2015-07-16 E-Edition

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Campfire fun with critters

Water woes

I get that there is a water shortage. I see the receding lake shores. I see the below averages for rainfall. But when California unnecessarily takes in thousands of illegals, continues to allow new home construction, continues to allow pools to be built without the infrastructure to support everything, I have to wonder about the severity of the drought. When […]

Young raptor has growing pains

The parents of the two redshouldered hawks born and reared in a sycamore on my rural Agoura property this spring recently shifted from flying lessons to hunting prey tactics. It would require an interspecies translator to fathom the foursome’s exchanges. My best guess would be that the shrieking includes parental exhortations and childish protests. It was raining prey all over […]

Cal Lutheran University minister challenged, mentored students

Gerald Swanson dies at age 77

The Rev. Gerald Swanson, a Thousand Oaks resident who taught and provided spiritual guidance to California Lutheran University students for three decades, died at his home in Thousand Oaks on July 3 at the age of 77. Swanson became CLU’s first full-time campus pastor in 1969. He helped students through the time of the Vietnam War and concerns for social […]

Filing period opens for seats on city councils, school board

Election season is upon us, and candidates vying for seats in the cities of Calabasas, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village as well as Las Virgenes Unified School District must abide by some deadlines. The filing period for potential city council candidates in all three cities and the school district opened July 13 and will close Fri., Aug. 7. If an […]


There is currently no consideration for pool owners in the LVMWD’s water budget. Water evaporation is unavoidable. Replenishing pool water lost to evaporation is a necessity. If you have an irrigated area in your backyard, it increases your water budget. If you keep horses or livestock in your backyard, it increases your water budget. If you have a pool in […]

Keeping kids under control during the summer

Well, it’s happened again. Summer vacation is here. Those most glorious of days for youths yet the ones most dreaded by parents. Why? Because, as most parents are aware, unstructured time is when many kids get into trouble. Remember, while you’re at work you are still responsible for your children. It’s much easier when the school system occupies their time […]


Vacation Bible Camp in T.O. Oakbrook Bible Church will offer a free Vacation Bible Camp from 9:30 a.m. to noon Mon. through Fri., Aug. 10 to 14 at the church, 480 E. Gainsborough Road, Thousand Oaks. The program is for kids ages 4 to 12. Campers will rotate between games, snack and crafts. Group size is limited. For more information […]

Annexation delay costly to Calabasas

Development in Liberty Canyon triggers debate

Despite resistance from some officials and residents in neighboring Agoura Hills, the City of Calabasas will move forward with a plan to bring 43 acres of unincorporated territory at Liberty Canyon into its borders. The normally warm relationship between the two cities hit a hurdle last year when Calabasas filed an application with L.A. County to annex six properties adjacent […]

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