2016-01-28

Swooping in

Oak Park girls’ basketball team has struggled, but senior captain is positive influence


Basketball isn’t all about tomahawk dunks with a splash of 3-point rainbows. For every buzzer beater, there are a thousand groans and missed shots from the blasphemed Brick House of Kobe. Clara Matsumoto knows all about basketball’s harshest lessons. The combo guard for Oak Park High has weathered bumps and bruises during her senior season on the hardwood. Matsumoto, 17, […]

Water rates



The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District notes in their newest release that the drought is not over, but more irrigation and lawn watering is allowed. Two big concerns we must be aware of are: as this new policy accompanies a new billing system, I can only imagine the fun and chicanery that will ensue; and the allowance of more watering […]

New chair takes helm at conservancy



The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy recently selected its new chair for 2016. Irma R. Muñoz, a member appointed by the Los Angeles mayor, was elected chair by a unanimous vote of the conservancy at its Jan. 11 meeting. Muñoz is the founder and president of Mujeres de la Tierra, an environmental-equity nonprofit that teaches women and their children to take […]

Teen group to rock The Canyon



The Agoura Hills-based band The Local Rebellion won first place at the Jan. 15 Malibu Battle of the Bands. The band will play tonight, Thurs., Jan. 28 at The Canyon club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura. The Local Rebellion includes five 13- to 15-year-olds with Lindero Canyon Middle School roots. The musicians are performing throughout Southern California to introduce new tracks […]

Agoura, Newbury Park hire football coaches



New eras are about to begin for two local high school football teams. Agoura and Newbury Park have hired head coaches. Kamran Salem takes over for Charlie Wegher at Agoura. Jason Klein now leads Newbury Park. Salem, who was the defensive line coach at Westlake last season, was defensive coordinator at Thousand Oaks from 2011 to 2013. He played football […]

Flight attendant remembers when



I was pleasantly surprised to see the article on the former Pan Am stewardess, Maria Stipa. I too flew for Pan Am. It was a magical time—unique adventures and remarkable people. I am still in contact with my Norwegian roommate. I chose a different route and went to business school and law school. I was very concerned that my time […]

Scout’s honor



JOBS WELL DONE—Steven Rude, Calabasas resident and Cub Scout leader for Pack 333 Tiger Den 6, is proud of the fundraising efforts of the 6- and 7-year-olds in his pack. During the holiday season, they raised over $1,200 for four needy families at Homeboy Industries. This month, they also ran a clothing drive for the homeless.

Auditions for Cabrillo’s ‘Little Mermaid’



Cabrillo Music Theatre is holding auditions for Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” a new, fully-developed musical that played on Broadway. The show will include the songs “Part of Your World,” “Kiss The Girl,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls” as well as new music written for the stage. Equity call for principal roles will be from 10:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon., Feb. 22 […]

T.O.’s Baxalta sold to an Irish firm

Deal valued at $32 billion

Less than a year after spinning off from Baxter Healthcare, Baxalta has been purchased by a European pharmaceutical company who will move the company’s headquarters overseas. Ireland- based Shire acquired Baxalta this month for $32 billion. What effect the change in ownership will have on Baxalta’s two locations— and 1,300 employees—in the city of Thousand Oaks is not yet known. […]

Thoughts about wildlife corridor



When the 101 Freeway was established in the early 1900s, no one was aware that it would divide an entire ecosystem. Now, with a new understanding, we have an opportunity to right that wrong by reconnecting these natural environments with this wildlife crossing. Will it be expensive? Yes, but it is the high price tag of a long overdue debt […]