DUI checkpoint in Agoura

Deputies from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station will be conducting a DUI checkpoint from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m. Fri., Aug. 7 at an undisclosed location in Agoura Hills. The sheriff’s department likes to notify the public when the checkpoints are held to deter drunk driving, but does not give the exact location. “A major component of these checkpoints is […]

Ask The Arborist

Q. I have several xylosma trees near my pool, approximately 8 feet away. My neighbor thinks they are related to ficus, which have a very bad reputation for aggressive root systems and pool destruction. Any help would be appreciated. A. Xylosmas are usually sold at nurseries as bushes and shrubs. If left untrimmed, however, they are quick to grow into […]

‘Single’ signs are city sore spot

Organized crime has hit the streets of Westlake Village and it keeps coming back. City Hall has tracked these bad guys. The chase has led them to a “king-pin” in Panama and “enforcers” in New Jersey with ties to “soldiers” in L.A. They sweep into Westlake Village while we are asleep, always on a Saturday morning between midnight and 4 […]

John Calvin’s words on environment still true today

Celebrate John Calvin as an inspiration not a saint, say Reformed church leaders. As Reformed churches worldwide celebrated the 500th anniversary of the birth of Protestant Reformation leader John Calvin on July 10, leaders of a global movement of Reformed churches have issued a statement calling on Christians to commemorate Calvin not as a saint but as a source of […]


The private home party in Hidden Hills that had to be broken up by sheriff’s deputies occurred on Sun., July 19, not July 12.

Ill behavior

My 5-year-old son woke up feeling a bit warm. Mommy checked his temperature. It was 104. So to the doctor we went. “Yup,” the doctor said, “he’s sick.” We knew this. “No playing, get some rest, stay home.” My wife added, “That means you have to stay in bed.” The kid looked at Mommy, looked at the doctor. “But I’m […]

An immovable object

Gridiron impact report: Oaks Christian Lions

Erik Kohler is a big man. Big hands, big legs, big arms, big pectorals and big hair—Oaks Christian’s 6-foot-5, 285-pound left tackle is the total package on a football field. And Kohler has plenty of skills to complement his superior physical attributes. “People are very much aware of his size, but he’s also very athletic,” said OCHS offensive and defensive […]

Food for thought

This is to remind the good people of Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills as they enjoy their summer that there are neighbors who are struggling, particularly now, to feed their families. The downturn in the economy plus the historically low donations during summer months have really strained the resources of this little house of help. When […]

Baptists help pass tobacco law

Landmark legislation approved June 11 by the Senate gives the Food and Drug Administration authority to effectively regulate the manufacture, marketing and sale of tobacco products. Curtis Ramsey-Lucas, National Ministries’ national coordinator of Public and Social Advocacy of the American Baptist Church, was involved in introducing the legislation to Congress earlier this year through his involvement with “Faith United Against […]

Is the book closed on school librarians?

School libraries are undergoing a transformation in the Las Virgenes Unified School District. Six teacher-librarian jobs have metamorphosed into three media specialist jobs for next year, in part to save money due to state budget cuts. Dan Stepenosky, LVUSD assistant superintendent of personnel, said the positions were based upon “a hybrid of skills and services that were previously performed by […]

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