Coronavirus, Local Preparedness for a Global Emergency

By Janet Stephenson As of January 28, 2020, the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China has been officially designated a global emergency by the World Health Organization. The declaration came after China reported more than 7,800 cases and 170 deaths, as well as reported cases in eighteen other countries, including the United States, South Korea, Canada, Japan, and France. In a press conference statement, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “The main reason for this declaration is not because of what is happening in China but because…

A New Mayor for 2020

Al Adam

By Janet Stephenson The City of Thousand Oaks starts off 2020 with a new mayor, Al Adam. Mayor Adam is a managing director of investments for Wells Fargo Advisors and will be using his talents to focus on economic development in our community. He has a long record of public service and was elected to the City Council in 2012. In addition to economic development, Mayor Adam has also expressed a commitment to preserving the environment in Thousand Oaks. In Thousand Oaks, the role of mayor is a position that…

The Tragic Loss of a Legend, Kobe Bryant

By Janet Stephenson It was a sad day for Conejo Valley and sports fans all over the world when news broke that basketball legend, Kobe Bryant, died in a tragic helicopter crash on the morning of January 26, 2020 in Calabasas, California. The accident also took the life of his thirteen year old daughter, Gianna, and seven others as they flew to Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks, California. Kobe Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers as a shooting guard for twenty years until his retirement four years ago. At…

Presidents’ Day Celebrations at the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum

Join the fun on February 17 as the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum holds their Annual Presidents’ Day Celebration from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Bring the family and mingle with historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Ulysses S. Grant, Mary Todd Lincoln, and Abigail Adams. There will be arts and crafts for the kids, souvenir photos with Presidential and First Lady look-alikes, and a spinning wheel demonstration by Abigail Adams. The Doo Wah Riders and the Los Angeles Police Concert Band, will entertain the public with their…