Westlake Village celebrates 25th Anniversary

PARTY TIME-Above, Westlake Village residents, from left, Aryana Shandel, Jenna Haffavnier, Sabrina Isay and Brooke Jones celebrate Westlake Village’s 25th anniversary Sunday. Right, Mike Guzzardo feels patriotic. Westlake Village, once home to Chumash Indians, became part of two sprawling Mexican land grants: Rancho El Conejo and Rancho Las Virgenes. In the 1880s, the Russell family purchased much of the land […]

Classrooms play the numbers game

There are many new faces in the school hallways of Oak Park. Among them is Jessie Scharfman, a freshman at Oak Park High who lives in West Hills, but could have attended El Camino Real High School near her home. “(El Camino) is such a huge school. I don’t feel she can get a quality education there,”said Lisa Scharfman, Jessie’s […]

Medical marijuana distributor under scrutiny

Agoura Hills wants facility closed

The city of Agoura Hills said it is investigating the Conejo Wellness Center, a medical marijuana cooperative on Agoura Road, with the intent of shutting the facility down. In Agoura Hills, the center is not a “permitted use,” said City Manager Greg Ramirez. Dispensing medical marijuana in California, however, is a permitted use, and has been for more than a […]

They’re off and running

FOLLOW THE BOUNCING BALL-The AYSO soccer season is officially underway and the teams are battling it out on fields throughout the community. Here, the Killer Whales (blue) play the Stingrays (green), a pair of teams in the 8-and-under category. The game was at Westlake Elementary School. The American Youth Soccer Organization was founded in Los Angeles in the 1960s and […]

Restaurant rises out of the ashes

Construction is about to begin at the Westlake Village site of the former Cisco’s Mexican restaurant, which burned down more than 18 months ago. But it won’t be another Cisco’s as owner Bob Wilson had hoped. Instead, Wilson has subleased the property at 925 S. Westlake Blvd. to a company called 2k5 Nightlife, which owns P6 restaurant in Westlake Village […]

Speakers at women’s council

Assemblywoman Audra Strickland and Simi Valley Councilmember Glen Becerra will be the guest speakers at the annual fall luncheon of the Women’s Council of the Building Industry Association of Southern California from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wed., Sept. 27 at the Westlake Village Inn. The speakers will discuss local community issues such as education and housing and their impact […]

Citizen lawsuit filed against Agoura Village

Environmental concerns, safety issues and the development of open space without a vote by citizens are just some of the reasons why Malibou Lake resident Mary Altmann wants the Agoura Village plan stopped, or at least reconsidered. Altmann filed a lawsuit against the city of Agoura Hills challenging the city’s certification of the project’s environmental impact report, amendments to the […]

Equestrians hitch a ride at Conejo event

QUICK, TURN LEFT-Monte Nido resident Stephanie Abronson, left, and Simi Valley resident Lilly Tirelli, 16, navigate Welsh Cob pony Jaycobs Princess Polina through the course during Day of the Horse at Conejo Creek Equestrian Park last Saturday. Polina may look like a horse, but her measured height of 14.2 hands, or 58 inches, puts her in the pony category.

Gallegly challenger trades pulpit for soapbox

Presbyterian pastor Jill Martinez is confident she’ll have the support of local voters in her attempt to unseat U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Thousand Oaks), who’s represented the 24th Congressional District in Washington since 1986. The district encompasses most of Ventura County, including Oak Park and North Ranch, and has about 660,000 residents. The Rev. Martinez, 56, was ordained in 1984 […]

Local residents hope bill floats into law

CAMPAIGN TRAIL-A boat owned and piloted by Westlake Lake resident Roberta Leavitt tours the ake on behalf of “One Care Now,” a campaign supporting the universal health care bill that recently passed in Sacramento. The Health Insurance Reliability Act, authored by Sen. Sheila Kuehl of the ocal 23rd District, creates a universal health insurance system for all Californians. Gov. Arnold […]