Everybody in Oak Park should feel fortunate that we have a neighbor like Derek Ross competing for a position on the school board. I’ve watched Derek in action as an HOA member, Oak Park MAC officer, creator of a “go to” community website and friendly neighbor. One thing about this guy stands out. The word is “dedication.” Once Derek sets […]

Flying Squirrel

Clothes make the traveler It’s not the holiday season yet. Far from it. But when you see Christmas decorations in stores in August, well, thoughts do occasionally wander to the holidays. Since you still have plenty of time to contemplate those on your gift list, you could surprise them with a creative, unexpected present. Why not give them something they […]

The Movie Nut

This movie is not nearly as good as it deserves to be. With A-list talent both on screen and behind the scenes, “The Judge” should crackle with humor and human drama. Instead, the story wanders, the unnecessary subplots pile up, the script struggles with the story it wants to tell. Hank Palmer (Downey Jr.) is a big-city lawyer whose billings […]

Week 6 scores

• Agoura 29Moorpark 28• Westlake 52Paraclete 3• Oaks Christian 35Thousand Oaks 19• Viewpoint 55Windward 7• Verbum Dei 47Oak Park 22• Simi Valley 14Royal 10

Midnight freeway closure next week

The California Department of Transportation will close all lanes of the northbound Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101) at Lindero Canyon Road in Westlake Village on Mon., Oct. 20 from midnight to 5 a.m. All lanes of southbound U.S. 101 will be closed on Tues., Oct. 21 from midnight to 5 a.m. Various Lindero Canyon ramps will be closed accordingly and detours […]

Property tax bills back on the rise

Property values are increasing in California. The good news is Proposition 13 limits the annual increase in the property’s taxable value for inflation to 2 percent. This value is known as the “factored Proposition 13 value.” Proposition 8, in contrast, allows a temporary reduction of the property’s taxable value to reflect the current market value when housing prices decline. Because […]


I am writing to urge the community to vote for Derek Ross for the Oak Park Unified School District. Derek grew up in the Conejo Valley and has been an activist for the Oak Park community for many years. His involvement has included such functions as chairman of the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council, member of the Oak Park Parks […]

Today’s mantra is reduce, reuse and recycle trash

When people repeat the mantra “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” why is recycling listed last? The green version of the “three R’s” formula is actually a hierarchy of environmental priority, so widely accepted by experts that it has been codified into legislation. Assembly Bill 939, passed in 1989, was California’s first state legislation specifically placing “reduce” and “reuse” above recycle. Subsequent legislation […]

Four Tops still spinning hits

Fred Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza will present the soul group The Four Tops at 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 24 at 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Their first Motown hit was “Baby I Need Your Loving” in 1964. In 1990, with 24 Top 40 pop hits to their credit, the Four Tops were inducted into the Rock […]

One passionate Coyote

Very few girls’ volleyball players can match Arielle Fromer’s intensity

Arielle Fromer has multiple alter egos. She shouldn’t have a problem selecting a Halloween costume. There’s “Arielle,” the typical high school teenager. Sometimes she’s “Sri,” the silly, giggling version of the Calabasas High girls’ volleyball star. “Sri” found inspiration from a misspelling of her name on the wall roster in the school gym from her sophomore season. Then there’s beast […]

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