December 6, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Price of saying no to smart meters could go up

UTILITY BILLS

Customers of Southern California Edison and other public utilities could see higher bills in the coming months if they continue to block smart meter installations at their homes.  The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is considering More...

Police seek motorcyclist for questioning

Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the motorcyclist who may have been racing 19-year-old Christian Eitelbach of Westlake Village right before he was killed in a traffic collision on Westlake Boulevard last month.  More...

Health & Wellness

Los Robles completes purchase of T.O. Surgical Hospital

Hospital Corporation of America, owner of Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, finalized its purchase of Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital on Nov. More...

Holidays are for healing

The New Beginnings Counseling Center is offering support meetings for anyone alone with loss over the holiday season.  Psychologist Wendy Basil provides counseling and stressreduction strategies to people experiencing grief over the loss of love More...

Organ donors honored at Rose Parade

TRIBUTE TO A LOVED ONE—Thousand Oaks residents Kathy Starr and her daughter Rachel Starr Goldwater create afloral portrait of the late Dr. More...

Calendar

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THURS., DEC. 6 La Leche League Of Camarillo 10 to 11 a.m. in Camarillo. Breastfeeding support for moms and pregnant women. Babies and toddlers welcome. Call for location. Web: www.lllusa.org/web. Simi Valley Drama Club Christmas Show More...

Schools

Advanced Placement scores on the rise

More CVUSD students are taking the tests, more are passing

Offered in Conejo Valley Unified School District for more than 20 years, Advanced Placement classes offer college-level curriculum and examinations to high school students.  Universities often grant placement and credit to students who obtain a More...

Middle schooler got high marks on SAT

Kanhai Shah, a student from Thousand Oaks, was honored recently in the 2012 CTY Talent Search at a national medal ceremony sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.  The center honored Kanhai for his exceptional perfor More...

Bridge program receives $12K grant

Moorpark College and the Conejo Valley Adult School recently received a second $12,000 grant from SAGE and Corwin in support of the yearold Bridge Program, which offers classes to adults who want to return to college or the workforce but require addi More...

Business

Locally based Web show tests, reviews mobile apps

Upcoming episodes include ‘“Find My Car”

A local businessman is testing mobile applications for online viewers who want to know more about what each app can do.  Gary Brook, owner of Questsphere, a software engineering company in Agoura Hills that develops mobile phone apps, decided co More...

Estate attorney will speak to NAWBO

The Ventura County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners will host its next dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 13 at Los Robles Greens Clubhouse, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks.  More...

Networking breakfast is Friday

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce jumpstart networking breakfast will be from 7 to 9 a.m. Fri., Dec. 7 at the Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel, 30100 Agoura Road.  More...

Police

Former agent receives one-year sentence for trying to bilk insurance companies

CONEJO CRIME

Vincent Bellucci, 42, of Newbury Park was recently sentenced to serve a year in county jail and placed on five years of formal probation for submitting false insurance applications worth thousands of dollars in commissions.  In addition, he was More...

CHP hiring in January

The California Highway Patrol will accept applications in January from individuals interested in a career as a CHP officer. Officers are needed throughout California.  Applications will be accepted online only over three days, Jan. More...

Drug user ODs in Ralphs bathroom

The Simi Valley Police Department is investigating the death of a young man who appears to have overdosed in a local grocery store bathroom.  About 5:30 p.m. Dec. More...

Family

Nonprofit helps youths overcome troubled childhoods

Founder was ‘not going to end up a statistic’

A former foster youth turned businesswoman and philanthropist, Newbury Park resident Rosalinda Vint is a testament to overcoming the odds.  As a child, she and her four brothers were neglected by their alcoholic mother.  “We were left More...

Players branch out to support team

Panther baseball squad has been selling Christmas trees for 18 years

For Newbury Park High School’s baseball program, the holiday season is in full swing.  With the help of parents, players and coaches, the baseball booster club is operating its 18th annual Christmas tree lot, a fundraiser for field mainten More...

Southerner now north of 100

HAPPY BIRTHDAY—Thousand Oaks resident Francis “Fran” Joyner turns 100 today. Born on a tobacco farm in North Carolina on Dec. More...

Editorials

Arrests tell dark tale

News that 27 people have been arrested in Ventura County in connection with a web of organized crime orchestrated by a high-ranking member of the Mexican Mafia shocked many in the community.  More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Soteras death from cardiac arrest

The death of Conejo Valley businessman Alex Soteras, former head of the Agoura/Oak Park/Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce and United Chambers of Commerce, is said to have been caused by cardiac arrest. More...

Judge tosses out mobile home lawsuit on technicality

Residents vow to continue to fight rent hike

A legal challenge to the city’s amended mobile home park rent control policy filed on behalf of low-income seniors has been tossed out by a Ventura County judge for being outside the statute of limitations. More...

