January 7, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Council to consider outright ban on marijuana industry

As state eases restrictions, city headed in opposite direction

The City Council is expected to vote Jan. 12 on a proposal to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries and all commercial businesses related to the cultivation, transportation and delivery of the drug anywhere in Thousand Oaks. More...

Woman rescued from Arroyo Conejo

Rushing waters hit homeless encampment

During the first torrential downpour of El Niño on Tuesday, members of the Ventura County Fire Department had to rescue a woman trapped in rushing water. More...

Health & Wellness

Arthritis sufferers gather for support

The Conejo Valley Arthritis Support Group will meet from 12:15 to 2 p.m. Sat., Jan. 9 at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. More...

A time to honor those who care

Our community is full of them.  They often go unnoticed by friends and neighbors. Their role is not known to their employer. More...

On the Town

NPR star speaking at Cal Lutheran

Award-winning radio host to discuss long career

The January taping of National Public Radio show “On Point” in Santa Barbara is sold out, but fans can visit with host Tom Ashbrook the next morning at Cal Lutheran University.  More...

Hidden gem is worth the hunt

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT

The Local Table is the perfect moniker for a restaurant nestled in the quiet, upscale area of Dos Vientos Ranch in Newbury Park. More...

Young soloists accompany T.O. Phil

The nonprofit Thousand Oaks Philharmonic will showcase eight young Ventura County musicians in its Opus 44 concert at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 8 at the Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive. The concert will be repeated at 2:30 p.m. More...

Sports

Regents move to music

La Reina squad hits hardwood in search of Tri-Valley League glory

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL REPORT /// La Reina Regents   La Reina High basketball players migrate onto the court.  They’re ready for practice, but there’s something missing.  More...

New year, new goals for local squads

BOYS’ SOCCER REPORT /// Marmonte League   It’s like the first day of high school for local boys’soccer teams.  Players and coaches are eager to delve into another Marmonte League slate, but they’ve had to learn every More...

Coach Fab steps down at Newbury Park

Newbury Park High football head coach Gary Fabricius announced his retirement on Wed., Jan. 6.  More...

Police

SHERIFF'S BLOTTER

Newbury Park  Dec. 25   A man, 20, was arrested for a battery that took place in the 3200 block of Hanover Court.  Dec. 26   A 54-year-old man was cited for shoplifting from Target in the 2700 block of Teller Road.   More...

Faith

St. Jude relic coming to Simi church

Catholics in Ventura County and around Southern California will be celebrating next week when one of the church’s most venerated relics makes a visit to St. Rose of Lima in Simi Valley for three days of healing Masses.  More...

Church offers financial lessons

Ascension Lutheran Church is offering two classes to help attendees reach fiscal fitness this new year. More...

Choose new beginnings in 2016

Life is a blackboard upon which we consciously or unconsciously write those messages which govern us. We hold the chalk and the eraser in our hand but are ignorant of this fact. More...

Letters

Hair color no reason to dismiss volunteer

According to Los Robles Medical Center moralizers, longtime volunteer Lisa Adkins’ hair color (Acorn, Dec. 30) must be professional. More...

Good attitude, hygiene matter most to patients

Has Soames Forsyte taken over Los Robles Hospital?  I think the sight of Lisa Adkins sporting her lavender hair would bring a smile to any frightened child’s face. More...

Home Depot is just wrong for Kmart site

In response to Steve Johnson (Letters, Acorn, Dec. 30), I really don’t think Kmart received the same type of big truck merchandise as a Home Depot would.  More...

Editorials

Editorial

No better time than the present to say thank you

It’s the dawn of a new year. With it comes infinite possibilities. It’s a fresh slate. We have a new beginning, etc., etc. You get the idea. More...

D.A. brings charges against suspected Planned Parenthood arsonist

Perez hit with 2 counts of arson, 1 count of stalking

The man suspected of trying to burn down the Newbury Park Planned Parenthood is being charged with two counts of arson and one count of stalking, the Ventura County district attorney’s office announced today. More...

