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Man with ‘knowledge of explosives’ arrested for threatening Oak Park schools

TheVentura County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 74-year-old Agoura Hills man in connection with making criminal threats against the Oak Park School Unified District over the recent death of his son. Deputies joined officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and located Morton Green in Laughlin, Nev. where they took him into custody on July 10. According to his Facebook […]

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Schwarz only Agoura council member committed to November


After 25 years of public service to the City of Agoura Hills, mayor and councilmember Bill Koehler announced that he will not run for reelection in November. Koehler is the first of three incumbents to announce plans for the fall election. Councilmember Harry Schwarz said he will run for reelection, but Denis Weber, the city’s longest serving City Council member, […]

Quiet Oak Park concerned about new pump station

Plant will ensure water safety, officials say

Calleguas Water District hopes to receive permission soon to build a new pumping station on Lindero Canyon Road in Oak Park. Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District—which owns an open space meadow just north of Yerba Buena Elementary School where the station will be built—is expected to give final approval to the project on July 19. The $15-million pump station […]

Spejcher pleads not guilty in stabbing death of her boyfriend

The attorney for Thousand Oaks murder suspect Bryn Spejcher is asking that his client be allowed to continue practicing audiology. Damon Jenkins of the Ventura County public defender’s office appeared in court with the accused doctor last Friday as the 27-year-old entered a plea of not guilty to one count of first-degree murder in the death of Chad O’Melia, 26. […]

Sidewalk work nears completion

Improvements are taking shape along Westlake Boulevard

The Westlake sidewalk project crew has stepped it up and is running ahead of schedule, a city official said this week. The actual sidewalk construction was finished June 24, said project manager Mike Tohedian. Now the crew is adding in missing curb ramps on corners between Triunfo Canyon Road and the freeway that don’t have them, he said. Tohidian expects […]

Lush walking paths not without risk

On the Trail

This was hardly a bonanza year rain-wise for the Conejo, making life even that much more grueling for already drought-distressed oaks just beginning to rally after the 2017 deluge. Yet the amount of “groundlevel” greenery in riparian corridors shaded by our frail, gallant coast live oaks can be astonishing, even as summer unleashes its initial round of withering heat. I’ve […]

Reward offered in Malibu Creek shooting

The Malibu City Council approved a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for murdering Tristan Beaudette. The council approved the reward at its July 9 meeting. Beaudette, a 35-year-old chemist from Irvine, was camping with his daughters, ages 2 and 4, at Malibu Creek State Park when he was shot in the […]

Agoura Hills will improve Palo Comado


City’s third and final bridge update to begin soon Agoura Hills has come a long way from its roots as a shooting location for Paramount Pictures cowboy movies. The population has boomed, and the city has expanded its infrastructure with better roads and bridges to accommodate the ever-increasing traffic. Now that the city has finished renovating the overpasses at Kanan […]

Jewish eruv comes in peace, but some object

The installation of a religious marker across some streets in Agoura Hills has drawn the attention of locals who are concerned about its impact on wildlife. Leaders of the local Jewish community say the controversial practice is an expression of religious faith and is respectful of the community and the environment. The eruv, a delineation of public areas where Orthodox […]

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