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‘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 […]

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 […]

School districts announce plans for fall

Oak Park allowing just 50% capacity


There’s no indication the world will return to normal anytime soon, but life doesn’t stop, and neither can school. Both Las Virgenes and Oak unified school districts are adapting to the pandemic by shifting and molding the classroom experience. The change to a purely digital classroom this spring was a reaction to the spread of the virus, but with several […]

Protesters honor Juneteenth



Hundreds of marchers joined their nationwide counterparts last Friday to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement and to commemorate Juneteenth, the June 19, 1865 date that marks the official end to slavery in the United States. Two marches, one starting in Agoura Hills and the other in Thousand Oaks, converged at Thousand Oaks and Westlake boulevards where participants […]

Agoura Hills names new city manager

Nathan Hamburger is expected to be named the new city manager of Agoura Hills effective July 1. The assistant Agoura Hills city manager since 2007, Hamburger will replace Greg Ramirez, who resigned from the city’s top managerial post at the end of May to become the City of Camarillo chief executive. Ramirez will assume his new post on July 1 […]


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