Season of lights

DREIDEL DREIDEL—At top, students from Lamplighter Jewish Academy sing and dance during the Menorah Kindling Ceremony at Agoura City Hall on Dec. 13. At right, state Sen. Henry Stern (D-Calabasas) lights the giant menorah during the Chanukah at the Shoppes event on Dec. 17. Chabad of the Conejo and the Conejo Jewish Academy presented the festivities at the Shoppes at […]

Blaze engulfs car and driver

Quick-acting locals band together to save a life

A car burst into flames at the corner of Reyes Adobe Road and Rainbow Crest Drive the evening of Dec. 10. The driver, whose name is unknown, was hospitalized for severe burns, but his life was saved by the quick intervention of passers-by. Wade Weireter was driving south on the 101 Freeway around 9:30 p.m. when he noticed debris littering […]

Net neutrality repealed

A look at what it means for consumers

The Federal Communications Commission voted Dec. 14 to repeal the rules regulating internet service providers, which could cause a massive shift in Americans’ experience online. The FCC voted 3-2 to roll back the regulations that the agency adopted in 2015, which classified the internet as a utility, like phone service. The regulations kept broadband companies like AT&T and Verizon from […]

Honoring a fallen hero

FINAL GOODBYE—Community members join firefighters on freeway overpasses Sunday to honor Cal Fire engineer Cory Iverson as his funeral procession passed through town en route to San Diego. Iverson died Dec. 14 fighting the Thomas Fire.

Calabasas City Council reorganizes

AT THE HELM— New Calabasas City Council members are sworn in Nov. 29 at City Hall. From left are: James Bozajian, last year’s mayor Mary Sue Maurer, new mayor Fred Gaines, David Shapiro and Alicia Weintraub.

Water rates set to rise

Customers of Las Virgenes Municipal Water District can expect to see their rates go up on Jan. 1. It won’t be a flat rate increase. Dave Pedersen, manager of the water district, said the rate will be determined by whether the customer is a home or a business, the size of the property and the amount of water generally used. […]

Manslaughter driver in custody

The family of a 74-year-old man who was killed by a drunk driver last December in Thousand Oaks broke into soft applause in a Ventura courtroom Monday as the man who pleaded guilty to the fatal wreck was led away in handcuffs. Sentencing for 20-year-old Justin Stalberg, who entered a guilty plea to gross vehicular manslaughter charges Sept. 22, was […]

Never stop believing in heroes

On a crowded and windy overpass they stood . . . and waited . . . and watched. Smoke that had curled and hung over the county for days continued to shroud the sky. Sunday’s procession that brought Cal Fire Engineer Cory Iverson’s body from the Ventura County coroner’s office in Camarillo to El Camino Memorial Park in San Diego […]



Rabbi Shlomo Bistritzky of Chabad of North Ranch was incorrectly identified in a photo last week. Bistritzky appeared with his son Levi at the inaugural Big Heart Toy Drive, where chabad members collected toys for children at Los Robles Hospital, the Friendship Circle and victims of the recent fires.