October 18, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Conejo Valley schools continue to show progress ahead of 2014 deadline

The second highest scoring school district in Ventura County— surpassed only by Oak Park Unified—Conejo Valley Unified School District experienced moderate jumps in its 2011-12 Academic Performance Index test scores.  API scores, whi More...

Health & Wellness

Baby Steps

FAST FEET— Above, runners in the 5K race begin the fifth annual Jason’s Race in Westlake Village on Oct. 14. Left, Edmund Johnson of Oak Park crosses the finish line. More...

Fundraiser takes Great Strides against CF

Those fighting cystic fibrosis want to make “CF” stand for “cure found.”  On Sun., Oct. More...

Cancer run sees big turnout

More than 200 people attended Shred Kids’ Cancers’ inaugural Rock the Run fundraiser on Oct. 14 in Thousand Oaks.  Participants ran, walked and some even skateboarded along Westlake Boulevard.  More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., OCT. 18  Pleasant Valley Garden Club  9 a.m. at Camarillo Seventh-day Adventist Church, Fireside Room, 3975 E. Las Posas Road. Master Gardener Jim Kindig with UC Extension gives tips for growing orchids. Phone: 805.482.6933. More...

Schools

Students celebrate Latin culture

GOOD EATS—California Lutheran University students Lauren Kennedy and Amy Galipean partake of the culinary offerings at the Dia de la Raza fiesta in Lundring Events Center at CLU on Wednesday. More...

Stand Up for Kids gala returns this weekend

Annual auction is B&G Clubs’ biggest fundraiser

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley will present the annual Stand Up for Kids Gala Dinner and Auction, the clubs’ main fundraising event, on Sat., Oct. More...

TOHS band selling ad space on trailer

YOUR BUSINESS HERE—The Thousand Oaks High School Lancer Band is seeking sponsors for its recently acquired trailers. More...

Business

Stonehaus brings a touch of Italy to the Conejo Valley

Eatery and wine tasting room opens next door to Westlake Inn

Is it Westlake Village, Calif.— or Tuscany, Italy?  Visiting the new Stonehaus eatery and wine tasting room in Westlake, it’s hard to tell.  More...

Eye On Local Area Stocks

Company Name Symbol Oct. 17 Oct. 10 Oct. 3 Sept. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

NEEDS A HOME—Flopsie is a 2-year-old female white-andgray rabbit. If you would like to adopt Bunny, ask for ID No. A4498179 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. More...

Faith

Eighth-grader’s mitzvah project is tops

Colina Middle School eighthgrader Chloe Kudler is living proof that one is never too young to become a humanitarian compassionately committed to a cause.  As her mitzvah project to mark her entry into young adulthood, the daughter of Scott and L More...

Emmanuel Church to host La Musique de France

Emmanuel Church will host the Elation Arts Series with a Musique de France presentation at 6 p.m. Sun., Oct. More...

Art of receiving is different from the act of taking

“Gracious acceptance is an art—an art which most never bother to cultivate. We think that we have to learn how to give, but we forget about accepting things, which can be much harder than giving. . . . More...

Letters

Candidate responds to critic

I am Ed Jones, and I am a candidate for the Thousand Oaks City Council.  I am running because I believe I can do a good job for all of the people of Thousand Oaks.  More...

Thinks smart meters are failing

Thank you for your article on Edison’s new “smart” meters (Acorn, Oct. 11).  After I received a bill that was $100 higher than the same billing period a year ago, I called Edison to express a concern about the new meters. More...

Also upset over electrical bill

My jaw dropped when I read Sylvie Belmond’s article about smart meter bills, as the same thing happened to us.  Our typical Southern California Edison bill is approximately $200 per month.  More...

Columns

The bumblers tackle Hell Hill

There is a Conejo Recreation and Park District trail that rises above Hillcrest Drive in the vicinity of the Westlake Hills neighborhood that could replace a cardiologist’s in-office stress test.  More...

Two council candidates accused of campaign finance violations

Irwin acknowledges mistake, returns checks

Thousand Oaks City Council candidate Jacqui Irwin said today that illegal contributions made to her reelection campaign would be returned to donors immediately. More...

Are term limits coming for T.O.?

