2015-12-17 E-Edition

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Agoura Hills A vandal caused $ 600 in damage to the glass door of the Sit ’n Sleep furniture store in the 28500 block of Canwood Street Dec. 2. A thief stole a $500 iPad from an unlocked car parked on Michelle Drive Nov. 30. Someone stole a $650 handgun and two watches worth $1,300, and caused $75 in damage […]

Ugly tree becomes Christmas beacon

On the Trail

There is a tree in my rural Agoura community that is, well, just an ugly duckling. It is an Albizia julibrissin, popularly called silk tree or mimosa. From its initial planting in a narrow strip of tenacious crabgrass bordering an asphalt roadway, “Osa” was up against it. The tree had a “Y” shape, leaning hard to the left and threatening […]

Kavli performance reminiscent of old Las Vegas showbiz

CONCERT REVIEW /// ‘Rat Pack Christmas’

“Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Christmas,” which played for a single performance Dec. 5 at the Fred Kavli Theatre in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, pays tribute to the freewheeling, cigarettes-and-tuxedo glamour of old Las Vegas. Holding court at the Copa showroom at the Sands Hotel in the early 1960s were its central figures: Frank Sinatra, the titular Chairman of […]

Feel the burn

WORKOUT—Susie Dettmers-Smith of Calabasas, David Shenfeld of Calabasas, Bernie and Helga LaFianza of Agoura Hills work it out during a Senior Fitness class Dec. 11 at the Agoura Hills/ Calabasas Community Center. Last Friday’s classes were free to the community in celebration of the center’s 16-year anniversary,

Agoura Road widening project on schedule

The Agoura Road widening project underway in Agoura Hills will expand the street just south of the 101 Freeway from two to four lanes and will include newly landscaped medians, sidewalks and a pedestrian bridge over Medea Creek. The additional lanes will improve traffic flow and stormwater drainage, city officials said. Bike lanes in both directions will also be provided. […]


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The case of the curious nighttime coyote in rural Agoura

The perfect stillness of a country night in rural Agoura was abruptly interrupted by a series of disquieting sounds: a high-pitched shriek, low growl, loud thud. It was past midnight, and the dog and I were passing near our community’s dumpster and RV storage lot. The area is well-lit, but that does not seem to deter wildlife. A coyote flitted […]

Who will rule the pool?

Agoura girls’ water polo squad is top dog until someone knocks Chargers off summit

There’s consensus among the coaching experts—Agoura reigns supreme in the high school girls’ water polo circuit. “Everyone is still probably looking up at Agoura,” Newbury Park head coach Dave Gleisberg said of the Marmonte League. “Every team’s going to be tough. There should be some very competitive games all the way through.” Agoura, the defending league champions, graduated 11 of […]

Calabasas football—you be the judge


The Calabasas High School football team, winless two seasons ago and for many years the cellar dweller of the Marmonte League, captured its first CIF football title two weeks ago. For a team that won only nine out of 100 games— that’s nine wins and 91 losses—from 2004 to 2013, the current season represents a true milestone. Administrators, teachers, parents […]