2012-07-19

Sweating it out at Rec Center



Misusing taxpayer funds



I was reading The Acorn paper and was aghast to see city manager Greg Ramirez about to receive a pay raise to $201,362. I feel that he should have been fired after his misuse of a municipal employee for his landscaping— instead he receives a pay raise? Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has an annual salary of $232,426 with the responsibility of […]

Treasure hunt



Prescott steps down from Hospice position

. After 22 years of service she will continue to volunteer

Maria Prescott will step down as executive director of Hospice of the Conejo effective Sept. 7. Prescott has been a supporter of the organization for 22 years. She served 12 years on the board of directors and was named director emeritus in 1997. In 2005 she became executive director, managing hospice’s work in the community and overseeing the professional staff […]

Schools deserve more support



While cleaning out files I ran across my 2003 tax bill from Ramsey, New Jersey, which lists $7,084 in local school taxes— this before we passed a huge bond to rebuild and refurbish our schools. Ramsey is a comparable town to Oak Park in many respects. A big difference is Ramsey spent $13,500 per student in ‘03 versus $4,500 per […]

Family Men



The most nerve-wracking show on earth It was my idea to go to the circus—“The Greatest Show on Earth.” Every kid should go to the circus at least once. I went when I was a kid. It was my son’s 9th birthday and I thought he should go before his age hit double digits. Okay, so I wanted to go […]

Prostate cancer support group



Us Too, Man 2 Man is a prostate cancer education and support group that meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Goebel Senior Adult Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Participants can share their experiences with others and learn from those who have “been there, done that.” Meetings are free […]

Oak Park district not playing fair



I have a new neighbor who just moved in. She was told her fifth-grader could attend Red Oak Elementary but there was no room for her kindergartner. One of the main reasons she moved into Oak Park was because of our good schools. She will pay very high property taxes due to all the school bonds in Oak Park— out- […]

‘Tis the season for blue whale sightings




Blue whale season in California is underway. Whether you’ve never been aboard a whale watching vessel, or have spotted almost every cetacean species that makes its way through our waters, don’t miss this year’s opportunity to see the largest animal to ever inhabit the Earth. Blue whales, once near extinction, have rebounded in numbers, thanks to strict international regulations on […]

‘Rapturous rendition’ of classic tale

Play review “Peter Pan”


When Jackie Nicole dons her green tunic to play Peter Pan, she finds herself the latest in a long line of performers to play the role since “Peter Pan” made its debut as a stageplay more than a century ago. James Barrie’s 1904 tale about the boy from Neverland who refuses to grow up was the subject of three prior […]


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