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Local car wash owner pays employees despite layoffs

50 workers at Agoura Hills business will still get paychecks


Car washes are not deemed an essential business during the pandemic. When the statewide stay-at-home order was issued in March, Southern California car wash magnate David Delrahim was faced with sending his employees to the unemployment line or continuing to pay them despite the closures. Delrahim, who lives in Hidden Hills, operates 20 car washes across southern California and had […]

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Repairs keep coming even during virus lockdown

Auto repair shops are one of the essential businesses that are allowed to operate during California’s stay-at-home order. Westlake Independent is a locally owned shop that has adjusted its business practices to support its customers during the health crisis. Bruce Nation, owner of Westlake Independent, has faced many challenges since opening his shop in 1988, including the Northridge earthquake in […]

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Prayers answered by stimulus

The Small Business Administration announced that all faith-based organizations affected by COVID-19 are eligible to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Following the passage of the emergency stimulus, the administration and Congress acted to ensure that religious nonprofits, just like small businesses, have access to funds to keep their workers paid and employed. […]

Pandemic doesn’t mean no hairdo



Betty Harger has been a professional hairstylist for almost two decades. But she’s always considered herself more of a “hairapist.” Clients visit her for a cut and color, but in the meantime, they talk about their days, swap stories about their kids, laugh and relax while Harger works her magic. Then, Harger sends them on their way, looking and feeling […]

Pre-fab ADUs present good rental income opportunity

A new company, Orbit Homes, is converting homeowners into landlords by “dropping” ADUs— accessory dwelling units—into their backyards. In an effort to provide more housing in the state, new laws in California took effect this year that encourage homeowners to build so-called ADUs, also referred to as granny flats, in-law suites, back houses or guest houses. The law allows for […]

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Housing plan submitted for 1 Baxter Way



Global real estate investment giant Kennedy Wilson has submitted new plans for 1 Baxter Way, a commercial property near the 101 Freeway and Westlake Boulevard that it hopes to augment with 240 apartments. The plans have been revised to reflect nine months of input from Thousand Oaks city staff, said Dave Eadie, a senior vice president in KW’s entitlement and […]

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