Fire and flood forge fresh flora

On the Trail

An impromptu botanic garden, planted by nature rather than the hand of man, has emerged in the fire-charred woods of willow, sycamore, cottonwood and oak surrounding what was formerly Seminole Lake. The little private lake had been the picturesque focal point of the Seminole Springs Mobile Home Park community in rural Agoura. November’s wildfire destroyed half the homes in the […]

The kid’s ABCs of finance, waking up

Family Man

When our son entered middle school and started getting letter grades, my wife and I decided to pay him for what he earned. We’d give him $20 for an A, $10 for a B and nothing for a C. If he got a D he’d owe us $10, and if he got an F he’d have to fork over $20. […]

Together we can stop the bleeding


What’s the point of building a $60-million wildlife bridge over the 101 Freeway to save the area’s mountain lions if we’re just going to poison them all before it’s completed? An exaggeration? Maybe. But there’s no denying this region has a big rodenticide problem, and if something doesn’t change, Southern Californians could one day be talking about all pumas in […]


Fallout from rodenticides

It’s simply unconscionable that 20 out of 22 cougars studied, including one 3-month-old kitten, have been affected by our stupidity and laziness in stopping the use of vile rodenticides. We should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing it to go on this long. It’s too bad we still have people like the Thousand Oaks pest control operator mentioned in your […]

Responsibility also belongs to cyclists

Auto drivers are warned to “share the road” and be courteous to cyclists. What about these cyclists obeying the rules of the road too. On a recent morning I was behind three cyclists waiting at the left-turn-lane signal at Thousand Oaks Boulevard onto Reyes Adobes. Fine so far. Then I noticed the female cyclist look about and toward her partners. […]

Opposition to Agoura Village East (The Ave)

What’s that old saying—you can have your own opinions but not your own facts? A recent publication by Sheri Carp in the first edition of the Morrison Ranch Magazine supporting the Agoura Village East project would be laughable if not so riddled with factually incorrect statements, (apparent) lies or just plain ignorance of the facts and typos. The author claims, […]

No condos in Old Agoura

In response to the letter writer regarding the vacant lot on the corner of Colodny and Driver, I also live on Colodny and love the site of this beautiful sloping hill and the majestic tree. Within the past week it has been trimmed and looks great. It is a far better looking site than if it had more condos. I […]

Fires are reason enough to stop the building

Apparently the Woolsey fire failed to make an adequate impression on the members of the Agoura Hills City Council, who are still stonewalling and refusing to impose a building moratorium on Agoura Village while reviewing obsolete plans conceived more than a decade ago. Cal Fire estimates the total acreage of fires from 2013 through 2018 at 5,395,088 acres, which means […]

About cheating

I have read so many articles, letters and editorials on the college cheating scandal, focusing on the parents, students, schools, college advisors and the admissions process itself. Certainly blame is everywhere when the end goal is the golden admissions ticket. As a career counselor and the parent of two university graduate young professionals, I think our focus on admissions is […]

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