Closure for lanes on the 101

The California Department of Transportation has begun repairs along the northbound 101 Freeway due to damage caused by the Woolsey fire in Calabasas and Agoura Hills. The two right lanes and shoulder of northbound US- 101 from Parkway Calabasas Road to Liberty Canyon Road, and northbound Las Virgenes Canyon Road on and off ramps will be closed from 7 p.m. […]

Calabasas renews Chinese connection

FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD—Outgoing Calabasas Mayor Fred Gaines takes part in a recent signing ceremony for the renewal of a Sister City relationship with the City of Anqing, China. Gaines signed the agreement with Anqing’s Senior Vice Mayor Zhang Jun Yi. Calabasas has been a sister to Anqing for 16 years. The metropolis is home to almost 6-million people and […]

Fire believed to have killed second lion

‘Culvert Cat’ known for his ability to navigate the freeways

National Park Service researchers have discovered the remains of P-64, a male mountain lion who survived the flames of the Woolsey fire only to die a short while later. Although the cause of death isn’t certain, P-64’s paws were found to be visibly burned, the park service said. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will conduct a postmortem examination. […]

Surviving the inferno

While hundreds of homes were burned in the Woolsey fire, leaving families displaced and communities reeling, many are thankful the flames mostly stuck to the mountains where trees and chaparral scrub were the main targets. But that open space was home to another community that’s been displaced: wildlife. The burned hillsides were home to a rich ecosystem, which is beginning […]

Forum will offer resources for residents

Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, whose district includes much of the Woolsey fire-affected areas, will host two town hall meetings to provide resources for residents and answer questions that have arisen following the fires. The meetings will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 13 at King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas, and also from 1 […]

First fire, then rain

Recent downpour creates headaches for Old Agoura

When the almost 100-year-old Chesebro Road bridge was destroyed in the Woolsey fire, Old Agoura residents had plenty of reason to be concerned. When emergencies threatened, the trusty bridge provided one of the few escape routes for residents in the north part of the community. But fire wasn’t the only issue in town. Last week’s heavy rainfall brought a new […]

Housing advocate on council


At its government reorganization meeting last week, the Westlake Village City Council welcomed a new member to the dais. Ray Pearl, 49, was sworn in to the council on Dec. 5. He was one of two challengers who competed to fill the seat vacated by longtime Councilmember Mark Rutherford, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Pearl garnered 1,955 votes, […]

Coroner identifies Woolsey fire victims

Son was from Oak Park

The Los Angeles County Coroner released the identity Tuesday of a man and a woman who perished in the Woolsey fire. Oak Park resident Anthony Noubar Baklayan, 57, and his mother Shoushan Baklayan, an 82-year-old Malibu resident, died Nov. 9 on the second day of the fire when a blaze trapped them in their car in the 33000 block of […]

Newcomers take oath of office


Almost three decades have passed since the last time more women than men sat on the Agoura Hills City Council. In 1991, the council was nicknamed “Kurtz and Skirts” when member Ed Kurtz was the only male on the panel with Fran Pavley, Louise Rishoff, Darlene McBane and Vicky Leary. On the national political scene, 2018 saw a record number […]

Sgt. Helus died from officer’s bullet


Borderline hero Sgt. Ron Helus was killed by friendly fire, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said last week at a press conference in Thousand Oaks. In the heat of a gun battle with shooter Ian Long, Helus was struck by a single bullet fired from a California Highway Patrol officer’s rifle that pierced his vest and hit his heart, ultimately […]

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