The Other Side of 50

Footing the bill for aging parents

Are adult children legally responsible to pay for their parents’ care? You may be surprised to learn that in 30 states, including California, there’s a law on the books that declares adult children have a duty to pay for care for their impoverished parents. Filial responsibility statutes, as they are called, require an adult child to reimburse state programs or […]

The Acorn Epicurean

Authentic Mexican flavors—inside and out Casa Escobar, a gourmet Mexican restaurant in Westlake Village, is a Ventura County hotspot where one can enjoy the flavor of the feisty Latin American country— not only its scrumptious authentic food but also its lively culture. It’s all about excellently melding tradition and history with a contemporary panache and presentation at Casa Escobar. “We […]

Local communities pelted by rain

The Ventura County Watershed Protection District reports 2.5 inches of rain fell in the Conejo/Las Virgenes valleys from 1 p.m. Thursday until 1 p.m. Friday.

Parks named new Conservancy chair

Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks has been named chair of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy for 2014. Parks, a longtime advocate of open space and environmental issues, was selected by the voting members of the conservancy for a one-year term. She’s served on the board for nearly 12 years but this will be her first time as chair. Parks said […]

It’s showtime for youth theater

The Agoura Hills Department of Community Services and Curtain Call Youth Theater will present the first show of the city’s youth theater program. Showtimes for the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta “Pirates of Penzance” are 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat., Feb. 28 and March 1, and 2 p.m. Sun., March 2 in G Building at Agoura High School, 28545 Driver Ave. […]


Westlake council approves tank agreement, but not happy

Water board director files complaint with District Attorney

   The embattled water storage tank being planned for Westlake Village faced heavy opposition this week on multiple fronts.    The Westlake City Council approved an agreement at their Feb. 26 meeting to mitigate the construction impacts of the 5-million-gallon tank slated to be built in the city’s Three Springs neighborhood, but not without a stiff rebuke from Mayor Mark […]

101/23 freeway closures in effect

Southern California Gas Co.is performing utility relocationwork in preparation for the startof construction on the 101/23Freeway Interchange Improvement Project.The following closures willbe in effect nightly through mid-March:Southbound Moorpark Roadoff-ramp to the 101 between 9p.m. and 6 a.m. weekdays,One lane of northboundMoorpark Road at the 101 undercrossing on weekdays,The following closure willbe in effect daily through mid-March:Conejo School Road in bothdirections […]

Flying Squirrel

The Coast Starlight If you’ve driven north along the California coast, you’ve probably seen a train paralleling the highway. Whether it’s a trip to Ventura or a trek farther north to Santa Barbara, many of us are familiar with Amtrak’s silver trains streaking past. Usually what you’re seeing is the Pacific Surfliner, which travels from San Diego to San Luis […]

Family men

Escape from the backyard I’m protective of my wife. I’m extremely protective of our 10-year-old son. But I’m most protective of our pet beagle. It’s not that the dog is more important than my wife and our child. It’s just that the dog is a wanderer and more at risk. So I worry. “You’re gonna worry yourself to death,” my […]