2014-08-28 E-Edition

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Unhappy with shopping center

The Westlake Plaza shopping experience—what a nightmare. Fortunately some of us will continue to patronize our favorite merchants and get a little exercise along the way. But stop in and see how businesses have fared during this construction and parking nightmare. This has provided a topic of disgruntled conversation for many. As much as it has affected us, starting with […]

New Calabasas Film Festival will premiere major studio works

Organizers will also screen student films at the red carpet event

Roll it. Calabasas has a new film festival. The inaugural Calabasas Film Festival, which will be presented Sept. 12 through 14 in association with the City of Calabasas, will feature two major studio premieres, two documentaries, one independent film and the works of local student filmmakers. “We think it’s going to be one of the biggest events in Calabasas history,” […]

Childhood cancer gets run for the money

Fundraiser will have races, food trucks and vendors

Shred Kids’ Cancer will host Rock The Run Volume III 10K, 5K and Kids’ 1K Fun Run on Sun., Sept. 21 in Thousand Oaks for runners and walkers of all ages. Packet pick-up and race-day registration will begin at 6:30 a.m., followed by the 8 a.m. starts of the 10K and 5K races at Westlake Office Park, 340 N. Westlake […]

County gives final OK to Santa Monica Mountains plan

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the Santa Monica Mountains Local Coastal Plan Aug. 26, ending a decades-long effort to place more control of the region in the hands of the county rather than the California Coastal Commission. The Coastal Commission approved the LCP on April 10, but the supervisors made 60 modifications before casting a final vote […]

Lost ambience

Merriam-Webster defines the word ambience as “a mood or feeling associated with a particular, place, person or thing.” The word has taken on special meaning for me as I think about the Westlake Plaza expansion project at the corner of Agoura Road and Westlake Boulevard. Ambience brings people to- gether instead of pulling them apart. Ambience is thinking about people […]

Comedy night to benefit cancer research

A Comedy Night to benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer will take place at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Aug. 29 at Borderline Bar and Grill, 99 Rolling Oaks Drive, Thousand Oaks. The doors will open at 7 p.m. The event will feature comedians Eric Schwartz and Karen Rontowski, with Jason Love as the master of ceremonies. The show is hosted […]

Trojans close out the summer with a win

Help for pit bulls

When she first heard about Indy, the adorable pit bull that was purposelessly burned in 2013, Sky Valencia, founder of the St. Martin’s Animal Foundation, said she wanted to cry. Saint Martin’s Animal Foundation, a nonprofit charity, has been rescuing homeless pit bulls and educating thousands of children about animal welfare since 1999. The local shelters have more than sixty […]

The Other Side of 50

Calling all inventors It’s been said that necessity is the mother of invention. While this proverb is frequently true, I can say from my time in the consumer products industry that it isn’t always the case. Based upon marketplace staying power, Ben- Gay aspirin, Quisp and Quake cereals, and New Coke weren’t really necessities. The mothers of invention in those […]