March 21, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Prop. 30 no boon for Conejo Valley Unified

Governor’s distribution plan leaves more affluent districts out in the cold

Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed a new way to distribute Proposition 30 funding, a plan which would essentially give more money to schools in low-income neighborhoods and less money to schools in affluent areas. More...

Judge to consider motion for new trial from convicted doctor

A judge in the case of Barry Lefkovitch, a former Thousand Oaks family practice doctor convicted in September of sexually abusing three female patients under his care, is expected to hear a motion for a new trial in May. More...

Health & Wellness

Seminar to explore colon cancer

To celebrate Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, members of the community are invited to a free seminar to learn more about how to prevent colon cancer from 9 to 10 a.m. More...

Class discusses diabetes

The Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association will offer free diabetes classes at these times and locations:  Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. More...

Fitness expo marks start of ‘Activate Newbury Park’

The Miller Family YMCA of Newbury Park and UCLA Health will kick off the “Activate Newbury Park” health program with a Family Fitness Expo and weighin from 5 to 8 p.m. Wed., April 3 at the Newbury Park High School gym, 456 N. More...

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THURS., MARCH 21  Garden Club  10 a.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3975 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. Susan McDonald discusses nutrition basics for garden and updates on Asian citrus psyllid. Free. Phone: 805.482.6933. More...

Schools

Local chief of schools named Superintendent of the Year

Baarstad ‘embarrassed’ by honor, gives credit to staff

In his third year as chief of schools for Conejo Valley Unified School District, Jeff Baarstad feels he’s right where he belongs, something of a revelation to the superintendent himself, who never wanted the job to begin with. More...

Elementary students learn ways of the Chumash

NATIVE TOOL—Second-grader Tyler Todd tries to drill a hole into an abalone shell with an old Chumash tool. More...

High School Hi-Lights

Newbury Park Panthers Fri., March 22: ASG movie night/ performing arts center/7 p.m. Sat., March 23: Latino Unidos  More...

Business

Development center helps inventors bring ideas to life

Economic Development Collaborative Ventura County is offering a new program to entrepreneurs and companies looking to develop inventions.  The idea is for professors and students at California State University Los Angeles to help inventors creat More...

Women business owners to meet in March

The Ventura County Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners will have its next dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thurs., March 28 at Los Robles Greens Clubhouse, 299 Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks.  More...

Eye On Local Area Stocks

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   March 7  A home in the first block of Cindy Avenue was burglarized.  A woman, 28, was arrested for stealing in the 1000 block of Newbury Road.  March 8  More...

Family

T.O. lovebirds make leap of faith on wedding day

Couple say, ‘I do,’ then jump out of an airplane

From the flowers to the cake to the number of guests, planning a wedding can be costly and stressful, not to mention life-changing. That’s why some figuratively refer to the act of marriage as “taking the plunge.” More...

Class offers help for parents of problem kids

The City of Thousand Oaks and the Thousand Oaks Police Department will present a parenting class on Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. for 10 weeks starting April 4 at the Conejo Valley Unified School District office, 1400 E. More...

Portable potties

Organizers planning first-ever Outhouse Races

As the old saying goes, “When you gotta go, you gotta go.” And those who “go” fastest will have a chance to win at Conejo Valley Days’ first-ever Outhouse Races. More...

Columns

Baby boomers in denial

The Goebel Senior Center in Thousand Oaks has been renamed by the Conejo Recreation and Park District.  In the Acorn and in other media, we shall now and forever call it the Goebel Adult Community Center.  The new name, no doubt, comes from More...

Consider the trees

I was recently hired to inspect a group of trees outside a local home.  As soon as I drove up to the house, I noticed that the front yard, from the perspective of grass, shrubs and ground cover, looked really nice.  But the six mature trees More...

Lost . . . and found

Here’s some good news, ladies. Despite earlier conjecture that eligible bachelors over 40 had been abducted by aliens or fallen prey to a deadly virus, it turns out there are men in this area after all.  More...

Commission denies Silver Star’s request for 12-foot sign

A request to install a 12-foot-tall Chevrolet sign—double the height limit set by the city—at the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall was denied by the planning commission this week. More...

