Innocent man is free at last

Incarcerated for 40 years for Simi double murder he didn’t commit

Craig Coley watched the waves break at a beach near San Diego and breathed in the fresh saltwater air, sent texts and made calls on an iPhone, and sat at a dining room table for Thanksgiving dinner surrounded by family—all in the week following his release from prison. After spending the past 40 years incarcerated for a 1978 double murder […]

Community gathers for menorah lighting Friday

Temple Ner Simcha will light a community Hanukkah menorah at 6 p.m. Fri., Dec. 15 at The Stonehaus, 32039 Agoura Road, Westlake Village. The evening will also feature games and musical entertainment from David Zasloff, Ner Simcha’s cantorial soloist Benny Lipson and other special guests. One of the historical intentions of the holiday is for people to recommit themselves to […]

Remodeled townhome has backyard patio with barbecue area, mature trees

This remodeled North Ranch townhome is on a large lot on a cul-de-sac in the Ben Johnson Fairway development. The spacious home has three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms and has been remodeled. The entryway with hardwood floors is through custom wood and wrought-iron double doors. The first floor has been redesigned. The large living room is full of light and […]

Contest sparks new ideas on recycling

Each year, the Calabasas Environmental Commission holds a contest for students in kindergarten through eighth grade to submit drawings about recycling. The commission chooses 14, which are used for a calendar that’s distributed to schools and city offices. The contest has a different theme each year, and this year’s was on recycling food. The winners were announced at the Dec. […]


A cantata on Heaven’s light The United Methodist Church of Westlake Village’s 50-voice Chancel Choir will perform “By Heaven’s Light” during the 9 and 10:30 a.m. worship services Sun., Dec. 17 at the church, 1049 S. Westlake Blvd. The Christmas cantata is by Tom S. Long and Allen Pote. The worshipful retelling of the Christmas story combines traditional carols, original […]

Completely rebuilt home with six-car garage, RV parking and space for pool

Property features drought-tolerant landscaping

For car collectors, this house includes garages for six cars and RV parking. The updated 3,500-square-foot, single-story home was completely rebuilt from the ground up and completed in 2003. This four-bedroom home offers three en suites plus a bathroom with heated flooring and a shower with easy walk-in access. The master suite has a fireplace, a sitting area and a […]

Leonis Adobe celebrates

MEET THE CLAUS FAMILY—Above, Santa (Patric Daly) and Mrs. Claus (Paula Russo) visit the Myers and Kopilevich families during the Community Winter Celebration on Dec. 3 at the Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas. Right, 8-year-old Indica Ruhl gets some help from volunteer Marla Allen to make a Santa face plate during arts- and-crafts time. Below, Sophia Ni colaou, 4 , […]

Pet of the week

LOOKING FOR LOVE—Keller is blind but still will make an excellent pet. Keller is a female brown and white American bulldog/pit bull mix about 5 years old. She is every sweet and affectionate and can get along well. If you would like to adopt Keller ask for ID No. A5091815 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally […]

Build a dream home on half-acre lot in Las Posas Estates

No HOA fees, all permits already paid

This property has ocean views of the Channel Islands, mountains and city lights with an opportunity for the owner to build their dream home. This more than half-acre lot is on a cul-de-sac in Las Posas Estates in Camarillo. Plans are available for an approximately 5,000-square-foot home with a sitting room, master bedroom, master bath, indoor laundry area, four-car garage […]

Teaching the art of painting at new Westlake Academy

Longtime student now offers classes

Paintbrushes and charcoal pencils have returned to the former home of the California Art Institute. Newbury Park resident George Paliotto, who took classes and then taught at the long-running institute, has established a new art school in the Willow Lane building where CAI ceased operations three years ago. Westlake Academy of Art, launched Sept. 9, is now offering classes and […]