Council approves Oaks’ recreation area

Following through on a proposal first made three years ago to convert a classroom and office building into student housing, officials at Oaks Christian High School are set to proceed with a recreational open space next to the multistory complex on Cedar Valley Drive in Westlake Village that rivals what one might find at a finer hotel. In addition to […]

Teen follows dad to Northridge

Dylan Goosen planned to attend Thousand Oaks High. Those plans changed. Dylan, a 15-year-old Calabasas resident, has landed as a freshman point guard for the Northridge Academy’s boys’ basketball team. In the offseason, he played in multiple summer league games for Thousand Oaks while his dad coached the T.O. girls’ squad. When his father, Dave Goosen, accepted the head coaching […]

Reagan Foundation offers scholarships

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute will award college scholarships to area high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, character, communication skills, academic achievement and commitment. The foundation’s Scholars Program has awarded nearly $800,000 to more than 200 students since 2000. Scholarships may be used for on-campus room and board, tuition and books at the student’s selected college. […]

Fire scare at Willow Elementary

Heavy rains following a long dry spell can trigger fire alarms, cause wires to spark and heaters that have been off to malfunction when they kick on—and that means a visit by firefighters. The latter was the case Dec. 13 at Willow Elementary School in Agoura Hills. A heater that had been idle for some time clicked on during heavy […]

Westlake resident and CSUCI prof named Educator of the Year

‘passionate’ teacher, supporters say

Westlake Village resident Maria Ballesteros-Sola, assistant professor of management at Cal State Channel Islands, earned Educator of the Year honors from the Western Ventura County Business Alliance during the City of Camarillo’s 54th annual Top 10 Community Awards. At the Nov. 5 awards gala, students, faculty, administrators, and community partners described the 51-year-old Ballesteros-Sola as an innovative, dedicated, and passionate […]

A blizzard of books

Yerba Buena Elementary School families collected over 400 gently used and new books for a local chapter of Access Books (, a California-based nonprofit that has provided libraries on school campuses in underprivileged communities of L.A. County. The donated books will be used to build elementary school classroom libraries in an underprivileged area of San Pedro. Holding some of the […]

Taking fall 2022 applications

Applications for admission to the fall 2022 semester are being accepted for first-year and transfer students interested in attending Cal State Channel Islands in Camarillo. Students can apply through Wed., Dec. 15. Prospective students interested in programs that have an admission limit such as nursing and mechatronics engineering should apply by Tues., Nov. 30. The application fee is $70 per […]

Calabasas student sets up safety town hall

Lila Guillory, a 12-year Ambassador Girl Scout and junior at Calabasas High School, is working on her Scout Gold Award and has created a virtual town hall meeting about wildfire prevention and safety as part of her project. Lila partnered with the City of Calabasas, American Red Cross and Los Angeles County Fire Department for the 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. […]

YMCA hosting T-Day camps

The three branches of the Southeast Ventura County YMCA will host camps during the Thanksgiving school break, Mon. to Wed., Nov. 22 through 24. Camps will include STEAM learning, group games, sports, and arts and crafts. Yarrow Family YMCA camps will be held at Sumac and Yerba Buena elementary schools. The Conejo Valley Y will host its camp at Peach […]

Diverse student population not reflected in CSUCI faculty

Cal State Channel Islands continues its efforts to promote diversity on campus and help Latinx students succeed, even as the percentage of Latinx faculty lags far behind students. The latest statistics provided by the Camarillo university show 57% of students are Latinx and 24% are white. Those numbers are nearly flipped for faculty, which is 64% white and 18% Latinx. […]

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