November 15, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Plans for North Ranch development go south

City Council does not support project

A proposal to build 14 luxury homes on a 27-acre lot in North Ranch failed to gain the support of the City Council, which sided this week with dozens of neighbors who have lobbied against the plan for more than two years.  More...

Health & Wellness

Survivors of suicide to meet for day of sharing, support

Event is Saturday in Thousand Oaks

One year after his brother Brian committed suicide in 2004, Mike Matthew climbed the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere and left his younger sibling’s bandana on the peak.  The tribute helped Matthew overcome his sadness.  &ld More...

Understanding acid reflux

National GERD Week

Most people think of heartburn as just an annoying discomfort, but when it’s a symptom of ongoing acid reflux, there are associated risks most people aren’t aware of.  If you are one of the millions who suffer from daily symptoms of More...

Broken bones could mean osteoporosis

Not all broken bones are just an “accident.” If slips, trips or falls lead to a bone fracture, it could be a symptom of something much more serious: osteoporosis, a disease that weakens bones.  If left untreated, over time the situat More...

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THURS., NOV. 15  Temple Adat Elohim Holiday Boutique   More...

Schools

Budget deficit persists despite passage of Proposition 30

District expects to tap into reserves for next school year

Even with the passage of Proposition 30, Conejo Valley Unified is still facing an $8-million deficit heading into the 2013-14 school year, a gap the local school district hopes to fill with roughly $4 million in reserve monies and another $4-million More...

Trash audit uncovers treasure

Unopened food, tons of paper and recyclables could translate to dollars

More than $200,000 in grants will be used to reduce the carbon footprint of 28 local schools.  The grants from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery were awarded to the City of Thousand Oaks and Conejo Valley Unified Scho More...

Youths clash in Westlake High drama

Westlake High School Drama Department will present S.E Hinton’s “The Outsiders,” adapted to the stage by Christopher Sergel, this weekend at the Carpenter Family Theatre at the school, 100 N. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

FLUFFY COOKIE—Oreo is a male black-and-white lionhead rabbit about 2 years old. He is good with animal and small children. He loves to he held. If you would like to adopt Oreo, ask for ID No. More...

Animal Services pushes for pet licensing

License ambassadors from Ventura County Animal Services will go door-to-door in the unincorporated areas of Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park to check that pet owners are up-to-date with state animal licensing requirements on Sat. and Sun., Nov. More...

Get pets in holiday spirit

The holidays are all about spending time with family and friends. Pet owners will want to include dogs and cats in their celebration.  Here are some fun ways to get pets into the holiday spirit:  More...

Faith

Proceeds from monthly dinner date benefit African orphans

Longtime Agoura Hills residents Al and Joy Pagliara have come up with a novel and nourishing way to promote interest in their special cause.  More...

This is your ‘one frame at a time’ moment

“Imagine practicing just Being in front of a camera. What a great . . . opportunity to be present with any old thoughts that surface telling you that you’re not enough. More...

Looking at spirituality and cinema

Pepperdine University professor and filmmaker Craig Detweiler, Ph.D., will give a talk titled “Into the Dark: Spirituality and the Cinema” at 6 p.m. Sun., Nov. 18 at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 588 Camino Manzanas, Thousand Oaks.  More...

Letters

City was no-show on Veterans Day

I find it absolutely shameful that not one of our Thousand Oaks City Council members nor any other representative of our city was present on Sunday at our Veterans Day service. More...

Anthem missing from concert

Hundreds were robbed while attending a New West Symphony concert Saturday night at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. More...

Campus advocacy must stop

With the passage of Proposition 30 and rejection of Proposition 32, Californians continue to be duped by political and union machines.  By allowing these machines to manipulate the budget and hold our children for ransom to gain revenues, we&rsq More...

Columns

Election reflection

As a political junkie, I can’t help but comment on last week’s election.  The city of Thousand Oaks enthusiastically reelected City Councilmember Jacqui Irwin to a third term—and then overwhelmingly disavowed its endorsement by More...

Getting to know the trees

Among the many questions people ask me about trees, certain ones come up again and again.  How long will this tree live?  How big will it get?  Is this a safe tree?  More...

Hope springs eternal in Agoura

CRITTER TAIL

As I was driving into my neighborhood in Agoura on Wednesday night, I spotted a chocolate lab that dashed across the street and disappeared into the field behind Costco Westlake. More...

