2018-02-01

Vaping goes mainstream

High tech devices especially popular on local campuses



Juul, Suorin, juice, pods— the new lexicon of vaping— are making the consumption of harmful nicotine easier and more popular than ever. Parents, teachers and health professionals are searching for ways to combat the trend before teens get hopelessly hooked. Some of the new devices turn nicotine-laced vape juice into tasty, pleasant smelling flavors, which are easier to conceal. In […]

Youth commission chief was born to lead

COMMENTARY /// Profiles in leadership


Nicole Katz exudes a confidence you’d expect in a community leader, but not necessarily in one who is only 17 years old. Born and raised in Thousand Oaks, Nicole is now a senior at Newbury Park High School. Her warmth, eye contact, poise and people skills reflect a youth significantly ahead of most her age. Like other students gifted in […]

Leibin shakes it up

Lancer football coach steps down after 11 seasons



Alex Singleton said of the coach, “He genuinely cares about every player that’s ever played for him.” Max Gilliam called him “one of the hardest working coaches.” Jeff McCann said he “learned more about football, in terms of X’s and O’s, from him than I learned playing high school and college football.” That man has stepped down from his post. […]

Resort-style home in Wildhorse Canyon

This resort-style two-story home is in the foothills of east Simi Valley in The Crest at Wildhorse Canyon. The house has five bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, over 4,000 square feet of living space and a 14,474-square-foot lot. Two bedrooms and a bonus room are downstairs. The three-car split garage has epoxy flooring and built-ins. The dining room has a chandelier, wine […]

Oak Park controversy rooted in tree health



Sandy and Herb Oberman have lived on Pinewood Avenue in Oak Park for 50 years. On their curb is a pine tree that was planted before they bought their home. It’s one of the tallest in the neighborhood. Today, the Obermans are locked in a dispute with Ventura County officials who told them the tree, which lies in a median […]

Tempering chocolate is easy as 1, 2, 3

Convectional Wisdom

I have never been big into Valentine’s Day. Despite being a sucker for chick flicks, I’m not much of a romantic when it comes to real life. There is another February celebration, however, that has recently become one of my favorites: Galentine’s Day. If you’re a fan of the comedy series “Parks and Recreation,” you already know what I’m talking […]

Agoura’s Rosenthal picks up win No. 700

HAVING CAKE AND EATING IT—The Agoura High girls’ water polo team defeated Westlake 21-1 on Jan. 24 to give head coach Jason Rosenthal his 700th win while guiding both girls’ and boys’ water polo teams at the school. Rosenthal has coached the Chargers for 26 seasons.

Custom-designed Somis estate has guest house, fountain and pergola

This custom-designed estate in Somis is on the market for the first time. The spacious rooms are full of large windows to let in the light and take in the views all around. The main house has approximately 7,000 square feet of living space on 2.5 acres. The property also has a guest house. A circular auto court behind gates […]

Agoura ID thief pleads guilty

Cedric Frierson, a 43-year-old Agoura Hills man, pleaded guilty to multiple felonies involving the use of counterfeit checks for the payment of rent and automobiles, the Ventura County District Attorney’s office said. Frierson admitted that he stole more than $100,000, the district attorney said. He was convicted of 13 felonies, including five counts of identity theft, seven counts of forgery […]

Recounting the saga of Ballard Mountain



A local couple will welcome guests to their mountain home on Feb. 11 as part of Black History Month to celebrate the life and times of John Ballard, a former slave who settled in the Santa Monicas in the 1880s and made his mark on history in more ways than one. In 2009, Paul and Leah Culberg, owners of the […]


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