2014-09-04 E-Edition

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Deputy will not face charges in Calabasas cycling death

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said it will not press charges against the Lost Hills Sheriff’s deputy whose patrol car struck and killed a bicyclist in Calabasas last December. Dep. Andrew Wood swerved into a bicycle lane on Mulholland Highway while typing into his vehicle’s onboard computer—and had texted with his wife multiple times just prior to the […]

Ice bucket challenge comes to town

Mountain land-use plan gets county’sfinal OK

Grape growers remain mified

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the Santa Monica Mountains Local Coastal Plan on Aug. 26, ending a decades-long effort to place more control of the region in the hands of the county rather than the California Coastal Commission. The commission approved the LCP on April 10, but the supervisors made 60 modifications before casting a final vote […]

Teens lost in storm drain

Two teenagers were found safe and unhurt on Labor Day after getting lost in the storm drain system in Oak Park. The youths used their cellphones to call for help at about 3: 40 p. m. Firefighters from Ventura and Los Angeles counties responded to the residential area of Maplegrove Street and Pinewood Avenue. According to authorities, the teenagers were […]

Water shortage declared in Oak Park

In response to emergency regulations adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board that call for a mandatory 20 percent water reduction statewide, the board of directors of Triunfo Sanitation District has declared a Stage 1 Water Supply Shortage for the 4,500 homes and businesses served by Oak Park Water Service. The board took the action at its regular meeting […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A shoplifter stole tequila bottles and personal hygiene products from the Vons grocery on Kanan Road Aug. 24. The male culprit entered the store with reusable shopping bags, filled them with the goods and left without paying. The man was seen by a Vons employee getting into a red truck that was driven by another man. A store […]


In last week’s article about the upcoming Saving K9 Live Plus rock concert to raise funds for special needs dogs, the rescue’s founder, Jasmin Gabay, said her first wheelchair dog, Sadie, was slated to be euthanized if somebody didn’t save her. Sadie’s original owner, who did not want to be identified, said that Sadie was never going to be euthanized.

Apathy hits Oak Park municipal council

Running for public office can be time-consuming and expensive. Before committing to a campaign, aspiring candidates—and their families—often weigh the pros and cons of what it takes to be in the political spotlight. It might explain why nobody has stepped forward to run for a vacancy on the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council in November. The advisory council was founded […]

Distracted driving laws should apply to everyone


As motorists, we’re reminded repeatedly how dangerous—not to mention illegal—it is to drive while distracted. The sheriff’s department says distracted driving falls into three categories: visual (wondering eyes), manual (wondering hands) and cognitive (wondering minds). While drivers can be endangered in many ways, texting is the most alarming because it involves all three types of distraction. Other unsafe behavior includes […]