2013-01-02 E-Edition

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A swingin’ New Year

Freeman elected to CSDA

Elaine Freeman, a board member of the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, has been elected to the California Special Districts Association’s 18-member board of directors. She is one of three directors representing CSDA region five, an area that covers Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. Freeman was elected to a three-year term, which ends in 2015, […]

Students are invited to enter art competition

Students from the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas are invited to submit original art for the “Hang With the Best” juried student show sponsored by the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley. The show will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 11 through Feb. 7 at The Galleria at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. […]

The quacksalver’s tall tale


The wonderful real estate agent who found my home for me was uncommonly blunt—and a creative thinker. “Honey, there seems to be a . . . watery ditch of some sort running through your backyard. You’re a gardener, right? How about trying some . . . aquatic plants?” Part of my new backyard turned out to be the wall of […]

Calendar changes, and so does the law

Good Samaritans can report drug overdoses without fear of repercussion

The new year brings new laws, everything from how we should refer to people with disabilities to what the legal limitations are in using social media. Under one new law, use of a cellphone while driving becomes easier, not harder. Gov. Jerry Brown signed 876 state bills into law during 2012. Most went into effect on Jan. 1. The new […]

Bowman’s service recognized

Local club declares War

CONCERT REVIEW / Lonnie Jordan rocks the house

Following its roots as the backup band for Eric Burdon in 1969, War has become rock’s ultimate hyphenated band. Impossible to pigeonhole, the group was music’s original fusion band, incorporating elements of funk, jazz, reggae, soul, disco and blues. Although War has seen more than two dozen musicians pass through its ranks over the past five decades, its common theme […]

Pet of the Week

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