2015-02-19 E-Edition

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Some local cities receive failing grade in fight against tobacco

Calabasas drops to a B grade while Agoura and Westlake earn F’s

More than 50 years after the U.S. Surgeon General first sounded the alarm about the perils of cigarette smoking, tobacco use still kills almost half a million Americans each year, the American Lung Association said in its 13th annual State of Tobacco Control report. Each year, the Lung Association in California tracks progress on tobacco control policies and assigns grades […]

Grossman children battling wife for $20-million estate

The fight over the multimilliondollar estate of renowned plastic surgeon and burn treatment pioneer Richard Grossman, who died last March at age 81, is headed for trial this year amid new allegations against his widow. In a lawsuit filed in August, the doctor’s sons, Peter and Jeffrey, accused the doctor’s fourth wife, Elizabeth Grossman, of manipulating her ailing husband into […]

Horse lovers love Old Agoura

Troublesome pipeline OK’d

Las Virgenes Municipal Water District officials approved funding for a $1.5-million recycled water pipeline to be installed under a two-mile stretch of Agoura Road between Ladyface Court and Cornell Road. The work will be done in conjunction with the city’s Agoura Road widening project, which is set to begin soon. The City of Agoura Hills is expanding Agoura Road from […]

Guitar Center sends mixed signals locally

Although Guitar Center Inc. has cut administrative operations and laid off employees at its Westlake Village corporate headquarters, the worldwide seller of musical instruments still plans to expand its retail presence in the area. A new Guitar Center store is slated for The Shoppes retail center on Russell Ranch Road. Guitar Center operates more than 250 stores and employs nearly […]

Slow, steady growth is ‘new normal’

The recession is over—the recovery is about to be over—and what lies ahead is a “new normal” that calls for slow but steady growth in the region for at least the next two years. Financial experts delivered their cautiously optimistic report at the 2015 Entrepreneur Economic Forecast last week at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza hotel, a forecast geared to the […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A 28-year-old man was arrested Feb. 4 for possession of 34 ounces of packaged marijuana for sale and the possession of a controlled substance at the 28700 block of Roadside Drive. Another man, 28, was arrested for transporting, importing or furnishing marijuana. Someone stole $620 in cash from a cash register and caused $200 in damage shattering a […]

Political Cartoon

Concerned parents attend forum on measles

The message parents received at the Las Virgenes Unified School District community forum on why vaccinations for measles and other infectious diseases are vital for public health was clear: Vaccinations are not only safe, they save lives. Dr. Matteo Dinolfo, the medical director at UCLA Health Community Practices, presented a program at the school district office on Tuesday to discuss […]