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Proposed development brings shops, apartments —and citizen concerns

Housing needed in the city, but builder feels stymied



With a $1.75-billion commitment from the state budget and more than a dozen new bills in the works, Gov. Gavin Newsom late last year set a goal of building 3.5 million new homes over the next five years—and made a promise to meet California’s housing shortage head-on. One developer is ready to build 118 apartments in Agoura Hills, but says […]

WLV community leader dies



Westlake Village has lost a longtime city leader and community benefactor. Betty DeSantis, who served on the City Council from 1995 to 2003, died Dec. 14 at the age of 85. A mother of two, DeSantis was a member of the Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education from 1983 to 1987. A former nun, she also volunteered at […]

Resident removes hate signs

A resident of Park Sorrento in Calabasas withdrew the hate messages from his condo balcony late last week following complaints by pedestrians and motorists. Deputies with the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station responded on Jan. 14 to calls objecting to the signage at the home in the 23000 block of Park Sorrento. On the balcony were messages that included a swastika […]

Dreams of winters past when snowstorms slammed the county

White stuff in area mountains and canyons is not unheard of


Typical winter weather in Ventura County sees highs in the 60s and sometimes heavy rain, but it’s rare to see snow fall in the area A smattering of white in the surrounding mountains happens every now and then, but waking up to a winter wonderland at the lower elevations is a rarer occurrence. Here’s an account of some of the […]

Doctor in trouble for prescriptions

A local doctor is facing criminal charges after police say he committed prescription fraud. Dr. Erik Bezema of Thousand Oaks, a physician at Moorpark Family Medical Clinic, was taken into custody Jan. 17 following a two-month investigation by the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit. Bezema, 49, allegedly wrote himself prescriptions under another doctor’s name for phentermine, an amphetamine-like drug […]

Sterling named to manage Oxnard center



For music lovers who live near Los Angeles, there are plenty of opportunities to see big-name bands perform, but quality entertainment can also be found close to home—at The Canyon club in Agoura Hills, for example. Lance Sterling, a Moorpark resident and the Canyon founder, runs his business on the principle that a music fan in today’s world shouldn’t have […]

City wants goopy products recycled

California Strong makes a hit

HOA struggle intensifies

Lake Lindero fraud alleged


HOA meetings by and large are mundane affairs. Some homeowners attend, perhaps to discuss a barking dog or the unsightly new paint on a neighbor’s home. The business of the community is discussed, and all usually ends well. Then there’s Lake Lindero. A meeting for the 459-member homeowner’s association in Agoura Hills was scheduled for Wednesday, and the gathering at […]


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