Authors sought for time-traveling advice

Are you a young adult with some advice for yourself 40 years from now? The publishers of a new book want to hear from you. A sequel to Thousand Oaks-based marketing team’s book “Ventura County Leaders, Go Back in Time to Their Twenty-First Birthday” needs words of wisdom for the 60-year-olds they’ve yet to become.

Mustang Marketing’s Founder and President Scott Harris and COO and Principal Diane McKay are looking for young adults aged 17 to 20 who live, work or go to school in Ventura County to contribute to the new book, “Ventura County Young Adults Flash-Forward to Their 60th Birthdays.”

“We’re inviting this demographic to contribute by answering a simple question,” said Harris. “The question being, ‘If you could go forward in time and give advice to yourself on your 60th birthday, what would you say?’ “

One-hundred responses will be collected and published, with the name and title of the contributor accompanying. There is a 100-word limit, or a few bullet points.

For more information and to submit, email by Friday, March 31, with the subject line “60th Birthday Advice.”

Simulate Thousand Oaks’ budget with new online tool

Think you’ve got the brains to implement the city of Thousand Oaks’ budget? Give it your best shot as the city launches Your City, Your Budget, an online budget engagement simulator.

The simulator allows residents to diddle with expenditures, manipulate allowances and gain an overall impression of the complicated and fun world of city economics.

“We are excited to collaborate with residents to better understand their vision for the future of Thousand Oaks,” said City Finance Director John Adams. “We hope the community finds the budget simulator convenient and beneficial so we can continue to implement it during future budget cycles”

The city says it hopes that residents will gain a “better understanding of the difficult choices involved in the budgeting process” using the simulator, and hopes that insights gathered from the simulator will result in new ideas.

For more information and to give the simulator a go, visit

LULAC celebrates 88th years with leadership breakfast

The League of United Latin American Citizens, LULAC, will celebrate 88 years of fighting for Latino civil rights with its annual leadership breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 11, in Oxnard.

The League was formed in 1929 and is the largest and oldest of its kind in the United States, promoting the Latino community. At the breakfast, League District 17 will recognize three community members for their roles in furthering the mission to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, environment advocacy, health and civil rights.

Richard Castaniero will receive the League’s 2017 Education Award. Castaniero, from Santa Paula High School, is being recognized for organizing the “Annual Spring Leadership Conference where a hundred students are trained in goal setting, public speaking, and team building,” among other achievements. Oxnard Mayor Pro Tem Carmen Ramirez will receive the 2017 Community Service and Leadership Award for her work within the city, and Oxnard School District Superintendent César Morales will receive the 2017 Literacy Award for his work in bilingual literacy.

Tickets to the event are $25 at the door, and reservations are encouraged. The event will be held at La Fonda del Rey Restaurant, 455 S. A St., in Oxnard, 9-11 a.m. For more information, call 816-6805.