Campaign spending totals $100,000 with month to go

Jacqui Irwin leads way with $50,000 raised

With more than $48,000 in contributions—$30,000 more than her nearest competitor—incumbent Jacqui Irwin has staked herself to a large fundraising lead in the race for Thousand Oaks City Council, according to campaign finance disclosures released last week. Candidates who’ve raised $500 or more were required by law to submit a financial disclosure last Friday covering the period between July 1 […]

Goal in mind

Fight over tax hike initiative looms large for schools

PROP. 30

Voters statewide are being asked to support Proposition 30—the proposal for a temporary sales and income tax increase that proponents say will save California public schools from draconian cuts. Opponents contend the initiative won’t fix the public education system and will leave California with the highest sales tax in the nation. In Conejo Valley Unified School District, the passage or […]

Some blame smart meters for higher bills

Susan Losonci had never paid more than $125 a month for electricity since she moved into her Colodny Drive condo six years ago. But after Southern California Edison installed a new smart meter for her home on Aug. 1, the Agoura Hills woman said her utility bill suddenly tripled. “There is something wrong. I have not used more electricity and […]

Fatal crash victim, 24, was training to become a firefighter

Conejo Valley High grad died in Oct. 2 motorcycle accident

Returning home from battling the 90-acre Getty Fire last month, Ryan Kirby was exhausted and covered in ash—but beaming at the same time. “He was so excited that he got to fight his first fire,” said his mother, Debbie Kirby. “It was just an amazing experience for him.” Sadly, the young man’s first fire fight was also his last. Ryan […]

Why breast cancer awareness month is so important

An estimated 23,300 new cases of breast cancer and 4,330 deaths from the disease are expected to occur among California women this year. Fortunately, the American Cancer Society and the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara offer continuous support to patients and their loved ones. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month to remind women about the importance of breast health. Breast […]

Political Cartoon


Last week’s page 3 story, “Pedestrian killed in T.O.,” contained a few errors. First, there is no traffic signal at Erbes Road and Monte Vista Drive. Second, the driver who struck the 80-year-old man was traveling south on Erbes and making a left turn onto Monte Vista at the time of the accident. Lastly, the city is not trying to […]

Freeway paving not finished

What happened to the 101 Freeway resurfacing job that Caltrans was to complete this year? The only section completed is from Westlake Boulevard to the Los Angeles County line. Is it because that is where the money is? The rest of the 101 down to Ventura is still rough and in need of a major face-lift. Did Caltrans run out […]

Prop. 30 will help school budgets

Public schools have been hit hard in the last decade, and it’s only getting worse. Schools have endured cuts of more than $20 billion in the last four years alone. Proposition 30 can help change the downward spiral of public education financing by pumping $30 billion into local classrooms in just the next year. As a member of the California […]