If the lights go out, will you be ready?

There’s been a year of public outreach, yet only now does it appear California customers are realizing the massive ramifications of Southern California Edison’s new Public Safety Power Shutoff program. Northern California’s SCE equivalent, Pacific Gas & Electricity Corp., or PG&E, made national headlines this week when it announced the coming Santa Ana winds are prompting the utility giant to […]


Reaction to Helus Blue Bowl cancellation

Your extended article concerning the Sgt. Helus Blue Bowl and the Zore Foundation should serve as a cautionary tale about the problem-reaction-solution trap of any tragedy. The sheriff’s office and the community of Thousand Oaks should think twice before heeding the “attention must be paid” call of any and every rainmaker from Florida who comes along promising to kiss the […]

Apartment flap

If Howard Benson thinks that Parkway Calabasas is a “freeway,” I suggest that he try to drive the 101 Freeway east from 4 to 6 p.m. any evening during the work week—then he’ll know what commuter traffic really is. I’m wondering what his take would be if several folks decided to build a bunch of apartment buildings in his local […]

Shuttle filled by out-of-area students

How ironic is it that the headline announced new Kanan shuttle stops when in reality the service has been cut. Linda Parks says that 80,000 trips are taken off of Kanan Road. How many of those riders are out-of-district students, once again profiting off of our tax dollars? As far as I can tell, traffic on the 2½ mile trip […]

Tired of school district ‘tugging at heart strings’

I just received the infamous Las Virgenes Unified School District survey in the mail. This is the first step to an additional property tax assessment on your property tax bill. The biggest excuse for needing this money is lack of financial support from the State of California. The state currently has billions of dollars in unallocated reserves, which it has […]

Against landlord expansion plans

Opponents of AvalonBay’s Calabasas Neighborhood Preservation Initiative are not opposed to affordable housing. They just want all development to go through the city’s usual process, intended to protect our community. AvalonBay states that original construction bonds issued by Los Angeles County required that a certain number of units remain affordable and that the program has since ended. AvalonBay neglects to […]

Supports Avalon

I was a real estate appraiser for many years, but after the 2008 economic crisis, my family suffered a significant financial reversal. We moved from a 4,000- square-foot home in Encino, to a three-bedroom home in Porter Ranch and then to a two-bedroom affordable apartment at Avalon Calabasas. We did what we had to do. We chose Calabasas because of […]

Fall fest plus sports games equals joy

Hot Flashes

“Football and pizza, oh man, my two favorite things.” So said a supremely content 14-year-old grandson who survives on four basic food groups: pizza, cheeseburgers, chocolate shakes and fries. I love people who are easy to please and am grateful at least one is a family member. Take my oldest grandson—yeah, you know, the frequently pregnant daughter has kicked out […]

Memory of fallen officer besmirched by politics

It began for all the right reasons, an event that most folks were anxious to get behind. But with allegations of race and politics tinged by angry rhetoric, a flag-football event in honor of Sgt. Ron Helus, Borderline’s fallen hero, turned into a battle between red and blue and a fight reminiscent of what divides our nation today. It should […]

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