October 13, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Out-of-town funds fill city election chests

CAMPAIGN FINANCE: City Council

Donations to the City Council race are down overall this cycle when compared to recent Thousand Oaks elections, but more money than usual is coming from out-of-town sources. More...

Health & Wellness

Fighting Strong

Show will be Oct. 29 at the Civic Arts Plaza

Angie Welikala, cancer survivor and founder of Healing Agents International, will host the Fighting Strong benefit concert at 6 p.m. Sat., Oct. 29 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. T.O. More...

Doctor delves into lifesaving topic

A free lecture titled “Breast Density, Genetic Risk and New Updates in Cancer Prevention” will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. More...

Nar-Anon meets Thursdays in T.O.

Nar-Anon is a worldwide support group for families and friends of drug addicts.  The Conejo Valley chapter meets at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday in room 9 at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. More...

Calendar

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THURS., OCT. 13 Day Of Holiday Shopping 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Agoura Hills Rec and Event Center, 29900 Ladyface Court. Over 20 chic boutique vendors and a food truck. Funds raised support scholarships for local high school girls. More...

Schools

Chowing Down for Music

Food truck event benefits WHS bands

TUNES WITH A CHERRY ON TOP—At left, visitors wait their turn at the Grilled Cheese Truck during Sunday’s Westlake High School music department Food Truck Festival at Conejo Creek Park in More...

Mentors wanted

Thousand Oaks High School students can attend the first of two special career events coordinated by the Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Club, the Community Mentor Expo, from 5 to 7 p.m. Mon., Oct. 24 in the TOHS multipurpose room, 2323 N. More...

Panthers move paws to music in dance-off

The Newbury Park High School dance team will present its sixth annual Dancing With the Star Panthers fundraiser at 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 14 at the NPHS gym, 456 N. More...

Business

Youth pastor finds second calling in high-quality coffee

BEATING THE ’ BUCKS

A series on local coffee shops Part one of a two-part series More...

CalJOBS workshop offered in Simi Valley

East County America’s Job Center will offer a free job workshop from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 25 at the center, 2900 N. More...

Governor signs hundreds of bills into law

Ride-sharing services affected

Drivers for online car-sharing services like Uber and Lyft must get background checks. More...

Police

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Newbury Park  Oct. 1  Police apprehended a 29-yearold man in the 400 block of N. Ventu Park Road for being under the influence of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine.  Oct. 3   More...

Faith

Expressing delight in the Lord

Where did we get the idea that religion had to be gloomy?  Pop culture depicts the faithful as dreary spoilsports who pronounce doom on anyone having fun and God as a scorekeeper who will tally up each sin on Judgment Day.  Truth is, God wa More...

Community invited to celebrate Sukkot

Temple Etz Chaim invites the community to Sangria in the Sukkah, a family-friendly event during the weeklong holiday of Sukkot, at 4:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 20 at Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.  More...

Briefs

Mosque opens door to community   Every year mosques around Southern California invite the public to visit and learn about Islam and Muslims.  The Islamic Society of Simi Valley welcomes the public to its Open Mosque Day for a day of convers More...

Letters

Rams could bring changes to the city

As an ardent fan of the Los Angeles Rams, their decision to adopt the Conejo Valley as their home affirmed my decision that this is a great place to live and raise a family.  A $200-million payroll will certainly help the local economy. More...

Speeding drivers are oblivious to their road kill

My husband and I frequently walk or bicycle along Moorpark Road and adjacent streets, hoping to reduce our car’s usage and carbon emissions.  While the air in Thousand Oaks is relatively clean, we cannot enjoy these alternatives to driving More...

Rams neighbor has no complaint

Recently a couple of Letters to the Editor in the Acorn have predicted doom and gloom if the Rams are allowed to build a permanent training facility in the Conejo Valley.  The current temporary Rams training facility is at the end of my street.& More...

Editorials

Measure AA: small cost for potentially huge benefit

EDITORIAL

Watch out, there’s a traffic jam up ahead. It’s that gaggle of ballot measures on Election Day, and drivers aren’t happy. When faced with a multitude of decisions in the election booth, fatigued voters tend to just vote no. More...

Move continuation school to TOHS

GUEST OPINION

I begin by thanking the Acorn for giving me the opportunity to respond to the Sept. 29 editorial.  On Sept. More...

