January 12, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

City will oversee disbursement of RDA funds

Redevelopment

The City Council unanimously agreed on Tuesday that it and city staff will form the administrative agency that sells off assets and winds down the operations of its redevelopment agency.  City Manager Scott Mitnick said redevelopment agency asse More...

Health & Wellness

Nonprofit aims to help parents of special needs children

Founders have firsthand knowledge of financial burden

For some families, the financial cost of taking care of a child with special needs is overwhelming.  Coming to their aid is Thousand Oaks resident Gina Peters, founder and CEO of Center4SpecialNeeds.  More...

Daughters pay tribute to late mother through annual cancer run

Run/walk is set for Feb. 11 in Westlake Village

On Feb. 11, more than 1,000 people will join two daughters whose mother died of pancreatic cancer to remember those affected by the disease.  More...

Woman swims for cause, friendship

T.O. resident did 1,000 laps to raise funds for MS research

When 29-year-old Ingrid Christianson started her job as the “engage life” director at a Thousand Oaks assisted living community, she knew she was making a change. She didn’t know she’d be making a difference, too. More...

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THURS., JAN. 12  Independent Writers Of Southern California  10 a.m. to noon at Sherwood Country Club, Golf Club meeting room, 320 W. Stafford Road, Thousand Oaks. Critique for writers. RSVP required. Email: sharon_ schnell@yahoo.com. More...

Sports

Pound for pound, the battles rage on

Local wrestling overview

Conejo Valley wrestling teams offer enough story lines to fill a DVR. Led by five talented captains, the Thousand Oaks High squad celebrated the return of veteran assistant coach Manuel Valdez, who suffered a stroke last year. More...

Crocker nabs second in S.D.

Westlake High sophomore Sean Crocker finished in second place at the San Diego Junior Amateur Championships held at Steele Canyon Golf Club.  Crocker, a member of the Warriors’ varsity golf team, posted a 5-under-par 208 during three round More...

Lancers, Coyotes to clash on basketball court

The Thousand Oaks High boys’ basketball squad faces a major road test Friday night at Calabasas.  Calabasas, the top-ranked team in the latest CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA coaches’ poll, won 15 of its first 17 games, including f More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

READY TO PLAY—Buddy is a 20-month-old shepherd-husky mix. He is playful, has lots of energy, gets along with other big dogs and knows some basic commands. More...

Mall hosts Animal Appreciation Day

New storefront at Janss hosting pet event on Jan. 14

In celebration of all adoptable animals, Shelter Hope Pet Shop and Janss Marketplace will host an Animal Appreciation Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Jan. 14 in the parking lot of the mall at 275 N. More...

Faith

Chabad opens food bank

Three volunteers methodically advanced from one table to the next, glancing at shopping lists and filling grocery orders in a large room at Chabad of the Conejo in Agoura on a recent Wednesday.  Within less than an hour, about 60 large paper bag More...

Motoring

Interchange expansion hits another road block

101/23 freeways

Efforts to acquire millions in federal funding for the proposed 101/23 freeway interchange expansion have again come up short, but city and county officials pledge they won’t stop trying until the transportation project is complete.  More...

Letters

Many reached out to hoops player

Regarding the article about Deejay Brown (“Do the right thing,” Acorn, Dec. 29), he was not homeless and hungry as stated in the second sentence of the article.  Deejay had been living in our home from April until June. More...

What happened to our paradise?

Thirty- five years ago we bought a house in the North Ranch community of Westlake Village.  Many homes were zoned for horses; pedestrians and horsemen shared the trails, a retro culture of unspoiled Thousand Oaks.  Our next- door neighbors More...

$15 million to honor the past? Really?

Really?  The earthquake- damaged Washington Monument has extensive damage.  This 555-foot structure that is 127 years old has been closed since Aug. 23. More...

Gallegly exit opens door for new face in Congress

Linda Parks among a growing field of candidates

The weekend announcement by U.S. Rep. More...

