Commercial real estate follows housing market’s downward slide

Vacancies on the increase

Commercial properties used to be a safe haven for real estate investors as the housing market declined. Not anymore. Ventura County’s office and industrial vacancy rates continued their disappointing rise in the third quarter, according to figures released last week by the commercial real estate brokerage firm CB Richard Ellis. The county’s retail vacancies jumped to 4.8 percent, up from […]

Students show off talent

The Reyes Adobe Days Art Gallery grew by leaps and bounds this year with a slew of works on display including paintings, jewelry, pottery and photographs. Student artists were exhibited for the first time and made a favorable impression on the guests, said Randee Paller, a member of the Art Gallery committee. Photographer and didgeridoo player William Thoren, 20, performed […]

It’s a fact — Lindero Canyon student reporter likes her new job

Sixth-grader joins staff of national publication

Charlotte Laurence looked like any other sixthgrade student when she walked into the classroom, except for the identification she wore. It was an ID badge that said she was a member of the media who carried all the “rights and privileges of the working press.” Charlotte, who attends Lindero Canyon Middle School in Agoura Hills, is a student reporter on […]

Last week’s top performers

Kevin Hansen, WR, Agoura: The senior wideout had 11 receptions for 151 yards and a score during the Chargers’ thrilling 23-22 victory over Westlake. Steve Hagy, WR, Westlake: In defeat, Hagy hauled in six catches for 144 yards and a TD. Kyle Andrus, QB, Oak Park: Andrus guided the Eagles to three fourthquarter scoring drives during a 28-20 come-from-behind victory […]

Gnome sweet gnome

I had to have a garden gnome. My wife asked why I had the sudden urge to decorate the garden, and why a gnome. “I just saw the little guy at the store and thought he’d look fabulous in our garden,” I said. “How can you not have a gnome in the garden?” “Don’t you think a garden gnome is […]

A good year for acorns

I woke up this morning with the cognizance that my summer blankets were no longer keeping me warm. The calendar confirmed my suspicion that fall is upon us. With the equinox, it is not only the calendar that indicates autumn. Light breaks the morning later and later. The cool crisp air of dawn and dusk shimmers as if diffused through […]

School voyeuer to be sentenced

Nearly six months after he was arrested, the man accused of secretly videotaping female students in an Oaks Christian School locker room is scheduled to be sentenced in a Van Nuys court. Shiara Davila, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, said the prosecution expects that Hilario Hernandez Medina will be sentenced Oct. 17 to three years in […]

Breast cancer looks for a Cure in the Canyons

The second annual Cure in the Canyons breast cancer awareness and fundraiser event came to the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village last Sunday—along with more than 600 enthusiastic supporters. The Four Seasons rose garden was filled with colorful centerpieces and cool white cabanas containing a variety of health and beauty vendors who offered free products and treatments that included […]

White Oak family night brings science to life

White Oak Elementary School families recently got a taste—and smell and touch—of what the Discovery Center, a science and technology education “museum without walls,” has in store for the future. The center hosts family nights every month in school districts throughout the Conejo Valley, Moorpark, Simi Valley and Camarillo, said Dr. Linda Organ, one of the center’s founders and the […]

The Play, The Fumble, and now . . . The Bounce

Agoura football team finally catches a break against Westlake, but did the Warriors get robbed?

See, folks, sometimes dreams do come true. Before last weekend’s football game between Agoura and Westlake high schools at AHS, Charger senior lineman D.J. Bancroft dreamt that his squad would win in dramatic fashion, that Westlake, which had beaten Agoura every year since 1996, would miss a game-winning kick. And so it was, exactly as Bancroft drew it up in […]

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