February 25, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Deal with teachers will cost district $3 million in ’15-’16

Tentative agreement grants educators retroactive raises

Members of the teachers union will receive an additional $3 million in compensation this school year under a tentative agreement reached last week with the Conejo Valley Unified School District. More...

Health & Wellness

Volunteers needed for Agoura’s Great Race

Annual running event is March 19

Spring is in the air and with it the announcement that plans are being finalized for the Dole Great Race of Agoura Hills.  Jodi Regan, race coordinator, said volunteers are needed to assist in the race that attracts runners from around the world More...

BRIEFS

Workshop looks at cancer’s legal issues Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will present its annual Cancer and Legal Issues Workshop with Tina Segura from noon to 1 p.m. Thurs., March 3 at 530 Hampshire Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Making a date charity

UCAAN sponsors latest date auction
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THURS., FEB. 25  Portuguese Fraternal Society Of America  Noon at Main Street Restaurant, 3159 E. Main St., Ventura. Gathering at 11:30 a.m. No-host luncheon. For anyone of Portuguese descent or interested in the culture. RSVP requested. More...

Schools

District responds to court ruling mandating release of student info

Concern spread among parents in the state this week after a federal judge ruled that a private group of individuals could have access to the personal information of 10 million California students.  More...

WHS continues Aca Deca dominance

Team will advance to state competition next month

The winner of the 2016 Ventura County Academic Decathlon is Westlake High School. More...

Latest School of Choice period coming to a close next week

Parents have until March 1 to submit applications

Parents wishing to send their children to a campus outside of their designated neighborhood school have until Tues., March 1, to file the necessary paperwork to do so. More...

Business

Report: More food processing could be big boost for VC economy

California Coastal Green Vegetable Co. More...

Bristol Farms leaving Promenade

Grocer has been at center since start

Shoppers looking for highend specialty grocery items after March will have to look somewhere other than the Westlake Promenade.  Bristol Farms’ lease is up, and it’s not re-signing, company president and CEO Kevin Davis announced las More...

Workshop will examine outplacement

OPEN(Outstanding Professionals Employment Network), will hold a five-day outplacement training workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mon. through Fri., March 14 to 18 at the East County Sheriff’s Station, 2101 E. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  Feb. 12 A 30-year-old man was arrested in the 500 block of Paseo La Perla for being under the influence of a controlled substance.   More...

Faith

Diversity celebrated at church

UMC honors Black History Month with speakers, musicians

The United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks will host a gospel celebration of black history this weekend, and the public is invited. More...

Concert raising funds for mission trip

The United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks will host its inaugural benefit concert from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sat., March 12 at 1000 E. More...

Be mindful when you complain, the universe is listening

My core belief is that if you’re complaining about something for more than three minutes, two minutes ago you should have done something about it. — Caitlin Moran   More...

Letters

It’s not rocket science: use goes up, so bills go up

The Porter Ranch methane leak is a monumental disgrace, but it has absolutely nothing to do with how local customers’ gas bills looked last month.  When, as is inevitable, SoCal Gas makes customers pay for the company’s incompetence, More...

NIMBY ism a force for good in the community

I was disappointed with the recent Acorn editorial labeling the defeat of the Oakmont project “tyranny.”  Real tyranny, which exists in many countries, includes coercion, violence, media control and disappearance of journalists. More...

Arguments against Oakmont ‘absurd’

An open letter to the Thousand Oaks City Council: The arguments you used to deny the Oakmont assisted-living facility were absurd. More...

Editorials

editorial

It’s tax season: Don’t get swindled

Tax season is here, and millions of Americans are in the midst of collecting their receipts, W-2s and all the other paperwork needed to answer the IRS and its voluminous and opaque tax code.  More...

SAFE HAVEN

Sequoia Boys & Girls Club renamed for longtime donors

  PRAISES—At right, Greg Gress, 13, of Newbury Park speaks on Feb. More...

Commission rejects plan for 3 homes on Highgate

Neighbors speak up in opposition

Another hotly contested development is likely headed for an up-or-down vote from the Thousand Oaks City Council. More...

Water, wastewater hikes proposed

While the cost of gasoline is dropping, the price of another precious liquid may be going up.  A public hearing has been set for Tues., April 12 to discuss a potential rate hike for water and wastewater services provided by the City of Thousand More...

