City, county play politics with affordable housing

“Affordable housing” is mostly a myth in the Conejo/Las Virgenes valleys. There was a time in Calabasas when builders and governments worked together to provide inexpensive apartment homes for qualified families. Sadly, the arrangement has come to an end. In 1988, before the incorporation of Calabasas, the County of Los Angeles granted Lincoln Malibu Meadows permission to build an apartment […]


Readers respond to Westlake dog park issue

I am writing to try and save the Westlake Village dog park as it’s currently at risk of being closed down permanently. My husband and I take our dog there almost every day. It is vital to his and many other community dogs’ health and wellbeing to be able to access this safe place. Dogs need to be able to […]

Build a dog park in Agoura Hills?

On July 31, I attended a meeting to hear plans about the new “linear” park that is to be built on Agoura Road east of Kanan Road. I was there in a capacity to understand why there was no contingency for a fenced-in dog area. What I was led to believe was that the noise would be offensive to nearby […]

Units at Avalon Calabasas should be preserved

GUEST OPINION /// Affordable housing impasse

Dozens of hard-working Calabasas residents may soon face eviction and displacement. Time is short. Calabasas has very little affordable housing and one of the few developments where there is affordable housing, Avalon Calabasas, is losing the covenants that require that these homes remain affordable. That means that nearly 80 families may lose their homes. Many have been a part of […]

Pomegranate flower is no shrinking violet

On the Trail

It probably goes without saying that flowers are a great and instant cheer-up tool. The happy factor is especially keen when some floral wonder comes along that you’ve never encountered or observed closely. So it was with my encounter with a pomegranate. It’s not a particularly melodious name for a plant, and its botanical name— Punica granatum—is even more grating […]

Don’t ignore heart attack symptoms

Other Side of 50

A few weeks ago, as he was walking his dog around his neighborhood, my friend Jerry experienced pain and pressure in his chest. He’d forgotten his cellphone, so he plugged up the hill to his house, stopping four times to catch his breath before arriving home. Once he was inside, the pain subsided and he went about his daily business. […]

To err is human, but to forgive requires divine power

Roots of Faith

In the fourth and final article on the Lord’s Prayer, we cover “Forgive us our trespasses as we forget our trespassers.” It’s the only petition that’s conditional: God’s response to us depends on our actions toward others. Notice the prayer doesn’t say “Forgive us as we seek vengeance on our enemies.” We’re to show the same compassion to others as […]

Contest limits words, not imagination

What do Charles Dickens, J.K. Rowling, Mark Twain, Jane Austen, James Joyce and Virginia Woolf have in common? Yes, they’re some of the greatest storytellers ever and their books have sold millions of copies. And, yes, their works have stood—and will continue to stand—the test of time. Literary lions though they may be, none of these famed authors were ever […]


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