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District attorney warns against home test kit price gouging



Amid concern that some outlets are seeking undue profit on the sale of at-home COVID-19 test kits, Ventura County District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced Tuesday that his office has established an electronic hotline to help protect residents against price gouging on the kits. The hotline comes in response to a Jan. 8 executive order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom that […]

Grossman preliminary finally set

But further delays could still happen if earlier hearing doesn't go as planned


Rebecca Grossman, the motorist accused of murder and other charges in the deaths of pedestrians Mark Iskander, 11, and his 8-year-old brother Jacob Iskander in Westlake Village two years ago is set for a preliminary hearing April 25 in Los Angeles County Superior Court. That’s when prosecutors will present evidence and the judge will decide whether the case should go […]

County sues Westlake Village restaurant over public health violations



The new wave of coronavirus cases has once again put to the test the patience of small businesses trying to stay profitable amid the ever-shifting landscape of COVID-19 restrictions. One local restaurant is still dealing with the fallout for its opposition to the health mandate imposed in 2021, prior to Omicron. The Westlake Village eatery is being sued by Los […]

Family seeks answers six months after man goes missing



Zoë Kustritz was in the mood for celebrating July 13, 2021 when she went to Basta restaurant in Agoura Hills for an Italian dinner. The then 26-year-old and her mother were in town from the East Coast to witness what seemed to be a turning point for Zoë’s 24-year-old brother, Jack Stein, a Minnesota resident who had been staying at […]

Better mask protection required for private employees, county says

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant, Los Angeles County public health officials are putting additional pressure on businesses to make sure employees are masked up properly. The public health department says that by no later than Jan. 17, employers are required to provide indoor workers in close contact with others with well-fitting medical […]

Rain, rain goes away

Hard to predict where current season is headed


Across the region, heavy rains last week created rock slides, toppled trees into lanes of traffic, and left some storm drains clogged with debris. Now the question is, will the December storms be enough? The ground is still soggy from the record-setting month and local reservoirs got a good replenishment, but water managers are cautious. California’s feast-or-to-famine winters are notorious […]

COVID home test kits find their way onto campus despite rocky roll-out for general public

COVID/OMICRON UPDATE
Long lines interfere with Ventura County handout, L.A. County offers mail option


With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 sweeping the state, residents of Los Angeles and Ventura counties have been given access to additional testing opportunities. Ventura County public health officials announced last month that 5,000 quick-result home test kits would be available for people confirmed to have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and who showed symptoms for up to three […]

New laws for 2022 aim high



The new year brings more than just hope that the difficulties of the previous year are behind. It heralds a slew of new laws hailed as the answer to a multitude of challenges facing Californians in 2022. Worker protections, voting rights and the state’s housing crunch are among the targets in a bushel basket of laws signed by Gov. Gavin […]

Westlake Village maps out 2022 goals



The new year brings an opportunity for residents of Westlake Village to meet with the City Council and express their hopes and desires for the coming year. In late January, the five-member body will hold its first study session regarding the city’s goals for 2022. At the beginning of each year, the council identifies and prioritizes items to include in […]

Sewage spill hits Lake Sherwood



One of the Conejo Valley’s bluest bodies of water turned a little brown last week. About 8,250 gallons of sewage mixed with rainwater escaped into Lake Sherwood on Dec. 30, the result of heavy rainfall and flooding overwhelming a pump station, said Mark Norris, general manager of the Triunfo Water and Sanitation District. “The vast majority of that was rainwater,” […]


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