2015-01-29 E-Edition

Pop art

Westlake Village dog owns world record for popping balloons

Local canine Anastasia has become a national celebrity thanks to her balloon-popping ability and knack for predicting winning Super Bowl teams. The Jack Russell terrier owned by Westlake Village resident Doree Sitterly is the current world record holder for popping balloons. Before Jay Leno retired from “The Tonight Show,” Anastasia guest-starred on the program four years in a row and […]

Sheriff gets new opportunity

Former Lost Hills captain assigned to Marina del Rey

The nation’s law enforcement community fell under heavy scrutiny following the polarizing Ferguson, Mo., case of 2014. But in the aftermath of the attention-grabbing incident, the nation also learned that police men and women, like the citizens they serve, remain innocent until proven guilty. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Capt. Joseph Stephen lost his job as commander of the Lost Hills […]

Mansion in Old Topanga has Calabasas planners in quandary

A plan to build a house on top of a ridgeline in a scenic area near Old Topanga Road in Calabasas came under attack by neighbors at a recent city planning commission hearing. The developer, Broadway Trust, wants to build a 7,630-square-foot single-family home with a 660-square-foot attached garage, a 1,320-squarefoot basement and other structures on a previously graded lot. […]

PCH will be shut down longer than expected

A stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway between Los Posas Road near Camarillo and Yerba Buena Road near Malibu will continue to remain closed until the end of February, the California Department of Transportation says. Due to high surf caused by new storms in January, several slopes below the highway washed away, and the needed repairs will force the highway […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A thief stole a $150 purse containing a wallet with a driver’s license and $500 in cash from a vehicle parked in the 5600 block of Chesebro Road Jan. 18. The culprit caused $500 in damage shattering a window to get into the car. A $200 photography lamp was stolen from a car parked on Trailway Lane Jan. […]

Contact your local sheriff’s office

Residents who live in Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Chatsworth, Hidden Hills, West Hills or Westlake Village may contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lost Hills Station at (818) 878- 1808. Oak Park residents should call the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office at (805) 494-8200.

The case for vaccinations gets a shot in the arm

The world is flat. The sun revolves around the Earth. Dinosaurs and humans once lived together. Time and again, science has disproved the wild theories that some people once held dear. Comes now the situation with measles and the conundrum over what to do about a segment of the population that refuses to have their children immunized despite irrefutable scientific […]

Political Cartoon

Defending Jim Benkert

I’ve worked with Jim Benkert at Westlake High School for 16 years. He is a man of class and integrity and his No. 1 priority has always been the kids. He has given 26 years of his life to Westlake High School and I know his decision to leave Westlake football was not easy. Ultimately, Coach Benkert was offered an […]