2014-02-13 E-Edition

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Helsley leaves commission to pursue venture

Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commissioner Harold “Hal” Helsley is stepping down after 13 years on the job to pursue a longtime dream in the field of alternative energy. Replacing him on the commission will be Laura Shell, a former land-use expert from the staff of Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Helsley has started a green energy company with […]

Homemade bomb in Oak Park

Authorities said they disabled a small explosive device that was found two weeks ago in a greenbelt adjacent to Myrtle Court in Oak Park. A landscaping employee saw the homemade soda bottle bomb behind a wall. He moved it away from homes and then flagged down a sheriff’s deputy who happened to be on patrol near Red Oak Elementary School, […]

Free tax preparation for low-income earners

Low- to moderate-income workers who had a household income of $52,000 or less in 2013 can receive free tax preparation and income tax filing through April 12 at one of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites throughout Ventura County. Tax returns are filed electronically by IRStrained volunteers. The Ventura County Financial Empowerment Partnership aims to increase the number of individuals […]

Bird lovers host dinner

The Conejo Valley Audubon Society will host its annual cocktail dinner and auction on Sat., March 15 at the Palm Garden Hotel, 495 Ventu Park Road, Thousand Oaks. No-host cocktails will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring an item for the raffles. All types of donation items are acceptable.. Admission is […]

School wins grant for innovation

Calabasas High School won a $50,000 grant from the California Department of Education to develop innovate courses that overlap science classes with performing arts. The funding will be used to develop and implement cutting-edge programs that integrate performing and visual arts with math and science. The coursework is called STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and will kick off […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A burglar entered a home on St. Laurent Drive Jan. 30 while the residents were away. Nothing was reported stolen, but several items had been moved and the culprit broke a screen to get into the house. A thief stole two grill accessories worth $80 from a home on United Road Jan. 29. A vandal shattered a $300 […]

44th Assembly race reduced to three

Another candidate has left the race to represent the 44th Assembly District as competition builds ahead of the June 3 primary. Republican Sean Paroski of Camarillo announced Monday his withdrawal from the race to represent most of Ventura County in the state Assembly. Still in the race are Republican Sylvia Munoz Schnopp, Port Hueneme City Council member; Republican Rob McCoy, […]

New offcers for county fairgrounds

The board of directors of the 31st District Agricultural Association, better known as the Ventura County Fairgrounds, has elected Leah Lacayo as president and director Bonnie Weigel to the office of vice president. Lacayo is serving her second appointment to the Ventura County Fairgrounds Board of Directors. Her first appointment included a term as president in 2005. She also serves […]

Artists wanted for Artwalk

Performing artists needed too for outdoor venue

ArtWalk is taking applications for the 27th annual juried fine arts and designer crafts exhibition scheduled for Sat. and Sun., June 7 and 8 in Thousand Oaks. ArtWalk is an outdoor event presented by the Conejo Valley Art Museum with the assistance of the Conejo Recreation and Park District. ArtWalk features more than 100 artists in acrylic/oil painting, ceramics, drawings/graphics, […]