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Former football pro suspected of DUI after head-on collision

Driver of other vehicle taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries


A former National Football League player and UCLA graduate has been arrested on suspicion of DUI causing injury, a felony, following a crash Friday night in Thousand Oaks. Michael Seidman, 39, one of the nation’s top tight ends when he came out of Westlake High School in 1999, was involved in a head-on collision around 9:35 p.m. Oct. 16 on […]

Westlake to place flashing lights at Triunfo intersection

Move comes after death of two boys


After Mark and Jacob Iskander were killed while crossing Triunfo Canyon Road on Sept. 29, Westlake Village residents made it clear they haven’t felt safe using the busy street for some time. At a special meeting held Oct. 8, the Westlake Village City Council unanimously voted to install flashing lights at the intersection of Triunfo Canyon Road and Saddle Mountain […]

Brave new world

HOLD TIGHT—While the world awaits a coronavirus vaccine, Mark Miller and his son Jacob, 7, reassure each other as a nurse prepares to give Dad a flu shot at the Oct. 10 flu walk-in clinic in Calabasas.

OPUSD stays put for now

Some parents still prefer distance learning


CORRECTION (1:36 p.m. Oct. 15, 2020): An earlier version of this story incorrectly suggested that OPUSD surveyed all district parents. The survey actually only went to the parents of elementary school students because OPUSD has already decided not to bring secondary students back to campus until the spring semester in January, Superintendent Tony Knight said. Ventura County recently hit a […]

‘Tax grab’ or needed reform?

2020 ELECTION /// Proposition 15


Is it a multibillion-dollar tax grab, or a long-overdue attempt to make commercial property owners pay their fair share? That’s the argument at stake in Proposition 15, one of 12 statewide measures on the November ballot. Dubbed the “ California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2020,” the measure would amend the state’s tax assessment formula put in place […]

Promenade a Prime location

Amazon takes brick and mortar space at Westlake shopping center


Global e-commerce giant Amazon is opening a grocery store in Thousand Oaks. Amazon Fresh will fill a vacancy at the Westlake Promenade later this year or early in 2021, taking over the 31,000-squarefoot spot formerly occupied by Vintage Grocers and, before that, Bristol Farms. Among the store’s features are special carts that tally up the items placed inside so there […]

Challenger in 27th district wants Stern held accountable

Salem meets the incumbent for second time


Two issues have taken a front seat in this year’s campaign for California’s 27th Senate District—wildfires and homelessness. The candidates who are running in the district that includes Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark and a small portion of Simi Valley say they’re ready to meet the challenges head-on. Democratic incumbent Henry Stern is hoping to keep the […]

Evacuations look different in the time of coronavirus



When the Hill and Woolsey fires surrounded the Conejo Valley in a ring of flames in November 2018, over 1,400 residents fled their homes and found shelter in Red Cross evacuation centers. The menace of wildfires this year loomed larger than ever as clouds of smoke blanketed the West Coast of the United States. But a new threat.coronavirus. means that […]

Keeping a watch over campaign signs

With the Nov. 3 general election drawing near, the state is reminding political candidates and campaign workers for either an office or a ballot measure about the California state law governing the placement of temporary political signs within view of a state highway. The State Outdoor Advertising Act allows an exemption for the placement of temporary political signs along certain […]

Memorial embraces lives of two young victims



There’s space in posthumous remembrance to polish the rough edges around a person, to say their spark burned brighter, that they laughed louder and spoke with greater clarity than people actually remember. There’s room to lionize. But there was no need for any of that in remembering Mark and Jacob Iskander. The two boys, ages 11 and 9 respectively, touched […]


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