Local leaders want power lines buried

Following every wildfire there’s a discussion about the best way to keep lives and property safe. A recent opinion piece signed by five area mayors and two county supervisors calls for utility companies to start burying power lines to ensure they don’t start a fire. Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks was one of the officials behind the letter. She composed […]

Agoura Hills mayor wants emphasis on preparedness

Northrup will head task force

Although recent rain has turned portions of the Santa Monica Mountains into a lush green carpet, the concern over wildfire is never far away. Mayor Linda Northrup said the City of Agoura Hills intends to make disaster preparedness a yearlong pursuit. Speaking at last month’s City Council meeting, Northrup announced that a task force has been formed to evaluate the […]

When it rains, it pours

ROADSIDE GEYSER—A fire hydrant that broke during last week’s rainy weather causes a large water spout to flood the intersection of Kanan Road and Roadside Drive in Agoura Hills. The incident occurred at about 9:30 p.m. Feb. 14. No other significant damage was reported.

Local ambulance on the move

Oak Park crew looks forward to having new home

Nobody wants to call an ambulance, but if the need arises, people expect their lifesaving personnel to be focused and alert. Ambulance technicians often work 24-hour shifts, most of which is downtime as they wait for calls to come in. But the crews who work for private companies can’t take their breaks at county facilities such as police and fire […]

New sheriff in command

The last time sheriff’s Lt. Salvador “Chuck” Becerra worked at the Lost Hills station he was a deputy taking orders. Now he’s giving them. Becerra, 50, is the station’s new commanding officer. A veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Becerra considers Lost Hills a homecoming—20 years ago he spent two years there as a deputy. His most recent […]

Agoura Hills planning commissioner appointed

Chris Anstead, a newly elected Agoura Hills City Council member, appointed Murtaza Mogri to the city’s planning commission. Anstead said he wanted someone on the panel who shared his vision about the importance of getting new residents involved in the community. “The majority of past planning commissioners have been residents (of Agoura Hills) all of their lives, and I wanted […]

Nature paints the town green

Flower power in full force thanks to fire-rain combo

Biologists say last year’s Woolsey fire and the recent steady rains are working in tandem to give the local hills their most beautiful splash of green, yellow and gold in many, many years. The peak flowering season that typically occurs in March and April is happening right now, and local biologists are excited. “We are expecting a very good showing […]

Fallen officer memorialized

Having spent most of his professional life behind a desk working in internet security, Jeffrey “Jef” Dye was ready for some adventure. In 2016, the experienced rock climber enlisted as a member of Ventura County Search and Rescue, a team of sheriff’s department volunteers called upon in emergency situations. “So others may live” is their motto. Though his time with […]

Resident gets 10 years on porn charges

A former Oak Park resident has been sent to prison for possession and attempted distribution of child pornography. Kenneth Baron, 31, pleaded guilty last month to three felonies and was sentenced to 10 years and four months in state prison. Baron was a registered sex offender. He was on parole for sex offenses and impersonating an officer and false imprisonment […]


Boy Scouts of America opening doors for both genders

For more than 100 years, Boy Scouts of America has provided members with a foundation in learning, adventure and community. Similar to the armed forces, age doesn’t matter—once a Scout, always a Scout. Boys who attain the vaunted Eagle rank share a bond for life. But starting this spring, the “boy” in Boy Scouts will be in name only. The […]

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