May 26, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

SOAR effort held up on technicality

City clerk holds paperwork to the letter of the law

Over 12,000 signatures collected by supporters of an initiative to extend urban growth restrictions in Thousand Oaks could be rendered meaningless due to a formatting technicality discovered by Thousand Oaks’ new city clerk, the public learned More...

Rainbow Splash

RAINBOW SPLASH—Above, young Madison Camacho reacts as she runs through a cloud of color powder during the inaugural Color Run on May 13 at Weathersffield Elementary School in Thousand Oaks. More...

Health & Wellness

Intensive care unit for youth opens at Los Robles

The county has a new pediatric intensive care unit, meaning very ill children no longer have to travel to Los Angeles or Santa Barbara for critical treatments. More...

Picnic planned for cancer survivors

Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/ Santa Barbara will host the 25th annual National Cancer Survivors Day Family Picnic and Butterfly Release from 1 to 4 p.m. Sat., June 4 at its headquarters, 530 Hampshire Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Diabetes Sisters meet in Agoura

Diabetes Sisters PODS group of Ventura County/San Fernando Valley, a support group for women with Type 1 diabetes, will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tues., June 7 in Agoura. More...

On the Town

Country music festival staging for record crowd

Fast- rising country star Rodney Atkins will headline the fifth annual OakHeart Country Music Festival on Sat., June 4 in Thousand Oaks. The festival, featuring over 40 national and local acts, begins at 1 p.m. More...

Cajun headliner talks the blues

Blues Festival is this weekend

The 27th annual Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Music Festival will take place this weekend, and the current lineup, one of the best the event has showcased in years, features standouts Eric Burdon, Leon Russell, Doug Kershaw and the Rebirth Brass Band. More...

Humperdinck has September date with Kavli

Singer has sold 150 million albums

AT THE CAP Engelbert Humperdinck will bring his classic hits to the Kavli Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 21 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd. More...

Sports

Tourney turns 25

Memorial Day softball a tradition

One of the city’s long-running youth sports events returns this weekend. More...

These birdies benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs

Golfers can win prizes while playing for a cause during the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley’s seventh annual golf tournament from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. More...

Lancer forges friendship with cancer survivor

Carsen Ruger, a 6-foot-9 Thousand Oaks senior, is best buds with 8-yearold Las Vegas girl

Carsen Ruger went through a painful growth spurt entering his freshman year at Thousand Oaks High. More...

Police

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Newbury Park May 12 A 28-year-old man received a citation in the 500 block of N. Ventu Park Road for being under the influence of a controlled substance. More...

Faith

Congregants come out for the community

Families from Calvary Community Church got together for Serve Day on Saturday to work at Neighborhood for Learning’s City Center on Conejo School Road in Thousand Oaks. More...

‘No Malaria’ Concert in Malibu

Six SoCal praise bands featured at show by the sea

The second annual Imagine No Malaria Concert and Barbecue will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Sat., June 4 on the courtyard of Malibu United Methodist Church, 30128 Morning View Drive. More...

Letters

Forget gateway, use money to repair streets

I would like to respond to the latest Acorn depicting a gateway sign near the Civic Arts Plaza (“Plans unveiled for revitalized downtown,” May 19). More...

Downtown not needed; the malls have it all

Who will go to new “downtown”? Not me: I have all the components mentioned in your article right at the The Oaks mall. Plenty of parking, things to see and places to eat. Even the Janss mall has much of the same. More...

Don’t turn boulevard into a ‘boutique T.O.’

Two proposed gateway signs arching over Thousand Oaks Boulevard are, in my opinion, a colossal waste of money and an eyesore. More...

Editorials

Editorial

In solemn observance of Memorial Day

For many Americans, the Memorial Day weekend signifies backyard barbecues, mini-vacations, big retail sales and the unofficial start of summer. Weekday 9-to-5ers everywhere are relishing the thought of a three-day break from work. More...

Police seek man behind failed bank heist

Attempted robber wore fedora, goatee

Leads are coming in as to the identity of a man who attempted to rob a Thousand Oaks bank on Monday, authorities said. Around 1:30 p.m. More...

Trustee: Student ‘habits’ make CVHS tough to locate

In an email to a parent, longtime Conejo Valley Unified trustee Mike Dunn said the “habits” of some students at Conejo Valley High School make the campus “not compatible” with the neighborhood around Carden Conejo School. More...

Frontier rep labels early struggles as ‘bumps along the way’

Embattled TV/internet provider asked to speak at Thousand Oaks council meeting

Having received a barrage of emails and phone calls from angry constituents complaining about losses in service and missed appointments, the Thousand Oaks City Council invited a representative from Frontier Communications to address its concerns Tues More...

Community

Former lawmaker pays fine for campaign finance misdeed

Strickland forced to cough up $40,000

Former state Sen. Tony Strickland has admitted to campaign finance violations. He paid an ethics fine of $40,000 imposed May 19 by the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission. More...

New home for Head Start elusive

Preschool provider must leave current site by end of 2016

Thousand Oaks Head Start is frantically seeking a new home after 22 years at the Many Mansions-owned Shadow Hills apartment complex on E. Wilbur Road. More...

Three-year sentence for clinic arsonist

An Oxnard man was sentenced to three years in prison earlier this month for trying to burn down the Newbury Park Planned Parenthood building last fall in a revenge plot. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., MAY 26 Portuguese Fraternal Society 11:30 a.m. at Main Street Restaurant, 3159 E. Main St., Ventura. No-host luncheon and meeting. For anyone of Portuguese descent or interested in the culture. Contact: Cora Corella. Phone: 805.483. 6285. More...

Schools

Student gets WWII vets on the record

AHS senior contributing to National Library of Congress effort

America’s aging World War II veterans have captured the imagination of Agoura High School senior Rishi Sharma. More...

Senior of the Year will be revealed soon

Five are in the running for honor

The Thousand Oaks Council on Aging will have its Senior of the Year dinner and award ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thurs., June 2 at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road. More...

HS hoopsters can compete at Teen Center

The Thousand Oaks Teen Center will host two high school basketball leagues for boys in grades nine through 12 this summer. The leagues will run June 22 through July 14, and July 27 through Aug. 18. More...

Business

Center overhaul testing patience

WLV City Council asks for revised plan

The end of construction won’t come soon enough for more than a dozen businesses that have kept their doors open amid the dust and debris of the North Ranch Gateway shopping center renovation in Westlake Village. More...

Pets

CRITTER TAILS

Carpenter bees carving out a niche in the ConejoValley

We’re entering the season of the flyswatter and bug zapper, insect foggers and citronella candles. More...

Pet of the Week

SMALL FRY— Lacey is an altered female gray and brown miniature pinscher/Chihuahua mix about 11 years old. She is good on a leash and also good with other animals. She has alopecia, which is making her fur fall out. More...

Go fetch!

PAPER PUP—When the latest issue of the Acorn arrives, Anna Cutino-Smith sends 5-year old Zuko out to the driveway to retrieve it. More...

Family

WWII mania consumes husband

It’s not a wild mania. More...

Cajun food makes comeback in the Conejo

Chef Marcus Webster’s authentic Cajun-style cooking is available again to Conejo Valley families. More...

Chili cook-off, car show returns to Simi Valley

The Simi Valley Knights of Columbus will present the 29th annual Chili Cook-Off and Car Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., June 12 at St. Rose of Lima Church, 1305 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. This year the top prize in the chili competition is $1,000. More...

Columns

Going outside the big box

We always saved boxes. For our tribe, a big box was something left behind after the refrigerator was delivered. More...