December 22, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Mayoral wheel turns

Bill-de la Peña lays out goals for upcoming year

As the new de facto leader of the fiveperson Thousand Oaks City Council, Claudia Bill-de la Peña said last week that her first goal as mayor would be to bring long-term stability to the city manager’s office. More...

University delivers goodwill in wake of alleged Simi hate crime

Man was stabbed outside mosque Dec. 10

In the wake of what authorities are calling a hate crime, more than a dozen people stood outside a Simi Valley mosque Friday carrying signs reading “You are not alone,” “Stand with humanity” and “Love wins,” among More...

Health & Wellness

UCP day program will stay put at Waverly

Plans pulled for changes at campus

What Don Geagan likes most about the United Cerebral Palsy day program on the Waverly School campus in Thousand Oaks is everything.  More...

Hospice volunteer training starts in January

Hospice of the Conejo, a nonprofit, volunteer hospice center in Thousand Oaks serving the community since 1977, will offer its community volunteer training program for eight weeks from Thurs., Jan. 12 through Thurs., March 2. More...

On the Town

Journey to Jungleland

Exhibit recalls wild animal park

For those too young or too new to the area to remember the days when lions and tigers roamed Thousand Oaks, a new exhibit at Civic Arts Plaza offers a history lesson. More...

Brunch a cut above at Brazilian steakhouse

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT /// Cut 360 It seems to be getting more difficult to find a hearty and fabulous local brunch. But never fear, Cut 360 is here. More...

A timeless homage to yesterday

“Here’s to the ones who dream,” Mia sings. “Foolish as they may seem.” Movies simply don’t get any more magical than “La La Land.” More...

Sports

Triumph over tragedy

A new day will dawn

Jacob Lund had just buried his father.  The 9-year-old boy sat in the back seat of a Lincoln Town Car with his younger brother, mother and grandparents, driving away from the cemetery at Eden Memorial Park after the funeral.  Jacob will nev More...

On the brink of extinction, Warriors survive

First-year head coach leads young squad on the mat

WRESTLING /// Westlake Warriors A dwindling number of wrestlers and a vacant head coaching position nearly forced Westlake High to shut down its wrestling program this year. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

JUST CALL HIM AL—Pachino is a male black-and-brown Doberman pinscher about 9 months old. He is a sweet dog and very playful. If you would like to adopt Pachino, ask for ID No. More...

It’s time to sober up andfly right

CRITTER TAIL   You’ve probably heard of “the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.” This is a tale about “the flock that couldn’t fly straight.”  The flock could’ve been cited on an FUI charge&md More...

Birdwatchers make plans for January

The Conejo Valley Audubon Society will hold field trips and meetings in January. For more information or driving directions, call the trip leader.  Sat., Jan. 7: Santa Clara River Estuary, Ventura. More...

Family

Mesmerizing tree illuminates Agoura home

COMMENTARY One year I vowed to replace my threadbare miniature artificial Christmas tree. It had been a bargain purchase at a summer yard sale, boxed and never used. More...

Girl Scouts deliver holiday cheer

Troop visits senior community in T.O.

SPENDING TIME TOGETHER—Members of Thousand Oaks Girl Scout Troop 60923 pay a visit to the Florence Janss Apartments for senior citizens on Dec. 15. More...

Letters

CVHS students are kids, not monsters

During last week’s school board meeting, Dr. Bonitatibus announced that plans for the Conejo Valley Learning Center were no longer viable, and that Conejo Valley High School would be temporarily moved to TOHS.  More...

Survey asks for opinions on medicinal pot

After the City Council banned all uses of medical cannabis within the jurisdiction of Thousand Oaks, fellow patients and myself formed the Thousand Oaks Medical Marijuana Outreach on Facebook.  We recently created a survey to gauge the public&rs More...

City should have buffer zone for developments

The Ventura County Fire Department requires a minimum 100-foot fire buffer on property near wildland-urban interface areas. More...

Editorials

The magic of the Christmas tree

Let’s be honest: To someone who isn’t familiar with Christmas, some of its traditions sound, well, for lack of a better word, strange.  Take the Christmas tree, for example.  More...

Holiday house guest killed when truck crashes into home

Driver, 19, arrested on suspicion of DUI, vehicular manslaughter

One man is dead and another is facing felony manslaughter charges after a pickup truck crashed into a Thousand Oaks home early Thursday morning. More...

Local MD accused of writing illegal prescriptions

Thousand Oaks physician taken into custody Dec. 22

A Thousand Oaks physician has been arrested on suspicion of illegally prescribing drugs for the purpose of turning a profit. More...

Swift reaction in wake of supe’s decision

CVHS to TOHS

Conejo Valley High senior Christine Salcido was shocked last week to learn that plans to relocate the school to the Waverly campus had been abandoned. “I didn’t know what else to do besides cry,” Salcido, 18, said. More...

Community

Department seeking new home for Fire Station 34

New site is in residential neighborhood

A plan to place a fire station in a residential neighborhood near Cal Lutheran University has some neighbors a little hot under the collar. More...

P-39 latest big cat to die on freeway

Puma recently birthed three kittens

National Park Service biologists said this week that a mountain lion recently struck by a vehicle earlier this month on the 118 Freeway was P-39, an adult female with three 6-month-old kittens. More...

City Hall is taking a vacation

It’s nearly time again for the annual City Hall-iday closure.  Offices in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza will shut down at 5 p.m. Fri., Dec. 23 and remain closed till next year.  Normal City Hall business hours—7:30 a.m. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., DEC. 22  Deck the Halls With Holiday Cheer   More...

Schools

Private school adding dorms

Oaks Christian will offer room and board

Oaks Christian will soon be the new home for approximately 100 high school students from around the country and abroad. More...

Students look beyond the pew

Religious school encourages lessons in all faiths

From dharma to dreidels, religious education at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School is a diverse affair. More...

Orchestra teacher brings wealth of experience to Redwood and TOHS

The revitalization of Thousand Oaks High School’s orchestra program received a boost this fall with the hiring of director Ben Roberts.  More...

Business

Sage CEO named to Interface board of directors

Blaise R. More...

Top of the line

New Ferrari Westlake dealership looks to rev up the local economy

A former bicycle shop in Thousand Oaks is now selling decidedly more expensive wheels.  Westlake Ferrari has rolled into Ventura County with a rousing welcome.  More...

New store outfits medical professionals

Scrubs on the Run Medical Uniforms and Accessories in Ventura has expanded and opened a second location in Thousand Oaks.  The new store is in suite 102 at 1321 E. More...

Faith

Two special days, many miracles of light this holiday season

Something interesting is happening this year: Hanukkah and Christmas will be celebrated at the same time. The first night of Hanukkah is Dec. 24, the same as Christmas Eve. More...

Hadassah group forms in Conejo

Members hope to serve community

K’helah Shel Nashim is looking for interested women who would like to join the group.  Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is an American Jewish volunteer women’s organization. More...

Columns

What’s on the outside means something better’s on the inside

It’s all about the box. More...

Column changes course after tragedy

The words you’re reading now are different from my first draft of this piece.  I’d originally written all about traveling abroad this time of year to visit European Christmas markets.  Recent events now have me more contemplativ More...

Give gift of happy memories

As we age, our memories seem more significant, and more vivid. Holidays are a great time for sharing memories. At our holiday events we inevitably end up in fits of laughter, holding our sides and wiping away tears. More...