Change ordered up at The Lakes

One Thousand Oaks restaurant closed its doors last week, and the restaurant poised to take its place is among a bevy to set up shop in town recently. After two years of operation, on Jan. More...

Community

Parks says she’ll run grassroots, nonpartisan campaign

In the first domino to fall after the announcement that 13-term U.S. Congressman Elton Gallegly would not seek reelection, county Supervisor Linda Parks announced Monday her intention to run in the newly redrawn 26th Congressional District. More...

City to debut new-look website soon

Visitors to the City of Thousand Oaks’ revamped website should find it easier to access information and make online payments, according to the city’s spokesperson.  More...

T.O. man sees efforts to move Caltrans to action bear fruit

Transportation agency to agrees to add vegetation to flattened hillside

A Thousand Oaks resident’s three-month plea with Caltrans to replace 10 pine trees the agency felled without orders on a hillside behind his home is finally getting the green light.  More...

Dining & Entertainment

Winners named in National Arts Program

Handful of winning artists hail from the Conejo Valley

The Ventura County Arts Council Visual Arts Committee announces the winners of the 2011 National Arts Program Ventura County, an exhibit for county employees and their immediate families, on view in the Atrium Lobby, Hall of Administration, County Go More...

Library to host Emmy-award winner

Juggler, games among 30th anniversary events

The Thousand Oaks Library System will kick off its yearlong 30th anniversary celebration with a variety of free programs from Jan. 21 through 28.  The Grant Brimhall Library, then called the Thousand Oaks Library, opened at 1401 E. More...

Local woman stands tall in short story contest

The winners of the 12th annual Ventura County Writers Club Short Story Contest were recently announced.  The authors read their winning entries at the Jan. More...

Schools

University event to honor MLK

The Office of Campus Ministry, Black Student Union and Multicultural Programs at California Lutheran University will honor Martin Luther King Jr. and others who promote peace and social justice at 10:10 a.m. Wed., Jan. More...

High School HI*LIGHTS

Newbury Park Panthers   More...

Forum to focus on topic of girl bullying at school

The Newbury Park High School Parent-Faculty Association will present the film “Finding Kind” about the issue of girl bullying, at 7 p.m. Tues., Jan. 17 in the school’s performing arts center, 456 N. More...

Business

CLU will screen documentary about the cause of financial downfall

Panel discussion will follow

California Lutheran University will show “The Flaw,” a documentary on the cause of the financial crisis, at 7 p.m. Thurs., Jan. More...

Financial adviser donates $24,000 to local causes

ETF Portfolio Management, a specialized financial advisory firm, recently announced that it is pledging $24,000 in charitable donations.  The firm has a “Pledge to Give Back” in which it donates a portion of its annual advisory fees More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

A burglar tried to break into a motor home in the 3400 block of Old Conejo Road between Dec. 17 and 31.  A 32-year-old man was arrested for stalking and burglary in the 700 block of Cypress Street Dec. 21. More...

Family

Princess for a day

HADAR’S WISH—Thousand Oaks resident Hadar Tamir, 5, lines up with her friends for a fashion show to model their party dresses during her Make-A-Wish Celebration party at Olivia’s Dol More...

Prizes, trips awarded at bridal expo

The Bridal Premiere, a day of wedding exhibits and fashions, will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., Jan. 15 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village.  More...

Classes for new parents ollered at adult school

Conejo Valley Adult School’s Pregnancy, Perinatal and Newborn Program will host a newborn class for parents and their infants under 3 months of age on Wed., Jan. 11, and a childbirth preparation series from 10 a.m. to noon on Sat., Jan. More...

Columns

Starving for business

More than any industry, customer satisfaction is priority one in the restaurant business, but let’s face it, some people are never happy

Greenhouse Cafe at Moorpark and Janss roads closed its doors at the end of the year. More...

Editorials

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Big week in local politics

From beginnings in local politics to aspirations of the Beltway, Linda Parks’ career path is looking very much like the one followed by the man she hopes to replace in the U.S. Congress, Elton Gallegly.  Start small, get big.  More...