Need more fire prevention

Whatever agency is responsible for the hilly, dry grassy areas around the community, please either activate the goat-eating method or some other effective method. I live on Oak Forest in Oak Park and see the dry grassy areas as I drive in and out of my area. Some homes were lost or damaged in the Oak Park area. I was […]

About equality

Brian J. Goldenfeld is right. Black people need to get over being kidnapped from their countries and enslaved for 200 years. As he says, it was 150 years ago that they were freed and treated as equal citizens by white America. Half of the United States fought a war to keep them in chains and then refused to let them […]

Longtime friends can offer wise counsel

Other Side of 50

I’ve trained my mom to be a case manager for seniors. Well, not really, but linking our daily conversations along with her 85 years of life experience, my mom can give some pretty good advice when asked. Mom has known her close friend Bernadette since high school. They both married their hometown sweethearts and the two couples moved and bought […]

Is too-good-to-be-true travel ever good?

Flying Squirrel

Your home phone rings. You check the caller ID but you don’t recognize the number. It’s a local area code, so maybe it’s someone you’d want to speak with. You pick up. There’s a pause, after which an overly peppy person shares news that should make your day: “Hello, I’m calling to let you know you’ve won a free trip!” […]

Camping an interim housing option for vets

Veterans Connection

Living at Ventura County campgrounds is a viable option for homeless veterans. This is true especially if the veteran is able to obtain a Distinguished Veteran pass, available through California State Parks, or an Access Pass, available through the National Park Service. I didn’t plan on full-time camping. I was trying to buy a house with a VA loan. This […]

Seeing double: ophthalmologist and I don’t see eye to eye

Family Man

I’d just removed my dog’s poop from the lawn, and my wife had me standing there holding the bag until I answered her question. If I hadn’t said yes, I’d probably still be there while we debated since she stood between the trash can and me. “Fine, I’ll get my eyes checked.” I’m Italian and rely heavily on hand gestures […]


Take a summer vacation in your own backyard


Staying home for the summer doesn’t mean your well-earned vacation time has to go to waste. Just step outside. In addition to beautiful mountains, scenic valleys and stunning coastline dotted with parks and beaches, the northern Los Angeles and eastern Ventura County region offers myriad attractions that will keep your family busy throughout the summer. Out-of-towners travel far and wide […]

Restless about Oak Canyon Park

When Oak Canyon Park opened to the public it was a beautiful space. The design won awards for creating a recreational space in harmony with nature. The centerpiece of the park was the peaceful lagoon. Our families fed the ducks, fished and observed blue herons, snowy egrets and cormorants as regular visitors. Following the devastating fire and rains, our park […]

A tree falls in Agoura

On Mon., July 8 at about 8:45 a.m., Agoura Hills lost a beautiful tree, an old neighbor, living in Reyes Adobe Park near the sidewalk along Rainbow Crest Drive. It was a large tree with its boughs leaning toward the street. It was home to many tree squirrel families, now homeless. What was its crime? Its undoing? Yes, it was […]

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