March 27, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Still no signs of shooting

Police looking into reports of late-night gunfire at Westlake's Hyatt hotel

Investigators have yet to find physical evidence that a shooting took place early this morning at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, according to TOPD Sr. Dep. Tim Lohman. More...

Gubernatorial candidate talks to T.O. Tea Party

If the candidates who spoke at last week’s tea party-sponsored forum in Newbury Park have their way, the IRS, public sector unions and the Department of Education are in for some big changes. More...

Health & Wellness

Setback doesn’t stop T.O. runner

He finishes one race, is named grand marshal for another

Jeremy Catama was just four miles from the finish line when he nearly passed out. The 18-year-old Thousand Oaks resident had spent two years training for the Los Angeles Marathon, but the day of the race, March 9, was unusually hot. More...

Annual expo expands health-minded offerings

Community Health Expo IV, hosted by the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation, has expanded, with more free health screenings, demonstrations, exhibits and presentations.  The expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More...

Make the most of your refrigerator

With most products, the most sensible environmental approach is to “use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” However, when it comes to refrigerators, improved efficiencies of new ones make old ones less attractive to keep runnin More...

Calendar

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THURS., MARCH 27  Portuguese Fraternal Society Of America  11:30 a.m. at Carrow’s restaurant, 2401 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. Nohost luncheon. For any person of Portuguese descent or interested in Portuguese culture. RSVP requested. More...

Schools

Have a spot of tea?

Teatime a long-standing tradition at T.O. elementary school

Weathersfield Elementary students move up to middle school with all the usual reading, writing and arithmetic lessons under their belts, but a decades-old tradition ensures they take with them a little extra knowledge. More...

Case closed: La Reina’s run of mock trial dominance comes to an end

Team won three straight state titles

A drug-induced death was at the core of a case La Reina High School students litigated at the California State Mock Trial finals over the weekend. More...

High School Hi Lights

Newbury Park Panthers Fri., March 28: JSF/audiovisual/ 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. Teen driver safety pledge/ quad/11:45 a.m. Sat., March 29: Art show through Fri., April 11/cafeteria/7 a.m. to 9 p.m.  More...

Business

Walmart Neighborhood store set to open April 2

Ventu Park market will employ 65 people

The nation’s largest retailer is making its first headway into Thousand Oaks.  Walmart Neighborhood Market— a smaller version of its traditional stores—will open next Wednesday on Ventu Park Road in Newbury Park.  A brief More...

Home Remodeling Show to feature contractors

The 38th Conejo Valley Home Remodeling Show will take place Sat. and Sun., April 26 and 27 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village.  The hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More...

Courtyard courts new customers

SMILE!—Above, Cliff Housego, left, owner ofTotal Entertainment DJs, takes a photo of Arlene Gatto of Westlake Village in his photo booth during the Doors Open at The Courtyard event in Thousand More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  March 13 A 20-year-old man was arrested for unlawful camping in the 2200 block of W. Hillcrest Drive.  In the 1100 block of Rotella Street, a man, 20, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.   More...

Family

Five generations of women

LONGEVITY—Carlsbad resident Gertrude Vonderhaar, left foreground, 103, visits with, clockwise from left behind Vonderharr, daughter Barbara Barry, granddaughter Cynthia Dohrmann, great-granddaughter Cortney Schulze and great-great-granddaughter Kelly More...

Center has new location

The Center4Special Needs, a parent-founded nonprofit organization, has a new location at 1337 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Ste. More...

Earth Day festivities planned in T.O.

The City of Thousand Oaks will present its 17th annual Arbor/ Earth Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., April 5 at Conejo Creek Park, 1379 E. More...

Columns

Flying Squirrel

Downtown’s new star When residents of Ventura County think about taking a day trip, chances are they have some familiar favorites: Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez and our local beaches. More...

Life in the Single Lane

“Life is the dancer and you are the dance.”  . Eckhart Tolle  Save the last dance for me   More...

Breaking News - 4/1/2014 2:11 PM

Security director accused of robbing seniors he was hired to protect

Man, 57, used key to access homes of the elderly at Thousand Oaks complex, police say

The security director of a senior living complex in Thousand Oaks was arrested yesterday on suspicion of burglarizing the homes of the elderly residents in the complex. More...

College student killed in crash on Westlake Boulevard

Accident happened around 5 a.m. Sunday

A 20-year-old Thousand Oaks resident was killed Sunday in an early morning crash on Westlake Boulevard. More...

