State releases report on work deaths

Work- related incidents killed 376 workers in California in 2017, the same number as in 2016, the state’s Department of Industrial Relations, announced. The agency, which tracks and investigates work-related deaths, released its annual report on fatal occupational injuries Dec. 18. Figures from 2017 are the latest numbers available, the department said in a news release. California workers in the […]


IRS issues mileage rates

COMMENTARY /// Tax talk

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued its 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning Jan. 1, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car—also vans, pickups or panel trucks—will be 58 cents per mile for business use, up 3.5 cents from the […]

Skateboard museum opens in Simi

Skate lessons also available at new facility

Former Skatelab co-owner Todd Huber is keeping skateboarding alive in the East County with a new skateboarding museum and skate school at the Simi Valley Town Center. Huber founded the nonprofit Skateboarding Hall of Fame in 2009 and owns one of the largest skateboarding memorabilia collections in the world, which is on full display at its new location. The space […]



Answers provided by Jim Allen, the founder and proprietor of Allen Motors. Allen is a 25-year resident of Thousand Oaks. Q: When was your business founded? How many locations do you have? How many people do you employ? A: Allen Motors opened in 1993.The company has one location and currently employs around eight staff members. Q: What inspired you to […]

Takeda takes over Shire

Takeda Pharmaceutical (NYSE:TAK) recently announced the acquisition of Irish drug maker Shire in a reported $56-billion deal expected to close later this year. Shire, a global biotech firm with a focus on curing rare diseases, maintains branch offices on Baxter Way in Westlake Village and on Lawrence Drive and Rancho Conejo Boulevard in Newbury Park. Takeda’s research and development efforts […]


Westlake Village Inn plays gracious host

After 50 years doing business in the Conejo Valley, the proprietors of Westlake Village Inn didn’t think twice about stepping in to help in the wake of November’s mass shooting and wildfires. The inn was among several local businesses that helped contribute to the success of the Jan. 12 and 13 benefit concerts at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza by […]

NAWBO has eyes on productive futures


NAWBO Ventura County is launching an educational pilot program in this month to assist women in business with setting their 2019 goals. Open to the public, Create Your Future: Vision Board Playshop is a half-day workshop cohosted by NAWBO VC and Life Path by Design founder Linda Drevenstedt. The program will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Sat., Jan. 26 […]

In the giving spirit

CHILD’S PLAY—Members and staff of the Conejo Simi Moorpark Association of Realtors display some of the toys collected during its annual toy drive last month. From left: Laura Sager, Debbie Lee, Debbie Hake, toy drive chair Kayla Schafer, Camille Marsh and Dori Mittner.

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