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Coffee store debate stirs fear about city’s oak trees

Planners deny drive-thru lane at Agoura Hills Starbucks

The Agoura Hills Planning Commission voted unanimously June 20 to deny a drive-thru lane at the Starbucks coffee store in the Twin Oaks shopping center on Kanan Road. Two dozen people at the meeting spoke out against the project and objected to the removal of several oak trees and the damage to others that the new construction might have caused. […]

Home prices, worker shortage threaten local economy

Fifth straight year of flat growth predicted

A housing affordability crisis threatens to deepen an already wobbly Ventura County economy that has seen a record number of workers move out of the area due to high prices, an analyst told the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce last week. The county faces a fifth consecutive year of zero economic growth, Matthew Fienup of Cal Lutheran University’s Center […]

Kanan Shuttle faces major funding loss

Oak Park is a small community with a big problem: traffic. The main routes in and out are Kanan and Lindero Canyon roads, both interrupted with frequent stoplights. The morning rush hour begins before residents even reach the freeway. Public transit is an easy fix—fewer cars mean less traffic— but the only option that covers the area, the Kanan Shuttle, […]

Groovin’ in the park

Yesterday and today

Class of ‘69 and other grads from a half-century ago join celebration

Fifty years ago Agoura High School was a new, forward thinking kind of public school with a lax dress code, young teachers and even some classes held outdoors in a school amphitheater. More than 200 students who graduated from the tiny, rural school in the years 1968 to 1973 gathered recently for a party at Calamigos Ranch to reminisce about […]

CHS graduates hit the road


As soon as they throw their mortarboards in the air, high school graduates are faced with a decision about the next phase of their lives. Do they stay close to home or venture out and build a life somewhere else? Two Calabasas seniors who graduated June 13 have chosen to leave California behind and strike out on their own. Woodland […]

Hate graffiti prompts extra security

Vandals deface civic center in Calabasas

Recent reports of vandalism have prompted City Council members to consider paying $125,000 for a private security patrol at the Calabasas Civic Center. On June 8, vandals wrote “KKK” in prominent letters on two walls at the civic center and also drew a swastika. City Manager Gary Lysik said surveillance footage of the area showed a group of more than […]

Cougar in the fast lane

The National Parks Service said a mountain lion recently sighted in Hidden Valley is not one of the animals they’ve been tracking in their scientific study of the big cats. The mountain lion was captured on camera by a family driving in the area the evening of June 11. Lonna Neet said she, her husband and her daughter were leaving […]

Cougar catches residents by surprise in Hidden Valley

Video shows big cat leaping over bushes

A Lake Sherwood family got a reminder of just how close their community is to nature when they had an encounter with a large mountain lion Tuesday evening. Lonna Neet said she and her husband and daughter were leaving a friend’s house in Hidden Valley off Potrero Road around 7 p.m. June 11 when her daughter spotted something through the […]

Don’t hide your pride

TWO SIDES TO THIS STORY—Fashion designer and author Evey Rosenbloom wears a half-tux, half-dress outfit to her kids’ book signing June 8 at Barnes & Noble in Westlake. June is LGBTQ Pride Month and her two paperbacks,“You Were Born To Be You”and“Let Yourself Sparkle,” are books that promote kindness, diversity and freedom of expression through the clothes people wear.

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