Winningest coach in Ventura County history lands at Simi Valley

FOOTBALL /// The Jim Benkert saga

Arguably the most well-known high school coach in the Conejo Valley walked into the Simi Valley High front office unrecognized. The name Jim Benkert didn’t ring a bell with the woman at the front desk. Michael Maxson, a student assistant, said he had no clue the man in the tan jacket, who has led his football teams to 257 victories […]


Terrifying event

On Sat., March 17, my children and I spent some quality time at The Oaks mall. Outside, shoppers were sitting, comfortably absorbed in their cellphones, munching on Wetzel’s Pretzels, and many proudly wearing green, sharing in the St. Patrick’s Day tradition. People were very relaxed, enjoying the comfort of total safety and serenity on a Saturday afternoon. Thousand Oaks is […]

Got the blues?

San Diego blues singer Earl Thomas and Memphis harmonica player John Németh will headline the 13th annual Ventura County Blues Festival on Sat., April 28 at Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. Also on the bill will be Topanga blues queen Deb Ryder, soul ensemble the Alan Wright Band and singer Sandy Scott and her Blues to the […]

‘Hunchback’ proves a ringing success for Calabasas High

PLAY REVIEW ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’

The theater arts department at Calabasas High School, which never fails to impress, has done it again. Under the direction of Bill Garrett, the students have put together a bold, professional quality production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” which played March 20 through 24 at the school’s performing arts education center. The musical got its start in Berlin in […]

2018-03-29 E-Edition

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Define ‘well-armed militia’

While Mr. Backlund is correct in his letter last week that the AR- 15 is a semiautomatic rifle, meaning it only fires when the trigger is pulled and not in a continuous stream, he is disingenuous in not admitting that there are no shortage of devices on the market, both legal and illegal—triggers, bump stocks and auto-sears—that can easily make […]

Weather’s nice, might as well go biking

The unusually warm winter weather isn’t just for water babies. It beckons everyone to get out of the house and exercise outside. Bike riding is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Simi Valley’s abundant selection of cycling lanes, bike paths and off about road trails make an afternoon of pedaling as good for your soul as it is for […]

College standouts

Lynsey Cole, Andrew Mahler and Christopher Reilly of Agoura Hills made the fall 2017 dean’s list at Boston University. Clara Cutbill, Leon Leeds and Carson Lewis of Agoura Hills earned fall 2017 dean’s list honors at Northeastern University in Boston. Benjamin Too of Oak Park and Matthew Ku and Lucas Berens of Calabasas were named to the fall 2017 dean’s […]

Grand jury invite

I’d like to encourage Ventura County residents to become part of a valuable community service by serving on the Ventura County Grand Jury. The grand jury is a civil, investigative panel of 19 volunteers. This watchdog group investigates issues and citizen complaints and then makes recommendations to improve the operation of local government. The grand jury may examine all aspects […]

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