‘Punisher’ makeover carries message

Artist says skull emblem hijacked by cops and others

Comic book heroes can be excellent role models—larger than life figures who do the right thing even if it puts them in danger. Sometimes the message gets confused and people model themselves after an icon for the wrong reasons. Such is the case with The Punisher, a Marvel Comics anti-hero known for his ruthlessness and use of violence to punish […]

Half of Las Virgenes non-teaching staff could be laid off

250 classified employees given pink slips

The coronavirus pandemic has forced schools to adapt to a world where crowds are a risk, and while the Las Virgenes and Oak Park school districts are still determining what the next school year will look like, one thing is certain: Fewer students on campus will mean fewer support staff needed to take care of them. LVUSD has notified 250 […]

Help for renters continues

Subsidies for Calabasas apartments will be extended

With unemployment numbers on the rise and no end to the pandemic in sight, one population is becoming increasingly vulnerable— renters. In Calabasas, where affordable housing is especially scarce, one rental community appears protected for now. At the Avalon Calabasas apartment complex on N. Orchid Lane near Lost Hills Road and Meadow Creek Lane, several dozen families are receiving subsidies […]

Really yellow lights ahead

Drivers in the area may have noticed a change to some of the stop lights on freeway overpasses. There’s a bright, new yellow frame around the signal lights that makes them more visible. The upgrade comes courtesy of the California Department of Transportation as part of a $2.2-million project to enhance safety for motorists. Only the lights along major highways, […]

Courts bring Cornerstone to a halt

California high court makes final ruling on Agoura project

Backers of the Cornerstone residential and commercial development in Agoura Hills have reached the end of the road in their quest to keep the ill-fated project on the city’s south side alive. The California Supreme Court June 24 upheld an appeals court ruling that called for a halt to the mixed-use development on Agoura Road. Both the Supreme Court and […]

County beaches close again

Holiday crowds worry health officials

Facing a resurgence in coronavirus cases, Los Angeles County has taken a step back in its attempt to reopen the economy. The county Board of Supervisors announced this week that all beaches, piers and bicycle paths will be closed for the holiday weekend from Fri., July 3 until Mon., July 6. In addition, all bars, breweries and wineries—which earlier received […]

Beck on foundation

The board of trustees of the Community Foundation for Oak Park appointed Aprylle Beck as a new member June 9. The foundation is a nonprofit that oversees a variety of Oak Park organizations; coordinates volunteers; provides grants; and awards scholarships. The member organizations support high school performing arts, instrumental music, the library, the community garden and the parent advisory board […]

Mugu beach tragedy claims three lives

Three people died June 25 after waves swept them off the rocks near Point Mugu beach, authorities said. According to Dep. Chris Dyer, one of the Camarillo Police Department deputies on the scene, the victims were a husband and wife in their early 50s and a woman in her early 70s. All three victims were from the city of El […]

Vandals accused of destroying BLM sign

‘We keep putting it up, they keep cutting it down,’ resident says

Local public officials have roundly denounced the actions of two county employees allegedly caught on camera defacing a Black Lives Matter banner hung from a fence in the Westlake portion of Thousand Oaks. Darrin Stone, 60, a service technician with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office who supervises inmates in the county jail, and Craig Anderson, 59, an investigative assistant at […]

‘Serious problem’ with racism in Calabasas, council member says

City could be a ‘poster child’ for it, Fred Gaines said

Comments made by Calabasas City Councilmember Fred Gaines at a June 10 meeting— including one that the city is the “poster child” for racism—have thrown residents and other community leaders for a loop with the suggestion that theirs is a racist city. Gaines said he heard racist comments from staffers at city hall and residents of the community leveled at […]

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