Hongliang Liu made the spring dean’s list at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan. Joshua Caltabiano of Oak Park; Jamie De Cesare of Calabasas; and Batya Conn, Jesse Fulton and Isabel Sami of Agoura Hills earned spring 2020 dean’s list honors at Emerson College in Boston, Mass. Lynsey Cole and Kyle Goldbeck of Agoura Hills made the spring dean’s list […]

Landlords find pleasant surprise in storage units

As the pandemic continues, experts say industrial properties remain the best performing class among landlords’ commercial real estate holdings. Industrial buildings owned by nationwide real investment trusts, or REITs—including structures used in manufacturing and storage— collected rents at a surprising 99% rate in July, up 2% from April, according to the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (Nareit). Despite […]


Livestream drama carries new relevance

The seats are empty, but Conejo Players, the Little Theater That Could, refuses to let the worldwide pandemic dampen its ability to do what it has been doing for more than a half-century. On July 31, the theater will present its first live stage presentation since the onset of the coronavirus: Steven Dietz’s “Lonely Planet.” Appropriately, the play has to […]

Restaurants take chance on opening during COVID pandemic

When the Twisted Oak Tavern and Brewery opened its doors for the June 15 grand opening of its Camarillo location, employees were armed with masks and hand sanitizer, waiting on tables that were placed 6 feet apart. “It’s not the experience we had in mind when we were planning on doing this six months ago,” said Jeff Walker, owner of […]

The United Faiths of America

COMMENTARY /// Keeping the faith

We’ve now passed the midway point of one of the most challenging years in recent memory. 2020 has pushed us to our limits during the pandemic, and we have been confronted with the uncomfortable reality of injustice that often remains hidden in plain sight. We’ve all been taught to believe in America, but now we must engage in the deep […]

Gesture of good will

Red Cross seeking blood donations during pandemic

Volunteers also needed for fire, disaster services

During major emergencies, the Ventura County chapter of the American Red Cross is there to help families cope, access community resources and get back on their feet. The humanitarian organization was present during the Thomas fire, the Borderline shooting and the Woolsey fire. The agency continues to work today to help locals cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are fortunate […]

Eco-friendly home has solar system, air purifier, car charge station

Features smart apps for irrigation and climate control

This Big Sky Castlewood Plan 2 has an open floor plan and nearly 4,400 square feet of living space with five bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Downstairs is an office with built-in dual computer stations as well as an en suite bedroom and bath. The upstairs has a library loft. There are custom upgrades throughout, including designer window coverings, plantation shutters, […]

Higher ground

Local teen sets a record cycling the equivalent of Mount Everest

Records are made to be broken. But some records are made just to be made. Cole Kessler, a 17-year-old teenager from Newbury Park, set a U.S. record in his first attempt of the Everesting challenge, an endurance cycling test to climb the equivalent elevation of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world at 29,029 feet. Kessler scaled 29,560 feet […]