August 10, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Looming liability: Pension costs remain long-term challenge for T.O.

SPECIAL REPORT

By 2023, if projections hold true, pensions alone will represent nearly 17 percent of the total cost of salaries and benefits for the City of Thousand Oaks. More...

Health & Wellness

Discover dramatic rock formations in Sandstone Hills

ACORN SERIES /// The Trail Less Traveled

Some hikes are about the journey. But the hike to Simi Cave on Sandstone Hills Trail is all about the destination. More...

Supporting a grieving parent

Last week I asked my mother if there was something she thought I should write about in my column. More...

Memory event coming up

Senior Concerns will offer its second quarterly Memory Cafe from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Aug. 26 at Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. Atria Hillcrest will provide lunch.  More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., AUG. 10 ‘Little Black Dress’ More...

Schools

Yoga, goats, pajamas add up to unique fundraiser

The Westlake High School Dance Team will host a series of yoga classes featuring baby goats wearing pajamas.  The classes are open to the community and are fundraisers for the team.  The sessions will run from 5 to 6 p.m. or 6 to 7 p.m. More...

T.O an official ‘Bee City’ after efforts by Bridges school student

As 8-year-old Aidan Del Bosque sits down to breakfast, he scans the food on his plate: waffles, mixed fruit and orange juice. Most of his meal was produced with the help of bees, a species at increased risk from habitat loss and pesticides.  More...

Business

City Hall awaiting application from aquarium developers

‘This is happening,’ company rep says

Planet Aqua Group, the Shreveport, La.-based firm that intends to open an aquarium at Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks, says it’s moving full steam ahead. More...

Graphics company honored by City of WLV, Chamber

Owner a 30-year industry veteran

Candu Graphics was named Business of the Quarter (spring 2017) for the City of Westlake Village.  The city and the Greater Conejo Chamber of Commerce presented the award earlier this summer.  Business owners Mike and Cindy Dutra, along with More...

Police

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Newbury Park  July 27  Someone broke into a car in the 1100 block of Ramona Drive.  A grand theft was reported in the 2700 block of Teller Road.  July 28   More...

Obituaries

Ellen Pahn

It is with sorrow we announce that Ellen Pahn, long time resident in the Conejo Valley, passed away on June 16, 2017. She was 96 years old and a native of Estonia. More...

Family

Fundraising goes to new heights

Donors rappel off six-story building

While some charities go to great lengths in their fundraising efforts, Make-A-Wish has gone to great heights. More...

Son’s tennis lesson is too hot to handle

Our 14-year-old son says tennis and ice cream go together.  I’ve heard of baseball and beer and I’ve heard of football and beer. Then there’s basketball and, well, beer. But tennis and ice cream?  More...

Editorials

Video reveals an ugly side of the bubble

EDITORIAL

A 38-second video showing a group of raucous white Thousand Oaks teens disparaging black people and using the N-word repeatedly while they listen to music in the back seat of a car is making the rounds on social media. More...

Summer storm a visual delight

COLORFUL SKIES—Above, Westlake Village resident Vicky Peterson and her dog, Nanook of the West, watch the sunset Aug. 1 from Berniece Bennett Park. More...

Puma spotted poolside makes rare crossing

Big cat survives trek over 101, 118

P-55, the mountain lion that made a big splash at a Newbury Park hot tub two weeks ago, successfully crossed three freeways and is now roaming the Santa Susana Mountains outside Simi Valley, the National Park Service said this week. More...

Community

Burglar’s undoing? Failure to flush, police department says

No. 2 made man TOPD’s No. 1 suspect

In the last two weeks, the Thousand Oaks Police Department has arrested two men on suspicion of two separate home burglaries based on items left at the scene. In one case, the suspect left a personal pharmacy receipt. More...

Gas station sweep reveals no skimmers

An Aug. 1 sweep of 29 gas stations in Thousand Oaks revealed no skimming devices, police said. More...

Hot days a danger to dogs on trails

Park service issues warning after two canine deaths

Two dogs died of overheating on trails near Sandstone Peak in a single weekend in July.  As a result, officials with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area are trying to get the word out about the dangers of taking along a canine co More...

On the Town

You’ll have the time of your life

Tribute bands salute music of Green Day, Blink-182 at free show

The Conejo Recreation and Park District’s free Summer Concerts in the Park series continues with two punk-rock tribute bands from 5 to 7 p.m. Sun., Aug. More...

Kansas carries on with ‘Leftoverture’ tour

Members of the rock band Kansas aren’t laying their weary heads to rest. They’re hitting the road hard to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their seminal “Leftoverture” album, which featured the No. More...

Through thick and thin at Numero Uno

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT

More than 40 years after it began serving excellent Chicagostyle deep-dish pizzas, the Numero Uno chain is still living up to its name.  More...

Sports

A dream and a golden voice

Hall of Fame announcer and Acorn sports writer connect over Ecuador & baseball

BASEBALL /// Los Angeles Dodgers   My grandmother, Patricia Encalada, isn’t the biggest Los Angeles Dodgers fan.  But it wasn’t uncommon for her in the 1980s to turn the TV channel to the ball game after a long day of hand-paint More...

Swimmer rakes in medals at JCC Maccabi Games

GOLD SOUNDS—Connor Friedman, an incoming freshman at Thousand Oaks High, represented Team Los Angeles at the JCC Maccabi Games this summer in Birmingham, Ala. More...

Softball star’s song of fire and ice

Kandi Kuder, who lost her mom to cancer, is now a firefighter in Florida

Firefighters live to protect citizens. They dream of the day they get to battle their first fire. Kandi Kuder, a 2011 Thousand Oaks High graduate and former Lancer softball standout, won’t ever forget her first twoalarm rager. More...

Faith

Former school leader remembered

Nun was longtime head of La Reina HS

For 56 years, Sister Mary La Reina Kelly was a nun like no other.  An avid boxer, she also took home the crown in her convent’s hula-hoop competition and could often be found cheering wildly on the sidelines of high school sporting events. More...

BRIEFS

Religious School registration open Temple Adat Elohim’s Religious School has opened registration for the 2017-18 school year, which will feature a new one-daya week program. Fourth- through sixth-graders will attend either Sundays from 9 a.m. More...

Ride On to cut ribbon on new arena

Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship will hold a free open house and ribbon-cutting from 5 to 8 p.m. Wed., Aug. More...

Letters

People who want things should work for them

Every time I read something in the Acorn about “affordable housing” I try to ignore it. However, the Aug. 3 editorial has at last forced me to speak my mind. And I wonder if anyone else can relate to what I’m going to write.  More...

When it comes to housing, let free market reign

Are you kidding? Redirect public tax dollars away from parks to subsidize a few tracts of affordable housing (Editorial, Aug. More...

Prioritize the needs of those with least

Do we have affordable housing and overpopulation problems?  If we do, whose bank accounts are swelling because of these problems?  As we seek solutions, may we make our highest priorities the needs of those with the least. More...