Taming the drought

Residents urged to follow strictest set of mandates

Although her lawn is already crispy, crunchy and brown, Margie York came to the Defeat the Drought event at the Civic Arts Plaza Saturday to learn about more ways to conserve water. “I’m learning what else I can do besides keeping the faucet off,” the Thousand Oaks resident said. “Now I just need a workshop to tell me what I […]

City sells apartment complex to Many Mansions

New owner plans renovations

The city has agreed to sell a low-income apartment complex in Thousand Oaks to local nonprofit Many Mansions for its appraised value of $6.25 million. According to the deal, which was unanimously approved by the City Council on June 23, the city will receive a down payment of about $279,000 and loan Many Mansions the balance of the sale price […]

Conejo Valley Days breaks even this year

Event took in about $200,000

When Conejo Valley Days returns next year it will be doing so with balanced books. For the first time in years, the annual celebration of the area’s Old West roots broke even this spring. When owner Frank Akrey purchased the Conejo Valley Days brand and event in 2012, it was operating in the hole to the tune of about $90,000, […]

Suspected wallet snatcher nabbed

A Ventura County transient was arrested June 24 on suspicion of theft and fraud after the Thousand Oaks Police Department received a record number of calls in response to a video they released two days earlier. A woman’s wallet was stolen June 10 from her car at a local gas station. Almost two weeks later, police released surveillance video showing […]

Grants help pay for roadwork

Funds will cover unanticipated changes

The city has received almost $3 million in grants to help pay for future street maintenance and two nearly completed capital projects. Cliff Finley, the city’s deputy public works director, announced the grants for improvements to Erbes Road and to the 101 Freeway- Wendy Drive interchange at a capital facilities committee meeting June 23. Of the total $2.7 million in […]

101’s Westlake Boulevard on-ramp reopens

The southbound 101 Freeway’s Westlake Boulevard on-ramp has reopened after a monthlong closure in conjunction with the expansion of the 101-23 interchange in Thousand Oaks. The ramp, which reopened June 30, was realigned to accommodate the wider freeway, said Lauren Wonder, Caltrans chief of media relations and public affairs. The two-year, $40-million freeway expansion effort aims to ease congestion by […]

Structure fire leads to drug-related arrests

The breakout of a fire in Newbury Park last week has lead to two narcotics-related arrests. Jared Sullada, 25, of Moorpark and Jason Mulhall, 33, of Westlake were arrested on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana and manufacturing concentrated cannabis. The fire, which was reported shortly after 6 p.m., occurred in a two-story concrete industrialtype building in the 800 block of […]

Medical examiner placed on leave due to D.A.’s investigation

It remains unclear why Jon Smith, the county medical examiner for three years, is being investigated by the Ventura County district attorney’s office and Health Care Agency. Barry Fisher, the director of the county healthcare agency, placed the Ojai resident on administrative leave June 23 after learning of the investigation by the district attorney. A medical examiner investigation specialist has […]

Summertime jobs are hot this year

School’s out and many high school and college students will be—or have been—searching for a summer job. There’s good news for those teens hoping to earn a few extra bucks during the break. Due to the improving economy, it’s expected that about 35 percent of businesses will hire seasonal workers, according to a recent report issued by the employment website […]

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