2014-09-11 E-Edition

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Group downplays need for major lab cleanup

Less intrusive measures proposed

More harm than good might result if the cleanup at Rocketdyne near Simi Valley involves the intense removal of top soil at the former test site, the Santa Susana Field Laboratory Community Advisory Group says. The 2,850-acre Santa Susana Field Lab was used as a nuclear test site and for research in the development of ballistic missiles, rockets and space […]

Fall soccer season kicks off

Candidates square off in congressional race

33rd District debate will be Sept. 21 in Calabasas

The candidates in the 33rd Congressional District race—Democratic Ted Lieu, a state senator, and Republican Elan Carr, a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office—will face off at a political forum on Sun., Sept. 21 in Calabasas. The event, sponsored by the Calabasas Park Homeowners Association, will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Founder’s Hall of the […]

Tense quarrel at studio

An armed man was taken into custody Sept. 6 in Calabasas after reportedly threatening a recording studio co-worker with a handgun. The arrest came following a long standoff with sheriff’s deputies, a source said. The incident began at about 7 p.m. Fri., Sept., 5 when Joshua Brands, 37, allegedly threatened a colleague with a gun in the 22300 block of […]

Brownley, Gorell tussle in 26th District

The campaign for the 26th Congressional District is in full swing, and incumbent Julia Brownley (DThousand Oaks) recently released her first television ad touting herself as a champion for women. Days later, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a “women’s priorities scorecard” that painted Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) as a challenger backed by organizations that oppose birth control, planned parenthood and […]

Ssssnake’s owner still not known

A beautiful, all-white cobra snake cast fear into the heart of local residents last week. The venomous snake also landed Thousand Oaks on all the major television networks and in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and Wall Street Journal newspapers. The story of the snake and its capture showed up in Spanish in La Opinion […]

The do’s and don’ts of campaign letters


Social media and the Internet as a whole have forever transformed how thoughts and opinions are disseminated, a phenomenon that can have particular punch in an election year. In the past, if a Democrat or a Republican wanted to show support for a candidate, they’d have to put up a lawn sign, speak to their neighbors or walk a precinct. […]

Rodent poison reaches far and wide

The bobcat featured in your Sept. 4 issue appears to be suffering from mange disease. Mange is a microscopic skin parasite that causes severe skin lesions and pruritus. We have been studying bobcats in this area since 1996 and have documented a correlation between exposure to anti-coagulant rodenticides (rat poison) and severe and often fatal cases of mange disease. Though […]

Word leaks out about school

Last week’s Acorn article about the water shortage in Oak Park coincided with the arrival in the mail of a notice from the Oak Park Water Service informing Oak Park residents of restrictions being placed on landscape irrigation and a series of fines for violating the restrictions. It seems like the perfect time for me to point out that Brookside […]