Two sides square off in Agoura Village Cornerstone dispute

Lawsuit says development received inadequate environmental review

A March 13 trial date has been set to determine whether the developer of Cornerstone—the first big project approved for Agoura Village in Agoura Hills—should take additional steps to protect native trees and plants at the site and preserve Chumash archaeological findings that are there. The 116,000-square-foot development at Cornell and Agoura roads calls for the construction of seven buildings […]

A scared community discusses school shootings

Parents want change

Fifty-three days into 2018, America has experienced at least seven major school shootings. The number is more than double that when a broader definition is used to quantify the kind of violence that has rocked the country’s campuses this year. In the days following the killing of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., voices in […]

Popular piano teacher victim in Westlake murder-suicide

A piano teacher whose dedication to her students was appreciated immensely by families across the Conejo Valley became the victim of an apparent murder-suicide Feb. 16 at her home in Westlake Village. An elderly man and his wife were found shot to death at their home in the 31400 block of Glenbridge Road atop the Westlake Trails neighborhood. The Los […]

Club named after the Marleys

BENEFACTOR— The 87-year- old Albert “Bud” Marley, left, greets guests during a Feb. 14 building dedication for the new Jacqueline and Albert “Bud” Marley Boys & Girls Club at A.E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas. At right, Boys & Girls member Jeremy Baden, 11, gives a tour of the new club. Marley and his late wife donated $150,000 to open […]

Increased cop presence brings more tickets

Drivers passing through Westlake Village will want to keep a close eye on the speed limit. They’re more likely to get a ticket there than they were a few months ago. A five-year study of Westlake Village traffic conditions undertaken by the city’s public safety advisory board in 2012 resulted in a recommendation to the City Council that Westlake more […]

Large dogs to have their day in Westlake

Westlake Village’s long-awaited dog park is on track to open within the next few months, but at a meeting Feb. 14 the City Council voted to modify the plans for the park, which has been under construction since last August. The park, which will be at Agoura Road and Oak Crest Drive, spans 1.2 acres and will be divided into […]

Cougar attacks and kills mini horse

Livestock owners are being urged to secure their animals in enclosed pens after a mountain lion killed a miniature horse this week in Newbury Park, the latest livestock to fall prey to the area’s cougar population. On Feb. 18, a male adult cougar believed to be P-55—the same puma that showed up in a Westlake Village backyard two weeks ago—snuck […]

Parents, be civil and support your refs and coaches

Signs are made to be read, and the one at the right is being seen alright. You can’t miss it. Attached to a fence, it sits in plain view next to the beautiful soccer fields that just opened last month at the Westlake Village Community Park. These are kids. This is a game. The coaches volunteer. The umpires are human. […]

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Changing the Constitution perhaps the only solution

COMMENTARY /// Florida school shooting and gun control

I have spent all of my adult life with one career and one passion: education. I have followed that passion as a teacher, principal, superintendent, parent and grandparent. To me there has been no greater reward or more important job than helping someone learn. I am proud of what I and all of the talented people with whom I have […]