Tall ships sail to Oxnard

Weather diverts vessels from Ventura

The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain have departed Ventura Harbor and moved to Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard. Heavy swell systems from storms in the Pacific Ocean have created hazardous conditions at the Ventura Harbor entrance, affecting safe operations, officials said. The ships were already slated to visit Oxnard from Feb. 9 to 15. All public tours and […]

Scare up a donation

Reign of Terror Haunted House will host a special one night only Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. Sat., Feb. 13 at the Janss Marketplace, Moorpark Road and Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. The walk-through haunted house has over 82 rooms with sets, props, lighting, sound effects, actors and animatronics. The 15,000-square-foot space will provide a scary experience […]

Knights do the right thing

Cal Lutheran rugby team, spurred by Bryce Henderson, feeds homeless on Skid Row

A spur of the moment decision made Bryce Henderson’s 22nd birthday unforgettable. Teammates with the Knights Rugby Football Club at Cal Lutheran University asked Henderson how he wanted to celebrate another year on earth. The senior from Northridge didn’t hesitate with his answer: He wanted to feed the homeless. “I immediately thought about doing some charity work,” the business administration […]

Salary update

A recent New York Times article mentioned that the New York City Council voted salary increases for themselves and their mayor, who will now receive $225,000 annually for governing a city of 8.5 million. Curiosity impelled me to compare this to the salary of the mayor of Los Angeles: $232,426 for a population of 3.8 million. The governor of California’s […]

Pinecrest closing the books

Institution to shut its five remaining schools after 65 years

Pinecrest Schools announced last week that it will close its five remaining campuses at the end of the school year, including the one in Thousand Oaks on East Wilbur Road, its president announced. Pinecrest Schools, a 65-year-old institution, has campuses in Moorpark, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Santa Clarita and Woodland Hills. In a letter addressed to parents, president/CEO Jeri Dye […]


THURS., JAN. 28 Portuguese Fraternal Society Of America 11:30 a.m. at Main Street Restaurant, 3159 E. Main St., Ventura. No-host luncheon and meeting. For any person of Portuguese descent or interest in the culture. RSVP requested. Contact: Cora Corella. Phone: 805.483. 6285. TOTAL Toastmasters Noon to 1 p.m. in Oak Room, third level, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. […]

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 […]