December 1, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Meetings continue between Rams, city

Local officials working to convince team to build permanent training site in town

With the Los Angeles Rams football organization just breaking ground on its new Inglewood stadium Nov. More...

Health & Wellness

Local race is pure punishment

Newbury Park 10K prides itself on its difficulty

When Ventura resident Caleb Guevara set out to create the world’s toughest 10K, he didn’t need to look past the Conejo Valley. More...

UCAAN get gifts wrapped

United Cancer Advocacy Action Network volunteers will run the organization’s eighth annual gift-wrapping store from Fri., Dec. 2 through Christmas Eve, Dec. More...

Troop doubles efforts to support Manna

GIVING BACK—Century 21 Troop Real Estate’s Westlake and Thousand Oaks offices went all in this year for Manna. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., DEC. 1 Lunch And Movie Noon at Pleasant Valley Senior Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. Lunch at noon. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” screens at 1 p.m. Movie is free; $5 lunch cost. Lunch RSVP required. Phone: 805.482.4881. More...

Schools

District shifts policy on bond spending

Money to be used according to needs, not allocation

MEASURE I   Conejo Valley Unified is making a major shift in how it plans to spend millions of dollars raised from Measure I, a voter-approved bond for school improvements.  More...

Wrapped in blue

WARRIOR PRIDE— The entire Westlake High School student body gathers in the school’s gymnasium Tuesday to celebrate the school’s 2016 National Blue Ribbon School award. More...

WHS teen promotes native landscaping

Junior is volunteer at Botanic Garden

A student at Westlake High School has launched an effort to encourage residents to install native, drought-tolerant landscaping at their homes.  Zoie Zhu, a junior at WHS, founded Project ReGreen in 2016 after volunteering for two years at Conej More...

Business

Night out promotes giving, cooperation

Annual event supports food bank

It’s been five years since Carol Solomon, owner of Carol Solomon’s Gallery of Gifts and Framing, launched a Girls’ Night Out event to help boost business and make sure that Manna, a Thousand Oaks food pantry, was fully stocked for t More...

Gift drive will benefit homebound seniors

As part of its Share the Love Campaign, Ladin Subaru will partner with Senior Concerns for a holiday gift drive from 3 to 6 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 8 at the dealership, 3725 Auto Mall Drive, Thousand Oaks. More...

Faith

Local Adventists delight in Doss

Film put war hero into national conscience

Members of the Thousand Oaks Seventh-day Adventist Church are feeling energized following the success of the Mel Gibson-directed film “Hacksaw Ridge,” which has grossed over $50 million in the U.S. since it was released in theaters Nov. More...

New Torah to be born on temple’s birthday

Reform synagogue celebrating 50 years

To mark its first 50 years in the Conejo Valley, members of Temple Adat Elohim will honor both its past and future at an anniversary kickoff Sunday. More...

Former Soviet prisoner speaks

Talk is at 8 p.m. Monday at the Conejo Jewish Academy

Former Soviet prisoner of conscience Yosef Mendelevich will give a lecture at 8 p.m. Mon., Dec. 5 in the Skelton Family lecture hall at the Conejo Jewish Academy, 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. More...

Letters

Solar panels are no uglier than any strip mall

The quote from Councilmember Al Adam (“Battle over solar leaves businessman burning,” Acorn, Nov. 23) saying that Mr. Selvin’s solar awnings are going to be “obsolete” must be a misprint.  More...

Drivers are using side streets as freeways

I see the 101-23 Interchange Improvement Project added one lane in each direction, which, I suppose, was intended to improve traffic flow both ways.  Unfortunately, the planners will not be able to make such claims.  More...

Museums not in superintendent’s jurisdiction

This letter is in response to Clint Matkovich, who wrote Nov. 17 regarding the dismissal of two Chumash Indian Museum employees.  More...

ZIPPING ALONG

Full Story

Permit issued to kill local lion

Puma has been on killing spree

The male mountain lion known as P-45 hunts for prey, but now he’s the one being hunted. For the second time in the past year, the big cat is a prime suspect in the killing of livestock on private property in the Santa Monica Mountains. More...

