2017-02-16 E-Edition

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Add-on rentals getting easier to build

Calabasas dwelling modifications OK’d

New state legislation that seeks to boost the supply of affordable housing in California will make it cheaper and easier for some single-family homeowners to build a stand-alone granny flat or convert their home into a duplex. At a meeting last week, Calabasas city officials voted to revise their zoning rules to comply with the latest state rules. Until now, […]

Farmers market offers fresh fare

Tasty treats in Old Town Calabasas every Saturday, rain or shine

SUMPTUOUS—Each week dozens of vendors at the Calabasas Farmers Market bring an assortment of fresh fruits, veggies and other treats, like the homemade local honey, above. In addition to organic produce, vendors sell a variety of handcrafted goods. The Saturday market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Auditions open for ‘Peter Pan’

Cabrillo Music Theatre will hold auditions for a new production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Peter Pan” that will run July 14 through 23 in the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The play is based on J.M. Barrie’s tale, with score by Morris “Moose” Charlap and Jule Styne and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. […]

More anti-Semitic hate in Oak Park

Detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office are looking for the public’s help in identifying four individuals who allegedly posted anti-Semitic notes on the doors and mailboxes of eight homes in the 5900 block of Conifer Street in Oak Park. One of the homes belongs to Chabad of Oak Park, a Jewish outreach organization. On Sat., Feb. 11, authorities responded […]


Agoura Hills A vandal caused $ 200 in damage scratching the body of a car parked in the 30800 block of Agoura Road Feb. 1. A thief stole a $100 cellphone from an unlocked vehicle parked on Forestridge Drive Jan. 31. Someone broke into a car parked in the 5000 block of Kanan Road Jan. 29 and stole a $1,500 […]

There’s magic in the mist

On the Trail

I am the mud-encrusted curmudgeon of rural Agoura. I can’t recall the last time I stepped inside a pair of dry shoes. If I hear one more person exclaim, “Don’t you just love all this rain!” I fear I’ll lose my mind. I used to be a cheerful sort. That was before rain runoff began flowing copiously down the center […]

Students reflect on their creativity

The spotlight is shining this year on student creativity, especially locally. PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program that encourages creativity in many forms. In the 12th District PTA— comprising schools in Ventura County, including Oak Park, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Simi Valley, Moorpark and Camarillo— hundreds of entries were received this year and scores of students were […]

Pack up the kids and move in with Mom and Dad


Making housing affordable for today’s young buyers seems like the can that just keeps getting kicked down the road. It’s always somebody else’s problem. The latest statistics from Cal Lutheran’s Center for Economic Research and Forecasting show that only 26 percent of the population, one in four people, can afford to buy a median-priced home in Ventura County (see today’s […]

A roaring good time

KING OF THE CAMPUS—Above, Ira the lion inspects one of his gifts during his third birthday celebration Feb. 4 at the Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College. Below, mom Neri Gauthier of Agoura Hills crowns her 4-year-old daughter, Noa, with a tiara during Ira’s birthday party. The zoo is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends, excluding […]

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