March 10, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

No-shows for public rides are costing city cash

No-shows and last-minute cancellations cost the city’s Senior Dial-A-Ride and Americans with Disabilities Act transit programs an average of $150,000 a year, according to a recent city report.  More...

Health & Wellness

Foundation’s first health expo to offer screenings, seminars, activities

Free event is March 19 at Agoura community center

The Conejo Health Expo at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center on Sat., March 19 will include something for everybody who cares about their health.  The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation is sponsoring the free expo. More...

Dialysis patients find solace sharing feelings in county’s first support group

When her kidneys started to fail two years ago as the result of her 23-year battle with diabetes, Sheryl Glatt was forced to go on dialysis.  The painstaking blood-cleaning process, and the questions surrounding it, caused the Simi Valley reside More...

‘Healthy Living’ to include food, spirits

Fundraiser will benefit school, Casa Pacifica

Designs for Healthy Living will take place on Sat., March 12 at California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks.  The showcase will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., MARCH 10  Simi Valley Community Council   More...

Schools

Acting history

REVOLUTIONARY—Fifthgraders at St. More...

Signatures are out of this world

Glenwood students join in Space Day event

With the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on Feb. 24, personal signatures of students at Glenwood Elementary School were carried up to the International Space Station.  More...

La Reina reigns

  MASTERS OF MOCK— Junior Lauren Hearne accepts the first- place trophy for La Reina High School after the Thousand Oaks private school won this year’s Ventura County Mock Trial competition.  More...

Business

City plans to replace retired economic development director

Thousand Oaks plans to have a new economic development director by the end of the year, according to Candis Hong, assistant city manager.  Gary Wartik retired from the position Feb. 11 after spending 12 years with the city.  More...

Skin-care clinic cuts ribbon

Dr. Talia Emery recently hosted a Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting for the opening of her new skin-care clinic, Remedy Skin + Body, at 3723 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Westlake Village, in the Paseo Marketplace.  More...

Pets

Veterinarian recommends early spaying, neutering

An average of 7 million dogs and cats are euthanized at humane organizations every year in the United States.  More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  A man, 22, was cited Feb. 23 in the 200 block of Hiram Avenue for carrying a switchblade 2 inches or longer.  A business in the 1400 block of Lawrence Drive was vandalized Feb. 24.  A petty theft occurred Feb. More...

Family

Nominate a cancer ‘Breakaway’ champ

Honorees will be granted special access to cycling race

Individuals can nominate themselves or a cancer survivor, patient, caregiver or advocate for those impacted by cancer as a Breakaway from Cancer Champion.  More...

Watch ‘Visible Sound’ perform

Visible Sound will perform a concert benefiting the Conjeo Schools Foundation at 7:30 p.m. Fri., April 8 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. More...

Rose Society to hold auction

The Ventura County Rose Society will present a rose auction from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., March 12 at Stagecoach Inn Museum, 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. More...

Columns

Eye on the Conejo

Baseball’s opening day

Thousand Oaks Little League hosted its annual opening day last Saturday at Colina Middle School. It included color, tradition and pageantry.  You don’t need to be a baseball fan to appreciate stuff like that.  More...

Your gardening questions answered

Q: What is the best soil for my vegetable garden?  A: There are a number of great pre-made mixes on the market, but the best we’ve found is a mix of peat moss, perlite, chicken manure and Dr. More...

Vacation Photos

Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation

How to submit:  E-mail your vacation photo as a .jpg attachment only to vacation@theacorn.com. Include name, address, phone number and a brief description of the scene. More...

CVUSD to send out 79 pink slips to employees

School district bracing for $12-million deficit over next 2 years

Seventy-nine employees—including teachers, counselors, psychologists and administrators—in the Conejo Valley Unified School District will receive pink slips next week as the district braces for a possible $12-million deficit over the next More...

Double denial for Adam

A familiar face will return to the Thousand Oaks Planning Commission.  Michael “Mic” Farris, not Al Adam, is Councilmember Claudia Bill-de la Peña’s nominee to the city’s planning board.  More...

