Contact your local sheriff’s department

From area code 818 (Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Chatsworth, Hidden Hills, West Hills or Westlake Village), call (818) 878-1808. From area code 310 (Malibu or Topanga), call (310) 456-6652. The Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department is at 27050 Agoura Road in Calabasas. Oak Park is located in Ventura County and is serviced by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department at (805) 494-8200. Remember […]

Calabasas looks at historical preservation ordinance

Landmark sites within the city will be identified

Calabasas officials are working to make sure historical sites within the city are given just recognition. A 28page historic preservation ordinance draft has been reviewed by the City Council and was scheduled to come up for a vote at last night’s council meeting. A consultant will be hired to complete the historical context and survey, a minimum six-month process in […]

A voice on the line

Has the human element left us forever? Those automated phone menus that customers often hear can be annoying, impersonal and openly discouraging. The Utility Reform Network, a statewide utility watchdog group based in San Francisco, offers new strategies to deal with the frustration, especially when making calls to utility companies. •Bypass the automated voice menu by pressing 0 pound, 0 […]

Thomas examines past using selective memory

Although best known for his controversial confirmation 16 years ago, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas steered clear of any hotbutton issues during his short speech given recently at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. The 59-year-old justice spent much of his 30 minutes answering questions from the audience, offering personal insight into his first years as a […]

Calabasas looks for new development sites

An updated land-use map was presented to the Calabasas City Council late last month with recommendations on how to build additional housing and businesses- without developing the city’s hillsides. The land-use maps are part of the city’s current move to update its General Plan. The Calabasas Planning Commission received a preliminary land-use plan recommended by the General Plan advisory committee […]

Red Cross plans local expansion

Area tends to be 'disaster-prone'

Donning hard hats and swinging sledgehammers, county officials knocked holes in a symbolic Wall of Disaster at the new headquarters of the American Red Cross of Ventura County last week to begin the agency’s 2008 expansion campaign. The Red Cross’ $2million Disaster Action Team initiative will create a centralized training and communications center in Camarillo and expand the number of […]

Adderley musical theater school opens new location

Broadway actress and drama coach Janet Adderley is bringing her musical theater program to local youth. She is the owner of Adderley School for the Performing Arts, which has two other schools in Pacific Palisades and Santa Barbara and has recently opened a new school in Westlake Village. “The Adderley Method is about the child first,” said Adderley. “First you […]

MRT explores wetlands, night sky

The Mountains Restoration Trust Youth Naturalist Program is offering a pair of programs to teach children about nature. •The first, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, is a family outing to Sepulveda Basin Wetlands. Meet at the Sepulveda Wildlife Reserve, near Woodley and Burbank Boulevards. Families will learn about the importance of wetlands and why they are vital to ecological […]

Smart sprinkler system saves water, money

When Reza Pourzia went on walks around his Oak Park neighborhood, he noticed sprinklers over-watering soggy lawns and runoff streaming down the sidewalks. “I thought, ‘There must be a better way.’ I wanted to come up with an easytouse watering solution, and this was before we knew water shortage was going to be such a major issue.” The more he […]

Hebrew students explore culinary creativity