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Calabasas denied Spirent annexation

Agoura Hills will try to claim the contested 43-acre site


A request by the City of Calabasas to annex a 43-acre parcel of land in Liberty Canyon from Los Angeles County was turned down last week, closing the door on the city’s hope for an additional $600,000 in yearly tax revenue. The property, which lies at the intersection of Agoura Road and Liberty Canyon Road outside the city limits, contains […]

Rain keeps residents on edge

Back-to-back storms strike

The promise of several more days of steady rain and the threat flooding and mudslides prompted public safety officials to call for mandatory evacuations in certain Woolsey fire burn areas this week. Residents of 300 homes in Oak Park, Malibou Lake, Malibu and several other neighborhoods were told to leave their homes. A senior living facility in Newbury Park was […]

Green power group readies for changeover

Customers in Agoura, Calabasas, Oak Park affected


Supporters of the Clean Power Alliance say it will put an end to Southern California Edison’s electricity monopoly. But critics say the fact that residents are automatically enrolled in CPA—as opposed to being asked to sign up—makes it feel like something else altogether. “If this were a legitimate proposition it would allow Edison customers to opt in voluntarily, rather than […]

Wild freeway chase ends with man shot to death



First the rain, then a car chase that ended with an officer-involved shooting: Last Saturday was not the time to be on the 101 Freeway. A pursuit that began the morning of Jan. 12 in Camarillo with a domestic violence call came to a violent conclusion at around 12:30 p.m. on the southbound freeway just before the Las Virgenes Road […]

Trails reopen amid new green growth

The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority said it has opened most of the MRCA-managed parks that were previously closed following the November Woolsey fire. Workers have completed their job of clearing hazardous conditions from the parks and open space, MRCA says. In addition, to ensure public safety, MRCA has conducted limited radiological analysis of soils in the Upper Las Virgenes […]

Kanan’s road to recovery following Woolsey



Kanan Road is one of the primary thoroughfares for Southern California commuters headed to the coast. It also runs through Woolsey fire ground zero, where hillsides were laid bare, guardrails destroyed, power lines interrupted and road signs warped. It will take time for the greenery to return, but other repairs are underway—work crews are fixing the road, erecting new guardrails […]

Gun control, gender issues legislated

NEW LAWS OF 2019


Overtime pay for agricultural workers and transparency in law enforcement were among the California laws going into effect with the start of the new year. Gender-neutral driver’s licenses will be available to the public, and another new law requires classes in school that teach students the difference between real news and fake news. Workplace As of Jan. 1, workers received […]

Rauda charged in Malibu Creek State Park murder

FREE Accused of 10 other attempted killings in Malibu Creek area

The Los Angeles district attorney’s office announced it has charged Anthony Rauda with the murder of Tristan Beaudette, 35, who was shot and killed while in his tent during a June 2018 camping trip with his two young daughters at Malibu Creek State Park. Rauda, 42, has also been charged with 10 counts of attempted murder in connection with a […]

WILDLIFE VS WILDFIRES

Group says environmental policy
putting residents at risk


In the stack of papers inside the notebook that geologist Lynn Gray Jensen carries to interviews are maps from a 2009 fire plan that she says illustrates the influence environmentalists have on public policy. She points to one of the main recommendations in the 50-page Fire Management Plan created by the Ventura County Fire Protection District calling for firefighters to […]

Students wow with major award

TRUSTY FRIEND— Officer Doug Kohno of the Santa Monica Police Department and also a White Oak Elementary School parent, gives student Charlie Robison a WOW ( White Oak Wonders) award during a Dec. 12 ceremony. The theme of the award, which was given to 50 students at the Westlake Village school, is “ trustworthiness.” Principal Laila Jorns holds a certificate […]


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