November 17, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Health & Wellness

Pickleball courts keep popping up across Conejo

Sport may be enjoyed by young, old

With its dinks, drop shots and overhead slams, pickleball is a quirky, fast-moving game that tests a player’s ability to react in a flash.  On a recent Friday, a group of seniors gathered on the tennis courts at Deerhill Park in Oak Park t More...

Hospital gets ‘A’ for safety

The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog, recently announced that Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A” ranking as among the safest hospitals in the United States. More...

College to observe World AIDS Day

Cal Lutheran University will observe World AIDS Day Thurs., Dec. 1 with a panel discussion titled “Positively Speaking,” featuring residents living with HIV/AIDS, from 2:15 to 4 p.m. More...

Calendar

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THURS., NOV. 17 Antiques Study Group 9:30 a.m. to noon at Stagecoach Inn Museum, Anderson Hall, 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. Jill Stoliker gives program on the suffragette movement in California with memorabilia. Refreshments served. More...

Schools

Calabasas student rally causes stir

About 150 take part to protest Trump’s election

About 150 Calabasas High School students left class a half-hour before lunch on Monday to protest the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. Principal C.J. More...

Little voting helpers

AMBASSADORS—On Election Day, residents casting their ballots at Conejo Elementary School were greeted by voting “ambassadors,” students from the campus’ two schools, Conejo an More...

Business

Turning ideas into companies

Ten teams concoct 10 businesses

Google. Facebook. GoPro. Uber.  Like the men and women who started these great American companies, other entrepreneurs and inventors have their own ideas they believe are ready for takeoff. More...

Pets

Bird watching outings offered

The Conejo Valley Audubon Society will host the following field trips in December.  For information or driving directions, call the respective trip leader or go to www.conejovalleyaudubon.org.  Sun., Dec. More...

Perky pups teach new tricks to an old killjoy

Recently I found myself in a rare and unusual circumstance for a coward—in a dental chair with a hygienist hovering over me.  “Okay now, go to a happy place,” she said soothingly, aware of my high- anxiety reputation.  My More...

Pet of the Week

COOL CAT—Nino is an altered male orange tabby domestic shorthair cat about 7 years old. He is sweet and gets along with other cats. If you would like to adopt Nino ask for ID No. More...

Family

A bad situation can always get worse

This is not a financial column. It’s a column about the universe.  More...

Bring food, save on fines

The Thousand Oaks Library will run its Food for Fines program Sat., Nov. 26 through Fri., Dec. 2 at both the Grant Brimhall and Newbury Park libraries. More...

All Stars Athletics hosts chess tourney

A youth chess tournament will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sun., Nov. 20 at All Stars Athletics, 711 Rancho Conejo Blvd., Newbury Park.  The fee of $5 includes pizza and a beverage.  Trophies will be awarded. More...

Columns

A few of my favorite things

“You look at your engine?” asked Sophia in shock, after our friend Michele indicated creatures were eating parts of her car’s insides. “Not really,” Michele answered. “Only when I have to.” More...

Native shrub an early harbinger of Christmas

Heteromeles arbutifolia is quite a cumbersome moniker for our native toyon, also quaintly known as Christmas berry.  A toyon may have a shrubby appearance, reaching 6 to 10 feet tall, or become a small multipletrunked tree ranging from 15 to 25 More...

Arts merger a done deal

$4 million in city reserves pledged to new-look Alliance

The business model that has sustained the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s two theaters for 22 years is changing. More...

Booster letter, FOIA requests sealed manager’s fate

The downfall of Scott Mitnick

SPECIAL REPORT Part two of a two-part series It was early May when the emails from council members started rolling into the city manager’s office. “Why was the grant pulled? More...

Community

Duo accused of pimping 15-year-old

A Thousand Oaks man pleaded not guilty last week to charges that he forced a 15-year-old girl into prostitution.  Robert Ryan McGraa, 35, was arrested Oct. More...

FOR THE RECORD

The grant intended for the Westlake Baseball Boosters mentioned in last week’s story was for $20,000, not $25,000. —KJ   More...

City hopes new equipment will silence noise complaints aimed The Gardens

Residents worry they haven’t heard the last of racket

Tim Ellis and Janice Charlton sat in their home on a recent Friday night listening to the sounds of silence. It was the first weekend in a long time they could enjoy such peace, they said. More...

On the Town

A heavenly night for Starr-gazers

CONCERT REVIEW   Whether 8 or 80, everyone should see a Beatle once in their life. With John Lennon and George Harrison long gone, that leaves Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.  The latter made an appearance Nov. More...

Twilight Awards honor arts leaders

T.O. gallery hosts Sunday ceremony

The Gold Coast Performing Arts Association will honor four individuals for their support of the local performing arts community during the annual Twilight Awards presentation from 6 to 9 p.m. Sun., Nov. More...

Musical’s inclusive message resonates

Play review /// Conejo Players Message musicals have become all the rage in community theater during this contentious political year, and with the nation’s heightened awareness of inclusion and diversity, the twice-failed Broadway musical &ldq More...

Sports

Full-court press

Local boys’ basketball teams ready for jump ball

The circus is in town. Axl Rose didn’t sign a contract with the Harlem Globetrotters and Latrell Sprewell isn’t volunteering for Feed the Children, but madness— not the March variety—engulfed Agoura High’s gym. More...

Oaks Christian, Westlake, Newbury Park football teams fall in playoffs

A Coyote made history.  Calabasas High senior quarterback Tristan Gebbia became the CIF-Southern Section’s career leader in passing yards during the Coyotes’ 56-28 win over Harvard-Westlake on Nov. More...

Super Bowl teams raise the flag

Conejo Youth Flag Football stars score touchdowns on a super Saturday

BORN TO RUN—Jack Mitchell of the Packers runs with the ball during the scrim division championship game against the Rams in the Conejo Youth Flag Football Super Bowl on Nov. More...

Police

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Newbury Park  Oct. 27  A residential robbery with a known suspect was reported in the 500 block of Cayo Grande Court.  Nov. 4   More...

Local drug rehab owner accused of sexual assault

The owner of numerous residential rehabilitation and drug treatment centers in Orange and Los Angeles counties, including a center in Calabasas, was arrested at his Agoura Hills home this month on suspicion of sexually assaulting several women being More...

Faith

Boutique turns gifts into hope

Ascension Lutheran Church will host its annual Gifts of Hope Boutique benefiting people in need Sat. and Sun., Nov. 19 and 20 at 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. The hours will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. More...

BRIEFS

Interfaith group hosts service The Conejo Valley Interfaith Association will host its 40th annual Thanksgiving Eve service from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 23 at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 32032 W. Lindero Canyon Road., Westlake Village. More...

Letters

No need to delve further into Mitnick’s emails

Thousand Oaks is known as a community that cares about each other. We don’t dwell on pain and anger. We come together to deal with issues, pursue results and overcome adversity.  We must preserve our commitment to the greater good.  More...

It’s time to make Dunn president of school board

I haven’t always seen eye to eye with Mike Dunn. I disagreed with his position on sex ed. I think he’s tried to fan the flames of controversy and has been a partisan figure. And I think he’s been disrespectful at times.  More...

Ed Jones has been an asset

A letter writer recently criticized Ed Jones as an elected official, suggesting he was not effective and was in office for the money.  As homeowners in Thousand Oaks since 1967, my husband and I have seen many council members come and go, and no More...

Editorials

The firing of Scott Mitnick: Our final take

Since part one of our series detailing former City Manager Scott Mitnick’s fall from grace was published last week, we’ve been asked by a few people why we’d choose to reopen the matter four months after his termination. More...