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Mountain lion dead at hands of Simi Valley man, D.A. says

60-year-old charged with killing a protected mammal

This story was updated at 11:13 a.m. Sept. 11, 2019. The Simi Valley man charged with the fatal shooting of a mountain lion in the Santa Susana foothills in July was an employee of the Brandeis-Bardin Campus of American Jewish University in Simi Valley where the shooting took place, the Ventura County district attorney’s office said today. Deputy District Attorney […]

Bud Marley, beloved Las Virgenes educator, dies

Albert “Bud” Marley, an educational pioneer in the Las Virgenes community who nurtured a lifelong love for kids in the classroom, died on Sept. 4. The former Agoura Hills resident who moved to Thousand Oaks in his later years was 87. With his homespun style and personal connection to students, parents and teachers, Marley helped make the local public school […]

Motorcycle fatality hits troubled Agoura Hills intersection

Drivers believe Kanan, Eagleton not safe

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the cause of a Sept. 1 traffic fatality at an intersection on Kanan Road in Agoura Hills—the same spot where previous accidents and close calls have been reported. A 56-year-old male motorcycle rider was killed at around 5:40 p.m. when his bike ran into a Ford Escape automobile at the intersection of the city’s Kanan Road […]

Over-under discussed for Liberty Canyon wildlife crossing

Bridge favored instead of tunnel

Until a wildlife bridge is built over the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills, possibly within the next decade, an existing path and tunnel underneath Liberty Canyon Road remains the only place in the region where mountain lions and other wild animals can safely cross the highway as they roam the Santa Monica Mountains. The decades-old underpass gained notoriety in early […]

Ethnic studies curriculum viewed as anti-Semitic

Plan promotes Jewish stereotypes, critics say

Stung by accusations of anti Semitism, the California Board of Education announced that its ethnic-studies curriculum will be dropped in favor of a new model that is more sensitive to the Jewish experience. The state’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum that was awaiting approval as a potential high school graduation requirement came under heavy criticism by multiple cities, public school boards […]

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Homeowners lose insurance because of fire

Area too risky, agents say

Southern California is one of the most desirable places to live in the country, but it comes at a price. The risk of natural disaster hits property owners in the pocketbook. Due to the fires last November, homeowners in the region are facing higher rates and fewer options for insurance coverage, and some companies are shutting down policies altogether for […]

Schools’ gender diversity program criticized

The gender identity program introduced this year in Oak Park’s three elementary schools triggered a parent backlash at the school district’s Aug. 20 meeting. Students will learn about the issues surrounding gender diversity and why some children who demonstrate boy-girl behavior not consistent with previous norms are often victims of bully attacks. But critics have said the lessons are tantamount […]

Green New Deal backers seek Brownley’s support

But representative hesitant to sign on

Two-dozen climate-change activists gathered outside the Thousand Oaks office of U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley Aug. 8 to ask for her support of the Green New Deal, an ambitious—and controversial—legislative plan to address the crisis of a warming planet as well as societal problems such as economic inequality and racial injustice. The group held two follow-up demonstrations, but so far has […]

Housing pondered for Baxter Way

Developer submits plans for 240 apartments

The owner of Westlake’s largest industrial property wants to get into the housing business. Real estate investment firm Kennedy Wilson has submitted preliminary plans to the City of Thousand Oaks for 1 Baxter Way, a 40-acre site off Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Lakeview Canyon Road that is home to a 400,000-square-foot office building that for many years housed Baxter Healthcare […]

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