Calabasas no smoking law begins next month

Some exceptions are allowed

The new Calabasas secondhand smoke ordinance, which would prohibit smoking in all public areas of the city including parks, sidewalks and outdoor businesses, will take effect by the middle of March, city officials said. Final passage of the ordinance is expected at the city council’s Feb. 15 meeting. At its Feb. 1 meeting the council outlined certain exceptions to the […]

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Hung jury ends trial in Westlake teen traffic death

Insufficent evidence against Shakhov

The two-week trial of Agoura Hills resident Diana Shakhov ended in a deadlocked jury last week, stunning the family of 17-year-old Nicole Johnson, who was killed in an automobile accident that was said to be caused by Shakhov’s erratic driving. Johnson, a student at Westlake High School, had just left track practice one afternoon in May 2003 and was stopped […]

Home prices are high, but what about the area’s commercial real estate?

Rising construction costs, elevated land prices and a broad tenant base throughout Ventura County continue to drive prices higher for renters and buyers, according to experts at the recent Ventura County commercial real estate symposium hosted by CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) in Ventura. Retail on the rise Although experts predict the number of large transactions will decrease in 2006, retail […]

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Fire hits Agoura home

EARLY MORNING CALL—Firefighters battle a blaze at a home on the 6300 block of Aquarius Avenue in Agoura Hills early Wednesday morning. Four family members and their two pets escaped the blaze without injury, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. One family member reportedly escaped by using a ladder brought to her by a neighbor. The fire caused […]

Big trucks disturb North Ranch resident

The truck traffic going to and from a new housing development is disturbing some residents in North Ranch. Large construction trucks have been driving on Lakeview Canyon Road and Valley Spring Drive as early as 5:30 a.m. until as late as 4:30 p.m. during the week, according to some residents. The trucks are loud smelly, and an overall nuisance, said […]

Lowe’s still not resolved

A final resolution denying the proposed Lowe’s home improvement center in Westlake Village failed to gain a majority vote at the city council’s Jan. 25 meeting, leaving the controversial project in temporary limbo. Mayor Sue McSweeney and Mayor Pro Tem Jim Bruno voted in favor of the resolution denying the Lowe’s project, while Council-members Mark Rutherford and Phillipa Klessig voted […]

Libraries observe holiday

The Ventura County Library branches will be closed Mon., Feb. 20, for the Presidents’ Day holiday. The community libraries include Camarillo Library, Moorpark Library, Oak Park Library and the Simi Valley Library. Books may still be returned to the book drops at any community library. The Ventura County Library is available via the internet, 24 hours a day, at www.vencolibrary.org.

Leader in Oak Park recreation retires

After 16 years of working with the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, Dennis Anderson, the long-time recreation supervisor in Oak Park, is retiring. Since 1989, Anderson’s responsibilities for the district have included supervising recreation programs, classes, special events and sports leagues for Oak Park. He also assisted in the production of the Fourth of July fireworks show in Simi […]