Commons celebrates 20th

Calabasas shopping center born out of conflict, desire for a better city

For months the bickering went on: Calabasas City Council members in a slow grind with mega- L.A. developer Rick Caruso over just about every single aspect of how the grand new shopping center on Calabasas Road would look like. Arguing at meetings into the wee hours of the morning over building materials, paint colors, parking spaces and building heights, the […]

Chesebro overpass renovation underway

Work will take two years

Construction has begun on the $13-million Chesebro Bridge upgrade over the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills. The Chesebro Road/Palo Comado Canyon Road interchange will also undergo renovation. Crews started working on the project Nov. 28, putting up signs, removing vegetation and installing concrete safety barriers in the project areas. The work required the northbound on- and off-ramps to be closed […]

Canyon suspect sentenced

But not for recent burglaries

A man suspected of committing multiple burglaries in the upper Malibu Canyon area has been sentenced to 160 days in jail for a parole violation, court records show. No other charges have been filed against Anthony Rauda, 42, in the two months since his high-profile arrest in the Santa Monica Mountains. Rauda, who is believed to have lived in the […]

Music therapy

Show raises funds and lifts spirits

A group of caring Ventura County residents helped raise around $30,000 at a Sunday event to benefit families impacted by the Nov. 7 Borderline Bar and Grill shooting. The day of music, food and community took place at Nabu Wines in Westlake Village, where for four hours, nearly 1,000 people streamed in and out of the winery and its parking […]

Still no answer as to ‘why’?

Law enforcement agencies investigating the Borderline Bar and Grill massacre in Thousand Oaks earlier this month say they have no answer to the question foremost on the mind of survivors, family members and the community at large: “Why?” Three weeks after they began collecting evidence from the venue and from the gunman’s car, home and social media accounts—as well as […]

Deputy charged with rape

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sex crimes investigator has been charged with raping a 14-year-old girl. Neil Kimball, a 45-year-old Agoura Hills resident, pleaded not guilty to the charge—and an additional felony of trying to dissuade a witness—during a Nov. 21 arraignment in Ventura County Superior Court. Prosecutors allege that sometime between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017, Kimball […]

Young male didn’t make it

The National Park Service reports that P-74, the latest cougar captured and collared as part of the ongoing NPS mountain lion study, likely did not survive the Woolsey fire. The GPS collar mounted on the 1½-year-old male hasn’t responded since Nov. 9, the day the wildfire hit the central Santa Monica Mountains. NPS is tracking 13 cougars in its study […]

Paramount Ranch looks for sequel

Venerable movie set hopes to rebuild

Paramount Ranch, a spot straight out of the Wild West, finally met its match. But even though the historic film set featured in old movies and new television shows was almost destroyed in the recent fire, park officials are confident the popular old venue will make a comeback. The Woolsey fire destroyed a saloon, jail, sheriff’s station and other structures […]

Seminole Springs park will dig out from the ashes

Half the residents lost their homes

Residents from Calabasas to Oak Park are thankful the Woolsey fire stayed mostly in the hills and ravines that surrounded their homes. But some mountain communities wedged into the line of fire had no such luck. Nearly half the residents of the Seminole Springs Mobile Home Park, on Mulholland Highway and deep in the Santa Monica Mountains, lost their homes. […]

Edison and other utility workers hustle to get services back

FIRE REPAIRS—Kanan Road is busy with activity on Nov. 24 as crews repair broken power lines that could be seen from the Pacific Coast Highway almost to the 101 Freeway. Other workers were checking on natural gas lines. While Kanan Road is open, Malibu Creek State Park, Solstice Canyon, Upper Solstice Canyon and Castro Crest will remain closed to all […]

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