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Gary Lysik forced out as Calabasas city manager

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Calabasas City Manager Gary Lysik resigned under pressure this week following several months of staff and City Council criticism relating to his job performance and ethical standards. The council held six closed door sessions to discuss the embattled chief executive before making Monday’s announcement. Lysik took the city’s top managerial post in August 2018. Mayor Alicia Weintraub made the announcement […]

Second Gelson’s employee infected with virus

Grocery workers


An employee at the Gelson’s Market in the Westlake portion of Thousand Oaks tested positive for coronavirus on May 6, the second worker at Gelson’s stores in the Conejo/Las Virgenes valley to turn up sick in recent weeks. The Westlake store was closed overnight for cleaning and was set to reopen Thursday morning. The employee, who was not identified, last […]

Antibody tests ramp up

Kits available


Ventura County Public Health has begun testing for COVID-19 antibodies, a major step that must be taken before the local economy can reopen, experts say. The county has received 192 tests, which will be followed by 1,000 more in the coming weeks, with a goal of acquiring 10,000 shortly thereafter, said Mike Powers, county CEO. The purchase—at a cost of […]

Reopen protests spread



Holding signs that said “All jobs are essential,” “I have the right to work” and “Feeding my family is essential,” a crowd of around 400 to 500 protesters gathered outside the Ventura County government center May 1 to demand a swift end to the state’s 6-week-old stay-home mandate. The noon rally in Ventura coincided with similar demonstrations up and down […]

Gaines’ guidance can help

Calabasas City Councilmember Fred Gaines was elected to serve as the chairman of the board of directors for the Valley Economic Alliance, a San Fernando Valley business support group that is expected to play a key role in the region’s recovery from the pandemic. Outgoing chairman Randy Witt said Gaines has the ability “to engage our strategic partners as we […]

Water costs rise in pandemic

District rate hikes discussed


The coronavirus pandemic has shut down many parts of life, but there are some things that can’t be put on hold, like the payment of utilities. Las Virgenes Municipal Water District was informed of a pending rate hike by Southern California wholesale giant Metropolitan Water District, an increase that might have to be passed along to local customers. LVMWD partner […]

Multiple virus victims at Calabasas business

Positive tests came in March


Calabasas residents learned last week that 14 employees at a business in the city tested positive for COVID-19 as the pandemic broke. The workers at Western General Insurance Company on Las Virgenes Road tested positive in March. The building was closed and cleaned by the end of the month, officials said. In a post on Facebook, Calabasas Mayor Alicia Weintraub […]

This place is for the birds

Quarantine boredom broken up by chimney swift home invasion


First the coronavirus quarantine, then Alfred Hitchcock’s birds go on the attack. It just couldn’t get any stranger. Terry and Marianne Murphy and their two daughters were enjoying a stay-at-home meal April 20 when, a little after 7 p.m., they heard a loud noise that sounded like a water line break coming from their family room. The rush of sound […]

Bird attack breaks up quarantine boredom



First the coronavirus quarantine, then Alfred Hitchcock’s birds go on the attack. It just couldn’t get any stranger. Terry and Marianne Murphy and their two daughters were enjoying a stay-at-home meal April 20 when, a little after 7 p.m., they heard a loud noise that sounded like a water line break coming from their family room. The rush of sound […]

Oak Park High commits to virtual grad ceremony

Move ‘premature,’ one parent says


All eyes have been on the local school districts to see how they are handling senior graduation. Last week, Oak Park Unified School District became one of the first to announce plans for a graduation ceremony shaped by the coronavirus pandemic. Other districts, including Las Virgenes Unified, have also begun discussions about how to celebrate their senior classes while observing […]


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