No jail time for teen charged in Kramer death

Plea bargain results in five years’ probation

David Nernberg, the teen held legally responsible in the heroin overdose of Thousand Oaks High School senior Griffen Kramer on Oct. 30, 2011, pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter in a Los Angeles court last week. More...

Ultra-luxury dealership nears opening

O’Gara Coach spending $6 million to improve former Chevrolet site

Amid dusty floors and noisy drills and hammers, Mitch Anderson, general manager of the Bentley and Rolls-Royce dealerships in Thousand Oaks, explains what will fill the empty spaces in the new $6-million showroom and car lot. More...

Community

Insurance agent accused of bilking Tom Hanks, others out of thousands

One-time City Council candidate now facing lengthy sentence

A Thousand Oaks insurance agent and one-time City Council candidate will appear in court next month on charges that he grossly overbilled four clients, including Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks and former Police guitarist Andy Summers.  More...

City asking court to dismiss mobile home park lawsuit

A Ventura County judge will decide on Monday whether to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the City of Thousand Oaks by residents of Ranch Mobile Home Community over rent increases at the T.O. mobile home park.  More...

Truck rolls over on Borchard Road

ACCIDENT—Acorn reader Gary Storti sent in this photo of a truckflipped over on its side on Borchard Road near Dos Vientos Ranch on Nov. 10. More...

On the Town

Best-selling author to appear in T.O.

Prolific mystery writer will introduce his latest offering

Thousand Oaks Library will host best-selling author Michael Connelly at 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Scherr Forum, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

Plant restoration at Rancho Sierra Vista

Plant restoration at Rancho Sierra Vista The National Park Service will host a volunteer plant restoration project from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 2 at Rancho Sierra Vista in Newbury Park. More...

Briefs

Kiwanis to host Trivia Night   The Conejo Valley Kiwanis Club invites the community to the fifth annual Trivia Night on Wed., Nov. 28 at BJ’s restaurant, 3955 E. More...

Sports

Lofty hoop dreams

The Acorn’s Season Preview

Welcome to hoops heaven.  The quality of high school boys’ basketball in Acorn country is strong.  Calabasas won its first CIFSouthern Section championship last winter. Oak Park and Royal reached section championship games. More...

Warriors complete perfect season

QUEENS OF THE VOLLEYBALL COURT—The Westlake High frosh-soph girls’ volleyball team won a Marmonte League championship by going 12-0 in league matches. More...

Thousand Oaks senior organizes charity golf event

Sean Wiere, a senior on the Thousand Oaks High boys’ golf and wrestling teams, has organized a charity golf tournament to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Sean Wiere Charity Golf Tournament is Mon., Dec. More...

Business

Seminar looks at how businesses and government can partner

Small businesses and consultants can find out how to successfully start and grow their government contracts in a oneday seminar titled “How Your Small Business Can Do Business With the Government,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Dec. More...

Shaver surprises student with free car

HIGH ACHIEVER—Center, Chesed Escobedo, 19, of Compton reacts as she learns she will receive a free car Sunday in Thousand Oaks. More...

Chamber hosting State of the City

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce will host Mayor Jacqui Irwin at the annual Thous and Oak s State of the City address and luncheon on Tues., Dec. 11 at Los Robles Greens Banquet Center, 299 S. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   Nov. 2  A 37- year- old woman was arrested for public intoxication in the 1000 block of Newbury Road.  A man, 79, was arrested for battering his wife in the 2000 block of Roadrunner Avenue.  More...

Family

Founder of holiday food drive to be honored at event

Santa may be the busiest guy around the holiday season, but he is taking time out of his toymaking schedule to once again help the Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club host the 33rd annual Santa Comes to Westlake/ Agoura and Beyond food drive.& More...

Santa train to steam through Ventura

Kris Kringle will be riding aboard the Fillmore & Western Railway Co. Santa Train, powered by a Baldwin 1913 vintage steam locomotive, from East Ventura to Fillmore on Sat., Nov. 24.  More...

Cheerleading camp sign-ups underway

Participants will be part of YMCA Super Bowl

Sign-ups are underway for the Miller Family YMCA’s youth cheerleading program at 320 Las Brisas Road, Newbury Park.  The program is divided by the following age groups: kindergartners and first-graders, second- and third-graders and fourth More...

Editorials

End the veil of silence

The plea agreement reached last week in the involuntary manslaughter case against 19-year-old David Nernberg did little to put to rest the questions that remain about the night Thousand Oaks High School senior Griffen Kramer died in Agoura Hills.&nbs More...

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