March 14, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Council at odds over survey’s frequency

The total cost of both the phone and online surveys is $30,600, according to a staff report. More...

USPS approves post office relocation

The U.S. Postal Service has approved the relocation of the Newbury Park post office at 1602 Newbury Road to a shipping and receiving annex about 2.5 miles away despite heated protest from some local residents.  More...

Health & Wellness

Childhood obesity sparks other medical problem, study finds

UCLA researchers examine the dramatic rise among youth over last 20 years

Childhood obesity affects the mind as much as the body when it comes to long-term health problems, according to a new study published by the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities. More...

Dole Great Race back for 28th year

Nationally recognized running event attracts thousands

The 28th annual Dole Great Race of Agoura Hills on Sat., March 23 will kick off with a pre-race event, the Great Race Sports and Fitness Expo, from noon to 7 p.m. Thurs., March 21 and noon to 6 p.m. More...

Community welcomes UCLA Health

A LOOK AROUND—Left, Dr. More...

Calendar

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THURS., MARCH 14  Woodland Hills Republican Women  10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. Guest speaker: Larry Greenfield, senior fellow of American Freedom Alliance. $22 for lunch. RSVP requested. More...

Schools

Elementary library named for community icon

A co-founder of J.D. Power and Associates, Julie Power was a pioneer for one of the most recognized global marketing firms in the nation. More...

Parents can register kids now for Boys & Girls Clubs summer camps

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley has opened registration for 2013 summer camp and a Sunday soccer sports league.  Families can learn about program options during a free Summer Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More...

Westlake High senior wins VFW essay contest

VOICE OF DEMOCRACY—Zac Kukoff, a senior at Westlake High School, accepts an award from Veteran of Foreign Wars representatives for his winning Voice of Democracy essay. More...

Business

Spots open on Business Roundtable

The City of Thousand Oaks is seeking residents interested in serving on city commissions.  The city is currently recruiting for five scheduled vacancies on the Business Roundtable, and four scheduled vacancies on the Conejo Open Space Trails Adv More...

Ventura County report details ‘underwhelming’ recovery

Despite sure signs of improvement, Ventura County still faces slow job growth and other economic challenges as it continues to recover from the Great Recession of 2007.  The county’s economy, as well as a range of other topics that affect More...

BUSINESS BITS

A new feature that will take a brief look at economic activity affecting the Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and Westlake Village areas.   More...

Faith

The spring equinox

“There seems to be a kind of order in the universe, in the movement of the stars and the turning of the earth and the changing of the seasons, and even in the cycle of human life.”  — Katherine Anne Porter   Spring has spr More...

Celebrate Easter at Civic Arts Plaza

Godspeak Calvary Chapel Thousand Oaks invites the community in a celebration of All Things New at 10 a.m. Easter Sunday, March 31 in the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Art Plaza, 2100 E. More...

Join sunrise service at Pierce Brothers

Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park will host the 46th annual Easter Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. More...

Letters

Solar detractors are misguided

I was so excited to read about the plans for solar carports for our four parks (Acorn, Feb. More...

Not in favor of plan for cameras

At the March 6 City Council meeting, Andy Fox expressed a desire to install surveillance cameras at major intersections.  I, for one, would find these surveillance cameras a big change in my quality of life in Thousand Oaks.  More...

Show compassion for less fortunate

So the panhandlers in front of several T.O. retail stores have drawn the ire of some residents who now “feel less comfortable and less safe” because of them (Acorn, March 7).  More...

Editorials

Use survey results wisely

The results of the Community Attitude Survey are in and— surprise!— people still love living in Thousand Oaks.  Preliminary findings from February’s randomized phone survey of 400 adult residents were shared with the City Counc More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

City to consider adding cameras at intersections

Idea is among 11 priorities set forth by council for 2013

Adding security cameras at major intersections, building a new fire station in Newbury Park and revising the city’s Campaign Finance Ordinance are among the City Council’s 11 priorities for this year. More...

