John David Sorrels

Mass killings

Regarding the mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, it is hard to understand this kind of violence and the hatred that motivates it. We ask how people can do such things; what is in their hearts? In these times, we need to trust in the providence of God and rely on his mercy. Our Christian faith […]

Financial assistance available for electricity, heating bills

The recent cold weather has created an increase in applications for utility assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). Community Action of Ventura County recently received a contract extension to insure heating and electric assistance is available to all in need during the forecasted El Niño, which has already brought frost level temperatures to the area. For residents struggling […]

Los Robles Hospital is top performer

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the U.S. The recognition was part of commission’s 2015 annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance […]

Why English is important

I agree that immigrants who come to the U.S. in good faith and become Americans and assimilate themselves, that there is only room for one language, the English language, and only one flag, the American flag. As a legal immigrant from South America, upon my arrival to the U.S. I decided that I would assimilate immediately to the American way. […]

Teamwork pays off

Girls kick it into high gear to nab a win

GRAND CHAMPS—The Kicking Cuckoos win the girls’ U-10 AYSO Region 4 league championship. Top row, from left: assistant coach EJ Chanin, head coach Adam Kommers and assistant coach Jennifer Velasquez. Middle row: Violet Kommers, Tara Vuksanovic, Molly Gordon, Grace Geyer, Eva Hans, Shira Chanin and Leila Torres. In front is Sofia Velasquez.

What does a handshake mean to a mutt?


On a recent Westlake Hills walkabout, the dog and I found ourselves idling beneath a big valley oak at the corner of Fairness and Trustworthiness. We were just a few paces from the intersection of Responsibility and Caring. You may well ask, “Where does one find such virtuous streets?” The answer is the campus of Westlake Hills Elementary School, whose […]

Reward for conservation

In appreciation of its customers’ efforts to reduce their water use during this drought and help meet state-mandated water-use reductions, California Water Service has launched a three-month rewards program that will recognize 25 customers in each service area each month who stay within their water budgets during that billing cycle. For December, January and February bill cycles, 25 customers in […]

Mrs. Santa comes to town

WISHES CAN COME TRUE—Above, Mrs. Claus, played by Paula Russo, looks over a wish list given to her by Tessa Alvarez, 8, of West Hollywood during the Dec. 6 Winter Celebration at the Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas. Below, James Gentile, 5, right, and Cole Wexler, 4, dig into marshmallow reindeer treats they made during the day’s festivities.

Pet of the Week

LOVE BUG—Parka is a female white and black pit bull about 4 years old. She is very loving and is playful with children. She gets along with other dogs and cats. If you would like to adopt Parka ask for ID No. A4293850 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check […]

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