Opinion

Shapiro in Calabasas

David Shapiro has lived, raised his family and has his law offices in Calabasas for close to 25 years. He has been actively involved as a volunteer in the city for many years before entering public life. David has coached his children in sports and served as a board member of the Calabasas Park Homeowners Association, Agoura Hills Calabasas Community […]

Halpern in WLV

As a resident of Westlake Village, I cannot say enough to support the reelection of Brad Halpern to City Council. All of us have experienced Brad’s amazing ideas that have come to fruition: Fourth of July Fireworks Show, the city trolley, city funding laptops for all students at White Oak Elementary School that strengthen our school’s edge, the annual WLV […]

Favorites in Agoura Hills

On Nov. 6 we will be voting for three council seats. While at times it may not seem so, I can assure you that each of our votes counts. Having had the honor to serve 12 years as a member of the City Council and as mayor, I can assure you that who is elected to the council that will […]

Simi Valley’s Abele for park board

Ed Abele was appointed by the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District board of directors to fill the vacancy left by a member being elected to the Simi Valley City Council. There were several applicants for the vacancy. Ed took the time to attend board meetings in advance of the interviews and was prepared in terms of budget and other […]

Struggling tree seems to pine for mercy

On the Trail

There’s a drama playing out along a greenbelt near Triunfo Park in the Westlake section of Thousand Oaks that could pass for something out of an overwrought opera. The interaction is between a pair of pine trees—unlikely actors in a scene of such pathos. Perhaps only a legendary diva like Maria Callas could do justice to the role of the […]

Has big ax to grind at LAX

Hot Flashes

Oh sorry, my pea brain has been distracted by another task and I haven’t been able to bore you with my useless thoughts. But I’m free and easy again, job finished after multiple trips into the dregs of L.A., and here’s what consumes me: I know the code to every Starbucks’ WC on the trail. Pacing potty stop to potty […]

Last-minute deals: thing of the past or still a present option?

Flying Squirrel

One of the questions I get asked most often as a travel expert is “Are there any last-minute deals out there?” I understand this. Many travelers who ask this may have unexpectedly found themselves with a surplus of time or money, and they decide to take a vacation right now. In addition to “sudden travelers,” others who tend to ask […]

Dog dashers of Trancas Cyn.

On the Trail

Gem was my great trail dog from some years earlier, known to dash after horses and bicycles. I never let go of her leash, so I guess officially it was the “Gem and GG dash.” We never harassed any other recreational trail users; we gave them an ample head start then pursued their fading tracks. I can’t say I understand […]

Support for Brad Halpern

I am writing in support of Brad Halpern for Westlake Village City Council. Over the past 18 years that I have known Brad, I have been continually impressed with his commitment to serve our community. As a current city council member, I have seen Brad work to enhance the lives of the City of Westlake Village residents. He is a […]

He likes Halpern in WLV

Brad Halpern is running for reelection to the Westlake Village City Council. I supported Brad in his previous election and continue my support for his reelection. Knowing Brad for 20 has given me a front-row seat to witnessing his unique approach to challenges, disarming sense of humor and ability to work with all people, regardless of political affiliation. After decades […]


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