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Sheriff seeks community support for nonlethal weaponry

‘I’d rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it,’’ commander says


It’s been three months since locals took to the streets to protest police violence against the Black community and call for funds to be directed away from the authorities and toward education and social services. The demonstrations from Calabasas to Thousand Oaks were peaceful, but in other cities across the country the protests sometimes turned violent as looters and armed […]

Catalytic converter theft has victims fuming

Replacement part proves costly


There are many things that can break on a car, but when the engine turns over and it sound like a drag racing machine, the problem might not be what’s there, but what’s not there—like a missing catalytic converter. A catalytic converter is a device connected to a vehicle’s exhaust system that reduces toxic gases and pollutants from an internal […]

Water demo plant debuts



The greater Conejo Valley region is entirely dependent on water imported from Northern California. If an emergency severs any of the delivery pipelines, residents would be in dire straits. Working in tandem to reduce the reliance on imported drinking water, joint venture partners Las Virgenes Municipal Water District and Triunfo Water and Sanitation District last week unveiled their new Pure […]

Hot, hot, hot

Record-setting heat pummels area from West Valley to Westlake


Local residents labored through record temperatures over the holiday weekend, turning up air conditioners and hunkering down inside as a sweltering heat wave blanketed the region. The West San Fernando Valley lived up to its reputation as the hottest place in Los Angeles County with a record 121 degrees on Sept. 6. The previous high was 119 in 2006, the […]

Salons back on track

Indoor haircuts allowed to resume at reduced capacity




As soon as the announcement came on Sept. 2 that Los Angeles County hair salons could reopen, shops up and down the Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys pulled out the scissors and plugged in the blow-dryers. Despite a new, four-tier reopening system that keeps the county pegged in the highest risk group amid continued growth in COVID-19 cases, restrictions were […]

Oak Park students request diversity awareness

Claim offensive words still being used


For years the Black community has pushed for greater awareness about the racism it faces, and the developments of 2020 have only furthered their resolve. The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and the shooting of Jacob Blake turned racial bias into a coast-to-coast tinderbox that has lasted for weeks. From schools to offices, many are seeking more sensitivity […]

Residents labor through record heat

Local residents labored through record temperatures over the holiday weekend. The West San Fernando Valley lived up to its reputation as the hottest place in Los Angeles County with a record 121 degrees on Sept. 6. The previous high was 119 in 2006, National Weather Service said. The L.A. County Department of Public Health extended an extreme heat warning through […]

Local hair salons make the cut

Shops finally allowed to reopen


As soon as the announcement came on Sept. 2 that Los Angeles County hair salons could reopen, shops up and down the Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys pulled out the scissors and plugged in the blow-dryers. Despite a new, four-tier reopening system that keeps the county pegged in the highest risk group amid continued growth in COVID-19 cases, restrictions were […]

Students take Pledge outdoors



Although students can’t return to campus, parents still want a sense of normalcy in their daily lives. One neighborhood in Agoura Hills is doing what it can to make sure their children remember the rhythm of on-campus life. A group of kids who live in the 5400 block of Cedarhaven Drive—all students at Yerba Buena Elementary School in Agoura Hills—gather […]

Pesticide bill clears Senate

Further ban issued on anticoagulants


Amid the backdrop of a pending state law that ups the ban on rodenticides in California, the National Park Service reports a female bobcat and a male mountain lion died earlier this year in the local mountains due to anticoagulant rat poison. It’s only the second time in the 24-year history of park service animal tracking that a bobcat has […]


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