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Amgen slashes U.S. workforce



The pandemic is taking a toll on Ventura County’s largest private employer. Biotech giant Amgen will lay off around 530 employees from its U.S. workforce by April 2, including 100 or so who work out of the company’s headquarters in Newbury Park, according to a Jan. 28 letter sent to the City of Thousand Oaks. The job cuts are primarily […]

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Experts to discuss local economics

The venture capitalist behind a plan to bring millions in biotech investment to the Conejo Valley will be the keynote speaker at Thousand Oaks Rotary’s annual Economic Outlook Forecast from 8 to 10 a.m. Fri, Feb. 19. The program is online this year. Beth Seidenberg is the founding director of Westlake Village BioPartners. Joining her during the webinar are Matthew […]

Longtime Conejo Valley slumlord hit with $1M in fines



The former owner of a notorious Thousand Oaks apartment complex has been hit with a big fine for refusing to address years of code complaints from city and county officials. Ashok Sharma, the longtime owner of 850 Warwick Avenue Apartments LLC, was ordered last month to pay $1 million in civil penalties due to substandard conditions residents of the apartments […]

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No clear answers from SCE



Time will tell if their complaints will be acted upon, but Southern California Edison customers at least had the chance last week to publicly vent about the recurring power shut-offs that have left many of them in the dark for hours on end in recent months. During a marathon 4½-hour meeting Jan. 26 hosted virtually by the California Public Utilities […]

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FOUR RINGS PERFORMANCE

One might say that Brian May has stepped on the gas and is headed down the road to success. The family man with two young daughters, ages 3 and 5, plus their “gigantic bulldog.” May, 35, is the proud owner of Four Rings Performance, a new automotive repair shop in Agoura Hills that specializes in modern Audi and Volkswagen vehicles. […]

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Author flush with ideas about simple toilet care

COMMENTARY /// Home repair during pandemic


With more people working from home and school being taught online, residential toilets are getting a workout. For many users, more water means more hard water deposits. Worse, cleaning schedules may not be keeping up. Many people fortunate enough to employ professional cleaners prior to the pandemic no longer have these helpers coming into the home. Meanwhile, a build-up of […]

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