2015-10-01 E-Edition

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Vacation Photo 2015 Contest Winner

AMERICAN HISTORY—Hilary and Jonathan Matthew from Agoura Hills visit Eldon, Iowa and pose with their Acorn in front of the home used in Grant Wood’s famous 1930 painting, “American Gothic.” While traveling in his native state, Wood became inspired by the little wood farmhouse made in the architectural style called Carpenter Gothic. His painting shows a hard-working, salt-of-the-earth American man […]

Agoura’s great race

Large field unusual for City Council contest

Six candidates will compete for two seats in the Nov. 3 election: three men and three women. This week, a look at the male candidates. Next week, the females. Anstead If elected to the Agoura Hills City Council, candidate Chris Anstead promises to make headway toward solving the problems residents are concerned about. Two seats on the panel are up […]

On board with sheriff’s rescue helicopter

On its recent Saturday patrol, the sheriff’s department helicopter launched skyward and took in a bird’s-eye view of the Santa Monica Mountains and Malibu coastline to check out hot spots where rescues often occur. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Aero Bureau is based at Long Beach Airport. The bureau operates 20 helicopters that support law enforcement ground units and […]

Drought is on, rates are up

The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District is planning higher rates—again. A new budget-based billing system will reflect the higher cost of water and encourage residents to conserve. It also helps the agency recoup what it pays for the scarce commodity. The plan is expected to be approved later this month and go into effect in January, with scheduled increases through […]

Community grieves over family’s great suffering

Losing not only one, but two daughters in a matter of years is a tragedy hard to imagine. The community remains in mourning this week for an Agoura Hills family whose 15-year-old daughter died Sept. 21 in an apparent “car surfing” accident. The girl’s death occurred at about 9:15 p.m. Monday in the 3500 block of Reseda Boulevard in Tarzana. […]

Athlete accused of stealing from cars

Troubled life of a former hoops star

A former varsity basketball player who spent time at four different area high schools was arrested this week after police say he was caught stealing from vehicles in Thousand Oaks. Kenneth Koffi, 19, of Simi Valley was spotted by a resident rummaging through a vehicle around 1:40 a.m. Wed., Sept. 23 in the Westlake Hills neighborhood, according to a report […]

Westlake earns video kudos

The City of Westlake Village’s Video Newsletter was honored at the annual National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors conference in San Diego where it received a first place award in the Community Event Coverage category with its coverage of the Amgen Tour of California bicycle race. The city also won first place in the Magazine Format Series category, besting […]

Choppy waters ahead for regional, state economy


The California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting recently released its 2015 third-quarter report, and while California remains on a roll, doing better than the rest of the nation, the state’s economic growth is destined to slow as stock market turbulence takes its toll. According to the report, California’s budget surplus is likely to disappear, continuing the state’s […]

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