2016-01-07 E-Edition

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Two faces of winter

WET‘N WILD—Above, a look at soggy Liberty Canyon south of Agoura Hills and, right, an 18-wheel truck loses control on the slick 101 Freeway during Tuesday’s downpour. The accident snarled the southbound lane near Reyes Adobe Road. The Tuesday-Wednesday storm dumped over 2 inches in Agoura Hills. While the prospects for El Nino seem daunting, remember that average rainfall to […]

A new year, a new you

Library workshop will help participants to become more self-aware, peaceful

Looking to decompress and start 2016 with a fresh perspective? The Oak Park Library will host a free talk titled “Introduction to Mindfulness” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sun., Jan. 10. Mindfulness meditation is a nonreligious stress-reduction practice. “In this one-hour introduction, participants will learn that, with practice, awareness of our mental habits can help us reduce stress and optimize […]

Winners on the pitch

Study for licensing exam

Classes for FCC radio hams

The Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club will offer a five-week course to prepare individuals to upgrade their operating privileges by obtaining an FCC General class amateur radio license. Classes will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays starting Jan. 9 in the conference room of the East County Sheriff’s Station, 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. The only fee […]

Hoverboards, earbuds and cheerleaders part of new legislation


Sacramento politicians passed more than 700 pieces of legislation in 2015, from obscure regulatory changes aimed at specific industries to mandates impacting the daily lives of ordinary people. The total is down from 2014, when approximately 1,000 bills passed the Legislature. Among the potpourri of new state laws: Cheerleaders in California who work for professional sports teams must receive minimum […]

Free series on parenting

Temple Etz Chaim’s Early Childhood Center will host a series of free parenting seminars, starting Wed., Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. with “What is Self-Esteem and Why Do We Need It?” in the Wolfson Auditorium at 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Bette Levy Alkazian, parent and family coach of Balanced Parenting, will teach parents how to raise kids to […]

Conejo Valley Days on the way

The 60th annual Conejo Valley Days will be held Wednesday through Sunday, May 11 through 15 at Conejo Creek Park South, 23 Freeway at Janss Road, in Thousand Oaks. CVD is returning to a five-day format, with special events planned for May 11. The festival will include a motocross, teenage battle of the bands, science pavilion, fourth annual Outhouse Races […]

Cal State Channel Islands offers new major in global studies

To help meet the needs of those who will work in the global environment, Cal State Channel Islands is offering a new bachelor’s degree in global studies. Students who are already enrolled in CI can now declare global studies as their major, but the program won’t officially roll out until fall 2016, and it won’t show up on the CSU […]

Open and shut case at Agoura apartments

According to city, gates leading to homes should not remain locked

Agoura Hills, a city known for its opposition to gated communities, will require the gates to remain open at the Avalon Apartments despite concerns about safety for the residents of the 336-home complex. When Agoura Hills incorporated in 1982, its leaders chose to prohibit gated communities in order to promote friendly, open neighborhoods within the city. Residents in the apartments […]

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