County Economic Development Assn. But few followed through. . . . Now Robert M. Hadley Co., a South-Central electronics firm, is moving to Ventura, partly due to security concerns (Valley Business, Page 12). . . . Hadley’s brings the county a 64-year-old business with 90 employees and $5 million in annual sales.

MUSEUM FIND: Jerry H. Miller knows where the checkbooks are. In 10 years as president of Cal Lutheran University, Miller helped increase the school’s endowment from $200,000 to $6.3 million. Now Miller has been named executive director of the Ventura County Maritime Museum in Oxnard. . . . Top priority: “Raising significant support for the museum, including an endowment fund.” The 2 1/2-year-old museum’s collection includes about 50 ship models and an array of marine art.

VEGGIE TIPS: Getting kids to eat vegetables has never been easy (E1), but Judy La Rossa has some advice. “Kids like raw vegetables more than cooked,” said La Rossa, food service manager for Simi Valley schools. And salads with romaine go over better than iceberg lettuce. . . . La Rossa wouldn’t dare serve hot peas or Brussels sprouts (“They smell”), but she slips frozen peas into salads. . . . Conejo Valley schools used to sneak pureed green beans into chocolate cake.

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