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Not ‘if’ but ‘when’

Construction proponents undeterred by slow fundraising

Efforts to build a Liberty Canyon wildlife bridge that would enable mountain lions to roam the rugged Santa Monica and Simi open spaces are moving ahead in 2019, said Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, California director for the National Wildlife Federation. Supporters have made significant headway since the #SaveLACougars campaign was launched in 2014. But fundraising for the wildlife bridge over the 101 […]

Purse thieves come out of the shadows

Women are unsuspecting victims

More than a dozen women have reported recent handbag thefts at area shopping centers and restaurants—a crime that means they will have to call banks, credit card companies and other financial institutions as they try to keep their stolen cards from being used. One woman, who asked to be anonymous for this story, reported that her wallet was stolen out […]

Trees and power lines not a good mix

Locals love their trees, but trees don’t love power lines. When the two come into contact the results can be deadly. Following the disastrous fire season that left hundreds of thousands of acres across California scorched, utility companies are working to minimize the chances of their infrastructure sparking another blaze. Power giant Southern California Edison has admitted that its lines […]

Snow in town, seriously?

Or something that sure looked like snow

At first it was rain, then hail, and even snow. Unmistakable snowflakes gathered on clothing and car windshields, if only for a moment. Most resident couldn’t believe their eyes. During the afternoon of Feb. 21, a cold front dropped a light layer of snow on the region, including pockets of Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. Kristin Stewart, […]

Wildfire prevention forum stokes new ideas

Fires don’t just burn buildings— they destroy Mother Nature herself. The Calabasas Environmental Commission hosted a forum on Feb. 21 to inform residents about the environmental impact of the Woolsey fire and to discuss ways they can protect their homes. The biggest lesson of the evening: It’s not a matter of if a fire will start, but when. Katy Delaney, […]

Nature paints the town green

Flower power in full force thanks to fire-rain combo

Biologists say last year’s Woolsey fire and the recent steady rains are working in tandem to give the local hills their most beautiful splash of green, yellow and gold in many, many years. The peak flowering season that typically occurs in March and April is happening right now, and local biologists are excited. “We are expecting a very good showing […]

Fallen officer memorialized

Having spent most of his professional life behind a desk working in internet security, Jeffrey “Jef” Dye was ready for some adventure. In 2016, the experienced rock climber enlisted as a member of Ventura County Search and Rescue, a team of sheriff’s department volunteers called upon in emergency situations. “So others may live” is their motto. Though his time with […]

Local ambulance on the move

Oak Park crew looks forward to having new home

Nobody wants to call an ambulance, but if the need arises, people expect their lifesaving personnel to be focused and alert. Ambulance technicians often work 24-hour shifts, most of which is downtime as they wait for calls to come in. But the crews who work for private companies can’t take their breaks at county facilities such as police and fire […]

New sheriff in command

The last time sheriff’s Lt. Salvador “Chuck” Becerra worked at the Lost Hills station he was a deputy taking orders. Now he’s giving them. Becerra, 50, is the station’s new commanding officer. A veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Becerra considers Lost Hills a homecoming—20 years ago he spent two years there as a deputy. His most recent […]

Agoura Hills planning commissioner appointed

Chris Anstead, a newly elected Agoura Hills City Council member, appointed Murtaza Mogri to the city’s planning commission. Anstead said he wanted someone on the panel who shared his vision about the importance of getting new residents involved in the community. “The majority of past planning commissioners have been residents (of Agoura Hills) all of their lives, and I wanted […]

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