June 22, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Racist graffiti painted on N.P. grocery store

Arrest made Wednesday afternoon

Less than three days after the crime took place, Thousand Oaks police have arrested a juvenile they believe is responsible for spray painting a racial slur and other obscenities on a Dos Vientos grocery store. More...

Health & Wellness

Rains take toll on water quality

BEACH REPORT

The much-needed 2017 winter storms put an end to California’s historic drought, but all that rain came at a cost—poor beach water quality. More...

On the Town

Colbie’s coming home

Colbie Caillat, who grew up in Thousand Oaks and recorded her multi-platinum debut CD “Coco” in Westlake Village, returns for a hometown gig at 8 p.m. Sat., Aug. More...

Shakespeare fest opens June 30

The 21st season of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival opens next week with an updated version of “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” one of the Bard’s early comedies. The play will be performed at 8 p.m. More...

‘Bee’ spells out f-u-n at Simi Valley arts center

Play review

‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’   William Finn’s wacky comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and its eccentric cast of competing spellers have returned for another run at the Simi Valley Cultu More...

Sports

Wave goodbye

Dunphy steps down as Pepperdine men’s volleyball head coach after 34 seasons at helm

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL /// Pepperdine Waves   It’s tough choosing a favorite.  Marv Dunphy has a special place in his heart for every team he’s guided through 34 seasons at the helm of the Pepperdine University men’s volle More...

Girls’ soccer team snares section crown

MEET THE CHAMPS—The Thousand Oaks United AYSO Extra U-11 girls’ soccer team captured first place at the Section 10 playoffs in Bakersfield. More...

Lion basketball star signs with Abilene Christian

NEW PATH—Paul Hiepler, a recent Oaks Christian graduate, signs his Letter of Intent to play Division I men’s basketball for Abilene Christian University. More...

Pets

Beautiful but deadly

Hundreds attend Birds of Prey exhibit

LOOK INTO MY EYES—Above, a great horned owl peers at visitors during Ojai Raptor Center’s Birds of Prey event June 18 at Wild Birds Unlimited in Thousand Oaks. More...

Two birds, one stone

Dogs can get licensed, vaccinated

The City of Thousand Oaks, Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control, and Healthcare and Emergency Animal Rescue Team (HEART) will conduct a lowfee vaccination clinic and doglicensing event from 10 a.m. More...

Pets get spotlight at Fun Run

The 40th annual Calabasas Fourth of July Lakeside Fun Run will take place at Calabasas Lake, 23400 Park Sorrento.  The event will have a 4-mile run, 2-mile run, 2-mile family walk and a quarter-mile youth run for ages 12 and under. More...

Obituaries

Maury Croskery

Maury Croskery of Thousand Oaks, passed away at his home June 19, 2017. A funeral service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Westlake Village on Sat., June 24 at 2 p.m. More...

Lee Taft

Lee Taft, 89, passed away June 3, 2017 at his home in Thousand Oaks. He was born Sept. 15, 1927 in Norwood, Ohio to Roy and Elizabeth Taft and was the eldest of three sons. Lee grew up in Ohio and was drafted in 1945. More...

Letters

Much work went into preserving Timber School

I was genuinely pleased to read that a new project for the Timber School site has been proposed, preserving much of the historic structure. More...

Cities should invest in water treatment plant

A recent report from the Ventura County grand jury says that “without major, immediate changes,   Ventura’s water shortages will be at a scary level within five years.”  The report concluded that cities must address water More...

FAA rules create jet ‘freeway’ over Thousand Oaks

Have you noticed the frequency increase of jumbo jets over Thousand Oaks? It’s going to get worse, and our quiet neighborhood will fall in value with this noise.  More...

Editorials

Sanctuary state bill would do more harm than good

EDITORIAL

In her two successful campaigns for state office, Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Camarillo) has frequently cited public safety as a top priority, pointing voters to her 10 years as a city council member of one of the nation’s safest cities, Tho More...

