May 5, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Local officials in race to finish preparations for Tour of California

For the second year in a row, Thousand Oaks will be the final stop in the country’s largest professional cycling race, the sixth annual Amgen Tour of California. More...

Health & Wellness

Therapy dog info offered

Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization that provides free assistance dogs to people with disabilities, will host a series of open house events, Puppy Summer Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. May 22, June 26, July 24 and Aug. More...

Program will discuss end-of-life care

Hospice of the Conejo will host a program on “What’s a POLST?” at 6:30 p.m. Tues., May 10 at Los Robles Hospital, classroom 1, 215 W. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Hit the hole for Hospice

Hospice of the Conejo will host an 18- hole charity golf tournament on Mon., May 23 at Sunset Hills Country Club, 4155 Erbes Road, Thousand Oaks. Check-in is 11 a.m. with a barbecue lunch at 11:30 a.m. and shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. More...

Schools

Conejo Valley Unified finalizes spending cuts for next school year

Budget slashed by $4 million

The Conejo Valley school board has approved a plan to cut about $4 million from its 2011- 12 budget in case Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to extend tax increases does not gain support. More...

Gift of education

Teen started nonprofit with goal of building school in Lima, Peru

When she was 9 years old, Gabriella Brignardello left Christmas Eve Mass in Lima, Peru, and met two little girls who asked her for money. “I still remember their faces,” Gabriella said. “ I broke down. More...

Sequoia is county’s sole Distinguished School for ’11

Sequoia Middle School in Newbury Park has been named a Distinguished School by the California School Recognition Program. More...

Business

California new-home construction remains a mixed bag, statistics say

Total housing starts in California as measured by the number of building permits issued climbed 9 percent in March on the strength of the multifamily sector, the California Building Industry Association (CBIA) reports. More...

Ventura County’s new business perk is quality of life

Group hopes to attract jobs to the area

Ventura County’s quality of life is being marketed as a business perk by officials aiming to attract more businesses to the region. More...

Transportation chief will talk to Chamber

The Ventura County Transportation Commission will present transit updates, traffic projections, planned improvements and current projects at the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce Jump Start Networking Breakfast of Champions from 6:45 to 9 a.m More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park Property worth more than $950 was stolen between April 12 and 23 in the 2300 block of Alice Ann Road. Gang graffiti was spray painted between April 13 and 15 on property on Michael Drive and N. Wendy Drive. More...

Family

Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8th. Because moms are special, we asked our readers to share their favorite “Mom Moment,” and this is what they said. More...

FAMILY MEN Don't Wear Name Brands

Nothing for Mom

A few days before Mother’s Day last year, my mom called and told me not to get her anything; she said she didn’t need anything and she wanted my sister, my brother and me to save our money. More...

Teen Center offers trips, language workshops

The Thousand Oaks Teen Center is offering a variety of programs this summer. Classes will begin the week of June 20. Programs are available in the areas of sports, dance, vocals, instrumentals, arts and computer science. More...

Editorials

Political Cartoon

Full Story

How about a break for Mom?

Being a mom is a piece of cake. All one has to do is love, worry, encourage, discipline, caution, teach, feed, repair, drive, fetch, dress, clean, pamper, sooth, organize, remind, plan, protect, heal and cajole—all usually before 8 a.m. More...

For the record

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Conejo & Las Virgenes’ annual Champions for Youth Breakfast on Wed., May 11 at the Renaissance Hotel in Agoura Hills is a free event. More...

Two badly injured after accident at C.V. Days site

Two carnival workers received severe electric shocks Tuesday afternoon when one of the rides they were helping to set up for the 55th annual Conejo Valley Days hit an overhead power line at Conejo Creek Park South. More...

Mobile home park owner may sue city, attorney says

The owner of a Thousand Oaks mobile home park plans to sue over the City Council’s decision last week to uphold a $62-a-month rent increase for tenants. He claims the increase should be closer to $260 a month. More...

Community

Out for a test drive

WHEELING—Thousand Oaks resident Les Leach cruises down the new Conejo Creek Bike Path April 28 on the way to the path’s official opening ceremony. More...

T.O. woman convicted of defrauding her father

A Thousand Oaks resident has been convicted of financial elder abuse in a case involving her own father. Noel Craig, 56, opened a Bank of America credit card in her father’s name and charged more than $13,000 without his knowledge. More...

Local residents a part of region’s busiest search and rescue team

Volunteers contribute 20 to 40 hours a month

Members of the Malibu Search and Rescue Team gathered in a small room in the basement of the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station in Calabasas on a recent Sunday morning. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Assistance League presents kitchen tour

Assistance League of Conejo Valley will present the second annual Kitchen and Cooks Tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., May 15. More...

Grammy-winner will make appearance at local car wash

Ten-time Grammy Awardwinning recording artist Chaka Khan will visit Janss Mall Car Wash of Thousand Oaks to raise awareness and donations for her foundation at 9 a.m. Fri., May 6. The car wash is at 467 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Author will discuss merits of self-publishing

Thousand Oaks Library will present the third installment in the new Local Authors Series with an appearance by author Frank Zajaczkowski at 2 p.m. Sat., May 14 in the community room at the Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Sports

Conejo Valley athletes take flight at county track championships

Oaks Christian girls dominate while Panthers, Lancers secure wins

Talent. Heart. Guts. The Ventura County Track and Field Championships had it all. There were moments of joy, pain and disappointment at Moorpark High last weekend. More...

County track meet highlights

Several locals stood out with invitational victories during the Ventura County Track and Field Championships last Friday at Moorpark High. Oaks Christian’s Danielle Alakija won the girls’ 400-meter race in 55.32 seconds. More...

Soccer team secures title down south

NIMBLE NOMADS—The Conejo Valley United boys’ 17-year-old team, coached by Eddie Saremi, won the San Diego Nomad Showcase soccer tournament. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

PERKY PAIR—Harry and Jolie are 3-year-old Chihuahuas. They are friendly, housebroken and good with kids and other dogs. Harry and Jolie would love to find a home together. More...

Faith

Faith Briefs

Poker tourney will benefit charities More...

Motoring

Ask the DMV

Q: I’ve heard that California law requires me to turn on my headlights when it’s raining, but my vehicle has daytime running lights. Isn’t this sufficient? A: No. More...

Letters

Save on benefits, don’t reelect Irwin

It was good to see the April 21 article noting that the City Council finally voted to reduce benefits for future members. That was long overdue. It was more disappointing that the current members decided not to do anything about their own benefits. More...

Easter service was phenomenal

I would like to express publicly my appreciation and gratitude to Godspeak and Skyline Calvary Chapel for hosting The Risen King Easter Celebration at the Civic Arts Plaza on Sun., April 24. More...

Reagan was right on term limits

In regard to T.O. term limits, I recall my surprise at Ronald Reagan’s opposition to term limits. He relied on his faith in the electorate to discriminate in their selection of representatives. 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...