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Deputy accused of stealing Rx drugs from bin

Officer is 22-year veteran of Ventura County Sheriff's Department

A Ventura County sheriff ’s senior deputy is suspected of taking prescription drugs from one of the department’s pharmaceutical dropoff bins. More...

Health & Wellness

COMMENTARY /// Brain health

Staying healthy can help keep your brain strong

We jokingly call them “senior moments,” those times when the name of your dentist is on the tip of your tongue but you can’t quite remember it, or a frantic search for your car keys ends when you discover them next to the carton of More...

Support for food addicts

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a free 12-step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating or bulimia.  Meetings are held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Fridays at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. More...

On the Town

Kingsmen’s season closing play is a ‘dream’

Opening night is July 15 at CLU

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company will close its 20th anniversary season with the comedy that opened its first season. Performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be at 8 p.m. More...

Movie doesn’t betray entertainment

How far would you go to do a favor for someone you barely know? More...

Gambler lays all his cards on the table

Deck stacked with hits at farewell show

CONCERT REVIEW With Kenny Rogers due to retire after his farewell tour, “The Gambler’s Last Deal,” we decided to see what condition the 77-yearold singer’s condition was in (to paraphrase an early hit he had with The First Ed More...

Sports

Grand old game

Conejo Oaks college wood-bat baseball team soars to boiling hot start

David Soliz tuned the car radio station to Game 3 of the College World Series while driving to Cal Lutheran University’s baseball field on June 30.  More...

Querrey’s Wimbledon run ends

Sam Querrey won’t win a Wimbledon trophy, but he’ll always savor the tennis upset of 2016.  Querrey, a Thousand Oaks High graduate, defeated defending Wimbledon champ and the No. More...

Newbury Park mountain bike team conquers trails

Panthers seize third place at state championships; capture Southern California title

Autumn Ramirez had never raced a bicycle before joining the Newbury Park High School Mountain Bike Team during her freshman year.  Four coaches joined Ramirez on one of her first rides.  “They said, ‘Hop on and we’ll teach More...

Pets

CRITTER CORNER

Coyotes provide more than night music

Beach mania arrives with the end of the school year and a spike in temperature. More...

Pet of the Week

CUDDLY KITTY—Jesabelle is an altered female tortie domestic shorthair cat about 8 years old. She is very sweet and likes to cuddle. If you would like to adopt Jesabelle, ask for ID No. More...

Family

‘Kids’ recount Cabrillo memories

Cabrillo Music Theatre’s annual offering at Westlake Village’s TGIF event last week was bittersweet for longtime artistic director Lewis Wilkenfeld.  Wilkenfeld will be vacating the post he has held for 10 years at Cabrillo. More...

City to read about grandma’s walk

In the spring of 1955, Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk. She left her Ohio farm with a change of clothes and less than $200. More...

Ringing in Freedom

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Columns

With age comes invisibility

Have you ever felt like someone’s watching you but you can’t figure out who it is? Like someone in a mystery novel, you snap your head around to try to catch the watcher in action but never seem quite able to glimpse them. More...

Querrey dreams big at Wimbledon

I think Sam Querrey’s been dreaming.  I guess he buys into the idea, staked by another great American dreamer, that “we have every right to dream heroic dreams.”  More...

Breaking News - 7/12/2016 11:24 AM

Mitnick out as city manager

Following six-hour closed-door meeting, mayor announces 5-0 vote to remove top executive

Thousand Oaks has fired its city manager, Scott Mitnick. In a special closed-door meeting, the City Council voted 5-0 Thursday evening to terminate Mitnick's contract effective immediately. Mitnick has served as city manager since 2005. More...

Vote will clear the way for mixed use

Housing increase proposed

Is more housing the answer to Thousand Oaks Boulevard’s revitalization woes? The City Council will be asked that question at its next regularly scheduled meeting Tues., July 12. More...

