Los Angeles County gets lion’s share of fire payout

Southern California Edison announced it will pay $360 million to some two-dozen public entities related to the fires of 2018 that were caused by SCE equipment, a settlement that includes a $210 million payout to Los Angeles County for the Woolsey fire. Cities, park districts and other public agencies sued the utility company for starting the fire that burned more […]


Chopper company on the job with pole repairs in Old Agoura

Telephone poles are the perfect fuel for wildfires, but next time a conflagration rolls through the region utility companies are hoping to have the upper hand. In the Woolsey fire some 1,400 poles were damaged or destroyed and 175 miles of bare wiring was lost. Following the fire, Southern California Edison began installing stronger poles, insulated power lines and improved […]

New school bond possibly on ballot

Las Virgenes seeking taxpayer dollars for campus safety and other improvements

The Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education will likely be voting at its Dec. 3 meeting whether to place a new bond measure on the March 2020 ballot. The general obligation, or municipal bond, would allow the district to invest in critical infrastructure maintenance and campus updating and repairs, school officials said. Gleaning information from a Facilities Needs […]

Mayor talks up city’s progress

During his State of the City address Nov. 7, Calabasas Mayor David Shapiro praised residents and city officials for weathering the challenges of the Woolsey fire a year earlier. The theme of the event at Calabasas High School’s Performing Arts Education Center was resilience and caring. Calabasas demonstrated both, Shapiro said. “We continue to heal this year; we take action […]

Healing Garden dedicated

A special portion of Conejo Creek Park North now stands in tribute to the victims and survivors of what Thousand Oaks Mayor Rob McCoy called “the most seminal event in the history of our city.” More than 2,000 people filled the Janss Road park Nov. 7—one year to the day following the deadly the shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill—to […]

Teen suspected of dealing drugs

Police say they seized a large cache of drugs from a suspected teen dealer in Oak Park. The 17-year-old, whose name was not released because he is a minor, reportedly had in his possession 1 pound of marijuana, 124 THC vape cartridges, 54 grams of psychedelic mushrooms, 100 doses of LSD, oxycodone pills, promethazine with codeine and 54 capsules of […]

Restaurant co-owner arrested

The co-owner of the seafood chain Lure Fish House in Westlake Village was arrested in Taiwan on Nov. 2 after a remote-control glider he was piloting struck and killed a woman, authorities said. David Cortina, 57, was visiting Taiwan to take part in a World Air Sports Federation glider competition. The English-language newspaper Taiwan News reported that Cortina’s glider struck […]

Ash trees threaten park

A tree can be more than just a source of shade, it can also mark the passage of time. Like the branches of a tree that grows in a park, children grow, too. Families become attached to certain trees and want to see them protected. The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, which oversees Mae Boyar Park in Oak Park, […]

Block heroes are thanked

When fire strikes, residents sometimes have to fend for themselves. Homeowners on Smoke Tree Avenue in Oak Park still have daunting memories of the Woolsey fire a year ago, which threatened to destroy a large, well-loved eucalyptus tree at the home of Jay and Linda Kapitz. Last Saturday, the Kapitz family invited a group of community members to their home […]

Police searching Oaks mall for group that led CHP on high-speed pursuit

FREE Chase started on I-5 at the Grapevine

Law enforcement officers have spent the past hour scouring The Oaks mall in search of a group of men who tried to outrun the California Highway Patrol. Sometime Monday morning, the Los Angeles County division of the CHP broadcast a bulletin about a car driving erratically near the Grapevine area of the 5 Freeway, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. […]

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