2015-05-28 E-Edition

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Thank you for your article that highlights Senate Bill 277. I would like to comment on the ambiguous headline, which says, “Law would require vaccinations in public and private schools.” To be clear, the law already requires vaccinations in schools. What SB 277 will do is eliminate the loopholes that allow parents to exempt their children from this existing requirement. […]

Show recognizes local artists

The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley’s latest show can be viewed for free through Fri., May 29 at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, 2331 Borchard Road, Ste. A, Newbury Park. Winners were announced on May 17. Cash prizes, ribbons and certificates were handed out. The judges were: Lynn Farrand of Newbury Park, sculptor and member of the Museum Council […]

Excellence in music—A new age

Sam Gunn, an 18-year-old senior at Oak Park High School, offers a fresh perspective on some of today’s best new music. This month, Sam listens in on Sufjan Stevens and Kendrick Lamar. Sufjan Stevens: “Carrie & Lowell” Sufjan Stevens is lost. Despite having been an indie music darling from early in his career, multi-instrumentalist Stevens is only now finding himself […]

Agoura Hills-based Conrad Hilton foundation names new CEO

Peter Laugharn has been chosen as the next president and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, which awards grants to improve the lives of disadvantaged people. The foundation is based in Agoura Hills. The appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2016. Laugharn has 25 years of foundation experience, most recently as executive director of the Firelight Foundation, which receives grants […]


What is lost in the articles and discussions between the prochoice and no-choice vaccination camps is what happens to the minority who do not vaccinate. The treatment of these children and their parents has been to shame or humiliate them. Speaking of compassion, where is the compassion for people who choose to protect their children from what they perceive as […]


Everything seemed perfectly normal with Ami and Michael Marchlik’s four young sons. The boys were doing well in school, they enjoyed sports and had plenty of friends. Then, one afternoon in February, Ami Marchlik noticed something different about Preston, her 9-year-old. “He came out of his room after playing a video game with dilated eyes and hard breathing. It really […]


THURS., MAY 28 Student Chalk Painting Festival 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in quad area, Monte Vista Middle School, 888 Lantana St., Camarillo. 80 MVMS art students display their work. Free. Contact: Devra Brewer. Phone: 805. 708.2848. Email: dbrewer@pvsd.k12.ca.us. Community Memorial Service 5:30 p.m. on Serra Center patio, 5205 Upland Road, Camarillo. Camarillo Hospice hosts. Guest speaker: the Rev. Julie […]

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In regards to the article published last week, “School Vaccines Yes? No?”—my question is: With all the children who died of measles last year in the Conejo Valley, why are we just trying to ban unvaccinated kids from our schools? The law should ban them from public restaurants, movie theaters, malls, churches/temples, city parks and other places where they may […]