Fireworks of another kind in Newbury Park

Wife accused of stabbing husband

A Newbury Park woman has been accused of stabbing her husband early July 5. Police said the incident occurred sometime around 2:30 a.m. when Ventura County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call in the 700 block of Debbie Street. More...

Community

Thousand Oaks man suspected of sexual assault

Investigation into alleged rape at hotel produces 2 additional victims, police say

A 63-year-old Thousand Oaks man has been accused of sexually assaulting three women between 2011 and this year. Police say Bill Beliveau’s most recent crime took place June 12 at the La Quinta Inn in Newbury Park. More...

Four years for Ferguson

A Thousand Oaks woman has been sentenced to four years in state prison for embezzling $500,000 from the Santa Paula public library.  Tammy Jean Ferguson, 55, was also ordered to pay $499,254 in restitution, money the Blanchard Community Library More...

Age-in-place network gets launch date

Conejo Valley Village becoming a reality

The Conejo Valley is about to get a new village, but slow-growth advocates needn’t worry. More...

Calendar

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THURS., JULY 7 Marines And FMF Corpsmen Dinner 6 p.m. at Elks Lodge, 1561 Kuehner Drive, Simi Valley. Dinner and business meeting for Ronald Reagan Marine Corps League Detachment 597. Contact: Ken Honaker. Phone: 805. 416.4063. More...

Schools

School board tables discussion on sex ed changes

Changes are coming to the Conejo Valley Unified School District’s sex education curriculum. On June 28, the board of education tabled a scheduled vote to update its policy and administrative regulation regarding sex ed until Aug. 16. More...

La Reina teams finish year in style

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Student wins scholarship from defense contractor

Lauren Gersten, a student at St. Patrick’s Day School in Thousand Oaks, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from U.S. More...

Business

9021No: Vietnamese restaurant has left The Lakes

Eatery opened in summer 2014

Another tenant at The Lakes has failed to keep its head above water.  9021Pho, which offered French-Vietnamese fare, closed its doors last week, less than two years after it opened at the city-owned shopping center run by billionaire Rick Caruso More...

Local man a ‘Titan’ in finance

Thousand Oaks resident John K. Paglia has been named an “Industry Titan” by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts. More...

BUSINESS BITS

New corporate HQ  PennyMac Financial Services Inc. has completed the relocation of its headquarters offices to 3043 Townsgate Road, Thousand Oaks.  Sweet snacks   More...

Police

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Newbury Park  June 25 A 42-year-old man was caught stealing a bicycle worth over $950 in the 2400 block of W. Hillcrest Drive. He was also charged with vandalism. More...

Second offense lands man in prison

A 60-year-old former financial adviser convicted of duping an elderly woman out of $100,000 was sentenced last month to five years in prison.  Rod Scott Hormell of Newbury Park pleaded guilty in May to theft from an elder and the fraudulent sale More...

Faith

Overworked and stressed? Find time to rest in God

Years ago I ordered an item from a mail-order company. More...

God’s gifts are priceless, not for sale

The Rev. Justin Prather said being born into a poor family in Natchez, Miss., helped him realize that things of lasting value don’t have a price tag.  More...

Letters

If programs are free, how will they be paid for?

I’m concerned about the “lawyering up” that Superintendent Bonitatibus has done in response to the fees that booster clubs raise to support school activities such as band, chorus and sports. More...

Parents not to blame for fee violations

Last week’s article “District seeking to rein in illegal dues” is tantamount to academic blasphemy.  For three years our concerned parent group has asked CVUSD to focus on the systemic problems that have permeated the district More...

Closing CVHS would be a catastrophe

I was perturbed by Stan Novara’s Letter to the Editor in the June 23 Thousand Oaks Acorn proposing that Conejo Valley High School be abolished so that the Carden and Horizon Hills schools might continue to operate. I was pleased that Mr. More...

Editorials

Editorial

Another shameful Ventura County voter turnout

Late last week, Ventura County elections officials released the final results of the June 7 presidential primary election. The results, to say the least, were a bit disheartening. More...