City leaders building a better Agoura in 2017

The improved economic picture in 2017 gave builders all the reason they needed to dust off old construction projects in the city and get them back on track. The first component in the long-awaited Agoura Village plan for the area south of the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills, Cornerstone, finally gained traction. The mixed commercial and residential development calls for […]

Scout owns every BSA badge in the book

Justin Zilberstein can explain the basics of nuclear science. The Oak Park High School senior is a certified scuba diver. He can detail the history of Amtrak, X-ray teeth and spot decay, and complete an electrical home-safety inspection. Justin isn’t a child prodigy, he’s an Eagle Scout. And a little bit more. The 18-year-old Thousand Oaks resident earned every merit […]

‘Odysseo’ spectacle gallops into the big top

An equestrian show in Camarillo jumped in to provide some relief for victims and first responders of the Thomas fire, the largest in California history. “Odysseo,” which opened Nov. 12 and continues through Jan. 28, hosted a free 55-minute condensed version of its regular show on Dec. 21 for fire victims and first-responders. Also invited were foster kids from Camarillo’s […]

In westside Calabasas, a true coming of age

As in Agoura Hills, commercial and residential development also dominated the conversation in Calabasas last year. In 2017, construction began on the 78-home Paxton development, and plans for the Rondell Oasis hotel were finalized during the year with construction to start this spring. Both projects are on Las Virgenes Road. Still another development is pegged for the west side: The […]

Are you ready for a family vacation?

Flying Squirrel

If you’ve spent the holidays in the company of extended family and everyone is still speaking to one another, you may be thinking: We should do this more often. If your house is full of grandparents, siblings, cousins and children, it might be worth discussing whether your family would like to travel together in the future—as in, take a vacation […]

Winging it for improv auditions

If you can think fast on your feet—and act and sing, too— there might be a spot for you in the Conejo Improv Players. The troupe, under the direction of Jeremy Zeller, will hold auditions at 10 a.m. Sat., Jan. 13 at Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Beginning and advanced improv performers are needed for shows […]

Local liberals and conservatives do battle over social media posts

Council member attacked for views

The past year has been fraught with political divisiveness, the kind of polarization so deep that it was felt even at the local level. The ease with which people, both in and out of the public eye, can make their views known on social media has complicated matters. At the Dec. 5 Agoura Hills City Council meeting, Liberty Canyon resident […]

Time keeps on slippin’ into the future

Single Files

It sucks to be reminded of my age. As far as I’m concerned, I’m still the young, energetic lass I’ve always been, although my face seems to belie that fact. Why is it that I seem to be the only one anymore who can see my inner youth, full of enthusiasm for adventure and joy for life? Just the other […]


THURS., JAN. 4 Thousand Oaks Stamp Club 6:30 p.m. at Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, T.O. Contact: Jeff Goldstein. Phone: 805. 358.6162. SAT., JAN. 6 Thousand Oaks AAUW 9 a.m. at Stella’s Gourmet Restaurant, 2385 Michael Drive, Newbury Park. Informal small group coffee and chat. Interested women can learn more about the group’s community work. Web: aauwto-ca.aauw.net. […]

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