March 1, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

School district readies for possible teacher layoffs

Forty-nine teachers told they could lose their jobs

Layoff notices will be sent this month to 49 teachers in Conejo Valley Unified School District as state budget cuts threaten to further slash funding to schools.  More...

Health & Wellness

Man’s fight against ALS lives on after death

Two months before he died, Conejo Valley resident Greg Merfeld said something his friend Andrea Gallagher will never forget.  “He said to me, ‘I have nothing to complain about,’” recalled Gallagher, Merfeld’s longti More...

Free clinic names new board chair

IT professional Frank J. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Show was ‘monstrously’ good fun

Play review

Theater League’s musical version of “Young Frankenstein,” which just completed a brief run at the Fred Kavli Theater, could be more accurately titled “Brooks’ Brain,” because this must be what it’s like to be More...

Sweet Treats

Cupcake Camp Conejo Valley, presented by Cupcakes for Cancer, raised money for the Wellness Community Valley/Ventura on Sunday   More...

The LAB Brewing Company

The LAB Brewing Company in Agoura Hills is a place of experimentation, observation and discovery. More...

Sports

Mighty Mite soccer league kicks off soon

Registration is being accepted online and at the Thousand Oaks Community Center for Mighty Mite Outdoor Soccer.  The program is for girls and boys 4 to 8 years old.  League games are played from 8 to 11 a.m. More...

TOHS basketball fans get their money’s worth

What a run for the Lancers. The Thousand Oaks High boys’ basketball team made an improbable jaunt through the CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs before falling in the semifinals at Inglewood 65-36 on Tuesday. More...

Tailbacks struggle, Owusu shines at NFL Combine

The NFL Combine was unkind to a pair of the area’s all-time great high school running backs but much more favorable to a local pass-catching sensation.  More...

Pets

CUTIE PIE

  Paxi is a 2-year-old female terrier mix. She is very shy but is sweet and affectionate once she gets to know you. Paxi walks well on a leash, takes treats gently and would like to be the only dog in the home. More...

Faith

Chabad of Conejo celebrates Purim

Chabad of the Conejo will celebrate the holiday of Purim with a community festival called “Purim in Persia” at 6:30 p.m. Wed., March 7 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. More...

Brandeis hosts Books ’n Brunch

Lisa See, author of “Dreams of Joy,” “Shanghai Girls” and “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” will appear at Brandeis National Committee Conejo Valley chapter’s annual Books ’n Brunch event at 9:30 a.m. More...

Valley synagogue opens doors

Shomrei Torah Synagogue will host an “Out of This World” community open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Sun., March 4 at the synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills.  The family- friendly event will take place rain or shine.  More...

Letters

City is losing too many old trees

I moved my family to Thousand Oaks from the San Fernando Valley 15 years ago. More...

Massage sweeps are troubling

I read with interest your recent article in the Feb. More...

Appointee should refuse position

Last week the City Council majority of Andy Fox, Jacqui Irwin and Tom Glancy proved their disdain for voter rights.  But what do you expect from corrupt politicians who hold parttime positions and vote themselves million-dollar lifetime healthca More...

Editorials

Why do they fear a vote?

As the old saying goes, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”  For the second time in six years, the Thousand Oaks City Council has voted against a special election to fill a lengthy vacancy on its board. More...

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FOR THE RECORD

•Last week’s front page story about how the City Council will fill Dennis Gillette’s vacant seat had two incorrect references to the most recent City Council election. More...

17 apply to fill Gillette’s vacant seat

Council will interview applicants Tuesday

Seventeen people have submitted applications to replace Dennis Gillette on the Thousand Oaks City Council, a city spokesperson said Wednesday. The two-page applications had to be hand-delivered to the city clerk’s office by 5 p.m. Feb. 29. More...

Transportation plan on road to completion

How can county public transportation attract more riders?  That was the question Darren Kettle, executive officer of the Ventura County Transportation Commission, asked a small audience of East County residents at California Lutheran University More...

Community

Decision on future of after-hours driving range still stuck in the rough

The decision on whether to extend Tom Barber Golf Center’s operational permit by two decades has been delayed yet again—this time because there is no updated study proving the lighting issues at the driving range have been mitigated.  More...

Ag industry remains big business

Forum focuses on sustainability of region’s farmland

Ventura County Agricultural Summit   The ever-changing landscape of Southern California, with its growing population and expanding housing communities, has made it necessary for area farmers to reach out to a network of experts—from politi More...

MOTOR MAN

Custom-car pro from T.O. shares talents with national TV audience

Reality television stars are known for being outspoken. Whether complaining, bragging or engaging in shouting matches, they find a way to fill air time with highvolume voices. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., MARCH 1  Camarillo Women’s Club  11 a.m. at Wedgewood Banquet Center, 901 Sterling Hills Drive, Camarillo. Harvey Family Irish Dancers perform. $20 for lunch. RSVP. Contact: Carolyn. Phone: 805.482. 6919. More...

Schools

CVUSD book selection sparks debate during school board meeting

Trustee Dunn objects to novel’s child rape scene

A contemporary novel added to Conejo Valley Unified School District’s high school curriculum has been criticized by a board member for its violence.  More...

Training offered to be a tutor

Conejo Valley Adult School Literacy Program will offer a free literacy tutor workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More...

Highlights

Newbury Park Panthers Fri., March 2: Hearing and testing/ A2/8 a.m. to 2 p.m. More...

Business

County CEO talks biz over breakfast

Ventura County executive offi cer Michael Powers will present “Leading a Successful County in the 21st Century” at the next California Lutheran University Corporate Leaders Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. More...

PC repair shop joins local Chamber

Dr. PC, a full-service computer support and repair shop on Thousand Oaks Boulevard, had its Chamber of Commerce grand opening in January.  Since 2004 Dr. More...

Credit union adds Saturday hours

In addition to its regular hours, the Ventura County Credit Union will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning March 3 at its Ventura, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley branches.  More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   A 52- year- old woman was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs after being involved in a traffic collision on Reino Road, south of Old Conejo Road, on Feb. More...

Family

Coming soon

I’m sometimes accused of trying to give my kid everything he wants.  I know that’s a bad idea. As much as I want to make him happy, I don’t want him growing up thinking life will treat him the way I do. More...

New literacy stations at local libraries help make learning fun

Special computers were purchased by volunteers for $9,000

What most kindergartners know about anatomy can be summed up in the children’s song “Head, shoulders, knees and toes,” but now, with the new advanced literacy stations at the Grant Brimhall Library, Dustin Glynn knows the exact loca More...

Y camps give parents a break this spring

The local branches of the YMCA will present weeklong spring camps in Thousand Oaks, Moorpark and Agoura Hills to coincide with times when school is not in session.  More...

Columns

California caregivers stressed, in poor health

Compared to caregivers in the rest of the United States, those in California have higher levels of stress and poorer health.  To many of us who work with family caregivers in multiple states, those facts seemed obvious, but we now have data to s More...