Voters will decide Nov. 6

The future of Thousand Oaks City Council elections will be decided when a term limits initiative comes before local voters in November.  Measure L would limit representatives to no more than three consecutive four-year terms, or 12 years, on the More...

City finds new route to fund freeway expansion

Will lend $17.7 million in reserves so that work on 101/23 interchange can begin

Long-standing plans to expand the congested 101/23 freeway interchange could get underway next September if Thousand Oaks’ latest effort to find funding for the project proves successful, city offi cials said last week. More...

Community

Website gives voters more info

A new website domain name has been launched for the Ventura County Elections Division: http:// venturavote.org.  On the site, residents can confirm that they are registered to vote, find their polling place and view sample ballots from past elec More...

On the campaign trail with Julia Brownley

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Democratic congressional candidate Julia Brownley stepped into the doorway of the EXIT Realty office in Thousand Oaks on Saturday morning and was greeted an explosion of applause.  About 60 volunteers had been gathering fliers and going over pre More...

Rockford, Ill., park district edges out CRPD for National Gold Medal Award

Conejo Recreation and Park District was recognized as a National Gold Medal Award finalist during the opening session of the National Recreation and Park Association’s annual conference in Anaheim on Tuesday.  More...

On the Town

Scary fun

BOO!— Above, R yan Logan' s friends hide behind him as they are startled by an actor at the Reign of Terror Haunted House in the Janss Marketplace on Oct. 13. More...

“Argo”

Ben Affleck knows how to tell a story.  Two years ago, in directing “The Town,” he transformed what could have been a typical cops and robbers movie into a film that transcended that genre.  It was fiction, and yet every charact More...

Transportation featured in artist’s works

A solo art exhibit titled “Start Your Journey with Art,” featuring the works of Georgia Love, will run through Sun., Dec. 2 at the Conejo Valley Art Museum, Ste. More...

Sports

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Thousand Oaks Lancers (4-4) at Agoura Chargers (2-5)

Friday, 7 p.m. Agoura High   Agoura High’s football team hasn’t played at home since a Sept. More...

Other local football matchups

Oaks Christian (6-1) at Calabasas (1-6)   More...

Lancers rule court

TOHS girls’ tennis eyes postseason

For Thousand Oaks High, the girls’ tennis season hasn’t even started yet.  The Lancers are waiting for the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 individual and team playoffs. Team postseason matches kick off Oct. 31. More...

Police

Police link violent attack in mall parking lot to 3 T.O. gang members

Men face charges of assault with a deadly weapon

Three documented gang members accused of beating up a man in the Janss Marketplace parking lot in July are in jail facing multiple criminal charges, according to a detective in the Thousand Oaks Police Department.  More...

Boy, 13, accused of starting three brush fires in one week

A 13-year-old boy is facing possible arson charges after he admitted to setting three small brush fires near a trailhead in Thousand Oaks earlier this month, police said this week.  “The case has been submitted to the proper channels for d More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  Oct. 3  A 47-year-old man was arrested for public intoxication in the 2000 block of Lavery Court.  Oct. 4  A man, 18, was arrested for stealing from a business in the 2000 block of Newbury Road.  More...

Family

Unleashed

Dog lovers have a field day at Bark in the Park

Long considered “man’s best friend,” dogs bring joy—and added responsibility—to their owners’ lives.  “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole,” said Roger Caras, the late host o More...

Clifford the Big Red Dog will be live in T.O.

The Thousand Oaks CivicArts Plaza Foundation will present “Clifford the Big Red Dog— Live!” at 7 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 1 in the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. More...

The Y hosts pumpkin carving for families

Kids and their families are invited to a night of pumpkin carving and fun from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 26 in the community room at the Conejo Valley YMCA, 4031 N. More...

Editorials

Navigating the election minefield

As the Nov. 6 election approaches, the fog surrounding the 11 state ballot measures intensifies. Whom to believe and whom not to believe in the fight surrounding the initiatives is hard to know.  More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Failure of tax proposal could lead to significant cuts in CVUSD

GUEST OPINION

On Nov. 6, California voters will cast their votes on a number of important ballot initiatives, including Proposition 30, the Schools and Public Safety Protection Act of 2012.  Prop. 30 is sponsored by Gov. More...