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 […]

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.