2013-04-25 E-Edition

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School reform must be a priority

In times of economic distress, companies are quick to innovate and embrace reform so that they can remain competitive. But the same can’t be said for our public school system. Instead, mediocrity is entrenched, decade upon decade, and our kids are the ones who are being left behind. To be sure, there are plenty of critics who say “self-styled reformers” […]

Sowing the seeds of hope

Small loans allow impoverished women to start businesses

Since receiving her first microloan in 2009, Grace, a mother of eight in Buyobo, Uganda, was able to expand her business, from selling vegetables to erecting a structure which she rents out to fledgling business owners in her village. Grace is one of many women who have capitalized on seed money provided by the Greater Contribution to achieve economic success. […]

Lindero Relay For Life honors teacher

Poker tournament at St. Paschal’s

St. Paschal Baylon Men’s Club will host the eighth annual Conejo Poker Challenge and Casino Night charity event on Sat., May 18 at Thomas Aquinas Hall, 155 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for check-in. The Texas Hold ’em Tournament will begin at 7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the final table, including an […]

Federal fraud?

Criminals should not be allowed to perform background checks. At a time when socially engineering politicians would impose penalties for smoking in your own home and are already trying all sorts of dishonest back door ways to prevent gun owners from exercising their rights, there is also the issue of good old-fashioned civil liberties. We are innocent until proven guilty. […]


Westlake Art Guild to meet The Westlake Village Art Guild will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Tues., May 7 at Los Robles Greens West Ballroom, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by the program from 7 to 9 p.m. Renowned equine artist and Agoura Hills resident […]

Scouts strut their stuff at camporee

For three days last weekend, local Boy Scouts showed they have what it takes to stay alive in the outdoors, save a person’s life and find their way through the wilderness with just a map and compass. From April 19 through 21, the annual camporee took place at the Walnut Grove at Tierra Rejada Ranch in Moorpark. The event was […]

Entrepreneurs up for Ernst & Young award

Semifinalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 in Los Angeles were recently announced and include Ophir Marish, CEO of BuQu Tech in Camarillo and Deborah Sweeney, CEO of MyCorporation.com in Calabasas. The awards program recognizes successful entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The […]

Strickland eyes a rematch


Former Republican state Sen. Tony Strickland is gearing up for a rematch with Democratic U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley for Ventura County’s 26th Congressional District seat. On April 1, Strickland filed statements of candidacy and organization with the Federal Elections Commission in preparation for a second U.S. House of Representatives race against Brownley in 2014. Brownley, who had served three terms […]