City Council green lights Coty Cosmetics for east Calabasas

Should the city allow commercial research and development to take place in an office building next to private homes? Calabasas officials debated that question last week as they considered a request from a major international cosmetics firm to establish its headquarters on the east side of Calabasas. The City Council voted 3-2 to allow Coty Cosmetics Inc. to move operations […]

Contraband found at rural Agoura home

Deputies arrested an Agoura man after large quantities of drugs and weapons were reportedly found in his car and home. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said Sean Mulvey, 47, had been involved with illegal narcotics sales to residents in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Deputies obtained a warrant to search his home in the 2300 block of Laguna Circle Drive […]

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Name-calling on both sides

Matthew Toomey equates the enormity of calling Melania Trump a “mail-order bride” to calling a black person, specifically Barack Obama, the N-word. Hardly. The hateful term is used to demean and belittle a race of people that was enslaved by whites in this country for more than 200 years and suffered prejudice another 150 years since the end of slavery. […]

These pups have all the right moves

There’s a rather lazy pup I know who usually leaves all the hard toil involved in dog park activities to his brother pup. They’re full brothers from the same spaniel-beagle litter, differing in just about every way: color, pattern of blotches and speckles, personality. Their great love for one another is their common ground, and they play madly together around […]

New technology could prevent holiday DUI

Picture a New Year’s Eve sometime in the future. A driver gets behind the wheel of his car after downing one too many holiday toasts. But the car won’t let him drive off. Instead, an onboard system in the vehicle detects that the driver’s blood alcohol level is above the legal limit and keeps the car from starting. Although the […]

Pet of the week

PICK ME!—Hank is an altered male orange tabby domestic short-haired mix about 12 years old. He is a sweet boy who gets along with other cats. If you would like to adopt Hank ask for ID No. A4996963 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check http:// animalcare. lacounty. gov before […]

New year brings changes in driving laws and minimum wage

Minimum wages, cellphones, firearms and ride-sharing are among the areas affected by the new state laws for 2017. The state’s lowest-paid workers will get a raise starting Jan. 1 when the minimum wage moves to $10.50 per hour, and the upward trend won’t stop there. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill earlier this year making California the first state to […]

New high school classes offer students chance to be super sleuths, fitness buffs

Several new courses being proposed at Agoura High School triggered vigorous debate at a recent Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education meeting. One of them, a proposed forensic science class, gives students the opportunity to become scientific super sleuths starting in fall 2017. The class will challenge students to analyze high-profile case studies of sensational crimes, including Dr. […]

Call of the wild

In 2016, local residents became more aware than ever about the life-and-death struggle that defines the animal kingdom. For predators such as mountain lions, the need to target big prey is normal, but when the pumas attacked precious ranch livestock such as goats and alpacas several times during the year, ranch owners grew fearful and vowed to take vengeance. Animal […]