Strong unemployment number due partly to smaller work force

County jobless rate at 3.9 percent

The California Labor Market Information Division recently released its August 2018 report— showing no change in the Ventura County unemployment rate at 3.9 percent, but giving evidence of the strongest job creation across multiple industry sectors in several months. Statewide unemployment held steady at 4.2 per cent. A gain of 2,500 private sector non-farm jobs in Ventura County is the […]

Brush up due for taxpayers who have children

New law changes filing credit for kids

The Internal Revenue Service urges taxpayers with children and other dependents to use the Withholding Calculator at irs. gov to do a “paycheck checkup.” Changes made by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will affect 2018 returns that taxpayers will file in 2019. The law expanded and made significant changes to the child tax credit. It also suspended the […]



Answers provided by Nora Itani, community branch manager for Premier’s Thousand Oaks location. Q: How long has your branch been in the community? A:This branch has been in the Conejo Valley since 2001—17 years! Q: How many employees do you have at your branch? A: Currently five with two openings. We are actively hiring throughout the company. Visit to […]


Good money habits can pay big dividends for single women

COMMENTARY/// Personal finance

If you’re a single woman, most of your financial challenges and aspirations may resemble those of single men. Men and women face the same economic stress factors of modern life, and both groups have similar financial goals, including the ability to retire comfortably. But women still face specific obstacles. You need to be aware of these challenges—and do everything you […]

New CB office to open

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage invites the community to celebrate the grand opening of its new Calabasas office at 23647 Calabasas Road from 6 to 8 p.m. Thus., Oct. 18. At the grand opening event, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Guests also will be entered into an opportunity drawing to win one of three gift cards to the Apple […]


Trader Joe’s in Calabasas

National chain opens 180th store in California

At his State of the City Address on Sept. 20, Calabasas Mayor Fred Gaines reviewed the city’s past year and spoke about the many businesses that had come to the city since January. What really caught the crowd’s attention is when Gaines announced that the grocery chain Trader Joe’s will be opening soon in the city. “We’re cutting the ribbon […]


Home cooking

COME ON IN—Vintage Grocers follows up its Malibu and Westlake locations with the Sept. 22 opening of its newest store at Palisades Village in Pacific Palisades. Like the Westlake Promenade, Palisades is a Rick Caruso development. The high-end neighborhood center opened to the public last weekend. Vintage Grocers came to the Conejo Valley in 2017. Owner Paige Laurie started her […]

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