Community

Plan would add 170,000 acres to federal park system

Proposal awaits Congressional approval

The results of the National Park Service’s eight-year study into the Rim of the Valley corridor are in. Its conclusion: The federal government should add 170,000 acres to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. More...

Body cam rollout behind schedule

Difficulty in purchasing to blame, rep says

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean pledged during a visit to the Thousand Oaks City Council in October that his deputies would be equipped with body-worn cameras by the start of 2016. That hasn’t happened. More...

Animal control going door to door to check dog licenses

Beginning March 2, representatives from Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control will be canvassing Thousand Oaks neighborhoods checking for unlicensed dogs.  LACACC is the city’s contracted animal control agency.  All dogs 4 months More...

On the Town

Celebrate the Bard at Hillcrest

Performance to benefit California Shakespeare Company

The California Shakespeare Company will host a “Celebrating 25 Years of Shakespeare” benefit performance at 8 p.m. Sat., March 5 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. More...

Concert honors longtime CLU music professor

Strike up the As a veteran conductor and prolific clarinetist and saxophonist, Dan Geeting has directed and played in hundreds of concerts during 32 years of teaching at Cal Lutheran University. More...

Havana meets T.O.

Cuban tunes come to the plaza

AT THE CAP   The Scherr Forum will feature the music of Cuba L.A. at 8:30 p.m. Sat., March 19 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. More...

Sports

Lions will ride four horses

Oaks Christian’s baseball team, Division 4 champ in 2013, hopes to rekindle glory with deep pitching staff

BASEBALL /// Oaks Christian Lions Great combos often come in four. Notre Dame’s Four Horsemen. The Fantastic Four of the Marvel universe. The John Coltrane Quartet. More...

Gators forfeit playoff game

Newbury Park Adventist Academy’s boys’ basketball team was disqualified from the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 playoffs for playing an ineligible player during the regular season.  A transfer student should have sat out the first 3 More...

Panthers surge to quarterfinals

Newbury Park girls’ soccer team plays today at home against No. 1 Troy

GIRLS’ SOCCER PLAYOFFS   The Panthers’ youngest fan watched the Black Cat Attack pick up a historic victory.  Newbury Park High girls’ soccer assistant coach Geoff Raives’ daughter, Rylan, turned 1 last weekend. More...

Pets

Wonders await in Westlake

For an outdoors lover, Westlake Village has numerous landmarks, including its lakefront walkway, greenbelt system and parks rugged or tame.  For a foot-weary walker, a new landmark has made the “Register of Favorite Westlake Destinations.& More...

Get an equine education

Judged horse show in T.O. will be open to the public

Locally owned business Red Hat Cowgirl and its student leadership group, Young Women Trail Blazers, will present “Think Like a Judge,” an opportunity for the public to learn more about horses, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sun., Feb. More...

Pet of the Week

IRRESISTIBLE FACE—Evie is an altered female white and gray pit bull/boxer mix about 11 months old. She is a sweet puppy needing a forever home. If you would like to adopt Evie ask for ID No. More...

Family

Spots open now for summer camp

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley will host Spring Break Camp 2016 at two locations.  Grades K-5 can attend camp at Chaparral Boys & Girls Club on the campus of Chaparral Elementary School in Calabasas.  Grades 1-8 can More...

Owner turns page on Bookaneer

Used book store closing Monday after 24 years

The Bookaneer has set a course for dry land. After nearly 25 years on Thousand Oaks Boulevard, the swashbuckling used book store renowned for its hidden treasures will close Mon., Feb. 29. More...

Germ warfare takes on new meaning as virus makes house calls

Last week everyone was sick. Not me. Not my wife. Not our 12-year-old son. But everyone else. “Stay away from the germs,” my wife told me. She’d heard I was in the same room as someone who had the flu. More...

Columns

You Tube U a leaky proposition

We heard something dripping. Not Grumps or me, thankfully. No, on this fine occasion it was the plumbing in our shower or, more precisely, a leaky valve. More...

Some helpful tips

Let me give you a tip. More...

Dead, dying trees can still support life

When is a tree no longer a tree? For instance, does a tree cease being a tree if it’s toppled over and lying on the ground as opposed to towering over us? More...