2017-05-25 E-Edition

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Brush fire season heating up

ON THE FRONT LINES— At right and below, resources from the Los Angeles County Fire Department battle a brush fire off of Mulholland Highway and Kanan Road on Fri., May 19. On Tues., May 23, a separate fire burned almost 10 acres near the Three Springs neighborhood in Westlake Village. Neither fire destroyed property.

County unveils Community Choice green energy plan

Edison greets news with caution

A new government-run, utility purchasing collective that promises to lower bills and give consumers more clean-energy choices will soon be available to residents in unincorporated Los Angeles County—and local cities if they decide to opt in. Last month, Los Angeles County Supervisors voted to launch the community choice initiative that will offer businesses and residents an opportunity to pool their […]

Scifres named LVUSD director of instruction

The Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education announced that Steve Scifres will be LVUSD’s new director of instruction effective July 1. Scifres has served the school district in various roles for the past 12 years and is currently the principal of Bay Laurel Elementary School in Calabasas. He also served as an assistant principal at Calabasas High School […]

Commercial pot sales won’t be happening in Oak Park

Officials remain adamantly opposed

The Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council rejected the possibility of a marijuana dispensary opening in its jurisdiction, with MAC members saying that a pot shop would be inconsistent with the community’s family values. In November 2016, Californians approved the use of recreational marijuana. Previously, the state allowed dispensaries to sell marijuana for medical purposes only. Several Conejo Valley cities have […]

Woman sought in Oak Park burglary

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a person who broke into an Oak Park home last week and stole items while the family inside slept. Around 2 a.m. May 15, deputies responded to a report of a residential burglary on Basswood Avenue. The homeowners said someone came into their residence during the night and removed several items. A […]


Agoura Hills A thief stole a duffel bag containing $180 worth of skateboarding gear and a $150 jacket from a car parked on Skyview Way May 8. Someone stole $$600 worth of goods, including a radar device and an empty gun case, from an unlocked car parked on Rondell Street May 7. A thief snatched three propane tanks and a […]

Parcel subdivision adds to frustration over Liberty Canyon development

Both ends of the road hit with construction

The Agoura Hills Planning Commission approved a request to subdivide a 4.2-acre commercial parcel at the northwest corner of Liberty Canyon and Agoura roads into three separate lots. An existing office on the site was built in 1989. The change will allow the property owner, Strategic Acquisitions LLC, to obtain funding so it can complete two new buildings that are […]

Ships ahoy, club is open

SAIL AWAY—At left and below, Westlake Yacht Club officials open their 2017 sailing season on May 20 at the Landing at Westlake Lake with a ceremony for members and guests. The yacht club was founded in 1969. Visit www.westlakeyc.org.

For better or worse, pot attitudes are changing

Legalized marijuana has arrived, yet the pushback continues. It’s not surprising. There are enough problems with alcohol and prescription drugs, now comes sanctioned pot. On Page 1 today is a story about Oak Park leaders slamming the door on future retail pot sales in their community. Like it or not, at least the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council is consistent […]