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Greg Ramirez leaving Agoura Hills city manager post

The Agoura Hills City Council met in closed session May 22 to discuss the pending departure of Greg Ramirez as city manager. The City of Camarillo announced it is expected to hire Ramirez as their new city manager at meeting on May 27. Following his likely appointment, Ramirez would take over Camarillo’s top staff position on July 1. “The City […]

Los Angeles County beaches open, small business lags behind

Local Chamber looking for solutions

With the announcement that California has moved into phase two of its reopening, local businesses are scrambling to lure customers back. Following the governor’s recent change order, many non-essential retail businesses are allowed to resume product sales and make items available for storefront pickup. Car dealers and brick-and-mortar stores that sell flowers, books, music, toys, clothes and sporting goods are […]

As the year ends, schools show love

Big revenue drops are coming

City grapples with new budget

The economic impacts of the coronavirus will be felt for years to come, both locally and nationally. In Agoura Hills the pandemic is expected to leave city leaders with a $3.6-million revenue shortfall over the next two years. Facing an uncertain future, the City Council postponed its regular 2020-21 budget meeting until July when Agoura Hills’ financial picture is expected […]

Lysik out as city manager

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 at […]

‘Good to be back’

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 […]

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