July 28, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Will city pay state to keep redevelopment agency alive?

Along with approving the state budget last month, Gov. Jerry Brown eliminated with the stroke of a pen the state’s 425 redevelopment agencies in their current form by signing into law ABX1 26.  Redevelopment agencies dissolve on Oct. 1. More...

Health & Wellness

Chamber CEO will sit on hospital board

Jill Lederer, president and CEO of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, has been appointed to the board of trustees for Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center. Her term begins immediately and will run for three years.  More...

Make the pool the place to be

For a hot time in warm weather, consider these maintenance and safety suggestions for backyard living.  •Safety first in the pool. Keep each child within arm’s length at all times. Designate an adult as water watcher. More...

Support group lends an ear

The Hearing Loss Association, an educational, advocacy and support group for the hearing impaired, will meet at 1 p.m. Sat., Aug. 6 at the Goebel Senior Adult Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

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THURS., JULY 28  Camarillo Community Band Concert   More...

Schools

Crossing guards relocated for upcoming school year

City takes tally periodically to determine need

School crossing guards in Thousand Oaks will not return to four low-traffic intersections in the 2011-12 school year.  More...

Adult school introduces Bridge Program

Classes will prepare students for their next step

This fall a new program will open at the Conejo Valley Adult School for adults ages 18 and up who have a high school diploma or a GED certificate but would like to improve their chances for future success by improving their reading, writing, math or More...

Local wins leadership award

Tyler Goff of Thousand Oaks received the David K. More...

Business

Home show seeks vendors

Event is set for Sept. 10-11

The 33rd annual Conejo Valley Home Show will be Sat. and Sun., Sept. 10 and 11 at the Westlake Hyatt Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. The show is accepting vendor applications from local designers, contractors and landscapers.  More...

Conejo Valley networking group meets tomorrow for coffee

The Network Marketers of the Conejo Valley will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. Fri., July 29 at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, 1772 E. More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Police

Suspect charged with impersonating an officer

Conejo Valley crime

Stolen credit cards led police to a man they say dressed up like a law enforcement officer, pulled over a Thousand Oaks resident and robbed him late last month.  More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  A vandal damaged a mailbox at a medical building in the 1000 block of Newbury Road between July 13 and 14.  A 46-year-old man was cited for vandalism in the 2600 block of Lavery Court July 14. More...

Obituaries

Marti O’Neill-Schmidt

Passed away July 19th. Marti was a devoted wife, aunt, friend and mom to her animals.  She was a kind and gentle soul with so much compassion. Marti had a great love for her 2 German Shephard dogs and her 2 cats. More...

Family

Kids come out to play at Tropical Daze

MUSIC, SEA CREATURES AND FUN— Logan Panthier, 2½, of Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks residents Jake Crandall, 6, and Caroline Crandall, 4½, examine hermit crabs on display at EARTHS Magnet School More...

Rec and park mailing out fall guide

The Conejo Recreation and Park District’s 2011 Fall Program Guide has been mailed to residents in the district.  The guide describes classes and special activities for September through December.  Camps and activities are available du More...

Amateur radio class is for people of all ages

Participants can obtain an entry level license

The Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club will offer a technician license class for those interested in obtaining an entry level license for amateur radio.  The classes meet for eight weeks from 7 to 8:45 p.m. starting Wed., Aug. More...

Letters

Rates should take lot size into account

Your editorial “Progressive water rate structure the right choice” concludes that “big-lot owners have every right to complain about their water bills, but their discontent doesn’t give them the right to change a system that, More...

Tiered system ‘foisted on us’

This is the second iteration of tiered rates to be foisted on us here in T.O. More...

Tier 2 users are unhappy too

As usual, the progressiveminded three-tier water system sticks it to those in the middle class. I don’t have a large lot. More...

Man, 26, dies while in custody at T.O. jail

DeMario Beachum came into the Thousand Oaks jail on suspicion of driving under the influence. More...

