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So, you expect that you can find everything from shoes to makeup when you make a trip to the mall. Some are even becoming social spots, with restaurants and movie theaters. But, one of the largest malls in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties is increasing its cultural offerings. The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks is moving into a more than 5000 square foot space in The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks.

The founder and longtime board member for a South Coast museum has died.

Michael Yee was a businessman, and restaurant owner who loved the arts.

Yee formed a non-profit group in 2008 to open a glass and sculpture museum in the Conejo Valley. He put up $75,000 dollars of his own money to get the idea started, but then joined forces with others in the community to support the creation of a regional art museum. The result is the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks.