2021-01-07 E-Edition

City, Caruso may revisit lease deal at The Lakes

Retail mogul wants to add apartments next to Civic Arts Plaza

The City of Thousand Oaks and Rick Caruso could be headed back to the bargaining table to discuss The Lakes. Sixteen years after signing a 55-year deal that has resulted in him not paying a dollar in rent to operate the shopping center on publicly owned land next to the Civic Arts Plaza, the billionaire retail mogul has indicated he’s […]

Fatal wreck on 101 went unreported

Vehicle obscured by bushes after flying off off-ramp

A 53-year-old man was killed Monday in a crash on the 101 Freeway in Newbury Park that went unreported for hours. The California Highway Patrol believes Erik Lopez of Ventura lost control of his Chevy pickup in the early morning hours of Jan. 4. Officials said he was coming off the northbound freeway when his truck went off the Borchard […]

Adam, McNamee to make planning commission picks

City advertises vacancies; applications due Feb. 3

Councilmembers Al Adam and Kevin McNamee have a decision to make. Fresh off their victories in the fall election, the pair will decide in February who will serve at their behest on the Thousand Oaks Planning Commission, a five-person board that decides land-use debates, special permit requests and development applications throughout the city. They also make recommendations to the City […]

Meetings will examine unmet transit needs


The Ventura County Transportation Commission invites the public to attend the following online Unmet Transit Needs community gatherings to let local government leaders hear ideas about how to improve county bus service. Community meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Wed., Jan. 13 and at noon Thurs., Jan. 21; and a public hearing will take place at 9 a.m. Fri. […]

Sheriff’s office issues statement on ‘First Amendment auditors’

A man caused quite a stir at a Camarillo restaurant in early October when he walked past diners and began filming them as they sat outdoors and ate on the patio. After employees and customers began asking him what he was doing, he told them it was his right to film them. As he stood on the sidewalk holding his […]

Situation at Los Robles worsens

420 hospitalized with COVID countywide, or about 44% of all overnight admissions

Los Robles Regional Medical Center confirmed this week that a refrigerated truck had arrived at the medical center on Janss Road to house overflow from its in-house morgue, which stores bodies until families can make arrangements to have them picked up by a mortuary. Officials stressed on Wednesday that the trailer was a precautionary measure only. On Jan. 4, public […]

The kids are back


New council member hit with FPPC complaint

Opponent accuses McNamee of failing to report expenditures

Former Thousand Oaks City Councilmember Joel Price has logged a complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Commission alleging campaign misconduct by Kevin McNamee, who defeated Price by 79 votes in the fall election. According to Price’s complaint, McNamee, among other things, failed to report thousands of dollars in campaign spending, including $6,700 worth of advertising in the Acorn, an […]

County says it’s provided 13,000 vaccines in 3 weeks


Nearly 13,000 of the 24,000 round-one doses of COVID-19 vaccine that Ventura County had received as of Tuesday  have been injected, Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin said. Speaking at a county Board of Supervisors’ meeting Jan. 6, Levin said all workers in the county’s eight hospitals who wanted the vaccine have received the first of the two doses. He […]