Anstead unhappy with incumbents over Cornerstone development


For Chris Anstead—a former Agoura Hills planning commission vice chair and now a three-time candidate for City Council—the November election seems rife with possibility. With the announcement earlier this year that Mayor Bill Koehler would not run for reelection, council challengers Anstead, Deborah Lopez and Jan Gerstel threw their hats in the ring hoping to win the open seat or […]

Open seat in Westlake prompts Ray Pearl

With three seats up for election and only two incumbents in the race, residents of Westlake Village will be choosing a new member of the City Council in November. Two challengers, Ray Pearl and Ted Corwin, are running to either fill the seat vacated by Mayor Mark Rutherford, who announced his retirement earlier this year, or unseat one of the […]

Volunteers asked to step up

ROAD WARRIOR—A hiker takes a test run on the new 1.4-mile loop trail that starts and ends at Westlake Village Community Park. Flags mark the recently cut path, which is being built by the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency. Conditions are currently dry, but views of the mountains and Conejo Valley are stunning and the potential for the trail is […]

City turns attention to Topanga gateway

With the bold new Lost Hills 101 Freeway overpass in Calabasas now completed, officials will continue their push to make sure travelers who enter the city from any direction know exactly where they are. Only one entrance point into the city limits remains without a welcome-to-Calabasas monument sign—at Old Topanga Canyon. There, the city is building raised medians on Valmar […]

Creek busters clean up Las Virgenes

Stream restoration almost complete

As Los Angeles County underwent development through the years, many of its creeks and streams were turned into concrete-filled channels that could better accommodate the winter flooding that sometimes occurs. But slowly, over time, the concrete deteriorated, broke apart and turned some of the area’s most scenic waterways into a jumbled concrete mess that were not only an eyesore but […]

On stage, Mayor Gaines talks up Calabasas

Tells audience to embrace ‘growth and change’

Mayor Fred Gaines said that if better days are still to come in Calabasas, the city will need to change with the times. Delivering his Sept. 20 State of the City address at the Calabasas Civic Center, Gaines praised the city’s accomplishments of the past year, particularly the completion of the Lost Hills freeway overpass. “There’s no room for looking […]

Oak Park teen charged in T.O. burglary rampage

Two 18-year-olds accused of crimes

Two Conejo Valley residents are accused of going on a late-night crime spree in Newbury Park. Cody Marshak of Oak Park and Kailey Brown of Thousand Oaks, both 18, were arrested this week on suspicion of burglary and theft following an investigation by the Thousand Oaks Police Department. Police say the pair burglarized the Smoke Store, Tobacco Royale and Julie’s […]

Calabasas stuck with unneeded election

There are many similarities between an election and a roller coaster—the weeks leading to the ballot box are full of twists and turns, ups and downs in the polls and stomach-churning upsets. And, like climbing on a roller coaster, when someone files to run for office they’ve made a commitment. Once the safety bar drops, there’s no escaping. Calabasas resident […]

Agoura challenger says time for a change


Deborah Klein Lopez, a candidate for Agoura Hills City Council, is hitting the streets and talking to people. To date, she has knocked on more than 1,000 doors in Agoura Hills as part of her campaign to fill the seat of Mayor Bill Koehler, who announced his departure from the council earlier this year. Incumbents Harry Schwarz and Denis Weber […]

Halpern seeks return to WLV council


Westlake Village City Councilmember Brad Halpern is running for reelection this November— and he’s campaigning on a promise to help the city transition to the digital age while maintaining its small-town feel. “The city’s desirability is made up of a lot of different factors—there’s no traffic, the architecture has been kept in control— but we do have some things that […]

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