Police confirm shots were fired at Hyatt Westlake

Evidence of early morning shooting discovered, sheriff's spokesperson says

Investigators are trying to find the person responsible for firing multiple shots early this morning from the fourth floor of the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, according Sgt. Eric Buschow, spokesperson for the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. More...

Troubled Lang Ranch area intersection targeted for change

Westlake Blvd and Arboles one of city’s most accident-prone

One of the most accident-prone intersections in the city may be reconfigured in an effort to change that dubious distinction.  More...

Case to proceed against local MD

Doctor accused of overprescribing addictive meds

An Agoura Hills physician who has been accused of overprescribing highly addictive medications will be arraigned April 15. Police say at least two deaths are linked to the case. More...

Community

Edison to upgrade power grid

Opts for Plan B after Presidential Substation denied

Electric company Southern California Edison has the goahead to move forward with a project that will bolster the county’s energy supply.  More...

Trainer may appeal commission's denial of tiger compound

The county’s big cat controversy may not be over yet. An animal trainer is expected to appeal a decision by the Ventura County Planning Commission denying her request to create a tiger compound on her Malibu property south of Newbury Park. More...

Housing applications due tomorrow

Section 8 elderly housing pre-applications will be accepted through Fri., March 28 at the Ventura County Area Housing Authority office at 1400 W. More...

On the Town

‘ITH’ star calls role ‘dream come true’

Hip-hop musical debuts Friday

“In the Heights,” the vibrant 2008 Broadway show that won four Tony Awards, comes to the Civic Arts Plaza this week, and for its star, Lano Medina, it’s a dream come true.  More...

‘Dog Whisperer’ makes noise in T.O.

“Dog whisperer” Cesar Millan, author, public speaker and television host, will make a live appearance at 8 p.m. More...

Westlake High School actor challenged by part

Senior takes on role of ‘Dracula’

Next week, Westlake High School’s drama department will present a production of Bram Stoker’s Gothic novel “Dracula,” the classic tale of the Transylvanian nobleman who turns out to be a vampire.  More...

Sports

Southpaw mows ’em down

Thousand Oaks baseball senior is ‘goofball’ off field, intimidator when he throws from the hill

Jackson Simonsgaard is Satchel Paige for the Red Bull generation. Simonsgaard could make a mummy talk about gauze, a baby babble on Bach, a mime speak in tongues. More...

Newbury Park’s renaissance

Panther softball team will scrap for first playoff berth since 2006 season

Abigail Brambila knows what rock bottom feels like.  Heck, she knows what it’s like scuttling across the desolate wasteland of the Mariana Trench.  More...

Power trio boosts Westlake boys’ swim team

Ryan Lee, Yubin Kim and David Puczkowski are a power trio.  The Westlake High swimmers don’t rock out on drums, bass and guitar—they make waves, break school records and bust sonar equipment in the water.  More...

Pets

Slow, but steady—the armor-plated nomad of rural Agoura trudges along

During my early years at Seminole Springs in rural Agoura, a tortoise mysteriously appeared in our cul-de-sac one spring day.  More...

Pet of the week

BIG EYES—Klein is an altered male gray and white domestic shorthair mix about 13 years old. He is declawed, so he needs to be an indoor cat. More...

Briefs

Local animal-welfare charity wins award More...

Faith

Running life’s race at the right pace

My husband ran his 11th marathon a few weeks ago. More...

Spring lunch planned

The Thousand Oaks Christian Women’s Connection will have a “Beautiful Artistic Eggs” luncheon from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wed., April 9 at Los Robles Greens Golf Course.  More...

Letters

Own up to cause of busted window

This past Saturday my husband returned to his car at Triunfo Park in Westlake Village and found that his windshield had been shattered by a foul ball from a nearby baseball game.  More...

Belated thanks for treatment

This is a somewhat belated thank-you to Dr. Richard Grossman.  In 1988 I was scalded while working under a car at the Valley Occupational Center. I was taken to Kaiser Hospital at first and then the Grossman Burn Center. More...

Left-turn signals reduce accidents

I’m writing in response to a letter complaining about traffic signals in Thousand Oaks (March 20).  More...

Editorials

Glass half full

Ask people what California’s most precious resource is and not all will say water.  Under-loved and under-appreciated until there isn’t any, water is often taken for granted. More...

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