Brisk turnout locally

WOW!—Kimberly Dinielli of Agoura Hills votes at Willow Elementary School on Tuesday. Voters came out in droves. Los Angeles County reported an almost 45 percent turnout. More than 58 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Ventura County. San Diego County reported a stunning 87 percent turnout, the highest in the state. The average voter turnout across California counties was […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A burglar stole $10,000 worth of dental implant instruments and caused $1,400 in damage to two cars parked next to one another in a garage on Medea Lane Oct. 28. Someone stole three rings valued at $4,000 from a home on Laurel Bluff Place Oct. 23. The theft may have occurred during an open house. A vandal smashed […]

Former CIA director discusses war on terrorists, strategies

David Petraeus, a retired four-star general and former director of the CIA, says creating Muslim partnerships is crucial in winning the war on terror. He spoke at the Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks on Oct. 24, the first in the 2016-17 Distinguished Speaker Series. Petraeus, who led allied forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, served in the Army for 37 years, […]

Las Virgenes pilots new report cards

Las Virgenes elementary schools are trying a new, standards based report card on for size. The new report card jibes with the common core educational philosophy that focuses more on depth and understanding of content than memorization. Elementary school teachers will use a number scale instead of a letter grade to show how students are progressing in class. The pilot […]

Oak Park school bond narrowly approved

Oak Park residents once again voted to tax themselves for the sake of their schools. Measure S—which levies a $60 parcel tax per $100,000 of assessed value at the time a property is purchased—passed easily. Of the more than 5,300 votes cast for the measure, 62 percent approved. In the unofficial vote count, more than 3,300 residents voted yes and […]

Bobcat killed by car in Westlake

A bobcat that the National Park Service had been tracking since 2012 was killed by a car in Westlake Village last week. The park service received a message Halloween night reporting the death of the adult female wildcat identified as B-295. The bobcat was about 6 years old. It lived north of the 101 Freeway, spending most of its time […]

Westlake Village art studio stirs little imaginations

Art fosters creativity, collaboration and happiness. It also builds confidence and reduces stress, says Jemma Wildermuth, founder of Westlake Village’s CReATE Studio, where children and adults can explore their artistic abilities without confines. She started CReATE in her garage in 2008 and moved the business to the First Neighborhood Community Center five years ago. Her do-it-yourself studio provides a place […]

Swashbuckling silent at CLU film fest

The fifth annual Conejo Valley Classic Film Festival, featuring movies shot in the Conejo Valley, will screen the 1921 silent film “The Three Musketeers” at 7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12, in Cal Lutheran University’s Richter Hall, inside the Ahmanson Science Center, south of Memorial Parkway on the Thousand Oaks campus. Prior to the film, CLU political science professor Herb Gooch […]

SOAR extends to 2050: Measure C passes, F fails

Supporters of Save Openspace and Agricultural Resources, otherwise known as SOAR, scored a resounding victory Tuesday, one they say will preserve the county’s precious natural spaces for decades to come. Measure C extends the current countywide SOAR law—which requires a public vote before agricultural land or open space can be rezoned—through 2050. The measure passed with 59 percent in favor, […]

Calabasas wins America in Bloom competition

The City of Calabasas recently won the Circle of Champions Award at the America in Bloom competition held in Arroyo Grande, Calif. The award honors communities that have won a combination of at least three awards with various criteria over recent years. The city has participated for four years and received various awards, including the highest recognition for excellence in […]

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