2016-07-14 E-Edition

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Petitioners want vote on new Calabasas hotel

Developer defends project

A group of Calabasas residents is gathering signatures for a petition to overturn the Canyon Oaks hotel and housing development at Las Virgenes and Agoura roads on the western side of the city. If they succeed, the 16-acre project that was approved by the City Council last month could be placed on the November ballot. A dispute between residents who […]

Juicy fruit

Local homeowner grows giant lemons

If you’re supposed to make lemonade when life gives you lemons, Shirley Duplechain has a lot of squeezing to do. She’s got lemons the size of her head. A whole bunch of them. While redoing the backyard of her Thousand Oaks home four years ago, Duplechain decided to add some fruit trees to the mix. She headed down to Orchard […]

Public can give input on future growth, development of Ventura County

The community can participate in a General Plan Update workshop sponsored by the County of Ventura Planning Division. Attendees can discuss what they like about the county, as well as issues, challenges and potential options for addressing those challenges through the General Plan. Workshops will be held at several locations throughout the county, and each session will cover the same […]

Helping raptors fly again

COMMENTARY /// Wildlilfe care

Creancing and imping. These may not be words you hear every day, but they are the basis for the important work that volunteer Diana Mullen does for the California Wildlife Center at its facility in Calabasas. Creancing and imping enable the center’s staff and volunteers to rehabilitate birds that arrive with serious feather damage. Creancing, basically flying the bird on […]

Fire runs close to freeway

AIR ASSAULT—A helicopter helps ground crews extinguish the 30-acre Rancho Fire Monday in Thousand Oaks. The blaze behind the Bay Club at Willow Lane just south of the freeway broke out at 11 a.m. and was contained by 1 p.m. Both Willow and Conejo Ridge Road had to be closed. About 125 firefighters assisted.

Order in the school’s teen court

Student earns award for helping troubled youth start anew

Michael Mottahedeh, 18, is committed to the same principles of religious freedom and personal growth that his Iranian Jewish parents held dear when they first came to the United States many years ago. Using his leadership role with the Taft Charter High School teen court program as a platform, the Calabasas teenager is helping his peers to better understand the […]

Wishing resort fees were a last resort?

Flying Squirrel

Remember the good ol’ days when you could check a piece of luggage without breaking out your credit card to pay a $25 fee? Yes, there was a time (pre- 2008) when your bags flew for free. Then American Airlines became the first legacy airline to charge a fee for something that used to be free. Other airlines quickly followed, […]

Pet of the week

LET’S PLAY!—Spice is a 6-year-old black and white German Shepherd mix. She is very playful, energetic and an overall happy dog. Spice likes to play with toys and entertain herself with them. To adopt Spice, ask for ID No. A4686197 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. Before visiting the shelter, check http://animalcare.lacounty.gov to see if Spice has […]

Grandson’s betrayal threatens couple’s home


Sitting on a hillside under towering pine and eucalyptus trees is the home Hank and Helen Kawecki have lived in for 56 years. But it might not be theirs for much longer. The Kaweckis, both in their late 80s, have received foreclosure notices on the 2,000-squarefoot, mid-century post-and-beam house they bought directly from the builder. In what they call the […]

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