City gobbles up more land near civic center

The purchase of a halfacre parcel on Thousand Oaks Boulevard by the city’s redevelopment agency last month is another step toward the revitalization of the downtown area, Assistant City Manager Candis Hong told the Acorn this week. More...

Community

Gang members suspected of robbing T.O. homes

Arrests made in connection with residential burglaries

Several arrests have been made in connection with burglaries that have occurred in Thousand Oaks over the past two years.  According to the Thousand Oaks Police Department, a group of burglars from an Oxnard street gang have been linked to resid More...

Opponents put bad spin on Lynn Road bike lane project

But city says there isn’t space for wider path some desire

The city of Thousand Oaks proposed earlier this year a bikelane project for Lynn Road to make portions of the road safer for bicyclists.  More...

Man gets 15 years for real estate fraud

T.O. resident used fake ID to buy million-dollar home

Enrique Sandoval Martinez, 46, formerly of Thousand Oaks, was sentenced to the maximum term of 15 years imprisonment after a jury convicted him of six felonies involving real estate fraud on Dec. 2, 2010. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Pivotal arts leader resigns post

Nussbaum credited with transforming Cabrillo Theatre

Carole Nussbaum, president and CEO of Cabrillo Music Theatre, a group that stages Broadwaystyle productions at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, resigned from her post last week to take another job in the nonprofit field.  Nussbaum, who became More...

Concert features mustache contest

The Westlake Underground Benefit Nature Show and Mustache Competition will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sun., March 13 at Conejo Creek Park North, 1379 E. More...

Fierce competition

FEEL THE BEAT—The Thousand Oaks drumline performs during the second annual Sights of Conejo Winter Guard, Drumline and Percussion Exhibition presented by Thousand Oaks High School’s Instr More...

Sports

Marmonte League baseball preview

Hardball action heats up as eight schools share a common goal

Around these parts folks love their high school baseball.  In the Marmonte League, some of Southern California’s best players battle on a weekly basis.  Competition is fierce, and the difference between winning and losing a league con More...

Oaks Christian celebrates two section crowns

Boys’ basketball, girls’ soccer teams are No. 1

As Jack Nicholson said in “Mars Attacks!” two out of three ain’t bad.  Led by first-year head coaches with a track record of success, the boys’ basketball and girls’ soccer teams at Oaks Christian captured CIF-South More...

Marmonte honors top hoops players

The Marmonte League has announced its all-league basketball selections for the winter season.  In boys’ hoops, Simi Valley High center Jonathan Davis is the Marmonte’s Most Valuable Player. More...

Faith

Buddhist center offers age-old lessons

Visitors were invited to the Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center in Thousand Oaks last weekend to explore the traditions and practices of one of the world’s oldest religions.  More...

Film on forgiveness to be shown

The Center for Spiritual Living in Simi Valley will screen the movie “The Power of Forgiveness” at 7 p.m. More...

Take a seat at St. Joseph’s table

Italian Catholics celebrate with dinner, blessing

The Italian Catholic Federation Branch 380 will host its 25th annual St. Joseph’s Table Celebration on Sun., March 20 in the St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church parish hall, 155 E. More...

Letters

CVUSD is reaping what it sowed

Ah, Dr. More...

Facts were misrepresented

As a father of a young daughter I read with interest the Superintendent’s Column by Jeffrey Baarstad (March 3, Acorn).  Mr. Baarstad does a disservice to his cause by misrepresenting several facts.  More...

Raising taxes is no solution at all

One of the most damaging actions the government can take during a recession would be to raise taxes. More...

Editorials

Same vote, different day

Al Adam isn’t coming back for another four years on the Thousand Oaks Planning Commission (see story on page 1).  After twice being denied, it’s time Councilmember Bill-de la Peña and Adam accept the edict and pass the baton to the n More...

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For the record

The Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge’s 2011 Officer of the Year was Ventura County Sheriff’s Dep. Larss Johnson, not Anders, his brother.  More...