Flying Squirrel

A travel gift guide Judging from the parking lots at local malls, we’re in the midst of the holiday shopping season. With just days until Christmas, many of us still have people to cross off our gift-giving list. Some might be folks for whom it’s tough to shop. You know the type: “I don’t know what I want, just get […]

Art of Being

Every season is a rite of passage Do you love the winter season or dislike it? The answer may depend on your age and current geographic location. At this moment, much of the Midwest and Northeast is under the siege of a major winter storm; those who live there are indeed hearty souls. As a native son of Michigan, I […]

Calabasas annexing north of 101

City covets 146 acres that border Hidden Hills

Calabasas city officials took the first steps toward annexing Craftsman’s Corner, a 146-acre swath of homes and businesses just north of the 101 Freeway. The boundary expansion encompassing the northeast terminus of Parkway Calabasas and a section that runs along Ventura Boulevard would benefit both the city and the 60 property owners who currently lie in unincorporated Los Angeles County, […]

Family Men

Happy holi-frays “Ah, do we have to go? Can’t we just have Christmas at home?” As a kid, I hated the idea of rushing Christmas morning so we could get to the big family gathering at a relative’s house far away from everything Santa brought. I didn’t want to take a bath and get all dressed up and put on […]

Teens lend a hand at local food pantry

State treasurer warns about teacher pensions

The California teachers’ pension system is headed for default unless a fix can be found, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer told a small gathering in Thousand Oaks last week. Lockyer, the state’s chief banker since 2006, spoke to about 50 people attending a dinner hosted by Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks at Tuscany restaurant. The public policy dinners are held quarterly. […]

Students fill care packages for troops

WWll class produces more gifts than expected

For many years, history teacher Brad Livingstone has been encouraging Oaks Christian School students to honor U.S. military men and women who are serving at home and abroad. This Christmas season, Livingstone urged students in his World War II class to bring in items to prepare a care package for Air Force Tech Sgt. Chris Javier, husband of OCS alumna […]

Who will conquer the pitch?

No weak high school boys’ soccer teams reside in the rugged Marmonte League. “Every team in the league is tough,” Royal head coach Ignacio Saldain said. “There isn’t a team you can beat up on. This league’s competition level compares to any league in Southern California. “The league champion probably won’t be decided until the final match of the season.” […]

Celebrating a hero

Eighth-grader feels connection to Mandela

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”—Nelson Mandela Chloe Joseph, an eighth-grader at A.C. Stelle Middle School in Calabasas, already understands the value of these words. Her exhibit for A.C. Stelle’s National […]

Local men help the needy downtown

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