2017-02-23 E-Edition

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Storm unleashes fury

Westlake Village deluged with more than 6 inches of rain last Friday and Saturday

If Mother Nature could end the Southern California drought in one day, this is how she’d do it. In Westlake Village, the biggest storm of the decade dumped a reported 6.5 inches of rain in the 48-hour period from Feb. 17 to 18, and almost as much in surrounding communities. The driving rain flooded streets, knocked down trees and sent […]

Oak Park hate speech strikes again

Anti-Semitic notes rattle the community

The community of Oak Park once again became the target of anti-Semitic acts with a Feb. 11 report that four young males had posted hateful notes on the doors and mailboxes of eight homes in the 5900 block of Conifer Street. One of the homes belongs to Chabad of Oak Park, a Jewish outreach organization. Authorities responded to several calls […]

Cornerstone appeal planned

Agoura Hills officials are bracing for a March 8 hearing that appeals an earlier decision by the city planning commission to approve new stores, homes and restaurants at the intersection of Agoura and Cornell roads known as Cornerstone. Developer Doron Gelfand wants to build 35 residential apartments along with retail, restaurant and office space on 8 acres of land at […]

Supernatural powers used in cancer fight

Make-believe helps Westlake woman cope

Fairies, feminine superheroes and fierce, but pretty, pirates are just some of the weapons that Holly Spiegel has used in her fight against cancer. The Westlake Village resident dressed up and took on a new persona each time she underwent chemotherapy at the UCLA oncology center in Westlake Village. Everybody does cancer differently, says the 51-year-old mother of two, who […]

Police, family seek help in finding missing daughter

Woman last seen in Calabasas

The family of Elaine Park— a 20-year-old woman from Glendale who went missing Jan. 28 after last being seen leaving the home of a male friend in Calabasas— is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the woman’s whereabouts Park was at a home in the 2600 block of Delphine Lane near Mulholland Highway and Cold Canyon Road when […]


Agoura/ Agoura Hills A robber assaulted a gardener while he was standing near his truck parked along Lewis Road Feb. 9. The victim said the assailant approached him from behind and struck him in the head and face. He fell to the ground, and by the time he regained his composure the attacker was gone. The robber stole a chain […]

Triunfo boasts general manager of the year

Mark Norris, general manager of the Triunfo Sanitation District, was named General Manager of the Year by the Ventura County Special Districts Association at an awards dinner on Feb. 7. Janna Orkney, a director on the Triunfo board and a member of the association’s selection committee, made the presentation during the dinner at the Wedgewood Sterling Hills Banquet Center in […]

Triunfo Park neighbors turn the tide

CRPD district agrees to preserve more grass

When residents complained that they were unhappy with the level of grass removal at Triunfo Park, the Conejo Recreation and Park District listened. In a rare reversal , the drought-conscious CRPD board of directors voted earlier this month to adopt a revised plan for the park that includes not only halting the controversial grass removal, but reseeding areas where grass […]

Nation’s ugly mood turns even our own community sour

The year is off to a difficult start as we see a nation convulsed by anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic behavior: The Islamophobia rooted in a desire to effect changes in national immigration law, the hatred of Jews rooted in centuries of learned behavior that even we as a modern, forward-thinking people cannot seem to get past. Perhaps it’s all tied to […]