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A longtime South Coast law enforcement officer and police chief is retiring. Commander Tim Hagel has been Thousand Oaks Police Chief for six years, and a member of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office for more than 30.

Final preparations are underway for the formal dedication of what’s being called “The Healing Garden,” which is a permanent memorial in a Thousand Oaks park for the victims of the Borderline Bar and Grill attack. The memorial is in Conejo Creek Park North.

A South Coast community is starting the process of developing a new blueprint for its future growth. The City of Thousand Oaks is kicking off development of a General Plan update. It’s called Thousand Oaks 2045: Rooted in Community.

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A university on the South Coast is building a new math lab. The goal is to help underrepresented students succeed.

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks is creating a 700-square-foot Math Center inside Pearson Library.

Dr. Gabriela Cazares of Cal Lutheran says the project is being funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase the number of underrepresented students who earn teaching credentials.

An NPR news host emphasized the importance of listening at a time of much distraction in the world when he spoke in the Conejo Valley over the weekend. 

Morning Edition Host David Greene, appearing at a KCLU event on Saturday at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, says this is a time when we should be listening to each other more.

Some kids in the Conejo Valley are spending time at a unique business where they’re learning how to develop computer programs known as coding.

“You’re able to use coding to affect things in the real world like controlling one of these drones,” says 12-year-old Mason Tarter who comes to Code Ninjas in Thousand Oaks.

Photo by Brian Stethem

California Lutheran University is adding a film and television major.

For more than a decade, the Thousand Oaks-based university provided communication majors with the option of pursuing an emphasis in film and TV. But David Grannis, the program director of the new department, says that wasn't enough.

Photo by Rachel Schmid

There’s an exhibit on the South Coast that shows how science is used to uncover mysteries in art.

This display at the William Rolland Gallery of Art at California Lutheran University is called “Traces: Revealing Secrets in Art and History.”  It allows visitors to see how scientific techniques can uncover forgeries, predict aging, restore works close to their original states and more. 

Photo by the Meek Family

A memorial service was held Saturday at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks to pay tribute to another one of the victims of the November 7th Borderline Bar mass shooting. 

Twenty-three-year-old Justin Meek graduated from Cal Lutheran in May with a degree in criminal justice.

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The nonprofit wing of a major biotech firm on the South Coast is expanding a science education program that impacts college students across the globe.

The Amgen Foundation that’s based in Thousand Oaks is committing $21 million to fund its Amgen Scholars Program. 

Photo by David Grannis

A documentary on California’s historic drought produced by a South Coast college professor and his students will be screened this week.

The film “Turf Wars: SoCal Water Conservation” takes a deep look into the state’s severe drought and its impacts.  It was created by a film professor and his two students at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. 

Karie Portillo Guerra, who was a student when she helped create the film, says it was eye-opening to see the devastation in Central Valley towns that had pumped their groundwater dry.

Two South Coast scientists have been awarded a large grant for research on proteins.

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks analytical chemistry professor Katherine Hoffman and organic chemistry assistant professor Jason Kingsbury have received a $195,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to work with undergraduate students to research proteins that enable pathogenic bacteria to thrive.

A plan to replace an outdated fire station in Ventura County is moving ahead, after County Supervisors approved buying land from a church to build a new facility.

A former South Coast city official who eventually moved to the Central Coast has died.

Dan del Campo was a former Thousand Oaks City Councilman, and Mayor in the late 1990’s, and early 2000’s. He and his wife moved to San Luis Obispo County, where he worked at a Paso Robles radio station for six years, hosting a popular midday talk show.

In January, he was appointed as a San Luis Obispo County Planning Commissioner.

Details of his death weren’t released. Del Campo was 69 years old.

A multimedia exhibit on the horrific realities of human trafficking comes to the South Coast for three days. 

“The Apathy Effect Exhibit: Igniting Empathy to End Exploitation” in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks was open to the public on Friday and Saturday, and it continues on Monday.