2015-07-23 E-Edition

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Torch runners carry the message for Special Olympics World Games

Woman with autism to cover Special Olympics

Reporter is paving the way for others

The opportunity to report on the 2015 Special Olympics in Los Angeles—the largest event to hit the city since the Summer Games of 1984—is the thrill of a lifetime for Westlake Village resident Robin Borakove. Diagnosed at age 41 with Asperger’s syndrome, a highfunctioning form of autism, the 50-year-old author and professional storyteller says the chance to cover the games […]

Agoura tightens landscaping rules for new development

The continued drought has prompted the City of Agoura Hills to amend its landscaping and irrigation code for new developments. At a July 8 council meeting, officials adopted a municipal code that requires new residential properties using potable water for outside irrigation to use drip or microspray irrigation systems. Three of the five council members—Bill Koehler, Harry Schwarz and Mayor […]

Pot 2.0

Use of concentrated marijuana is growing in popularity

The crime scene was blanketed in the water firefighters had used to extinguish a flash fire that burned portions of a nondescript warehouse tucked in a Newbury Park industrial area just blocks from the Amgen campus and the 101 Freeway. Hidden in plain sight, investigators say the warehouse was used to make one of the most potent forms of marijuana […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A burglar stole a $1,500 thirdrow car seat and a $500 pair of glasses from a vehicle parked near the Hampton Inn in the 30200 block of Agoura Road July 10. A third-row seat valued at $1,500 was stolen July 10 from a vehicle parked near the Homewood Suites in the 2800 block of Canwood Drive. Calabasas A […]

It’s high time we take stoned driving seriously

As hard as it may be for some of our more conservative readers to grasp, many in the state—law enforcement included— have already come to grips with the fact that it’s not a matter of if, but when, California will decriminalize the recreational use of marijuana. With Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon and, yes, even our nation’s capital having already made […]


Kudos to deputies

I wanted to send “stars” to many of the deputies who were involved in week one of STAR Camp 2015: Jake Merrifield, Jeff Donohoo and Millicent (Mille) Scott of the STAR Unit, Rodolfo Torrontegui and Dave Diestel of the Lost Hills Juvenile Team, and Marc Merino and Brian Knott for the Magic Mountain field trip. Our son, Kyle Otting, attends […]

Vaccine debate continues

Legislators rushed the mandatory vaccination bill through. Pavley and Irwin both voted yes. Gov. Brown rushed to sign. They don’t care. He added the religious exemption to AB 2109, and his father, Pat Brown, gave us the PBE (Personal Belief Exemption)— appalling. Thank you, Scott Wilk, for voting no. Democrats supported and Republicans opposed. Democrats represent control and the Republicans […]