California Planned Parenthood Hit With Arson, Vandalism Attacks

Investigators were on scene Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, at the Planned Parenthood facility on Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks, which was vandalized and set on fire the night before. The building’s fire-sprinkler system activated to put out the blaze. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker/Special to the Los Angeles Daily News)
Investigators were on scene Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, at the Planned Parenthood facility on Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks, which was vandalized and set on fire the night before. The building’s fire-sprinkler system activated to put out the blaze. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker/Special to the Los Angeles Daily News)

An arson fire late Wednesday at the Planned Parenthood facility in Thousand Oaks was the second attack on the facility in weeks.

About six weeks ago some windows at the center were broken by rocks, said Jenna Tosh, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties.

“We’re no strangers to harassment. The attack that happened last night is unacceptable and will not be successful,” she said Thursday. “These criminals will never break our resolve to provide the compassionate care that our patients need and deserve.”

No one was in the group’s Thousand Oaks Health Center when the fire started, she said. About 30 people work at the facility. Tosh declined to say what part of the building the fire was confined to.

“We don’t want to give away too much about the layout of our building to the people who planed the attack,” she said.

Most of the damage was from the first floor sprinkler system. The one on the second floor did not activate.

“There is significant (water) damage throughout much of the health center and a number of patient exam rooms are impacted and other rooms dedicated to patient care,” Tosh said.

The monetary damage is still being calculated and Tosh hopes to reopen the facility by Monday.

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SOURCE: Gregory J. Wilcox
Los Angeles Daily News