Our country’s gloomy outlook

“Whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some trans-Atlantic giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years. If destruction be our route, […]

Spacious home in the heart of Thousand Oaks

This open, spacious home is on a cul-de-sac in the heart of Thousand Oaks and includes a private backyard and side yard. Downstairs has natural light and cathedral ceilings along with family, dining and living rooms. The first floor also has a remodeled powder room and inside laundry room. The family room has a fireplace and a wet bar. The […]

2017-12-28 E-Edition

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A Dr. Seuss commentary

Every Who in Agoura liked building a lot, But the Grinch who lived up in Agoura Hills did not. The Grinch hated building the whole building season. Oh, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason. It could be perhaps that his shoes were too tight. Some say that his head wasn’t screwed on just right. But I […]

Small nest egg, big dreams?

COMMENTARY /// Tips for buying a retirement home

Planning for retirement means making a lot of decisions, including when you’ll stop working, how much you’ll withdraw from your savings each year, and where you’ll live. Many Americans view retirement as an opportunity to move into a house they’ll love and live in for all their golden years. In fact, 64 percent of retirees either have moved or plan […]

Thomas Fire tweets give vital information

The first tweet was sent at 6:33 the evening of Dec. 4, 10 minutes after the flames were first spotted. “Santa Paula: Reported brush fire at Thomas Aquinas College.” The next line hinted at what was to come. Engine 20 could see the flames from several miles out. “Upgrading to a 2nd alarm,” the @VCscanner tweet said. Simi Valley resident […]

Private Mortgage Insurance can get you into your new home

commentary /// What is PMI

In the 2017 housing market, those who choose to pursue the dream of owning a home face several important decisions, such as how much to put toward a down payment. Twenty percent down is typically recommended by most lenders. While 20 percent is not a requirement, paying less can have a big impact on the amount you pay monthly. It […]

The world will be his classroom

Oak Park grad postpones college to travel

Before Jaron Flynn graduated from Oak Park High School last May, he was awarded a partial scholarship, but it wasn’t for college. This February, the 18-year-old Flynn will embark on a three-month tour through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar. He hopes. The scholarship will pay for half of the $15,000 trip, but he needs to raise the other half—and […]


TUES., JAN. 2 Westlake Village Garden Club 9:30 a.m. at North Ranch Community Center, 1400 N. Westlake Blvd. Tom Perkins gives a crash course on “What we need to know about dirt.” Refreshments. Free, no RSVP needed. Web: westlakevillagegardenclub.org. WED., JAN. 3 Simi Valley Woman’s Club 11 a.m. at Simi Valley Moose Lodge, 4860 Alamo St. Luncheon meeting. Fred Bauermeister […]

Certifiably proud

GOOD TO GO—The all-volunteer Oak Park Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) undergo final training and certification Nov. 11 at the Ventura County Fire Department Regional Training Center in Camarillo. At left, Benjamin Bodner and Erica Bodner-Borys learn fire-suppression techniques. The members attended multiple training classes to learn disaster preparedness and first aid skills. For more info on the team, email […]