2014-05-01

Wonders about assessor’s method



Ventura County Assessor Dan Goodwin is billing museums, churches and affordable housing projects for back property taxes despite a California law on the books for 70 years that states that charitable organizations are exempt from property tax. Goodwin’s policy could force county nonprofits into bankruptcy. Goodwin is claiming that when museums, churches and charitable organizations attempt to cover overhead costs […]

Phone scammers, they’re still out there

Thieves pose as county superior court officials


Scammers posing as officials from the Ventura County Superior Court are attempting to steal money—and personal information— from county residents. “People are getting calls from people who identify themselves as part of the sheriff’s office warrant detail,” said Sgt. Eric Buschow, a public information officer with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. “They say, ‘You failed to show up for jury […]

Helping to stamp out hunger

Postal carriers collecting food donations May 10

Ventura County letter carriers will participate in the 22nd annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive for FOOD Share on Sat., May 10 on postal routes throughout Thousand Oaks, Oxnard and Ventura. Ventura County residents are asked to leave non-perishable, protein-rich foods in a bag next to their mailboxes for postal carriers to pick up. Last year, FOOD Share received more […]

Rodney Carrington brings comedy act to T.O.



Comedian Rodney Carrington will bring his comedy act to the Kavli Theatre at 8 p.m. Sat., May 3 at the Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. In addition to being a comedian, Carrington is an actor and writer who has recorded eight comedy albums and starred in his own TV sitcom called “Rodney,” which ran for two […]

Viewpoint wins world robotics competition



Last weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center, 760 studentrun robotics teams demonstrated their science, technology, engineering and math skills in competitions with custom-built and programmed robots at the VEX Robotics World Championship, The Patriot Robotics team from Viewpoint High School in Calabasas took the first place price in the FUTURE Robot Challenge Award. The global championship kicked off with qualification […]

Thanks, Zev



I was thrilled to read the Santa Monica Mountains Local Coastal Program was approved As a resident of the area, I have been saddened over the years to observe the arrival of vineyard after vineyard, changing the landscape and the culture of the mountain region. I appreciate and am grateful for Zev Yaroslavsky’s commitment to service and to care for […]

Island closed



Public visits to San Miguel Island, part of the Channel Islands National Park, have been temporarily suspended. Due to safety concerns, the Department of the Navy, which is the owner of the island and is represented locally by Naval Base Ventura County, has asked for a halt to all recreational visits to the island. The island was used as part […]

Puppy love



POOCHES ON PARADE— Above, participants and their pups start off on the Canine Classic Dog Walk at Juan Bautista de Anza Park in Calabasas on April 27. A festival followed the walk. Below, Oso, a 7-month- old border terrier, is too cool and also well protected against the sun. Oso can be adopted from L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue. Visit www.LifeAnimalResuce.org.

Delighted with ‘Shrek’



Viewpoint’s Conservatory of Theater entertained audiences of all ages with a production of “Shrek, the Musical” on April 11 through 13 in the Carlson Family Theater at the Calabasas school. A cast of 23 actors played multiple fairy tale characters including the Three Little Pigs, Pinocchio, Peter Pan and the Big Bad Wolf in addition to Shrek, Fiona and Donkey. […]

Oaks’ Hethcock honored




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