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Oak Park’s Kennedy tries again



Oak Park resident Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy has been here before—running for political office and facing the long odds. The 47-year-old Republican failed to unseat Jacqui Irwin in the 2018 California Assembly race. Today she has her sights set on Julia Brownley, a four-term Democratic incumbent, in the 26th Congressional District race. The 26th covers the bulk of Ventura County and Westlake […]

Gabriel feels confident in 45th



Contentious national elections are heating up as Nov. 3 draws near, which makes it easy to overlook the quieter campaigns being run by local office seekers. Two candidates are running to represent the 45th Assembly District, which comprises Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Bell Canyon, Canoga Park and Woodland Hills among other communities. Democratic incumbent Jesse Gabriel, who was elected to the […]

Westlake grapples with speed limit reduction



A large public outcry followed the deaths of young Westlake brothers Mark and Jacob Iskander, killed by a suspected drunk driver on Sept. 29 at the intersection of Triunfo Canyon Road and Saddle Mountain Way. Many residents called for a greater emphasis on pedestrian safety, including lower speed limits and better traffic light placement. Westlake Village traffic engineer Mark Wessel […]

Officials decry ballot box shenanigans



Legal or not, the unsanctioned ballot boxes that began popping up around the state recently—and in Simi Valley—are causing a fuss, not just among voters who are concerned about fraud but also among members of the political party that placed them. Two unauthorized collection boxes were found in Simi, one in front of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and […]

AGOURA HILLS CITY COUNCIL

THREE CANDIDATES ARE COMPETING FOR TWO SEATS ON THE AGOURA HILLS CITY COUNCIL. THE TERM IN OFFICE IS FOUR YEARS. THESE ARE THE THREE CONTENDERS.

LINDA NORTHRUP AGE: 64 PROFESSION: Attorney and law firm owner FAMILY: Married with children and grandchildren EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree, UCLA; Juris Doctor, J.D. Hastings College of the Law EXPERIENCE/AWARDS: Agoura Hills City Council member from 2015 to present (appointed mayor in 2018). Agoura Hills Planning Commissioner from 2011 to 2015 (chair in 2015). Habitat for Humanity board member. Advisory Council […]

OAK PARK MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

THREE CANDIDATES ARE COMPETING FOR TWO SEATS ON THE OAK PARK MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL, A LOCAL GOVERNMENT BODY THAT HELPS OVERSEE THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE OF OAK PARK RESIDENTS. THE TERM IN OFFICE IS FOUR YEARS.

MARIA SOOSAI AGE: 48 PROFESSION: Information systems manager for local bio-pharmaceutical company FAMILY: Married with one child EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in engineering; Master of Business Administration, Pepperdine University EXPERIENCE/AWARDS: Information technology professional for past 20 years in industries such as automotive, insurance, consumer food and biopharmaceutical industry. Former Toastmaster Club president at an Orange County chapter IN THEIR OWN WORDS: […]

Freeway pedestrian struck and killed

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle on the southbound 101-freeway in Calabasas Wednesday morning. The California Highway Patrol responded to the incident, which occurred shortly after 8 a.m. on Oct. 21. Officers shut down the fast lane just south of Las Virgenes Road, where the collision occurred, to investigate the scene. The lane remained closed for an […]


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