Auto sales slowdown sign of recession?

New car purchases trend downward in 2019

Recent headlines warn about the possibility of a nationwide recession. Whether or not the country sees another economic downturn, the data show consumers learned their lesson from the 2008 collapse and have already begun to slow their spending. A recent report by the California New Car Dealers Association found new vehicle sales fell 5.6% in the first half of 2019. […]

Anderson picked to lead community center

The Agoura Hills/ Calabasas Community Center has found its new executive director. Brianne Anderson, the community services director for Westlake Village, was named as the replacement for former director Annemarie Flaherty, who stepped down in April following 11 years at the community center helm. “I am excited to join the amazing staff and board that have created a special center […]

Heather Locklear ordered into treatment

Hometown celebrity Heather Locklear has been ordered to complete a 30-day residential treatment program in lieu of spending 120 days in jail for hitting, kicking and threatening first-responders during two separate incidents last year at her North Ranch estate. Before her first arrest on Feb. 25, 2018, the 57-year-old actress and graduate of Newbury Park High School allegedly screamed at […]

Cat killed, residents displaced by fire

An Aug. 18 fire in an Oak Park apartment left one cat dead and two women without a home. The fire was called in at 1:10 p.m. in the 5800 block of Oak Bend Lane near Doubletree Road, according to the Ventura County Fire Department, which responded to the blaze. Neither of the residents who lived in the home at […]

9 months for banker who beat wife

One-time Goldman Sachs executive Craig Noell has been sentenced to nine months in jail for pummeling his wife in a 2015 attack at a Westlake office complex. In custody since his June conviction for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse—he was acquitted of the far more serious charge of attempted murder— Noell could be out in less than three months […]

Stars and planets aligned

Old school, new school

LVUSD campuses boast renovation, improved parking

Las Virgenes Unified School District students return to class Aug. 21, and at two of the campuses the parking situation will be a whole lot easier. The expansion and renovation of Lupin Hill Elementary School in Calabasas is still underway, and when it’s completed later in the year, the school on Adamor Road will have new classrooms, administrative offices and […]

Kimball to jail for three years

An Agoura Hills resident and former detective with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was sentenced to a maximum three years in state prison for unlawful sexual intercourse and committing a lewd act on a child. Neil Kimball, 46, was working as an investigator with the Special Victims Unit of the Sheriff’s Department when he met his 15-year-old victim in […]

Recycling goes in the dump

China fallout affects local efforts

As environmental awareness continues to grow, more cities are answering the call to ban plastic utensils and replace shopping bags with single-use bags. Plastic straws are on their way out as well. On social media, comments about the gross amount of plastic polluting the ocean are commonplace. Not to recycle is almost considered a crime. But despite the awareness, recycling […]

Why did the lion cross the road? (Because it’s a mane highway)

Cougar survives perilous 405 crossing

For the first time in 17 years, biologists have recorded a collared mountain lion successfully crossing the 405 Freeway. On the morning of July 19, a 4-year-old male mountain lion known as P-61 traversed the busy highway in the Sepulveda Pass from west to east. P-61 is the first mountain lion to successfully cross the freeway, one of the nation’s […]

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