2008-04-03

Writers, actors and directors discuss method of success



JOANN GROFF/Acorn Newspapers ACTING OUT–The producers and cast of the film "True Love" answer audience questions during a Method Fest screening Monday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s Louis B. Mayer Theater. Now in its fourth year in Calabasas, Method Fest is the only U.S. film festival to put the art of acting in the spotlight. The weeklong festival […]

Las Virgenes school reserves might be too low

Budget crisis raises red flag

By Stephanie Bertholdo  bertholdo@theacorn.com For the second time since Assembly Bill 1200 passed in 1991, the Las Virgenes Unified School District will file a "qualified" interim budget with state officials, a plan that explains why the district has had to dip into its financial reserves. The Assembly bill was enacted to ensure that California school districts are adequately prepared to […]

WAGS softball league hits full stride



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers LOOK OUT–Steve Malouf, coach of the Westlake-Agoura Girls Softball Association team "Royal Pain," tries to put the tag on 10-year-old Sami Siteman during a practice at Agoura High School last weekend. The WAGS season lasts until May.

Save water, shower with your plants

Woman describes unique ways to conserve

By Stephanie Bertholdo  bertholdo@theacorn.com Rosi Dagit Saving water is a passionate pursuit for some people. Rosi Dagit, a senior conservation biologist for the Santa Monica Mountains’ Resource Conservation District, is trying to educate the public about the many different ways to save the precious commodity. Even to the extreme. In the inhospitable Antarctic, Dagit said, three scientists experimented with unique […]

Agoura High auto class hits the road



Agoura High School students John “JD” Theodosiou and Brandon Patterson and their auto class teacher John Andersen may not have taken first place in the 2008 National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City, but the three still felt like winners. The competition was held at the Javits Center on March 25 and 26. The boys qualified for the competition […]

County transportation chief says sales tax may help relieve traffic



The head of the county’s transportation agency said last week that an additional half-cent sales tax in Ventura County could ease traffic-clogged freeways and get commuters home earlier. Darren Kettle, executive director of the Ventura County Transportation Commission, told business and government leaders at the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce that the sales tax could generate as much as $60 million […]

Bad check writing alleged



Oxnard resident Scott B. Whitenack, 49, an attorney who practiced law in Westlake village, has been charged with one misdemeanor count of writing and passing checks with nonsufficient funds. Whitenack wrote and passed three checks totaling $340 with insufficient funds in his business checking account between July 29, 2007 and Sept. 9, 2007. He was an active member of the […]

Football booster club treasurer is arrested for embezzlement

He allegedly stole more than $30,000

The man who served as Thousand Oaks High School Football Booster Club treasurer for more than 2½ years has been arrested for allegedly embezzling the money he volunteered to help keep an eye on. Michael McCarley, 59, turned himself in to the Thousand Oaks Sheriff’s Station March 12. Shortly thereafter he was arrested on suspicion of grand theft, having allegedly […]

Workshop will help homeless



Representatives from the Conejo Affordable Housing Workgroup are asking those interested in fighting homelessness in the area to attend a series of meetings to discuss strategies. Subcommittee meetings will be held at Thousand Oaks City Hall at 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. in the Acorn Room, and will take place the first Wednesday of every month. The Transitional Housing/Shelter Beds Subcommittee […]

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