Paparazzi keeping an eye on the Conejo

Celebrity residents draw attention of the tabloids

A few notable names have been drawing an increasing number of paparazzi to the city’s most affluent neighborhoods, forcing local authorities to be vigilant about enforcing trespassing and traffic laws. More...

Community

A return tour?

City exploring possibility of hosting Amgen bike race again in 2014

The Amgen Tour of California, a premier cycling race, may return to Thousand Oaks in 2014 to coincide with the city’s 50th anniversary. More...

City asks USPS to reconsider move

The City of Thousand Oaks will add its voice to the chorus of protest of the U.S. Postal Service decision to relocate the Newbury Park post office at 1602 Newbury Road to a shipping and receiving annex about 2.5 miles away.  More...

DUI arrest follows 4-car accident on Reino Road

A traffic collision involving four cars closed a portion of Reino Road for about an hour last week.  Shortly after 5 p.m. More...

On the Town

Dramatist looks at life of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

Dramatist Martha Abbey Miller will present “Eleanor, Lucy, and the Man in the Middle: A Perspective on FDR” from 2 to 3 p.m. Sun., April 7 at the Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.  More...

Elegant wheels roll into Murdock’s Sherwood estate

Rolls, Mercedes, Packards and others viewed by guests

The famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is the gold standard of automobile shows, but a concours with similar panache is making inroads in the Conejo Valley.  On St. More...

Western canvas

Pastel Society visits McCrea Ranch for inspiration

After adjusting her easel, Los Angeles artist Lucinda Keller squinted her eyes at the scene before her: a rustic chicken coop in a field of grass and wild flowers. “It’s so beautiful here,” she said. More...

Sports

Bruins don’t hibernate—they maul foes

QUEENS OF THE COURT—The Conejo Youth Basketball Association (CYBA) Bruins capped off a great winter season with the third- and fourth-grade girls’ championship. More...

Flag football fanatics

CAN’T TOUCH THIS—The Thousand Oaks i9sports Bantam division champions defeated the i9sports Simi Valley champion, 21-14, to win the winterflag football league title. More...

Extra! Extra! Read all about it

SOCCER STARS SAVOR VICTORY—The Thousand Oaks AYSO “Extra” U-12 girls’ soccer team wonfirst place in its division at the Pot O’ Gold tournament at Conejo Creek Park South More...

Pets

Ventura Co. Animal Services hosts Easter Eggstravaganza

Ventura County Animal Services will host its third annual Easter Eggstravaganza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More...

Couple raises puppies destined to be guide dogs

A guide dog is a lifelong partner, confidant and soul mate for a visually impaired person.  But before it can become that special companion, the canine needs a loving individual or family who will raise it to become well-behaved and socialized, More...

Faith

WLV Buddhist center still thriving

Tushita Kadampa celebrating two-year anniversary

The Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center will celebrate its second anniversary on Sat., March 23 at 910 Hampshire Road, Suite I, in the Water Court, Westlake Village.  Following is the schedule for the day. More...

Book donation to Agoura Hill Library honors Holocaust victims

Ruth Drobman will never forget leaving Germany with her sister. More...

Temple welcomes all to seder

Temple Etz Chaim will host a family seder on the second night of Passover at 6 p.m. Tues., March 27 at the synagogue, 1080 E. More...

Letters

More cameras not needed

Thousand Oaks has been consistently rated by the FBI as one of the top 10 safest cities in the country with a population over 100,000.  At a population of about 126,000 today, we are still ranked in the upper half of the top 10 safest areas to l More...

To catch a thief or issue a ticket?

Cameras at intersections?  Since when is it the city’s business to capture information about accidents in intersections?  If that’s the case, why aren’t the insurance companies paying for these cameras? More...

Surveillance worth the risk

I believe that the City Council’s plan to install cameras at intersections to deter crime against local businesses and to help investigate traffic accidents is a reasonable tactic for implementing the public safety responsibility that we entrus More...

Editorials

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The right kind of charity

A story published in the Acorn two weeks ago regarding the proliferation of panhandlers in the city’s east and west ends has ignited a firestorm of debate over how we as a community should view and treat these individuals. More...