Arrest made in Newbury Park clinic arson

Attack motivated by domestic feud, not extremism, sheriff says

Investigators say a September arson attack against the Newbury Park Planned Parenthood clinic was motivated by a domestic feud, not an anti-abortion political agenda. Alvaro Perez, 24, of Oxnard was arrested Jan. More...

El Nino Storms Wreak Havoc

TOPSY-TURVY—Heavy El Niño rains hit the area on Tuesday and Wednesday, keeping first-responders busy across Ventura County. More...

Community

Hoverboards hit with restrictions

Riders must be 16 or older, wear helmet

California residents who discovered an electrically motorized board, known as a hoverboard, under their Christmas tree should be aware of new laws in place that govern their use. More...

Final say coming on care facility

A hotly contested proposal to build an assisted-living facility near open space south of the 101 Freeway will soon come before the Thousand Oaks City Council for a final vote. More...

Judge sides with school district in suit filed over sports fees

A Ventura County judge has ruled in favor of the Conejo Valley Unified School District and Westlake High boys’ basketball coach Rob Bloom in a case brought by two former WHS student-athletes. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., JAN. 7  Thousand Oaks Stamp Club  6:30 p.m. at Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, T.O. Contact: Rick McHenry. Phone: 805. 405.4566.  Business-Professional Women Of Conejo Valley   More...

Schools

Conejo Elementary playground getting new equipment: trees

City grant will pay for project

The district’s oldest elementary school will soon be home to its youngest trees.  With help from a $5,000 grant from the City of Thousand Oaks, Conejo Elementary plans to add about 30 trees near its playground this spring.  More...

Schools get upgrades during break

Students and staff at a handful of Conejo Valley Unified schools might have noticed a change when they returned from winter break. More...

HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS

Newbury Park Panthers   More...

Business

Janss Marketplace theater changing hands

Regency is out, Regal is in

The nation’s largest theater chain is expected to breathe new life into Thousand Oaks’ oldest cinema.  Newmark Merrill Companies, owner of Janss Marketplace, announced this week that Regal Entertainment Group will take over the lease More...

Panic rooms: they’re not just for homeowners anymore

It’s a business that requires client confidentiality and where even the most satisfied customer isn’t likely to brag about their purchase.  More...

Pets

Gulls prefer suburban setting

On a recent afternoon, an immense flock of gulls appeared high above Agoura Road near Reyes Adobe Road in Agoura Hills. More...

PET OF THE WEEK

HAPPY-GO-LUCKY—DJ is an altered male, black Cavalier King Charles spaniel mix about 6 years old. He is a happy-go-lucky dog that likes to play. To adopt DJ, ask for ID No. A4908508 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. More...

Family

AT THE LIBRARY

Our monthly rundown of free events offered at either the Grant Brimhall Library (GBL), 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, or the Newbury Park Library (NPL), 2331 Borchard Road. More...

OUT FOR A TEST DRIVE

Youngsters enjoy their holiday spoils
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CRPD sets winter lineup

The New Year is here and with it comes the Conejo Recreation and Park District’s Winter 2016 Program Guide, mailed to Conejo Valley residents last week.  Within the guide, residents will find a variety of programs, classes and special even More...

Columns

Statistics show the facts about rate of crime in city

Burglaries, robberies, assaults, pursuits—we saw them all in Thousand Oaks in 2015. When these serious crimes are reported in the press, many of us are left shaking our heads, wondering, “What is happening to our once-safe city?” More...

The greatest love of all endures

I love Henry David Thoreau’s saying “There is no remedy for love but to love more.”  Probably like most of us, I find I have the capacity to love many people in different ways.  For one, I love my dear friends. More...

Budget airlines: inside the numbers

It’s January, a time when many of us make resolutions for the year ahead.  Travel is often an area where people resolve to “do more” or “see more.”  Then they examine their finances and decide what they can rea More...