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Calif. Planned Parenthood Clinic Reopens After Arson Attack

Calif. Planned Parenthood Clinic Reopens After Arson Attack

October 7, 2015 — A Planned Parenthood clinic in Southern California where a case of arson is being investigated reopened Monday, Los Angeles Times' "L.A. Now" reports (Rocha, "L.A. Now," Los Angeles Times, 10/5).

Background

The arson was reported last week at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The fire began late Wednesday night, and the clinic's sprinkler system extinguished the flames. No one was in the clinic when the fire broke out.

Local authorities said the clinic had not been directly threatened before the arson last week, although they noted a previous vandalism incident about six weeks prior. The case follows another arson that last month temporarily shut down a Planned Parenthood clinic in Washington state (Women's Health Policy Report, 10/5).

Latest Details in the Investigation

Capt. John Reilly of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office said investigators have not made any arrests in the arson, but they have submitted a stone and samples of the gasoline used in the attack to a laboratory for testing. According to "L.A. Now," the arsonist's face was concealed in surveillance camera footage of the attack.

Jenna Tosh, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo, said, "We are working closely with law enforcement to ensure these criminals will be held accountable for this act of violence." She added, "We are grateful for the outpouring of support from the community and for the resiliency and dedication of our committed staff and health care providers" ("L.A. Now," Los Angeles Times, 10/5).