May 17, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Hillcrest solar panel project now $400,000 over budget

Contractor mishaps are to blame, city says

Roof work atop the Hillcrest Center, where more than 600 solar panels have been installed, will cost Thousand Oaks $400,000 more than anticipated due to faulty workmanship by a contractor, city officials said this week.  More...

Two local Democrats seek to replace Jeff Gorell in state Assembly

JUNE PRIMARY 44th Assembly District

Assemblymember Jeff Gorell (R-Westlake Village) will face two challengers in the race for the new 44th District.  More...

Health & Wellness

Difference-makers honored

AUTISM SOCIETY AWARDS DINNER—The winners of the 2012 Awesome in Autism Awards are, from right, Edlyn and Damien Peña, Family of the Year; Treasure Lynn Lopez, Educator of the Year (pre K-8); Pa More...

Foundation awards $414,000 in grants to Ventura County healthcare providers

The Livingston Memorial Foundation recently presented grants totaling $414,000 to 30 Ventura County nonprofit organizations for medical and health-related purposes benefiting local residents during its 2011-12 grant year ending April 30.  More...

Fire season around the corner, offcials warn

The Ventura County Fire Department reminds residents that now is the time to prepare for wildfires before the hot, dry, windy weather starts.  Residents who live near natural vegetation are asked to clear brush back 100 feet from structures. More...

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THURS., MAY 17  ‘Dreaming’  1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Show by Performing Arts Club of senior actors and singers. Refreshments. Free. Phone: 805.583.6363.  Speakers Club Of T.O. More...

Schools

6 local seniors win Elks scholarships

MONEY FOR SCHOOL—Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge No. 2477, in honor of Elks National Youth Appreciation Week, presented six local high schoolers with scholarships last week. More...

Jewish Day School opens doors

Conejo Jewish Day School will host an open house from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wed., May 23 at 1080 E. More...

CVUSD to introduce transitional kindergar ten

Program is for kids who miss earlier cut-off

Conejo Valley Unified School District will offer transitional kindergarten in the 2012-13 school year despite Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to eliminate funding for the program.  More...

Business

Wellpoint will lay off 92

WellPoint is preparing to lay off 92 employees in one of its two Newbury Park offices next month.  Seventy-three layoffs effective June 4 will eliminate positions in the customer care and medical review departments at the health insurance compan More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Farmers Markets Bring Seasonal Fruits to Community

From delicious fruits and vegetables to exotic plants, the Ventura County Certified Farmers Markets have a wide variety of offerings this spring season.  Murray Family Farms brings seasonal fruits to the Saturday Downtown Ventura Market and on S More...

Pets

Pet of the week

  FRIENDLY—Nini is a 2-year-old female terrier mix. She is engaging, friendly, sweet and likes to give kisses. Nini has a bit of arthritis in her ankle from a previous injury and would like to be in a home with no cats. More...

Faith

Teacher takes faith-based look at Fourth Estate

Lutheran school instructor is former news reporter

In a 1963 Time magazine article, theologian Karl Barth shared his thoughts on journalists.  “I always pray for the sick, the poor, journalists, authorities of the state and the church—in that order,” he said. More...

Faith Briefs

UMC in Westlake offers Bible school   Children 4 years old through sixth grade (in the fall) are invited to participate in a week of Vacation Bible School at the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, 1049 S. Westlake Blvd.  More...

Letters

Impound fees impede the poor

The entire impound fee process, whether it’s $300 or $220, is essentially using the police to rob from the poor and give to the rich.  Smart Start and other traffic safety programs are geared to local young people who enjoy the luxury of a More...

Residents need say on cell towers

Leasing of our so-called green space for placement of cell towers is driven by money.  Placement of those towers close to homes and schools is being driven by money and convenience. More...

Parks takes middle course

It is time for Washington, D.C., to get off the core ideals of the party and start representing the people. More...

Editorials

Rethinking college in today’s world

We’ve heard this statement before, but now, because of the high jobless rate facing college graduates, it’s truer than ever: Not all young people should be pressed to attend college. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Council member succumbs to battle with cancer

Tom Glancy was 71

City Councilmember Tom Glancy, who just last week handed in his letter of resignation to the city, has died. He was 71. More...

