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Signs of life begin to percolate


It’s been almost two months since the coronavirus pandemic brought everyday life to a grinding halt with businesses, parks, trails and beaches closed, but as the number of new cases slowly decreases, governments have begun to ease up on the stay-at-home mandate that has crippled the local economy. On May 8, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that communities with decreasing rates […]

Freeway foul-up

Propane truck fire ruins Mother’s Day commute

Just as motorists were taking advantage of a soft reopening of the economy and hitting the road to visit moms on Mother’s Day, a propane fire aboard a tractor trailer on the northbound 101 in Thousand Oaks forced a freeway shutdown for much of the day. The truck containing 500 five-gallon propane tanks became fully engulfed in fire just before […]

Three-dozen cases turn up at senior care facility

Virus outbreak is largest in the area


Los Angeles County public health officials say a senior care facility in Calabasas has more than 40 cases of COVID-19 among its residents, the largest outbreak in the western San Fernando Valley. In addition to the 38 residents, six employees at Silverado Calabasas Memory Care Community on Calabasas Road have tested positive for the disease. The facility houses 65 residents. […]

Local man guilty of bank fraud



A Calabasas resident pleaded guilty in Los Angeles federal court last month to committing almost $1 million in bank fraud. Edgar Sargsyan, 39, an attorney with law offices in Beverly Hills, was charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, two counts of bribing a public official and two counts of making false statements to federal officials. He pleaded guilty to […]

Propane fire forces freeway shutdown

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Just as motorists were taking advantage of a soft reopening of the economy and hitting the road to visit Mom on Mother’s Day, a propane fire aboard a tractor-trailer truck on the northbound 101 in Thousand Oaks forced a freeway shutdown for much of Sunday morning and into the afternoon. The truck containing some 500 propane tanks became fully engulfed […]

Gary Lysik forced out as Calabasas city manager

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Calabasas City Manager Gary Lysik resigned under pressure this week following several months of staff and City Council criticism relating to his job performance and ethical standards. The council held six closed door sessions to discuss the embattled chief executive before making Monday’s announcement. Lysik took the city’s top managerial post in August 2018. Mayor Alicia Weintraub made the announcement […]

Second Gelson’s employee infected with virus

Grocery workers


An employee at the Gelson’s Market in the Westlake portion of Thousand Oaks tested positive for coronavirus on May 6, the second worker at Gelson’s stores in the Conejo/Las Virgenes valley to turn up sick in recent weeks. The Westlake store was closed overnight for cleaning and was set to reopen Thursday morning. The employee, who was not identified, last […]

Antibody tests ramp up

Kits available


Ventura County Public Health has begun testing for COVID-19 antibodies, a major step that must be taken before the local economy can reopen, experts say. The county has received 192 tests, which will be followed by 1,000 more in the coming weeks, with a goal of acquiring 10,000 shortly thereafter, said Mike Powers, county CEO. The purchase—at a cost of […]

Reopen protests spread



Holding signs that said “All jobs are essential,” “I have the right to work” and “Feeding my family is essential,” a crowd of around 400 to 500 protesters gathered outside the Ventura County government center May 1 to demand a swift end to the state’s 6-week-old stay-home mandate. The noon rally in Ventura coincided with similar demonstrations up and down […]

Gaines’ guidance can help

Calabasas City Councilmember Fred Gaines was elected to serve as the chairman of the board of directors for the Valley Economic Alliance, a San Fernando Valley business support group that is expected to play a key role in the region’s recovery from the pandemic. Outgoing chairman Randy Witt said Gaines has the ability “to engage our strategic partners as we […]


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