8 waysfirst-time homebuyers can make themselves mortgage-ready

It’s rare to get something right the very first time you try it, but when it comes to buying your first home, a lack of knowledge and experience can lead to costly mistakes. One in four first-time homebuyers say they are completely unfamiliar with the mortgage financing process, according to a report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Even among […]

Oil spill works its way down to Malibu

Tar clumps spotted on local beaches

The command group in charge of the Refugio oil spill cleanup has extended its shoreline watch into southern Ventura and northern Los Angeles counties in response to hundreds of tar balls spotted on beaches as far south as Malibu. Shoreline teams are especially looking at beaches identified as environmentally or culturally sensitive, the command said. Nesting season is underway for […]

Speeding and the Agoura tree

As a college student who has lived in Agoura Hills my whole life, I walk home from my bus stop going through the streets of Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Fountain Place Monday through Friday. I see young high schoolers driving fast on the road and have no respect for safety or the speed limit or even us, the pedestrians. On […]

Looking for used eyeglasses

Used eyeglasses will be collected from 8 to 9 a.m. Sat. June 6 as part of an ACTION Serve Day Kick-off. The glasses will be refit for those in need. The sponsoring church is St. Jude Catholic Community in Westlake Village. Glasses will be collected at the following sites: Camarillo Community Center at 1605 Burnley St,, Newbury Park First Christian […]

Musicians kick off TGIF series

Completely remodeled Lynn Ranch estate surrounded by scenic views

This Lynn Ranch estate has been completely remodeled. This five bedroom, 3.25 bath is on over 3,200 square feet, on a lot surrounded by scenic views. This property has a massive downstairs bonus room that could be used as a game room, secondary master, media room or studio. Additional features include: deep burnished wood flooring throughout, gourmet kitchen, accent lighting, […]

Man’s body found at the WLV Landing

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says there is no evidence of homicide or foul play in the death of a 75-year-old man whose body was found floating near the dock at the Westlake Lake Landing Wednesday morning. A fisherman called authorities after he saw the Caucasian male floating in the water by the marina on Lindero Canyon Road shortly […]

Support for Ross

We have had the good fortune of living next door to Derek and Lauren Ross since 2002. We met them before they even had kids, and we have grown to love them and their two beautiful daughters. Through all these years, we’ve always been impressed with Derek’s community activism. He’s constantly involved in local volunteer organizations, including serving on the […]


The Conejo Valley Chapter of National Charity League, Inc., introduced its 2015 Debutantes as part of its 43rd annual Announcement Tea and Senior Ticktocker Recognition ceremony at Sherwood Country Club inThousand Oaks on May 17. NCL is a nonprofit, mother-daughter philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. It supports 19 community agencies and philanthropies in the […]

Concert to raise funds for heart association

The Ventura County Chapter of the American Heart Association will present the fourth annual AHA benefit concert “Songs From the Southland” at 7:30 p.m. Fri., June 5 at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 1 Church Road, Thousand Oaks. Soprano Katherine Rose Reaves, a winner of the San Diego Heritage Music Festival Maestro Award, Brav-O first place Vocal Award and Brav-O first […]