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Police searching Oaks mall for group that led CHP on high-speed pursuit

FREE Chase started on I-5 at the Grapevine


Law enforcement officers have spent the past hour scouring The Oaks mall in search of a group of men who tried to outrun the California Highway Patrol. Sometime Monday morning, the Los Angeles County division of the CHP broadcast a bulletin about a car driving erratically near the Grapevine area of the 5 Freeway, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. […]

OUT OF THE ASHES

One year following the area’s biggest fire, progress is made and hearts are healing


Everyone learned something from the Woolsey fire. Residents who fled the flames know what to bring with them next time. Homeowners who lost property learned to navigate the labyrinthine corridors of insurance reimbursement and government assistance. And stung by a recent Los Angeles County report that outlined areas in which the Woolsey firefighting agencies fell short, first responders have vowed […]

Families rebuild, but challenges remain



Tammy Maginnis Odell moved to Seminole Springs in 1989. The idyllic, mobile home park lies nestled in the rural Santa Monica Mountains south of Agoura, and life was mostly good in those days—she bought a home and raised her family there. As the years went by, never did she think she’d see a day like Nov. 8, 2018, the day […]

Never Forget

NEVER FORGET—First responders deserve unending appreciation. These thank you cards were made by members of the public, mostly young people, and delivered to area firefighters during a Woolsey fire one-year remembrance event Nov. 2 at Tavern 101 Grill & Tap House in Agoura Hills. It has been a year of heartbreak and healing.

Post-fire bridge repairs on track



Along its path of destruction, the Woolsey fire destroyed a major bridge on Mulholland Highway and constricted the flow of traffic along the narrow canyon roadway. The bridge, near Mulholland and Troutdale Drive, was replaced by a temporary single-lane structure. Plans are underway to build a permanent structure. Los Angeles County, which is responsible for replacing the bridge, will receive […]

Writer sees fire’s silver lining at Oak Canyon



One of my favorite suburban parks—Oak Canyon Community Park in Oak Park—was badly burned by the Woolsey fire. Its wounds remain visible. The park has been a friend to me for many years. I knew it first in its earlier incarnation, when it was wild and not yet organized into cultivated areas that now include lawns, picnic pavilions, a dog […]

Woolsey fire victims strive for a new normal



Survivor stories from the Woolsey fire tear at the heart strings and tug at the soul. But they are nothing if not inspirational, and a cautionary tale of how families made it through those horrific weeks in early November last year, and what they are doing today. The destruction gave some families an opportunity to reexamine life and decide if […]

HALLOWEEN HAUNTS

Affordable housing ground zero for Calabasas debate

City, developer argue over new construction


Residency in Calabasas has become a status symbol not unlike the badge of honor worn by others who live Southern California’s elite communities. But as the city’s prominence grows, low- and moderate-income families are being priced out of the market, and affordable units from east side to west side have become harder to come by than ever. The median price […]

Las Virgenes fires keep nerves on edge

High winds and more trouble return Wednesday


A pair of wind-driven fires hit Calabasas this week, the first on Monday morning when a small blaze dubbed the Oak fire burned atop the iconic strawberry shaped hill on the city’s west side at the corner of the 101 Freeway and Las Virgenes Road. The flames were quickly extinguished despite the dangerous red flag winds. It was out by […]


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