Unincorporated areas hit with fire protection fee

Homeowners in unincorporated areas of Ventura County will be receiving bills for a new state-imposed fire prevention fee starting this week. More...

Community

Construction brewing at Starbucks site

Project is first to be built under new boulevard guidelines

The city’s first drive-thru Starbucks— and the second in east Ventura County— is taking shape on Thousand Oaks Boulevard.  “If you go by the site, the building is all framed out,” said project architect Neal Scribne More...

New leadership takes helm in WLV

Philippa Klessig named mayor

The Westlake Village City Council named Philippa Klessig the city’s new mayor and Robert Slavin the mayor pro tem at an annual government reorganization meeting Nov. 28.  Klessig joined the council in 2003. More...

County’s jobless rate drops to lowest level since 2008

UNEMPLOYMENT

Ventura County’s unemployment rate in October was the lowest it’s been since 2008, but much of the decline might be due to migration out of the area rather than job growth.  More...

On the Town

The man behind the mysteries

Best-selling author Michael Connelly dishes on his latest novel

A former reporter for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and the Los Angeles Times, best-selling murder-mystery author Michael Connelly is still a journalist at heart—albeit a rich one. “I act pretty much like a reporter. More...

Photographer will share underwater tales at library

Professional photographer Richard Salas will share his experience photographing the undersea world from Mexico to the equator for his new book, “Blue Visions,” from 2 to 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9 at the Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. More...

Humorist to speak at GOP luncheon

Noted conservative author and humorist Evan Sayet will be the featured speaker at the Christmas/Hanukkah celebration and general meeting of the Conejo Valley Republican Women Federated on Sat., Dec. 15 at Los Robles Greens, 299 S. More...

Sports

Newbury Park tourney kicks off new season on mat

high school wrestling

Wrestling season has arrived.  High school grapplers from Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Simi Valley, Moorpark, Rio Mesa and Newbury Park competed in the 31st annual Newbury Park Wrestling Tournament last weekend.  Section and state champions par More...

Moye perseveres in life, on court

Oaks Christian basketball coach survives stroke, feels blessed to teach game to youngsters

A.J. More...

Redell retires at Occidental

Former Oaks Christian High football coach Bill Redell has stepped down as Occidental College head football coach after one season with the Tigers.  Redell came to Occidental after a very successful high school coaching career, which included eig More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

READY TO HOP INTO SOMEONE’S HEART—Charlie is a male white rabbit about 2 years old. He is sweet and lovable, likes people and likes to be handled. More...

Pet adoptions discounted for month of December

Gift certificates available for those who want to choose their own pet

During December, Ventura County Animal Services will reduce pet adoption fees at its Camarillo and Simi Valley shelters to encourage residents to adopt stray animals during the holidays.  Through Dec. More...

Faith

Giving a gift that really matters

Churches raising funds for Kenyan refugee camp

A great deal of money is spent each holiday season on gifts recipients often don’t need. Tim Delkeskamp, associate pastor at Ascension Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks, is hoping community members will change the way they give this year.  More...

Temple hosts holiday dinner

Temple Adat Elohim will host the 18th annual holiday dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tues., Dec. 25 at Thousand Oaks High School, 2323 N. Moorpark Road.  More...

Step back in time at annual Bethlehem Experience

Westminster Presbyterian Church will present the annual Bethlehem Experience from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Dec. More...

Letters

Pets’ security lies with owners

Regarding the front-page article “Bobcat suspected in death of T.O. pet,” come on, Acorn. Give us a break on your editorial headlines. This isn’t a case of murder.  It’s the circle of life in nature. More...

Principles, not fear, keep us safe

Shame on Thousand Oaks. While driving down Hillcrest on Nov. 30 I was greeted by an ugly, lighted, blinking sign that said: “Prevent theft. Hide it. Lock it. Keep it.”  This is how we prevent theft in Thousand Oaks?  More...

Wood not needed for cozy fire

Many people are against secondhand cigarette smoke, and that’s a good thing for everybody. More...

Columns

Feeling very merry

If you aren’t feeling the holiday spirit yet, please check yourself for a pulse.  Every hint of Christmas and Hanukkah has arrived.  The weather has changed to cool, cloudy and wet. More...

Gift-giving doesn’t have to hurt environment

COMMENTARY

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, the holiday frenzy has officially descended upon us. Although the holidays are often known as a time of generosity, they have a profound negative impact on the environment.  More...

Condiments for Christmas

Each year during Thanksgiving weekend I put together my holiday shopping list.  And each year my list gets a little shorter as some friends and family say, “Let’s forget the gift giving; please donate to a good cause on my behalf.&rd More...