When afire starts to burn

This isn’t a disco inferno. This isn’t a bonfire at Burning Man. This isn’t a wildfire of the wasteland or a blaze in a tropical ice land. The Viewpoint High boys’ basketball team has started the Conflagration of Calabasas. The Patriots, to put it mildly—or with an extra crossover dollop from Philip “Hot Sauce” Champion— are on fire. Viewpoint, which […]


The Jan. 8 editorial “Ahem, please cover that cough” incorrectly reported Paul Russell of Ventura County Public Health as saying this year’s flu vaccine is a good match for the strain circulating. The quote was taken from a 2013 press release. Russell left his position with the county the same year. In fact, this year’s flu vaccine is not a […]

When it’s time to say goodbye to a pet pal

Scout was Jerry Shevick’s special friend. She was a rescue dog that liked to patrol his backyard in Westlake Village to the point where she would break through screen doors to get outside. Rambunctious but lovable. When the female dog passed away from lymphoma several years ago, Shevick was shocked to see how his pet’s body was treated when it […]

Student honor roll

The University of Wisconsin-Madison recognized the following students for dean’s list honors in the 2014 fall semester: Jean Doh of Agoura Hills; Chandler Grenely and Taylor Steward of Calabasas; and Jared Kaufman, Jack Rickelmann and Patrick Rosenberg of Westlake Village.

Lancer’s block party

Be rational when mountain lions come calling

There seems to be no shortage of voices in our community who are willing to speak up for the plight of the area’s tiny population of mountain lions. It’s probably a good thing that people have taken up the cause to save the animal, which is not on the endangered species list but whose habitat in the Santa Monica Mountains […]

Hot Flashes

Under your glass

And so it’s the new year. We’re going on diets of gravel and kale, jogging until our sciatica erupts, scraping glitter off the piano and placing some neglected reads on the nightstand instead of watching “Pawn Stars.” For a week. As for me, well, I found my inspiration under a martini glass. Not my glass. Must have been someone else’s. […]

Public schools must record pesticide usage

Changes are coming to the Healthy Schools Act, a California law that gives parents the right to know what types of pesticides are being used around their children. Starting in January, public K-12 schools and licensed child care centers will be required to develop integrated pest management plans and send pesticide use reports to the Department of Pesticide Regulation. According […]

Mentoring program supports cancer patients

No one should have to fight cancer alone, organization says

Battling cancer is a personal experience, often difficult for others to understand, says Jordyn Goodman of Calabasas. Goodman recently became regional director of Imerman Angels, an organization that helps cancer patients and caregivers obtain one-on-one support from cancer survivors. Founded in 2003 by Jonny Imerman, the nonprofit group matches a person seeking cancer support with a “Mentor Angel,” a person […]

Political Cartoon

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