Keeping it cool

THAT’S NO ORDINARY HOSE—Travis Shaffer, 4, of Thousand Oaks wields a standard-issue Ventura County Fire Department backpack pump with a little help from firefighter Christina Wood during t More...

Pot talk resumes Tuesday

Policy vote expected soon

After months of gathering feedback, the Thousand Oaks City Council will revisit the topic of marijuana when it meets at 6 p.m. Tues., June 27.  More...

Story written in peaks, bluffs and ridges

How an ancient river of magma shaped the Conejo Valley

As it travels west out of the Conejo Valley, the 101 Freeway works its way down the Conejo Hills in the shadow of Conejo Mountain. At 1,800 feet tall, the peak separating Thousand Oaks from Camarillo is the highest point in the Conejo Hills. More...

Community

Texas man suspected of ‘luring’ T.O. teen via social media

Ventura County detectives traveled to Texas last week to arrest and extradite a man they say committed a lewd act on a 14-year-old Thousand Oaks girl last December after striking up a relationship online.  More...

Police looking into possible home invasion

Resident says 3 men robbed him at gunpoint

Authorities aren’t saying much as they investigate a home-invasion robbery that allegedly took place this month in Thousand Oaks.  More...

Interim supe is youngest in CVUSD’s history

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Mark McLaughlin has been selected as the interim superintendent of the Conejo Valley Unified School District for the 2017-18 school year.  The 43-year-old is the youngest superintendent in CVUSD histor More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., JUNE 22 Chumash Speaker Series More...

Schools

CVUSD efforts don’t derail District of Choice, but changes made

Local ed leaders argued that law gave Oak Park too much leeway

Despite opposition from school districts across the state, Sacramento legislators have opted to preserve the District of Choice program for another five years. More...

CENTURY ACADEMY

Full Story

SENIOR STANDOUTS • CENTURY ACADEMY

Editor’s note: Senior standouts are selected by their respective schools, and profiles are compiled from questionnaires filled out by the students. More...

Business

Workshops teach business owners how to get tax credits

More than $200 million in state income tax credits is available to businesses. More...

Google employ to join local biz forecast

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce will host the annual 2017 Regional Economic Forecast from 7 to 9 p.m. Fri., June 23 at the Hyatt Regency Westlake, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Thousand Oaks. More...

Senior resource group celebrates anniversary

SERVICES PROVIDED—Moving Seniors Forward, a community resource group, recently celebrated its ninth anniversary. More...

Police

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Newbury Park June 12 Vandalism was reported at Newbury Park High School. A grand theft was reported in the 2400 block of Conejo Spectrum Street. Graffiti was reported in the 1500 block of Silver Shadow Drive. More...

Faith

Love thy neighbor

Pastor encourages flock to meet needs

Summer is the season of long days spent gardening, swimming and hanging out in the yard. And if one Newbury Park pastor has anything to do with it, this summer will become the season of neighborly love. The Rev. More...

Buddhists will celebrate Obon at Oxnard temple

The Oxnard Buddhist Temple will host its annual Obon Festival, also called A Gathering of Joy, from 1 to 8:30 p.m. More...

Family

Candy Store gives seniors a sample

SWEET TREAT— John Newberry (center), owner of Newberry Candy in Thousand Oaks, looks on as residents of Atria Senior Living tour his shop at 3130 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

Libraries adding virtual reality

Patrons at local public libraries will always be able to crack open a book and escape into stories of adventure and exotic locations.  Soon they’ll also be able to experience far-flung destinations in virtual reality.  More...

Columns

Throwing with heat this summer

I’m a cold-rainy-night, ribs-inthe slow-cooker, fuzzy-slippers, where’s-my-pillow-kind of girl. And I’m not known for booting up very quickly—just ask the frequently pregnant daughter and the artsy fartsy kid. More...

Travel to Cuba gets complicated

Cuba is back in the news with the recent decision by the Trump administration to reverse several Obama-era policies on travel to the island nation.  Leading up to this month’s announcement, there was an air of uncertainty in the travel com More...