And the survey says

ATTITUDE POLL

The vast majority of Thousand Oaks residents continue to view the city in a positive light, according to the latest Community Attitude Survey. More...

Charter school opening in Thousand Oaks this fall

Sanctioned in February by the Ventura County Board of Education, a new public charter school for grades six through 12 will open in Thousand Oaks in August—the first in the city to cater to middle and high school students. More...

Community

More inmates earning early release as jails wrestle with overcrowding

Some sentences cut by 30 days

Less than two years after the state began efforts to reduce its prison population by housing low-level offenders in county jails, local law enforcement is managing crowded facilities with programs that let those convicted of a crime serve less jail t More...

Sanitation board to hold rare T.O. meeting

The board of directors of Triunfo Sanitation District will hold its next monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m. Wed., March 20 at the offices of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce in Thousand Oaks.  More...

City spokesperson tabbed as interim assistant city manager

Andrew Powers replaces departed Mark Watkins

Andrew Powers, city spokesperson, took on another title this week: acting assistant city manager. More...

On the Town

Lincoln film to be screened at CLU

California Lutheran University will screen “Lincoln: The One-Man Show” and present a discussion about the film at 7 p.m. Thurs., March 14 in Preus- Brandt Forum on the Thousand Oaks campus. More...

David Murdock opens Lake Sherwood estate for vintage car show

$150-a-ticket fundraiser will benefit future Westlake YMCA

The inaugural Ventura Farms Concours Invitational vintage car show will take place at David Murdock’s private Lake Sherwood estate on St. Patrick’s Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., March 17. More...

Smooth Sounds

AND ALL THAT JAZZ—Above, John Daversa, founder of the John Daversa Small Band, plays trumpet at the Newbury Park High School Jazz Festival on Sat., March 9. More...

Sports

Skills competition

TESTING THEIR TOOLS—Above, 14-year-old Jet Bond of Newbury Park races toward home during his timed run around the bases at the Conejo Recreation and Park District’s Pitch, Hit & Run s More...

Local stars find groove at tourney

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ GOLF Oak Park Invitational

Golf is a game for perfectionists. More...

Youngster soars in Arizona

HE’S GOT GAME—Cooper Goyette, 10, starred at the Western Regional US Kids golf tournament in Arizona recently. The tournament attracts the top junior golfers from around the country. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

MORE TO LOVE—Star is a female brown tabby domestic medium haired mix about 9 years old. She is not good with dogs and is an indoor cat. If you would like to adopt Star, ask for No. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   Feb. 26  A man was battered by an angry driver in the 1000 block of Newbury Road.  Feb. 27  Between Feb. 27 and March 1, property was stolen in the 300 block of McKnight Road.  More...

Family

Common name, uncommon bond

Young girl battling illness inspires T.O. preteen to make a difference

Zoe Ballen, 12, and Zoe Feldman, 3, share more than a first name. In the short time they’ve been acquainted, the young girls have forged a sister-like bond that brings tears to their parents’ eyes. More...

Friendship Walk supports children with special needs

The Conejo Valley Friendship Circle will host its seventh annual 5K Friendship Walk from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. More...

Charity serves up trip of a lifetime for T.O. girls

Local players attend Davis Cup matches in Florida

Katie Tavasoli usually watches Davis Cup tennis matches on her home television.  The 12-year-old Westlake Village resident never dreamed she would watch one person, just a few rows away from the world’s best tennis players.  More...

Columns

Accidental caregivers

Our new house brought with it many new things: a new address, a new location and new neighbors.  I find it odd that people in the market for a new home would spend so much energy deciding on the location and price but give so little attention to More...

A two-dog day

There’s a place where pure joy radiates like a day-glo lava lamp. Where there’s dirt and dugouts. More...

Brats Brothers

Two years ago, when Food Network aired an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” hosted by Guy Fieri, it highlighted a little-known eatery named Brats Brothers on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks and business exploded, forcing the own More...