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Westlake prepares for day of family fun

The 16th annual Westlake Village City Celebration will run from 3 to 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 20 at the Civic Center, 31200 Oak Crest Drive. The afternoon and evening event brings together community groups and organizations for a family-friendly gathering. White Oak Family Fun Fair returns with rides like Zipper, swing chairs, pirate ship, Ferris Wheel, carousel, inflatables and a […]

Mall women say no to breast cancer

PAMPERED AND PROUD—Top photo from left, Kayo Matsumoto, program director for the Cancer Support Community; Tish Cabezas, marketing manager for The Oaks mall; and Amy Commans, vice president of community relations at the Los Robles Regional Medical Center, serve as organizers for the 2018 Paint the Town Pink fundraiser and awareness event hosted by the Cancer Support Community inside the […]

Arrest made in canyon burglaries

FREE Man also a suspect in shootings

The Los Angeles County Sheriff confirmed Wednesday evening that detectives arrested a man earlier in the day suspected of a string of burglaries that have rocked the upper Malibu Canyon area in recent months. Sheriff Jim McDonnell said after several hours searching the hills, detectives with the Major Crimes Bureau arrested Anthony Rauda, 42, on suspicion of burglary. Rauda has […]

Heads up, it’s fire season again

An extended drought coupled with this summer’s record hot temperatures have raised concerns about a potentially dangerous fall fire season. The year has already proved disastrous with major wildfires hitting the state’s wildlands and urban developments from north to south and occurring much earlier on the calendar than usual. Speaking recently to members of the Conejo/ Las Virgenes Future Foundation […]

Community Center break-in linked to recent burglaries

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies say a burglar who broke into the Agoura/Calabasas Community Center early Tuesday morning might be the same man responsible for a rash of break-ins over the last three months in the upper Malibu Canyon region. Described by detectives as an adult male with slender build and wearing dark clothing, the suspect reportedly used a rock […]

Edison switches over to fire-prevention mode

Changes in equipment use will prevent sparks, company says

Following what authorities are calling the worst fire year ever, Southern California Edison is taking steps to prevent sparks that might be caused by its equipment. The cost of the changes—estimated at over $580 million—will be passed on to customers in the forms of rate hikes. While the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has found power lines and […]

Agoura eyes new property

City will make bid for parcels that are delinquent on taxes

The City of Agoura Hills is hoping to purchase 24 parcels of land in the city that have defaulted on their property tax payments. The parcels lie at the southeast corner of Agoura and Cornell roads in the area known as Agoura Village. Some of the hillside property contains environmental elements that require attention or protection. Agoura Hills hopes to […]

Deadly fentanyl strikes again

The deadly drug fentanyl has claimed another life in the Conejo Valley, police say. This time, the man authorities believe supplied the powerful synthetic opioid has been arrested. At a Sept. 28 arraignment hearing, 23-year-old Donovan Ruiz of Malibu was brought up on six additional charges: five are drug-related and one charges possession of a deadly weapon. The D.A.’s office […]

North Area Plan getting a makeover

Original document is 18 years old

Driving through the Santa Monica Mountains can be beautiful and relaxing—but also a nightmare. Beach traffic can clog Kanan and Las Virgenes roads until it seems like walking would be a faster option. In theory, help is on the way. Los Angeles County is updating a plan that dictates land-use regulations and environmental protections in the Santa Monica Mountains, which […]

Creek busters clean up Las Virgenes

Stream restoration almost complete

As Los Angeles County underwent development through the years, many of its creeks and streams were turned into concrete-filled channels that could better accommodate the winter flooding that sometimes occurs. But slowly, over time, the concrete deteriorated, broke apart and turned some of the area’s most scenic waterways into a jumbled concrete mess that were not only an eyesore but […]

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