Full reopening by June 15 if all goes well

The vaccines are taking effect, virus cases are down, and the most optimistic COVID-19 forecast in over a year was delivered Tuesday in Sacramento by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The governor announced the next step in California’s struggle against the pandemic, taking the state beyond its color-coded blueprint model for recovery and suggesting all counties could complete their reopening by June […]

Westlake man trains residents to become ‘pre-responders’

His Conejo Health nonprofit teaches overdose prevention

Before the pandemic, America was gripped by the intensity of its opiate epidemic, the effects of which are still being felt. Matthew Pall, a paramedic and resident of Westlake Village, knows the pain of addiction. His girlfriend died of an accidental overdose in 2019, and a year later the same fate befell one of his good friends. Inspired to act, […]

Another mountain lion reportedly killed on freeway

Male P-78 found in north L.A. County

Rare it seems is the mountain lion that dies of old age. If it’s not a lack of food, a fight with a rival cougar or a wildfire that gets them, it might be a deadly encounter with a car on one of the many roads that have carved up their natural habitat, or the rat poison they ingested when […]

Light pandemic travel could yield to heavy Olympic traffic in 2028

Roads are tolerable now, but wait until the Games arrive

The 2028 Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Games are still just a mark on the distant calendar, but Ventura County transportation officials have already started the ball rolling in their effort to make it easier for the throngs of athletes, coaches, fans and media personnel who must travel to various sites where the games will be held. Darren Kettle, executive […]

Overly ambitious tree cutters get barked at by residents

Well-intentioned pruners went too far, critics said

Unsupervised workers tasked with removing dead and fire-damaged trees in Oak Park’s Medea Creek Park raised the ire of residents by reportedly cutting down several healthy trees instead. The workers were volunteers from Goodwill Industries. Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, which oversees Medea Creek Park, instructed the volunteers to trim and remove trees that presented a fire hazard or […]

Squirrel, deer, peacocks to join GPS tracking study

Biologists say many animals will eventually wear the device

Local biologists have long known that using GPS tracking collars on cougars can help keep tabs on the majestic animal so that their health and habitat can be safeguarded. This week, park officials announced an expansion of the program and said that local deer, owls and even the showy peacock will be fitted with the collar. The photo at far […]

Redefining mountain agency role

Merger between MRT and TreePeople gets final OK

There are multiple organizations invested in the safekeeping of the Santa Monica Mountains. An alphabet soup of local, state and federal agencies works in tandem to preserve and protect the nation’s largest urban recreation forest. The almost 80,000-acre Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is jointly owned and managed by California State Parks, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), Santa […]

Rubin, Calabasas settle

The City of Calabasas announced last week it has reached a settlement with one of its longest serving employees, a department manager who complained about toxic work conditions while serving under former city manager Gary Lysik. Community Services Director Jeff Rubin filed a lawsuit in March 2020 that alleged Lysik and City Councilmember David Shapiro created a hostile work environment […]

Agoura, Calabasas, Westlake ready for orange

With vaccinations taking hold and virus case numbers continuing to drop, health officials announced Tuesday that L.A. County will enter the less restrictive orange tier starting April 5. The move from red to orange in the state’s COVID-19 reopening blueprint will allow bars in Calabasas, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village to begin serving patrons outdoors. Breweries and wineries are permitted […]

Police nab suspects in connection with Target store shoplifting

Two men and a woman have ties to alleged SoCal ring

The Moorpark Police Department arrested three people in late March who are said to be connected to nearly 50 thefts at Target stores across Southern California. Deputies were alerted around 2: 30 p . m. Mar c h 16 to a theft in progress at Moorpark’s Target store at 800 E. Los Angeles Ave., police said. According to the store’s […]

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