January 23, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Taxpayer group trying to get reform measure on November ballot

A local pension reform group is pushing for a law it says would reduce the current Ventura County retirement system’s estimated $1-billion debt and save the county millions of dollars a year. More...

Health & Wellness

Farmers markets don’t go south for winter

The Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association is kicking off the season with winter crops, fresh from the field.  The markets are filled with winter selections, including Brussels sprouts, head lettuces, a large variety of carro More...

Senior Congress tackles health concerns

Tenth annual conference is Feb. 5

The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation will convene the 10th annual Senior Congress from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 5 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, O’Riley Hall, 5801 Kanan Road, Westlake Village.  More...

Briefs

WLV run to benefit cancer research The 10K Westlake Village Pancreatic Cancer Run/Walk will take place at 8 a.m. and the 5K Run/ Walk at 9:30 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 8 beginning in the courtyard of Westlake Village City Hall, 31200 Oak Crest Drive. More...

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THURS., JAN. 23  Thousand Oaks Computer Club  6 p.m. at Goebel Adult Community Center. Q&A sessions for Mac and PC users of all skill levels. Attendees can bring spare or unneeded equipment to sell in silent auction. Public invited. More...

Schools

NPHS renames court for Parvin, county’s winningest female coach

Newbury Park High School’s basketball court has been named after a legendary Panther. More...

‘All That Jazz!’ fundraiser gets swinging next month

Enjoy night of dinner and music

The Thousand Oaks High School Lancer Band will present its All That Jazz! Dinner Dance event from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Fri., Feb. More...

Library hosts month of free computer classes

Learn to use latest software

The Thousand Oaks Library offers free classes to the public on Internet use, social media and other technology.  Class size is limited, and registration is required. Classes start promptly at the listed time. More...

Business

Feel the heat

Newbury Park native’s homemade hot sauce named for famous local peak

Inside his home at the foot of Boney Mountain, Jeff Losey spends hours in the kitchen developing new recipes for hot sauce and other spicy concoctions. Even before he founded the Old Boney Mountain Hot Sauce Corp. More...

Chamber selects new executive board

Leonard Greenlee, chair of the board of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, has announced his executive committee for 2014.  Greenlee, director of facilities management for Baxter Healthcare Corporation, has appointed Rick Lemmo, seni More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park Jan. 10 In the 2200 block of Michael Drive, a man, 29, was arrested for public intoxication. A 32-year-old man was arrested for being under the influence of drugs and possession of an illegal smoking device in the 2200 block of W. More...

Faith

St. Max ministry seeks volunteers

Project Response gathers goods for dozens of charities

St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake Village will stock the shelves of more than two dozen charities in Los Angeles and Ventura counties through an outreach ministry called Project Response.  Started in 2001 by St. More...

Temple’s Scholar-in-Residence will lead Torah study, preach

Dean of Mussar Institute offers guidance

Alan Morinis, dean of the Mussar Institute, a nonprofit Jewish education organization, will be the Scholar-in-Residence Fri., Jan. 31 through Sun., Feb. 2 at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. More...

Rhodes scholar speaks at alma mater about faith, heroes

OCS alumna says school gave her a foundation for life

Westlake Village resident Aurora Griffin, 23, an Oaks Christian School alumna and a 2014 Rhodes scholar, spoke to the students of OCS on Jan. More...

Letters

Safety should come first for all

Although I no longer ride, years ago I did very regularly, typically covering 100 or so miles a day. My friend and I would routinely bike up Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu from Culver City.  More...

Fill the gap by walking bike

It would be interesting to know what the results would be if bike lanes in Thousand Oaks had been decided by a vote from the local people.  I’ve always seen a conflict when roads that were originally designed for automobiles alone would be More...

Unhappy with transgender ‘law’

I was saddened to the see the Acorn’s front page article about AB 1266. It is too bad it was presented, at the beginning, as if the transgender “law” was in effect. More...

Editorials

Thirsty for a change in weather

California is facing the worst drought it has seen since record keeping began about 100 years ago. Last year was said to be the driest ever in the state, and 2014 is off to an equally ominous start.  More...

Political Cartoon

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Public servants

City Council  Al Adam (805) 449-2102 albertcadam@gmail.com  Claudia Bill-de la Peña (805) 449-2103 claudia4slowgrowth@roadrunner.com  Andy Fox (805) 449-2101 cnclmanfox@aol.com   More...