Union chief raises safety issues with Rancho Conejo site

Classified union president: ‘Nobody is happy with the move’

As Conejo Valley Unified works to allay concerns in the Waverly Heights neighborhood over its plans for the adult school campus, district leaders have another upset group on their hands, this one from within their own ranks. More...

TAKING ISSUE

School board hopefuls square off at PTA forum

In a divisive election season, candidates for Conejo Valley Unified’s board of education all agree on one thing: They want to govern in the best interest of students. More...

Simpson pads fundraising lead with $5K donation

CAMPAIGN FINANCE: School board

Conejo Valley school board hopeful Angie Simpson is the recipient of the largest single donation of the race to date—$5,000 from the wife of a prominent evangelical Christian organizer. More...

Community

Commission votes 4-1 to allow 40 apartments to proceed

Complex designed with millennials in mind

A new apartment complex slated for construction just off Thousand Oaks Boulevard won’t look like anything else in town. The developer says that’s a good thing. More...

Ranchers say they’re fearful of mountain lion attacks

Park Service: no evidence of livestock killed by big cats

Wendell Phillips and Murray Sumner live about a half-mile apart on ranches in the Santa Monica Mountains. They share a passion for raising goats, alpacas, sheep and other livestock on their properties. More...

City of WLV set against Blue Sun Music Fest

Westlake Village city officials are disappointed with the promoters of the inaugural Blue Sun Music and Wine Festival—which took place Sept. More...

On the Town

Company conjures up spooky ‘Sorcerer’ just in time for Halloween

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘The Sorcerer’

For Gilbert & Sullivan fans, two shows work well to commemorate the Halloween season: “Ruddigore,” with its spooky gallery of ghosts come to life, and “The Sorcerer,” with its mystical love potion and its catastrophic effe More...

Cohen songs take wing at T.O. concert

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Scherr Forum Theatre will feature Grammy-nominated vocalist, composer and arranger Perla Batalla at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 22 at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.  More...

Putting the mock in democracy

Capitol Steps takes satire show to T.O.

The Capitol Steps brings its new show, “What to Expect When You’re Electing,” to the Kavli Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. More...

Sports

Monday night quarterbacking

Bogies hosts head coach’s weekly radio show

FROM THE COACH’S MOUTH— At top and right, Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, center, talks to ESPN LA’s JB Long, right, and D’Marco Farr on Monday during Fisher’s More...

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Thousand Oaks Lancers (2-4) vs. Royal Highlanders (0-6)

Friday, 7 p.m. More...

Lions pick up huge non-league win at Newbury Park

INSTANT OFFENSE— Oaks Christian High running back Zach Charbonnet runs through a hole during the Lion football team’s exciting 63-49 win at Newbury Park on Oct. 7. More...

Pets

All God’s creatures

Local pets get blessed

As a foster mom for the last four years to a pug named Otis, Karen Schaefer brought the dog to an Oct. 4 blessing of the animals in Westlake Village with the hope that the cuddly canine would find a permanent family.  More...

Pet of the Week

SUN’S OUT, TONGUE’S OUT—Roccos is an altered male red-and-white pit bull about 6 years old. He is a smart, sweet and playful. If you would like to adopt Roccos, ask for ID No. More...

Family

Charity bell tolls

Nonprofit helps kids with school shopping

TENDER MOMENT—Michael Fay, 10, and his grandfather Greg Vlachos of Thousand Oaks, shop for school clothing Oct. 6 at Burlington Coat Factory with help from Assistance League Conejo Valley. More...

Extreme earthquake preparedness is preposterous

People were allegedly stocking up on bottled water, flashlights, batteries, canned food, first-aid supplies, tools and other emergency preparedness items because scientists said California’s San Andreas fault was “locked, loaded and ready More...

YMCA flag football league open to grades K thru 8

Sign-ups are underway for the Miller Family YMCA of Newbury Park’s winter flag football league that is open to kids in kindergarten through eighth grade living in Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks. More...

Columns

It’s the end of the world (or not)

This was the land of gnomes, misanthropes and trolls, Mom believed. “In that Conejo Valley, they have fires,” she said. “And you can’t find a decent Cobb salad.” That was back in 1983. More...

Invasive plants are overbearing brutes

In exchange for a rustic rental on a small parcel of private land in the Santa Monica Mountains of rural Agoura, my friend Tiller is required to keep the brush-choked acreage cleared.  He dislikes noisy, fumy gaspowered devices, and there’ More...

Calling all captains: let’s hit the high seas

Ahoy, mateys! More...