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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 […]

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. […]


One year following the area’s biggest fire, progress is made and hearts are healing

Everyone learned something from the Woolsey fire. Residents who fled the flames know what to bring with them next time. Homeowners who lost property learned to navigate the labyrinthine corridors of insurance reimbursement and government assistance. And stung by a recent Los Angeles County report that outlined areas in which the Woolsey firefighting agencies fell short, first responders have vowed […]

Families rebuild, but challenges remain

Tammy Maginnis Odell moved to Seminole Springs in 1989. The idyllic, mobile home park lies nestled in the rural Santa Monica Mountains south of Agoura, and life was mostly good in those days—she bought a home and raised her family there. As the years went by, never did she think she’d see a day like Nov. 8, 2018, the day […]

Never Forget

NEVER FORGET—First responders deserve unending appreciation. These thank you cards were made by members of the public, mostly young people, and delivered to area firefighters during a Woolsey fire one-year remembrance event Nov. 2 at Tavern 101 Grill & Tap House in Agoura Hills. It has been a year of heartbreak and healing.

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