Leader of teachers union takes a new post

A longtime teachers union head has stepped down after years of highs and lows on the job, including a recently settled unfair labor charge waged against one local public school district. Arleigh Kidd, who headed the unions at the Las Virgenes and Conejo Valley school districts, will assume an organizational role with the California Teachers Association. Kidd spent the past […]

United in a celebration against cancer

Coyotes again prowling for prey in Conejo

For nearly nine years, Ricki, an energetic black-and-tan dachshund, enjoyed romping unmolested in the Robertson family’s fenced-in backyard in Oak Park. On Sept. 18, Ricki’s nightly foray into the backyard ended in tragedy. "I went upstairs for a couple of minutes around 10:30 p.m., and when I came down I didn’t see her—I looked in all her usual places and […]

Commercial real estate vacancies are going up in Ventura County

Commercial properties used to be a safe haven for real estate investors as the housing market declined. Not anymore. Ventura County’s office and industrial vacancy rates continued their disappointing rise in the third quarter, according to figures recently released by the commercial real estate brokerage firm CB Richard Ellis. The county’s retail vacancies jumped to 4.8 percent, up from 3.8 […]

It’s crime prevention month

October is recognized nationally as Crime Prevention Month, and the Thousand Oaks Police Department is participating by giving crime prevention talks and police station tours. Presentations will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 9 and 30 at 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. Information will be provided on identity theft, scams, elder abuse, substance abuse and MySpace. […]

City Calendar

The city of Thousand Oaks will be conducting the following meetings this month, according to the city manager’s office. All contact phone numbers are in the 805 area code. Mon., Oct. 13: 6:30 p.m., Planning Commission, Forum Theater, Mark Towne, 449-2340 Tues., Oct. 14: 8 a.m., Business Roundtable, Acorn Room, Gary Wartik, 449-2313 6 p.m., City Council, Forum Theater, City […]

Longtime Chinese restaurant closes in T.O.

Disappointed customers, expecting to eat Chinese food, instead lined up outside Chen’s Szechwan Restaurant at 2024 E. Avenida de Los Arboles in the Vons shopping center to read a letter taped to the door. “We regret to inform you that Chen’s Restaurant will be permanently closed as of Sept. 30, 2008. We have decided to retire after 26 years of […]

Council challenger says he has an independent voice

A Thousand Oaks resident for 26 years, Ramaul Rush said he’s decided to run for City Council because he has an independent voice and a love for his community. The certified mediator with a law degree and a college teaching credential believes his communication skills and ability to be an independent policy decision-maker would serve the city well. “The current […]

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Reign of Terror schedule

Reign of Terror will be at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks, from 6 to 11 p.m. Wed., Fri. and Sat., Oct. 29, 31 and Nov. 1, and from 7 to 11 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 30. Tickets are $5 and are available at www.hillcrestarts.com or (805) 381-1246.