Business owner stole his employees’ retirement

Michael Joseph Pearns, 58formerly of Agoura Hills, has been found guilty of stealing more than $97,000 from his former employees and business partners, the Ventura County DistricAttorney’s office says. From 1995 to 2000, Pearns and two business partners ran MJP Financial, also known as Mountain View Financial, a reaestate loan firm in Westlake Village. While the firm was in business, […]

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Los Robles Master Chorale to perform at Bowl service

The 88th annual multidenominational Hollywood Bowl Easter Sunrise Service will take place from 5:30 to 7 a.m. Sun., April 12 in Hollywood. Lesley Leighton, artistic director of the Los Robles Master Chorale, will lead the 240-voice choir. Singers from the chorale will join the combined choir, which will comprise members from church and community choirs from the greater Los Angeles […]

Contemplating the meaning of life

I have pondered for some time regarding the meaning of human existence. It is in our nature to take solace in proving our worth. And so through careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that in order to live, one must have a purpose. Some live for pride. These are the people whose lives are devoted to beating others. […]

Wear a seatbelt or face penalties

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will increase its effort to enforce California’s seatbelt laws through May. The effort is part of the department’s ongoing Click It or Ticket campaign to help California achieve 100 percent seat belt use. Deputies will be on the lookout for adults not using seatbelts and also teens and children who are not properly restrained. […]


  THURS., APR. 2 Business & Professional Women’s Club Meets at Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village, in lower lounge near bar. Set Wagerman, PhD, psychology professor, speaks on "Accuracy in personality judgment." Men, women welcome. Phone: 805.526.5587 Contact: Mary Lou Wetter Time: 7:00 p.m. Date: 4/2/2009 Democratic Club of Camarillo Meets at Orchid Building, 816 Camarillo […]

Calling all Yerba Buena alumni

Yerba Buena Elementary School in Agoura Hills is preparing for its 40th anniversary. A Facebook page has been set up for alumni to share messages and photos and keep informed of the week-long celebration, which will culminate in a family festival and movie night on May 30. An online and silent auction will benefit arts, music, reading, computer and physical […]

Documentary tells story of Uganda’s lost children

The national organization Invisible Children will present their newest documentary, “The Rescue” at 6 p.m. Sat., April 18 at Gateway Church, 29646 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. The film tells the real-life story of the plight of thousands of children in northern Uganda and The Democratic Republic of Congo. The youngsters, some as young as 6 years old, have been abducted, […]

‘Pillars’ of the community lost

The Thousand OaksWestlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Conejo Valley recently lost three pillars of the community with the passings of Syd Hamilton, John Woodward and John Crossan. These gentlemen were longtime members of our Chamber, members of the elected board of directors and in John Crossan’s case, a former chairman of the noard. They each lived successful, […]