New digs for new grads

‘YOU MADE IT!’—At left, Kao Tang Ying Moua, member of the California Lutheran University Class of 2012, gets a congratulatory pinch on the cheek from English professor Penny Cefola More...

Last day to register to vote

The deadline to register to vote in the June 5 presidential primary election is Mon., May 21. More...

State finance department gives thumbs down to several proposed RDA payments

Purchase of CVUSD’s Kelley Road site among items in question

Six projects the city hoped to complete with funds from its defunct redevelopment agency have been rejected by the state department of finance. More...

Community

WLV offcials approve new Target store

Shopping center coming to Russell Ranch

Last week’s approval of the Shoppes at Westlake Village retail project, including a new Target store that some residents vehemently opposed, is expected to give the local economy a shot in the arm.  More...

Elementary proposal

In kindergarten, Chris Stack and Kimberli Jezak were friends . . . sort of. “Kimberli remembers me chasing her around the playground,” Stack said. “I liked to bug her.” More than 20 years later, the chase is over. More...

Hear the songs of California

The Village Voices Chorale will present “California Connections” at 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat., June 1 and 2 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. More...

On the Town

Neil Diamond tribute will kick off park district’s summer concert series

Conejo Recreation and Park District’s Summer Concerts in the Park Series kicks off on Memorial Day with Fantastic Diamond performing a musical tribute of Neil Diamond’s greatest hits.  Sponsored by the City of Thousand Oaks, this fre More...

TOHS students bring Tony-awarding winning play to stage

‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’

Still looking for work? Well, one solution is to emulate J. Pierrepont Finch, the enterprising, window-washing, central character in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” More...

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

If you’re wondering why so many of the upcoming summer movies have a feeling of sameness, remember this: Conventional Hollywood wisdom holds that a hit movie is one that 13-year-old boys want to see with their friends—twice.  More...

Sports

Out for respect

Teams open softball playoffs with something to prove

Softball teams need a little luck to advance through the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.  Wind up a hot pitcher, rev up that offense, plug in the defense and anything can happen this time of year on the diamond.  Oaks Christian, the defendin More...

Ackermann earns honor

Oaks Christian’s Peter Ackermann has been named State Softball Coach of the Year by the California Coaches’ Association.  Last spring, Ackermann helped guide the Lion softball squad to a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 championship.& More...

Local ballclubs now in survival mode

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

From this day forth, it takes four victories to get to Dodger Stadium.  The road toward Chavez Ravine, however, remains littered with land mines and live arms.  How tough are the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 high school baseball playoffs More...

Police

Police trying to locate 21 sex offenders

Detectives with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office are still confirming the whereabouts of 21 registered sex offenders in the East County after a random registration compliance sweep conducted last month.  More...

Blotter

Newbury Park  May 3  An intoxicated person entered a home in the 600 block of Dorena Drive and took a nap.  May 4  A 26-year-old man was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance in the first block of S. More...

Family

Young Artist Ensemble holding auditions for teen summer musical

The Young Artists Ensemble will hold auditions for its teen summer musical presentation of “Cabaret” for performers ages 13 to 19 by appointment Sat. and Sun., June 2 and 3 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. More...

Youth orchestras perform famous movie scores

Hear music from ‘Indiana Jones’

The Conejo Valley Youth Orchestras will present “Stage and Screen” at 3 p.m. Sun., June 3 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. More...

Miller Y opens enrollment for fall after-school child care

The Miller Family YMCA of Newbury Park is accepting enrollment for its fall after-school child care program for students in grades one through eight.  The program begins Aug. More...

Columns

Glancy will be missed

It was a sad day for Thousand Oaks residents earlier this week when City Councilmember Tom Glancy announced his resignation, effective immediately, because of poor health.  Glancy has faithfully served the taxpayers of T.O.  More...

Just say no to tree topping

Topping is the indiscriminate cutting back of treetops and branches. More...

Sharing landscaping secrets for saving water

COMMENTARY

There are many simple solutions that will help your landscape thrive while saving you time and money. The following are four little-known secrets.  More...