2014-10-09 E-Edition

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Freeway incident

For those motorists on the 101 Freeway northbound near the Hampshire exit at approximately 12:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 24, thank you for saving a life: mine. My car, in coming to an abrupt stop behind a stopped car in front of me, suddenly went into a spin and skidded across all four lanes and then suddenly righted itself and came […]

Lewitt, Renger Peterson

Four years ago, Barry Steinhardt ran for the water board promising voters he would lower their water rates. That empty promise was spoken by a cynical candidate who, prior to taking office, had never attended a meeting of the board. His unrealistic boast was not based on any facts. He never considered the effects of climate change, a growing population […]

Kids, cops and K9s

Tula, a 5-year-old American Labrador trained to detect explosives, and Narky, a year-old English springer spaniel adept at sniffing out narcotics, both from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department K9 unit, made friends with the kindergarteners at Yerba Buena Elementary School. During a recent visit to the Agoura Hills school, the dogs and their handlers met students from Danielle Santini’s […]

Weekend literary event for local wordsmiths

The fourth annual Ventura County Writers’ Weekend for anyone wishing to learn more about the craft and business of writing will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Nov. 1 and 2 at the Pleasant Valley Senior Center, 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo. A half-day workshop on Saturday will outline the step-by-step process needed for self-publishing. The […]

Overcoming weight gain after bariatric surgery

A free UCLA seminar on “Treating Weight Gain after Bariatric Surgery” will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sat., Oct. 18 at the Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. UCLA gastroenterologist Dr. Rabindra Watson will present the program. Weight gain after bariatric surgery is a common problem that occurs several years after the operation, often due […]

Political humor troupe gets in step

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation and local NPR affiliate KCLU Radio 88.3 FM are each celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2014 by presenting The Capitol Steps at 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 23 at the Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. More than 30 years ago, the Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set […]

Water, turf and a bridge

Congrats to the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District’s decision to include artificial turf as a water conservation option within their lawn replacement incentive program. Previously, only drought-tolerant lawn replacement alternatives qualified under this program, which often involved plants still requiring minimal water, while artificial turf needs zero water. The LVMWD board of directors should also consider enhancing their conservation program […]

No on Lewitt

Water board candidate Jay Lewitt proclaims he is happy with the status quo, but unhappy with the dissension on the present board, accusing his opponent of sowing dissension and driving up the cost of the water tank to $13 million. He claims he will be an independent thinker, but it is obvious that he aligns himself with the entrenched long-serving […]

Hot Flashes

Riding To clarify, this column is neither about riding horses nor about passing through the pearly gates, also known as dying. Although some of my jokes may have thrown me off the cliff right into the Costco parking lot, still . . . I’m giving you a heads up that I’m not writing about “the end.” Or about Joan Rivers’ […]