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Agoura Hills sues to stop pot deliveries in town

City fears loss of local control


Agoura Hills joined 24 other California cities in a lawsuit last week that seeks to reaffirm local control over a burgeoning cannabis business that is trying push the boundaries of where pot can and cannot be sold. Attorneys from the Sacramento firm of Churchwell White LLP filed the suit in Fresno Superior Court against the California Bureau of Cannabis Control, […]

Suck it up, no more plastic straws

Calabasas ban begins April 30


Calabasas residents will soon notice a change at their favorite local eatery—no more plastics. The city’s ban on plastic straws, stirs and utensils takes effect April 30. Approved by the City Council last fall, the ordinance requires restaurants to offer biodegradable alternatives to plastic, such as products made with bamboo, paper or sugar cane. The new law is a follow-up […]

Longtime commissioner dies April 2

Richard Woolard helped usher in Calabasas cityhood


Calabasas lost one of its longtime city commissioners last week with the passing of Richard Woolard. Woolard, who was in his late 80s and died due to undisclosed health issues, also played an active role on the cityhood committee that engineered the incorporation of Calabasas in 1991. Ellen Pangarliotis served on the cityhood committee and several other governmental bodies with […]

Animal, not human found at crash site

While investigation continues into the old plane crash wreckage found March 31 in the hills near Liberty Canyon, authorities are now saying the remains that were found at the site belong to an animal and not a human as previously believed. Agoura Hills resident Ross Olney made the discovery while he was hiking with his dog. “I’d actually noticed it […]

Local exec pleads guilty in college cheating scandal



More than a dozen defendants pleaded guilty this week in the college admissions scandal, a group that includes an Agoura Hills business executive who was charged with conspiracy to commit mail and honest services fraud. Los Angeles resident Stephen Semprevivo, chief strategy and growth officer for the Agoura Hills-based Cydcor company, admitted to the charges against him on Monday. No […]

Calabasas residents worry about big new home being built next to theirs

Privacy issues at stake on Park Vicente


The construction of a large new home in Calabasas is prompting some residents to seek a change in the city’s zoning laws in order to protect the privacy of neighbors next door. The development on Park Vicente calls for an existing 4,200-square-foot home to be demolished. An almost 6,800-square foot house would be built on a different part of the […]

Mayor’s table

The public is invited to join Agoura Hills Mayor Linda Northup for food and conversation at her monthly At the Mayor’s Table event from 2 to 4 p.m. Thurs., April 18 on the patio at Ladyface Ale Companie, 29281 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Northrup will answer questions, hear thoughts from residents and provide updates on what is going on in […]

Opiates and meth, indiscriminate killers



Drugs and alcohol were responsible for 170 deaths in Ventura County last year—just over three per week—according to the county medical examiner’s 2018 overdose report. Released in March, the report breaks down overdose deaths by substance, age and city. Total overdose deaths increased by five in 2018, with opioids and methamphetamines ranking as the deadliest drugs in the county. Opioids […]

Fire department nixes new farmers market move

The Thousand Oaks Farmers Market’s move to a new location at The Oaks mall has been short lived. Shortly after the market’s March 21 grand opening along the west side delivery lane between the parking structure and the main food court entrance, Ventura County Fire Department officials told organizers that the site did not meet safety standards for emergencies and […]

Snake season right on track

FRIENDLY REMINDER—Hiker Karen Loesing of Agoura Hills trekked with a group into Paradise Falls at Wildwood Park on March 26 and saw this large rattlesnake crossing the trail. The Southern Pacific and Western diamondback rattlers, and the occasionally seen and highly venomous Mojave rattlesnake, hibernate through the winter and come out in the spring to eat and to mate. The […]


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