2015-11-19 E-Edition

Four-story hotel planned for Santa Monica Mountains Calabasas gateway

A second hotel also being discussed

A Malibu developer is moving forward with plans to build a 73,000-square-foot hotel on a 4-acre parcel on Las Virgenes Road next to the eastbound freeway on-ramp. The four-story hotel and 150 surrounding parking spaces would be built on a previously graded vacant commercial site at 26300 Rondell Road. The city recently completed an environmental study and said the proposed […]

A wing and a prayer for the U.S.A.

UNFLAPPABLEā€”Special Operator 1st Class Trevor Thompson of Westlake Village presents the Stars and Stripes in spectacular fashion during an aerial parachute demonstration last month at the Great Georgia Air Show in Peachtree City. Thompson, a Navy SEAL, belongs to the Leap Frogs, a San Diego-based Navy parachute team comprised of SEALs that performs demonstrations around the nation in support of […]

Lucy Martin bids farewell to council

It was an evening of accolades for Calabasas Mayor Lucy Martin, who is leaving the City Council after one term in office. Martin said she chose not to run for another term so she could spend more time with her mother, who recently moved to California. “She needs me and I need her, so that’s where I’ll be,” Martin said. […]

Energy collective gives alternative choice to electricity buyers

Energy buying collectives are taking root across California, thanks to a 2002 state law that gives local governments the right to form nonprofit entities that can provide alternative power for their constituents. Known as Community Choice Aggregation, the energy-buying collectives allow cities and counties to pool the electric demand of residents and businesses to achieve greater purchasing power. They use […]

Busy burglar finally nabbed

Detectives from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s station arrested Timothy Bertram, 48, in Santa Barbara County Nov. 12 in connection with a string of commercial burglaries that occurred in Agoura Hills and Westlake Village. Bertram, who drives a Chevrolet Tahoe truck, was in possession of property that was also linked to nighttime burglaries to churches, medical offices and other commercial buildings […]

Stormwater project remains under scrutiny

Six months after residents in Oak Park voiced strong concerns about a proposed stormwater treatment project that would require the removal of two dozen trees along Kanan Road, officials from the Ventura County Watershed Protection District disclosed a new study that remains supportive of the $1.8-million project. The study shows that a plan to build two in-ground filters, also called […]

Calabasas, like Ventura County, caught in development conundrum

The effort to put Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR) back on the ballot in 2016 presents a cautionary tale for communities across the line in Los Angeles County. Passed by the City of Ventura in 1995, SOAR says any land deemed open space, agricultural or rural cannot be rezoned without a majority vote of the public. In subsequent […]

Political Cartoon

Sequel to the Inn not welcome

If you have the opportunity, please drive down Park Sorrento about a half block east of The Commons. On the right, you’ll see a project underway called Avanti where the old, quaint Calabasas Inn once stood. This development is so huge and obnoxious that the project nearly comes to the curb of the street. In fact, the developer has removed […]