Water crisis

Drought concerns trickle down; local purveyors ask users to conserve

As the drought in California drags on, consumers are being told to back off on their water consumption before supplies trickle away. Following two years of lower than average rainfall, 2013 went down as the driest year in California history. More...

T.O. hospital hires its first female CEO

LR promotes top exec from within

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center appointed Natalie Mussi to the position of president and chief executive officer on Tuesday. More...

Community

City signs two-year contract with D.C. lobbyist firm

Services will cost taxpayers $140,000

The City of Thousand Oaks will pay $140,000 from its general fund over the next two years to pay for federal lobbyist services.  More...

Supervisors to debate who should foot bill for sidewalk repairs

Parks proposes county use transportation funds

Homeowners in the unincorporated Casa Conejo neighborhood of Newbury Park want the local government to help them pay for county-required sidewalk repairs. More...

Luxury home proposal gets final approval

Neighbors, developer iron out compromise

The last remaining ranch in the North Ranch section of Thousand Oaks will be transformed into an upscale gated community. More...

On the Town

Enthralling portrayal

Mercurial life of Maria Callas revealed

Terrence McNally’s “Master Class,” which opened a four-week run Jan. 10 at the Conejo Players Theatre, is based on opera diva Maria Callas’ five-month stint as a vocal instructor at Juilliard from 1971 to 1972. More...

CLU offers free music performances

California Lutheran University will present free musical performances in Samuelson Chapel at 165 Chapel Lane on the Thousand Oaks campus.  Donations will be accepted.  In addition to campus parking, additional parking will be available at O More...

Noted writer brings history to life

Pulitzer Prize-winning author speaks in T.O.

If the U.S. should ever designate an American “historian laureate,” David McCullough should be the first person offered the honor. McCullough, who appeared as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series at the Fred Kavli Theatre on Jan. More...

Sports

Black Cat Attack marches on new turf

Newbury Park girls’ soccer team, 10-1-2 overall, out to win first Marmonte League title

The Panthers want to make history.  Newbury Park High’s girls’ soccer team is off to one of its best starts in program history, storming to a 10-1-2 overall record and 6-0-1 in the Marmonte League, good for first place.  The Pan More...

Lions run fast break

Boys’ basketball team surges on court

The Lions are on a roll.  Austen Moye hit a gamewinning shot in the Oaks Christian High boys’ basketball team’s 74-72 victory against Hart on Monday at the Martin Luther King Showcase at La Salle of Pasadena.  More...

Westlake baseball preps for alumni game

The Westlake High alumni baseball game pitting former Warriors against current players will be at noon Sun., Jan. More...

Pets

Adventure of Indy

Badly injured pit bullfinds home

Indy, a pit bull that was severely burned after someone lit fireworks attached to his body last July 4, has found a home.  After six months of intensive care and rehab, Indy was adopted Jan. More...

Pet of the week

DELIGHTFUL GIRL—Denver is an altered female brown-and-white pit bull about 2 years old. She is easy to handle and good on a leash. She would prefer to go to a home without children. More...

Moorpark riding club hosts horse jumping show

Fieldstone Riding Club of Moorpark will host an Interscholastic Equestrian Association English jumping horse show from 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Jan. More...

Family

Gourd artist shares craft with families

TRADITIONAL ARTS—Native American gourd artist Nadiya Littlewarrior, above left, shows 11-year-old Newbury Park resident Andrea Chow, above center, and 7-year-old Valencia resident Roman Stein-S More...

Parents may attend a special needs seminar

The Center4Special Needs, a parent-founded nonprofit organization, will present the second annual conference for parents of youth with special needs, “The ABCs and XYZs of Special Needs,” from 7:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. More...

Get hiking at the Miller Y

The Miller Family YMCA of Newbury Park is introducing free weekly walking and hiking excursions in Dos Vientos.  These one-hour walks and hikes are open to the community and are intended to support health and wellness goals for the new year.&nbs More...

Columns

Eye on the Conejo

Bumpy ride   Do you use the 23 Freeway? If so, you may have noticed a bumpy ride on the southbound right lane between Avenida de Los Arboles and Janss Road. More...

Hot Flashes

Dear Mother Nature   Put down the blow torch. It seems you’re a bit confused.  Perhaps you found yourself in need of weed and have been enjoying the fruits of your labor in Colorado a tad too much. More...

Social club holds dinner and auction

The Bella Vita Italian- American Social Club will have a dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Fri., Jan. 31 at the St. More...