Rethinking drones

Local officials set guidelines for unmanned craft

Technology is advancing faster than the laws can keep up, forcing legislators to play catch-up when addressing the problems presented by the new and gizmos and gadgets. The growing popularity of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, for example, has raised questions about privacy—if a drone mounted with a camera can fly over someone’s property, what recourse does the property owner […]

Santa Claus is coming to town

Annual food drive is on its way

Santa will take time out of his busy toy-making schedule to once again help the Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club host the 38th annual Santa Comes to Westlake/Agoura and Beyond food drive. The nondenominational event will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Sat., Dec. 9 in the Agoura Hills DIY HomeCenter parking lot, 28750 Roadside Drive. The event will […]

Singers present joyous Christmas music

The San Fernando Valley Chorale will present a holiday concert titled “We Wish You Christmas” at 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 3 at the Congregational Church of Chatsworth, 20440 Lassen St. The program of vocal and instrumental solos will feature sacred and secular Christmas music. Songs will include “Blue Christmas,” “The Joyful News,” “Mary, Did You Know?” “Rock and Roll Reindeer” […]

O.C. so close

Lions fall short to Mater Dei in CIF-SS Division 1 title game

The Lions won two games in 2014. It feels like 10,000 years ago. Oaks Christian High’s boys’ water polo team is now, unquestionably, a juggernaut after winning two straight Marmonte League titles, capturing a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 crown last fall, and reaching the Division 1 championship this season. The Lions returned to William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center last weekend […]

MRT, Calabasas rebuilding Headwaters Corner

Nature interpretive center expanded

When a fire tore through the hills of Calabasas last year, it left hundreds of acres of destruction behind, including Headwaters Corner at Mulholland Highway and Old Topanga Canyon Road. The corner was home to the Bartelle House, an educational center that was destroyed by the 2016 Old fire. The Mountains Restoration Trust, a Calabasas based nonprofit dedicated to preserving […]

Brighten indoors with amaryllis blooms

COMMENTARY /// Gardening

It’s easy to brighten up winter days with a few colorful, easy-care amaryllis. The 6- to 10-inch trumpet-shaped blossoms are sure to generate a smile and brighten your mood. And consider sharing the fun of growing these beauties with friends and families. Watching the bulbs transform into beautiful blossoms is an experience everyone will enjoy—and it’s a gift that requires […]

NASA project picks Oak Park grad

College student to talk with engineers, research the exploration of Mars

Erik Jensen, a 20-year-old Moorpark College student, was selected to travel to NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale last month to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project. Jensen, a graduate of Oak Park High School, was one of 304 community college students from across the U.S. selected to be in the project. The five-week scholars program […]

Local teams march into quarterfinals

FOOTBALL /// CIF-Southern Section playoffs

Prep football playoffs kicked off last weekend. Of the 11 local teams (one in eight-man) to reach the postseason, only six squads remain. Calabasas High (10-1) cruised to a CIF-Southern Section Division 2 first-round victory against Notre Dame, 30-7. The Camino League champ Coyotes travel to face Heritage of Riverside County (10-1) at 7 p.m. Friday. Also in Division 2, […]

Agoura asked to pitch in $2 million for open space

Local environmental advocates urged the Agoura Hills City Council last week to donate city money for the open space purchase of the Triangle Ranch housing development. A 320-acre swath of land at Kanan and Cornell roads in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County will be the site of 61 custom homes—unless the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the Mountains Recreation […]

Does marriage change a man?

Family Man

When I was 18 years old and single, I never thought I’d ever say the words, “You know what soap I really find disappointing? The Afternoon Apple Picking scent. I had such high hopes.” But the other day those were my exact words, and I had to wonder what my wife did to me. She and I just celebrated our […]

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