T.O. to consider urgent ordinance regarding pot

To comply with Prop 64, city must rescind ban on growing marijuana at home

Among the issues the Thousand Oaks City Council will consider at its Dec. 6 meeting is marijuana, but residents looking for any major changes to city policy will have to wait. More...

Community

Crime spree strikes Newbury Park

5 restaurants burglarized

Five restaurants clustered in a small area of Newbury Park suffered break-ins early Tuesday morning with burglars taking money or property, police said. More...

Contractors in court for working without licenses

Sting operation resulted in criminal charges

Painters and flooring installers came one by one to a Sycamore Canyon home in August thinking they were meeting a homeowner who wanted new paint and masonry work.  What they unknowingly walked into was an illegalcontractor sting.  The two-d More...

‘Family compound’ approved for vacant site off Lynn

Applicant promises to preserve cultural resource

With a promise from the landowner to protect a small archaeological resource found on the property, the Thousand Oaks Planning Commission last week voted 5-0 in favor of a four-home residential development off Lynn Road in Newbury Park. More...

On the Town

Almost all-female cast does ‘Hamlet’

Curtain Call Youth Theatre will continue its 11th season with an almost all-female version of “Hamlet,” Shakespeare’s gripping tragedy about family drama and dynamics, at the Newbury Park Adventist auditorium, 180 Academy Drive.&nbs More...

Christmas concerts a CLU tradition

3 shows planned for this weekend

Cal Lutheran University will hold its longest-running annual event, the Christmas Festival Concerts, Friday through Sunday.  The choral ensembles and University String Symphony will present the concert “Veni Emmanuel” at 8 p.m. Dec. More...

Village Voices Chorale celebrates the ‘Season’

The 70-member Village Voices Chorale will present a concert titled “’Tis the Season” at 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 2 and 2:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 3 at the Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd.  More...

Sports

Panthers, Lions roar at state meet

Boys’ cross country teams at Newbury Park, Oaks Christian enjoy best years in school history

CROSS COUNTRY /// CIF State Championships Local high school cross country teams went up against the fastest runners in California at the CIF State Cross Country Championships last weekend in Fresno. More...

Westlake fires Henney

Three-time CIF champion head coach is gone after only two seasons with Warriors

FOOTBALL /// Westlake Warriors The news rattled Tony Henney like a blindside sack. He and his players never saw this coming. More...

Who will take the title?

BOYS’ SOCCER REPORT /// Marmonte League   The temperature keeps dropping but Marmonte League boys’ soccer teams are just heating up.  Preseason games will mean more now that the league’s high school teams are scattered in More...

Pets

A pelican spectacle in Westlake

The American white pelican is an example of a bird that can be confoundingly characterized as appearing ludicrous one moment and sublime the next.  On land it’s an amply-built, gawky creature with stubby orange feet and a pouched bill that More...

Pet of the Week

ORANGE CRUSH—Valerie is an altered female orange-and-white domestic shorthair mix about 11 months old. She is sweet and gets along with other cats. If you would like to adopt Valerie, ask for ID No. More...

Family

Churches set up ‘shoppes’ to provide toys for families in need

Last year 2,000 families were helped

A local nonprofit is working to ensure that area families are able to provide toys and gifts for their children this Christmas.  The Community Christmas Shoppe, a program of ACTION, is the organization behind this countywide holiday effort.  More...

Dressed to impress

EARLY BIRDS—At top, Antonia Travaglini of Porter Ranch goes full bird during the 12th annual Turkey Day Dash on Thanksgiving morning at Cal Lutheran University. More...

Strike a pose with Santa

Hollywood Storage Center will host free photos with Santa and a toy drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Dec. More...

Columns

Avoid the post-turkey, pre-ham blues by volunteering

If I could hold a melody or whistle a tune, I might want to sing the “Post-Turkey, Pre- More-Celebration Blues” for singles spending the holiday season alone.  More...

Editorials

Death shouldn’t be the penalty for P-45

EDITORIAL

As if it weren’t hard enough to protect the area’s precious few majestic mountain lions from mange, starvation, destruction of habitat, inbreeding, poisoning and traffic collisions— now comes the threat of some people who are intent More...