April 10, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

State, national hopefuls to share viewpoints

Candidates will face questions on policy, politics ahead of June primary

Candidates running for state Assembly and U.S. Congress will attend a May 10 public forum hosted by the Acorn Newspapers and Cal Lutheran University.  More...

Health & Wellness

Survivor encourages early screenings

Chances of recovery better when caught early

A Westlake Village mother of two is still searching for her new normal after almost seven years of treatment for oral cancer.  Joana Breckner, 44, a community volunteer who has been cancer-free for about a year, advocates early screening for can More...

On the Town

Celebrity chef to heat up Kavli stage

Food Network personality serves up interactive demonstration

“Dinner: Impossible Live!” with Robert Irvine will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sun., April 27 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.  More...

Special music event planned at teen center

The inaugural Dare To Dream Music Festival will be at 5 p.m. Sat., April 26 at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center, 1375 E. More...

Salsas can add spice to Cinco de Mayo celebrations

The Spanish tres salsas means “three sauces” in English.  Cinco de Mayo translates as “fifth of May.”  To commemorate Cinco de Mayo, I’m offering three different salsa recipes you can use for your celebrations. More...

Sports

Lancers step up

Craft, Hernandez boost TOHS track andfield team

Rachel Craft and Stephen Hernandez are reaching new heights for the Thousand Oaks High track and field team.  Craft is circling the Lancer record book, like Jaws honing in on a weakfish.  More...

It’s good to be the king

Panther boys’ volleyball team beats up on rest of Marmonte League for a change of pace

Jorge Ostrovsky, the 15-year head coach of the Newbury Park High boys’ volleyball team, gave his players a day off last week.  “They all showed up to practice,” Ostrovsky said.  The Panthers don’t want to relax&mdash More...

Shockwave jolts Richter scale, adversaries

JUMP FOR JOY—The Thousand Oaks AYSO U-12 Shockwave All-Star girls’ soccer team celebrates afirst-place championship at the Region 9 Pot-o-Gold tournament. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  March 23 A man, 27, was arrested on Rancho Conejo Boulevard north of the 101 Freeway for driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher.   More...

Faith

Methodist youth think globally

SQUASHING MALARIA— United Methodist Church of Westlake Village members Noel Sparks, 16, above left, and Clair Allison, 17, make sample paper bugs at the children’s craft table during the More...

Should Christians be vegetarians?

Charles Camosy, an animal ethics expert and an assistant professor of theology at Fordham University in New York, will discuss whether Christians should be vegetarians during a free presentation at 7:30 p.m. More...

The Art of Being

“ Each intention— anger, greed, compassion, understanding— sets energy into motion. . . . What you intend is what you become. . . . Power is energy that is formed by the intentions of the soul. More...

Columns

Ask the Arborist

What a pest  There’s a new critter in town attacking our majestic oaks—and this pest could have a devastating impact.  More...

Council seeks Senior of the Year nominations

The City of Thousand Oaks Council on Aging celebrates the contributions of senior adult volunteers through the Senior of the Year Awards. Organizations are encouraged to nominate a senior volunteer who has provided extraordinary service.  More...

Life in the Single Lane

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Council members implore Regency Centers to alter tree removal schedule

Cutting at Westlake Plaza was halted temporarily today, but has since resumed

The tree cutting at Westlake Plaza ceased this morning while the center’s owners and city staff worked out a plan to remove more than 200 trees in phases. More...

District tweaks bond proposal

Board mulling second public opinion poll

Hoping to see better results, Conejo Valley Unified School District may pay for a second study to gauge public support for putting a nearly $200-million bond measure on the November ballot. More...

Residents furious over tree removal at Westlake Plaza

Work is part of $25-million renovation of 1970s-era shopping center

More than 200 trees—36 of which are protected under the municipal code—will be removed at Westlake Plaza as part of a $25-million renovation of the center that includes Sprouts, Vons and Gelson’s. More...

Community

City unveils plans for former RDA properties

T.O. must now convince state to agree

The City of Thousand Oaks is a step closer to keeping properties once owned by the city’s defunct redevelopment agency, among them the Civic Arts Plaza theaters and parking garage, and 8 acres of land on which The Lakes shopping center sits.&nb More...

Vision meetings draw 100 attendees

City begins process of gathering input for 50-year plan

Planning for the next halfcentury in Thousand Oaks is underway, with six monthly meetings planned until October, when the city celebrates its 50th anniversary.  More...

New plan for SM Mountains has equestrians shifting in their saddles

Proposal outlaws most agricultural uses

The Local Coastal Program, to be voted on today by the California Coastal Commission, carries the support of many environmental groups, but the land-use plan puts some private property owners and the local equestrian community on edge.  The LCP More...

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THURS., APRIL 10 Woodland Hills Republican Women 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. Luncheon and fashion show fundraiser featuring new DKNY spring/ summer line. Proceeds support scholarships. More...

Schools

MATES makes move for first charter renewal

Elementary needs approval of county board of education

With live chickens, guinea pigs, butterflies and even trout in classrooms, it wouldn’t take a visitor long to deduce that Meadows Arts and Technology Elementary School isn’t your run-of-the-mill elementary campus. More...

Local grads earning high marks at APU

Local residents made the academic dean’s list at Azusa Pacific University.  These students are honored for a fall 2013 GPA of 3.5 or better.  The students are as follows.  Thousand Oaks: Madelyn Harris, Jackson Lucht, Samantha Re More...

No lion: OCS gala raises $500,000

Since opening its doors 14 years ago, Oaks Christian School has grown in popularity, but so has its tuition.  But the leaders of the private, faith-based middle school and high school in Westlake Village say they are committed to providing finan More...

Business

Grape growers challenged by ongoing drought

The local area has less agriculture affected by the drought than California’s Central Valley, but the dry conditions are still a big concern to the grape growers of the Santa Monica Mountains.  As the drought continues, the stress upon the More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Family

B&GC basketball and soccer kicking off

Registration is underway for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley fall coed Jr. NBA Basketball League in Thousand Oaks and Sunday Soccer League in Agoura Hills.  The Jr. NBA Basketball League is open to ages 3 through 14. More...

Plans for chili cook-off are heating up

Annual Rotary event is April 27

Rotary Clubs of Thousand Oaks and Conejo Valley will host the annual Chili Cook- Off, Classic Car Show and Miss Chili Pageant from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More...

The 17th Annual Arbor Earth Day Celebration

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Letters

Developer’s greed unwelcome

Despite widespread protests from neighbors to stop highdensity zone changes on Hillcrest Drive, Mohammad Esa of Hydam Enterprises recently resubmitted his plans to build an assisted-living business in the middle of our neighborhood.  More...

Who’s to blame for fallen tree?

Who’s responsible when a tree falls on a car? I would think the owner of the tree. But in the case of a tree belonging to the City of Thousand Oaks, this is not true.  I was visiting Westlake last October when a tree fell on my car. More...

Sync traffic lights to save fuel, time

I am a 26-year resident of Thousand Oaks and totally agree with the gentleman who wrote about the traffic-light situation.  He said he thought the problem had gotten worse in the last 10 years, and I agree.  The lights in the city and in We More...

Editorials

Come see candidates May 10

The National Weather Service is predicting an avalanche will hit the area any day now—an avalanche of political mail.  With campaign coffers filling at a record-breaking pace and the June 3 primary less than two months away, conditions are More...

Political Cartoon

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FOR THE RECORD

In last week’s edition of the Thousand Oaks Acorn, we incorrectly labeled a photo of an owl. The picture, which we said depicted a barn owl, was actually a barred owl. We apologize to any barred owls who were offended by this error.   More...