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Victims’ memorial moved to Borderline

The loving makeshift memorial to the 12 lives lost at Borderline Bar and Grill last month has made the short trip home. Last Sunday, volunteers from the City of Thousand Oaks and the Thousand Oaks Police Department worked in concert with Borderline employees and the victims’ families to relocate the flowers, photographs, candles, balloons, flags, notes, stuffed animals and pieces […]

Protecting the innocent

When animals have to be evacuated

Evacuating from a fire is harrowing. In a frantic rush, people must decide what to take and where to go as the flames approach. And for those that have large pets or livestock, the situation becomes even more stressful. Cats and dogs can travel in a car alongside human belongings, but moving a 1,500-pound horse is a different animal altogether. […]

First fire, then rain

Recent downpour creates headaches for Old Agoura

When the almost 100-year-old Chesebro Road bridge was destroyed in the Woolsey fire, Old Agoura residents had plenty of reason to be concerned. When emergencies threatened, the trusty bridge provided one of the few escape routes for residents in the north part of the community. But fire wasn’t the only issue in town. Last week’s heavy rainfall brought a new […]

Housing advocate on council


At its government reorganization meeting last week, the Westlake Village City Council welcomed a new member to the dais. Ray Pearl, 49, was sworn in to the council on Dec. 5. He was one of two challengers who competed to fill the seat vacated by longtime Councilmember Mark Rutherford, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Pearl garnered 1,955 votes, […]

Coroner identifies Woolsey fire victims

Son was from Oak Park

The Los Angeles County Coroner released the identity Tuesday of a man and a woman who perished in the Woolsey fire. Oak Park resident Anthony Noubar Baklayan, 57, and his mother Shoushan Baklayan, an 82-year-old Malibu resident, died Nov. 9 on the second day of the fire when a blaze trapped them in their car in the 33000 block of […]

Newcomers take oath of office


Almost three decades have passed since the last time more women than men sat on the Agoura Hills City Council. In 1991, the council was nicknamed “Kurtz and Skirts” when member Ed Kurtz was the only male on the panel with Fran Pavley, Louise Rishoff, Darlene McBane and Vicky Leary. On the national political scene, 2018 saw a record number […]

Borderline hero killed by friendly fire

By Kyle Jorrey and Becca Whitnall, Borderline hero Sgt. Ron Helus was killed by friendly fire, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said Friday at a press conference in Thousand Oaks. In the heat of a gun battle with shooter Ian David Long, Helus was struck by a single bullet fired from a California Highway Patrol officer’s rifle that […]

Starry night benefit helps victims

Celebs gather at King Gillette Ranch

Two weeks ago, Joe Rickabaugh returned to his Seminole Springs neighborhood to sift through the remains of his home. The Woolsey fire had reduced it to ashes. Last Sunday, the mood was much brighter as Rickabaugh appeared at King Gillette Ranch near Calabasas to watch pop megastars Gwen Stefani and Katy Perry perform at the One Love Malibu Festival, an […]

Commons celebrates 20th

Calabasas shopping center born out of conflict, desire for a better city

For months the bickering went on: Calabasas City Council members in a slow grind with mega- L.A. developer Rick Caruso over just about every single aspect of how the grand new shopping center on Calabasas Road would look like. Arguing at meetings into the wee hours of the morning over building materials, paint colors, parking spaces and building heights, the […]

Chesebro overpass renovation underway

Work will take two years

Construction has begun on the $13-million Chesebro Bridge upgrade over the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills. The Chesebro Road/Palo Comado Canyon Road interchange will also undergo renovation. Crews started working on the project Nov. 28, putting up signs, removing vegetation and installing concrete safety barriers in the project areas. The work required the northbound on- and off-ramps to be closed […]

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