Forum will offer resources for residents

Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, whose district includes much of the Woolsey fire-affected areas, will host two town hall meetings to provide resources for residents and answer questions that have arisen following the fires. The meetings will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 13 at King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas, and also from 1 […]

First fire, then rain

Recent downpour creates headaches for Old Agoura

When the almost 100-year-old Chesebro Road bridge was destroyed in the Woolsey fire, Old Agoura residents had plenty of reason to be concerned. When emergencies threatened, the trusty bridge provided one of the few escape routes for residents in the north part of the community. But fire wasn’t the only issue in town. Last week’s heavy rainfall brought a new […]

Housing advocate on council


At its government reorganization meeting last week, the Westlake Village City Council welcomed a new member to the dais. Ray Pearl, 49, was sworn in to the council on Dec. 5. He was one of two challengers who competed to fill the seat vacated by longtime Councilmember Mark Rutherford, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Pearl garnered 1,955 votes, […]

Borderline hero killed by friendly fire

By Kyle Jorrey and Becca Whitnall, Borderline hero Sgt. Ron Helus was killed by friendly fire, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said Friday at a press conference in Thousand Oaks. In the heat of a gun battle with shooter Ian David Long, Helus was struck by a single bullet fired from a California Highway Patrol officer’s rifle that […]

Starry night benefit helps victims

Celebs gather at King Gillette Ranch

Two weeks ago, Joe Rickabaugh returned to his Seminole Springs neighborhood to sift through the remains of his home. The Woolsey fire had reduced it to ashes. Last Sunday, the mood was much brighter as Rickabaugh appeared at King Gillette Ranch near Calabasas to watch pop megastars Gwen Stefani and Katy Perry perform at the One Love Malibu Festival, an […]

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 […]

GOP women will host holiday party

Woodland Hills Republican Women Federated members will meet from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 13 in the Oak Room at the Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. The event will include officer installations, shopping, lunch, festive music by Jeff Lass, a Sweet Taste of Liberty bake sale and Toys for Tots donations. The lunch cost is $26. […]

Oak Park comes up with recovery plan

Lessons learned

Oak Park was one of the communities hit hardest by the Woolsey fire. The unincorporated town in eastern Ventura County lost 15 homes to the flames. The randomness of the devastation left many locals bewildered— whole neighborhoods went untouched except one or two homes that were reduced to ashes. But the community has begun to recover. As soon as residents […]

After fire, comes rain

Experts from Ventura County’s Office of Emergency Services and Public Works Agency will host a Flood and Mud Preparedness Event and Expo from 9 a.m. to noon Sat., Dec. 8 at the Oak Park High School pavilion, 899 N. Kanan Road. The free public event is open to all Ventura County residents. The speakers will share information about how homeowners […]

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