2011-07-28 E-Edition

Argument is a blockbuster

Tenant, landlord point fingers over demise of video store

The Blockbuster on Kanan Road closed suddenly—and without clear indication as to whether it was the landlord or the tenant who wanted the Agoura Hills store closed. Blockbuster, once a leader in the movie rental chain store business, filed for bankruptcy protection last year, but when the proceedings didn’t work out as planned the chain went to auction. Thousands of […]

It’s magic

Marijuana growers under fire

Park rangers announced the seizure of more than 3,500 marijuana plants over a 9-acre swath in the heart of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The pot discovery was one of three in the region during past month. Last week, authorities reported finding a pair of pot cultivation sites in the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura and Santa Barbara […]

Social host ordinance helps to curb drinking

Since the Ventura County social host ordinance went into effect in 2006, authorities have issued 83 citations to property owners in unincorporated areas who allowed underage drinking on their premises. Twelve of the citations were issued in Oak Park, including one given in May to a 19-year-old male on Bryndale Lane. Residents in unincorporated Ventura County can be fined $1,000 […]

Water district prepping public for upcoming capital improvement projects

The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District is moving forward with several large capital improvement projects that will increase the region’s drinking water system capacity and reliability. On Sat., July 30, the LVMWD board of directors will host a special public workshop at the Las Virgenes reservoir and filtration plan to share information and gather community input concerning a new 5-million […]

Put the brakes on bicycle road rage

With summer in full swing and bicyclists riding longer hours, both sides in the battle over cycling etiquette need to exercise some spin control. Man-versus-machine encounters invariably occur as the roads become more crowded. To keep it safe, pedestrians and cyclists should understand their special responsibilities in traffic. Proper bicycling involves more than wearing cool clothes and keeping equipment in […]


Coyotes more dangerous than led to believe

Before you pile on to the coyote “love train” (“Coyotes seen as friends” opinion piece July 21), and spread the word that these skilled and clever hunters are no threat to humans, my daughter was the baby attacked in our backyard on Cardoza Drive in Westlake Village and rescued by my wife, my little son, and neighbors who fought off […]

Plastic bags not all that bad

This letter addresses my concerns regarding the ban on plastic grocery bags in Calabasas. Prior to the ban, I reused the plastic grocery bags as liners for the trash containers. I also reused them when walking my dog. Now I am forced to buy two different types of plastic bags for these purposes. The way I see it, I am […]