Gardens in bloom

With the arrival of spring, the Gardens of the World is coming alive with an array of flowers, trees and shrubs in the site’s 4.5 acres. The Thousand Oaks garden, across the street from the Civic Arts Plaza, hosts up to 30,000 guests annually. One of the best times to visit is when everything is in bloom in April and […]

Local entrepreneur is top business owner

Most entrepreneurs only dream of hitting it big. And Westlake Village resident Nellie Akalp caught lightning in a bottle not once, but twice. In 2005 Akalp and her husband, Philip, sold—for $20 million—a website they had developed. They followed that move by launching another business, CorpNet.com, now one of the fastest-growing, privately owned companies in the nation. CorpNet.com, an online […]

Career tech education receives $5.7 million boost

The Ventura County Office of Education has received a $5.7 million Career Technical Education Incentive Grant from the California Department of Education. VCOE is one of 265 applicants receiving a total of $245 million to integrate academics with career training, connect employers with schools, and prepare students for jobs in high-demand fields, including robotics, information technology, health care, teaching and […]

Commission OKs second hotel in new Calabasas growth spurt

The Calabasas Planning Commission voted 3-2 in support of a plan to build a 120-room hotel and 71 homes in a small valley nestled to the east of Las Virgenes Road and just south of the 101 Freeway. It was the second time in less than six weeks the commission recommended construction of a new hotel on Las Virgenes Road. […]

The race to be Great

Great Race marks 31st year

Under-40 professionals, step up and be counted

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for outstanding young professionals under 40 years of age who work or live in the Greater Conejo Valley. The honorees will be recognized at the 40 Under Forty Awards event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thurs., April 28 at the Agoura Hills Recreation and Events Center. Nominees must live or […]

YMCA camps taking signups

Residential camps available at Sequoia Lake and Big Bear for a week

Branches of the Southeast Ventura County YMCA are accepting signups for summer camp. The four branches are: Conejo Valley YMCA serving Thousand Oaks, Moorpark and the Santa Rosa Valley; Miller Family YMCA of Newbury Park; Triunfo YMCA serving Westlake Village, Agoura Hills and Oak Park, and Simi Valley Family YMCA. Each YMCA branch offers traditional day camps for kids in […]

News about diabetes turns sour


We knew that an addiction to sugar and other bad foods was causing Americans to put on weight faster than ever, and now researchers have found that diabetes, one of the fallouts of poor diet and lack of exercise, has reached alarming new levels, too. A recent study by UCLA says more than half of all residents in Ventura and […]

Proposed hotel merger: pros and cons

Travelers can save if they book direct

The Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Newbury Park is about to take over the Sheraton Agoura Hills. Well, not exactly. But the parent companies of these two hotel giants appear ready to consummate an arrangement in which Marriott International will acquire Starwood Hotels and Resorts for $13.6 billion, pending shareholder approval of the deal. The combined entity would become the […]