Secret marijuana fields on public property a growing problem, authorities say

Park rangers announced the seizure of more than 3,500 marijuana plants over a 9-acre swath in the heart of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area last week. The pot discovery was one of three in the region during past month. More...

State’s top money man stops in Westlake

California’s economy is still years away from a full recovery, state Controller John Chiang told a large audience at Bellini Osteria Bar and Lounge in Westlake Village on July 21. More...

Community

Before the blaze, comes the burn

Fire cadets must undergo rigorous physical training

Chad Diederich realized a lifelong dream July 22 when a Ventura County firefighter badge was pinned to his chest.  “It was one of the most exciting days of my life,” said the 29-yearold Moorpark resident.  Diederich and 20 other More...

Expansion of Simi Valley Landfill gets approval from supervisors

Waste Management got the expansion it wanted—for a price of $200 million.  It was a long time coming, but on Tues., July 19, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the expansion of the Simi Valley Landfill and Recycli More...

Man allegedly shared child porn via Web

Police have arrested a Thousand Oaks resident on charges of possessing child pornography.  T o m Keller Nat ion, 42, was arrested at his home on July 13. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Civic Arts Plaza wants to land bigger fish

City pumping in more money to attract larger acts, audiences

To boost ticket sales and draw a younger audience, the city’s theaters are hiring bigger acts.  A new pilot program, approved by the City Council last week, allows the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation to book more expensive acts t More...

Pumping up the party 101

TWO TURN TABLES—DJ Matt Brown, above right, shows 15-year-old James Herron how professional DJs create a seamless transition between two songs during a workshop at the Newbury Park Branch Libra More...

Cabrillo’s ‘Sound of Music’ is a ‘triumph’

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final collaboration, “The Sound of Music,” was a huge success when it made its debut on Broadway, becoming the second longest running musical of the 1950s. More...

Sports

Ghazarian on the go

Nicki Ghazarian was born to run—for president and with her feet.  The incoming Westlake High senior is gearing up for a promising season with the girls’ cross country team.  As leader of the pack, Ghazarian’s goals are sim More...

LaSecla signs with Oakland

Newbury Park High graduate Jordan LaSecla has inked a undrafted free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders.  LaSecla played quarterback at San Jose State.  Duke Lemmens, an Oaks Christian grad, signed with the Arizona Cardinals.  Lem More...

Putting the ‘fun’ in fundamentals

Kids learn to golf at Los Robles summer camp

This camp isn’t about unearthing the next Rory McIroy.  It’s about having “ Caddyshack” fun—at least, the edited PG-rated kind.  Los Robles Greens Golf Course is home to the Junior Golf Camp for boys and girls More...

Pets

NEEDS NURTURING—Sophia is a 3-month-old old black Lab mix. She was found abandoned in a field. More...

Faith

CEO reveals spiritual secret to success

Workshop held at Westlake Village Buddhist center

Nearby, in the midst of life’s noisy distractions and stressful challenges, lies a quiet path to lasting happiness and success.  On July 23, a small group gathered at the Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center in Westlake Village for a workshop t More...

The Art of Being

And the question is . . .

“ What question is at the heart of your pilgrimage and your life? What question were you put here to understand? More...

Academy to open in Moorpark

The Daniel Academy West will open Sept. 7 at The Fountain Church, 11930 W. More...

Motoring

City wants to restripe portion of Avenida de Los Arboles near 23 Freeway

Plan calls for turning, bike and parking lanes

A portion of Avenida de Los Arboles west of the 23 Freeway may be reduced from four lanes to three to improve traffic safety.  The Thousand Oaks Traffic and Transportation Advisory Commission— a five-person committee that makes recommendat More...

Columns

THE OTHER Side of 50

Seven don’ts of dealing with difficult parents

I recently hosted a meeting of 30 professionals who support seniors in various ways. The focus of our meeting was helping adult children deal with their “difficult” parents.  More...

Editorials

Civic Arts Plaza needs your help

The City Council isn’t waiting any longer to find out if ticket sales will improve at the struggling Civic Arts Plaza. More...

Political Cartoon

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