Takin’ it to the streets

Groups stage meaningful and fun outdoor events to celebrate a variety of worthy causes

  Thousands of people took to the streets in Agoura Hills and Westlake Village last week to compete in the athletic arena and to celebrate life in the community. Messages of peace and love accompanied the tiedyed shirts and Hippy happiness at the 40th anniversary celebration for White Oak Elementary School on March 25 in Westlake. On Sat., March 28, […]

Interference by City Council puts Lindero cellphone tower on hold

Questions raised about school site

The Agoura Hills City Council will appeal the planning commission’s approval of a cellphone tower at Lindero Canyon Middle School. The appeal is set for 7 p.m. Wed., April 22 at City Hall. The structure would include three, 35-foot-high antenna flag poles, each fitted with two antennas, according to a representative of OmniPoint Communications Inc., a subsidiary of TMobile Wireless. […]

SEC charges Calabasas donor in $17-million fraud case

A Los Angeles resident known for his charitable giving in Calabasas has been accused of stealing more than $17 million from investors. The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Bruce Friedman, 59, and two of his companies with securities fraud earlier this month. Friedman and his wife Wendy have been recognized in Calabasas for their generosity, and were both listed on […]

Calabasas names Jonathon Wolfson new mayor

Groveman becomes mayor pro tem

Jonathon Wolfson was named the new mayor of Calabasas at a City Council reorganizational meeting March 25. A new mayor and mayor pro tem are elected each year by the five members of the City Council during its annual reorganization. Councilmember Barry Groveman was sworn in as the new mayor pro tem. Wolfson won his second, fouryear term on the […]

Business owner stole his employees’ retirement

Michael Joseph Pearns, 58formerly of Agoura Hills, has been found guilty of stealing more than $97,000 from his former employees and business partners, the Ventura County DistricAttorney’s office says. From 1995 to 2000, Pearns and two business partners ran MJP Financial, also known as Mountain View Financial, a reaestate loan firm in Westlake Village. While the firm was in business, […]

Wear a seatbelt or face penalties

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will increase its effort to enforce California’s seatbelt laws through May. The effort is part of the department’s ongoing Click It or Ticket campaign to help California achieve 100 percent seat belt use. Deputies will be on the lookout for adults not using seatbelts and also teens and children who are not properly restrained. […]

Man’s disappearance solved

A mysterious disappearance in 2006 may be solved by an againstall-odds discovery last weekend. It will take about a week for a coroner’s report to positively identify what are likely the remains of Jeffrey Scott Howard of Thousand Oaks. The skeletal remains were inside Howard’s car, which was discovered by hikers last Sunday. The burgundy 2003 Hyundai Elantra was found […]

Westlake High grad killed in Afghanistan

A Navy lieutenant with a kind heart and a love for the people of Afghanistan was shot and killed on March 27 while protecting his friends from an Afghan insurgent. Frankie Toner, 26, grew up in Thousand Oaks, graduated from Westlake High School in 2001where he was the homecoming king, and went to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Long […]

Westlake women take fashion cues

More than 300 Westlake Women’s Club members packed the Hyatt Westlake Plaza ballroom March 27 for the group’s annual luncheon and fashion show fundraiser. Westlake Women’s Club president Karen Bradley addressed the group, thanking the women for their support. “In 2008, we were able to allocate $71,000 back into our community,” Bradley said. “With your help, we gave back to […]

Calabasas actress lends voice to the cause of Alzheimer’s

After losing both of her grandmothers to Alzheimer’s, Dina Sherman of Calabasas pledged to fight the disease. But with two young children and an acting career, she found it difficult to find time for her promise. After Sherman’s husband urged her to “put her money where her mouth is,” she decided to donate half her earnings as a voice-over actress […]