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Motorcade bids farewell to Sgt. Helus


They came to pay their last respects. Law enforcement officers and first responders from across the Southland gathered in mourning along with hundreds of others on the streets near Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks on Thursday. In stunned disbelief, they watched as a procession transported Sgt. Ron Helus—who died trying to stop the Nov. 7 mass shooting […]

Wind driving 10,000-acre brush fire toward ocean

FREE Mobile home park threatened; evacuations ordered

An approximately 10,000-acre brush fire is threatening parts of Newbury Park after the blaze broke out in east Ventura County on Thursday afternoon. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for Dos Vientos and other Newbury Park neighborhoods. The fire started near Hill Canyon in the Santa Rosa Valley sometime around 2 p.m. and crossed over the ridgeline into Newbury Park, the […]

First responder in T.O. mass shooting ‘died a hero’


  Trained, poised and ready, Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus responded to the mass shooting Wednesday night at Borderline Bar—and made the ultimate sacrifice. Helus, a 29-year veteran of the department, is being hailed a hero today for charging into the restaurant first in an attempt by law enforcement to stop the shooter and save lives. He paid for […]

Details emerge in Borderline mass shooting

FREE Officer killed trying to stop shooter

      Thousand Oaks, long ranked among the safest cities in the U.S., has suffered America’s latest mass shooting. Police say Ian David Long, a 28-year-old Marine Corps veteran from Newbury Park, opened fire with a .45-caliber handgun around 11:20 p.m. Nov. 7 at Borderline Bar & Grill on Moorpark Road, which was hosting its weekly College Country Night. […]

Klein Lopez wins seat on Agoura City Council

Anstead surprises

Voters asked for change and they got it on Tuesday night. Two outsiders won seats on the Agoura Hills City Council in the Nov. 6 election and left one incumbent out of a job that he had hoped to continue for another four years. Newcomer Deborah Klein Lopez was the top vote- getter from start to finish. She received 4,214 […]

Ray Pearl in position to win WLV

McSweeney, Halpern reelected

A new member is poised to join the Westlake Village City Council. He is Ray Pearl, 49, executive director of the California Housing Consortium, a nonprofit organization that advocates for affordable housing. A former Navy officer, Pearl has lived in West- lake Village since 1998. With final provisional votes still being counted, he appears to have captured one of the […]

Border war erupts between two cities

Agoura pushes back on Calabasas annexation

Agoura Hills has taken steps to annex property that lies within unincorporated Los Angeles County at the eastern edge of the city—a move that pits Agoura against neighboring Calabasas, which previously sought to take control of a key property on the 43-acre swath at the northeast corner of Agoura Road between Liberty Canyon and Malibu Hills roads. The Calabasas City […]

New North Area Plan hopes to end party venue dispute

Part two in a series

Much of the Santa Monica Mountains comprises unincorporated territory, and when residents and businesses have a dispute to settle they must take their issue to the government of Los Angeles County. But the county code that controls businesses and development in the local mountains—known as the North Area Plan—hasn’t been updated in 18 years. Officials are working on a revised […]

Protesters show support for businesses

A protest outside the Oct. 25 meeting for the North Area Plan update got the attention it was after, although much of the focus was on the protestors and not their message. More than 45 people stood quietly outside the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District Headquarters wearing matching T-shirts and holding signs criticizing the noise limitation proposed in the plan’s […]

Council newcomers win seats in Agoura Hills, Westlake Village


  The third time is a charm for Chris Anstead, a 53-year-old West Point graduate and Agoura Hills resident who won election to the City Council Tuesday night in a voter groundswell that saw two newcomers swept into office and one incumbent defeated. Anstead, who lost two previous bids for the Agoura Hills City Council, finished with 23 percent (3,165 […]

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