2017-01-05 E-Edition

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Agoura fire, no problem

Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish a blaze that started shortly before noon on Dec. 29 when a metallic party balloon reportedly struck a power line along a trailhead leading to Malibu Creek State Park just south of Liberty Canyon in Agoura Hills. The fire briefly threatened homes on Patrick Henry Place and Park Vista Drive. Saturated soil from earlier rainfall […]


The City of Westlake Village, the Westlake Village Library and the Friends of the Westlake Village Library will present the eighth annual Westlake Village Reads: One City, One Book program in January and February at the Civic Center, 31200 Oak Crest Drive. This year’s theme, Mystereads, will have eight programs for residents of all ages, starting with Mysteries of Magic […]

Students in Ventura County win laptops

Forty-five students from 14 Ventura County high schools each received a Dell Latitude laptop equipped with a Microsoft Office Suite software package, a carrying case, a flash drive and 4-year warranty, as part of the Workforce Education Coalition’s Laptop Advantage program last month. The Simi Valley-based Workforce Education Coalition is a nonprofit organization that works with schools and businesses in […]

Oak Park schools founder Pat Manning dies at 84

A pioneer in education and city matters

Pat Manning, one of the founders of Oak Park Unified School District, was ready for a joyous Christmas celebration. Her annual holiday newsletter was mailed, cookies were baked and delivered, and she was thrilled that her entire family including four children, 11 grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren would be together for the holidays. On Dec. 22, however, Manning died in her […]

All charged up for the New Year’s Eve party invitation

Family Man

When my son was born 13 years ago, my wife and I couldn’t even pay someone large sums of cash we didn’t have to get an invite to a New Year’s Eve party. It was that way for years. People, we concluded, didn’t want a loud baby at their loud party, even though ours never made a sound. By the […]

Young artists reimagine Peter Pan

Young Artists Ensemble Alumni and Friends will present “Peter and the Starcatcher” at 7:30 p.m. Thurs. through Sat., Jan. 12 to 14 and 2 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Jan. 14 and 15 at Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Directed by Francesca Barletta, the Tony-winning play about the origin of Peter Pan is written by […]

Homeowners, HOA clash over landscape rules

Dispute goes to court

Richard and Carole DeProspo say they wanted to curb their outdoor water use in light of the drought, not pick a costly fight with their homeowners association. And yet that’s where they’ve found themselves—headed to court to ask a judge to relieve them of thousands of dollars in fines levied by the Westlake Ranch Property Owners Association over their crushed-rock-laden […]

Bots, droids invade Reagan Library

Interactive exhibit includes display devoted to innovators

Exploring what is known as “popnology,” the Reagan Library’s newest exhibit focuses on popular culture and its influence on real-world science and technology. At “Interactive: The Exhibition,” which runs through April 16, in Simi Valley, attendees not only get to marvel at a T-800 endoskeleton from “The Terminator” and take a selfie with R2-D2, they can also participate in the […]

Rams’ mascot thrills Willow kids

BIG MAN ON CAMPUS—At a recent Friday assembly, the students of Willow Elementary School in Agoura Hills are treated to a visit from Rampage, the official mascot of the Agoura-based NFL Los Angeles Rams. According to the team, the mascot’s favorite movie is“Rambo,”favorite video game is “Rampage,” and favorite song is “Ram it.” And oh yeah, the mascot has a […]