2016-08-18 E-Edition

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On board with Acorn editorial

Thank you for your editorial, Mr. Loesing. How wonderful that you have so clearly expressed the concern of The Acorn with respect to “seeing the balance (of development) tip in favor of the builders.” Yes, “the fallout has occurred and it isn’t pretty.” As you know, many have been on the bandwagon to control development and in some cases, halt […]

Incentive for plug-in cars

The Ventura County Air Pollution Control District, in partnership with the Ventura County Community Foundation and many local auto dealerships, is kicking off the new Plug-in Electric Vehicle Voucher Program to encourage residents to choose lower-emission vehicles. This program has been funded with a $122,000 grant from the Clean Air Fund, which was formed by a $1.5- million donation from […]

Prepare to be bowled over

Raw-fish craze makes a big landing in Westlake Village

Throw a long line into the depths of the ocean and pull out some fresh fish. Then have Chef Kimura ply some of his mystery mastery to the raw, delicate pieces and you have dishes fit for King Neptune himself. Big Fish Poke in the Westlake portion of Thousand Oaks is a modern take on a centuries-old concept, and co-owners […]

Gleason takes lead in secondary education

Ryan Gleason is tackling the newly resurrected cabinet job of director of secondary education for Las Virgenes Unified School District, a role that has gone unfilled since Jim Nielsen retired in 2009. With the improved economy, Gleason will support sixth- through 12th-grade education programs throughout the district and provide supervision to secondary school principals. He will also oversee curriculum development […]

Too many antibiotics for animals

In the recent Acorn article “When antibiotics no longer work,” the author lists various reasons why human overuse of antibiotics can breed a new generation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. While human misuse of antibiotics is a major concern, this is a small fraction of the problem, as 70 percent of the antibiotics sold in the U.S. are not given to humans […]

Electric cars will be stars of this show

Electric cars will be on display at the Woodland Hills car show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Aug. 27 at El Camino Real High School, 5440 Valley Circle Drive. All the vehicles will be plug-in hybrids or full electric. Vehicles like the Chevy Volt will be included. Henrik Fisker and Ed Begley Jr. will speak at the event. […]

California Museum of Art has new leader

The board of directors of the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks has announced the appointment of Tish Greenwood as the new executive director of the museum. Greenwood began her tenure at CMATO on Mon., Aug. 15. An open house is being planned in September for the public to visit the museum, meet her and hear about her upcoming plans. […]

Can you deduct the cost of charity work and hobbies from taxes?

COMMENTARY /// Personal income taxes

If you’ve donated your time this summer, you could receive tax benefits, especially if you had to travel for the work Qualified charities. To deduct your costs, you must volunteer for a qualified charity. Churches and governments are generally qualified, and do not need to apply to the IRS. Ask the group about its status before you donate. Out-of-pocket expenses. […]

Understanding the biology

I just read the article “When antibiotics no longer work” in your most recent issue. The article explains what is a potentially devastating medical problem. Bacterial infections used to be the number-one killer of Americans. After antibiotics were developed in the 1940s, they quickly became a manageable problem. As these medications become ineffective, we will go back to approximately the […]