March 2, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Park board pulls plug on proposed festival

Organizers sought use of Conejo Creek Park South

The production company behind last year’s highly attended but widely panned Blue Sun Music and Wine Festival in Westlake Village won’t get a shot at redemption in Thousand Oaks. More...

Car thieves strike

Four vehicles taken in a single night

The city saw a rash of vehicle thefts last week when four cars were reported stolen across the city on the evening of Feb. 20. More...

Health & Wellness

In this together

  TAKING IT TO THE STREETS—Above, Lucas Khordodi, 10, left, and his father, Mehran, of Oak Park get ready for the RUNdevous race Feb. 11 at Roadrunner Sports in Newbury Park. More...

Walk shines light on suicide

Out of the Darkness is Saturday night at CLU

Over 200 people from throughout Thousand Oaks are expected to participate in the annual Cal Lutheran Out of the Darkness Campus Walk at 8 a.m., Sat., March 4 at Cal Lutheran University. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-Greater L.A. More...

Options offered for problem knees

Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association will hold a class on total versus partial knee replacement from 5:30 to 7 p.m. More...

On the Town

Saget will turn CAP blue

Comic cleans up with dirty jokes

Bob Saget has a dirty mind, and he’s not afraid to use it. More...

Politics, sports inspire Madigan’s comedy

The Fred Kavli Theatre will host a performance by comedian Kathleen Madigan at 8 p.m. Sat., March 18 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

NPHS orchestra to perform

The Newbury Park High School orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Tues., March 21 at the school’s performing arts center, 456 N. Reino Road. More...

Sports

Don’t touch that dial

Thousand Oaks girls’ basketball team will play for CIF title on Saturday

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL /// Thousand Oaks Lancers   It all came down to a coin flip.  The coin landed on tails, and the Thousand Oaks High girls’ basketball team has been rejuvenated with a second life in these playoffs. More...

Flamethrowers

Westlake wants to capturefirst league title since 2011 behind talented, deep pitching stafi

BASEBALL /// Westlake Warriors John Burtzloff is fire and brimstone without the fluff. He’s a fox in a foxhole, unwilling to let anyone harm or disparage his Westlake High baseball players. More...

Police

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Newbury Park  Feb. 14  In the 1500 block of Newbury Road, a woman, 24, was arrested for driving under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs.  Feb. 15   More...

Faith

Local pastor found calling after brush with death

Law enforcement prepared him for ministry, he says

In October 2003, Tim Barkett was a San Diego police officer working on an accident investigation when a drunk driver ignored a lane closure and slammed into him at 45 mph. More...

Ascension to host water justice conference

Ascension Lutheran Church will be a partner site for Trinity Institute’s 46th National Theological Conference on Water Justice from March 22 through 24 at the church, 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.  More...

Bible scholar talks Jesus

Biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine will give a talk titled “Understanding Jesus Means Understanding Judaism” from 10 a.m. to noon Mon., March 6 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Cosgrove Center, 13955 Peach Hill Road, Moorpark.  More...

Letters

Hateful thoughts can make the world turn sour

The Acorn’s Feb. 23 editorial says that the nation’s ugly mood is turning even our own community sour. I agree. Sour is the right word.  Who can drink sour milk? It will make you very sick, as will hateful thoughts.  More...

Don’t raise taxes, save money for needed work

Our Ventura County Transportation Commission has failed us again. More...

Lake Oroville provides water to Conejo Valley

We Conejo Valley residents have a direct connection with Lake Oroville because it is the origin of most of our imported potable water. More...

Editorials

Preserve District of Choice, but make it equitable

EDITORIAL

In an imperfect system that pits school district against school district, Oak Park Unified has, by all measures, been a model of success. Steady enrollment. Small class sizes. High test scores. Piles of college acceptance letters. More...

A night on patrol with TOPD’s homeless unit

It’s just after midnight Feb. 3 when Senior Dep. Jason Louis comes upon a silver sedan parked behind a Thousand Oaks Boulevard business. More...

Tan salon founder convicted of child molestation

Victim was employee

The founder of a local chain of tanning salons will be sentenced later this month on charges he molested an underage employee over 15 years ago. More...

Community

Conservancy eyes Conejo Mountain

Peak added to agency’s ‘wish list’

An 1,800-foot peak between Newbury Park and Camarillo known as Conejo Mountain is the newest addition to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy’s “wish list.” More...

Upstart baseball academy facing criticism from half a world away

Hit Factory made sudden exit from Singapore

The news hit 13-year-old Sean Gondobintoro like an 80-mph fastball. More...

District of Choice debate has local schools at odds

Oak Park USD finds itself at center of criticism

Oak Park Unified School District is finding few allies in its fight to preserve a 22-year-old state law that makes it easier for small districts to attract students from beyond their boundaries. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., MARCH 2 Marines And FMF Corpsmen More...

Schools

Lease deal marks end of tumultuous year for Carden Conejo

Agreement offers more security

Walking around Carden Conejo School with owner Bob Fleming is like touring with a dignitary. More...

Schools foundation honors Phelps, LaGuardia

   STARLIGHT SOIREE—Conejo Valley school board member Pat Phelps, above, and Meadows Arts and Technology Elementary School music director Frank LaGuardia, left, receive recognition from the Conejo Schools Foundation on Saturday during More...

Jazz fest at NPHS features concerts, competitions

Newbury Park High School Panther Band will host its ninth annual Newbury Park Jazz Festival at 9 a.m. Sat., March 11 at the school, 456 N. More...

Business

Development board has new leadership

The Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County board of directors installed Ventura City Council member Cheryl Heitmann as its chair at the organization’s 20th annual meeting on Jan. 19. More...

BRIEFS

University Village earns award University Village retirement community in Thousand Oaks and its landscaping company, Stay Green Inc., have won a statewide award for excellence in landscaping and maintenance from the California Landscape Contractors More...

Pets

See, learn about birds with CVAS

The Conejo Valley Audubon Society will offer the following events and field trips, all of which are open to the public.  For more information or directions, call the listed trip leader or go to conejovalleyaudubon.org.  Trips  More...

Pet of the Week

FACE TO LOVE—Mango is an altered female brown-andwhite pit bull about 5 years old. She is adorable, with an affectionate personality. She is good in a car, on a leash and with other dogs. She is housebroken, calm and quiet. More...

Family

History project highlights women

The history behind how five notable women changed the world’s views on the environment, politics and the arts will come to life in the “Women’s History Project 2017” from 6 to 8 p.m. More...

TEDx Youth will find the groove at T.O. High

Now in its seventh year, TEDxYouth@Conejo will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Sun., March 19 at the Thousand Oaks High School performing arts center, 2323 N. Moorpark Road. More...

Scouts scour community for donations

STOCKING PANTRY SHELVES— Above, Matthew Speer, 15, a volunteer for the Manna food pantry, stacks crates filled with donations from the Scouting for Food drive Feb. 25. More...

Columns

Are they trying to tell us something?

Once upon a time a Roman fabulist named Phaedrus coined the idea of “adding insult to injury.” More...

Time to plan a rockin’ road trip

If you’re a fan of live music, you’re probably used to seeing shows at local venues like the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza or The Canyon club in Agoura Hills, or maybe even the Microsoft Theater or Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. More...

Take full advantage of medical deduction while you still can

The cost of medical and dental care is typically the largest expense for older Americans. Fortunately, some of these bills may be tax-deductible. More...