Calabasas gains pole position

Electricity lines replaced

Southern California Edison will be replacing power poles at eight locations in Calabasas starting April 2. The work is expected to last three weeks Rudy Gonzales, the agency’s government relations manager, said the replacements are routine work. “We have a systematic approach to inspecting our poles,” he said. “They’re inspected periodically, and if we identify them as being structurally susceptible […]

Oak Park sustainably proud

Bullies wing it over Conejo

Three shadows wheeled across the backyard patio of the Thousand Oaks home where I was visiting a friend. Peering skyward, I picked out the owners of those shadows. Two crows were harassing a red-tailed hawk, whose scientific moniker is Buteo jamaicensis. I’ve seen numberless redtailed hawks in my years in the Santa Monica Mountains. Often they glide or hover so […]

Calabasas townhome is an end unit with large lake frontage

courtyard leads to glass door entry

This townhome is on a culde sac in a lakeside community in Calabasas. On one of the larger lots, originally a single-story end unit, the floor plan has views of the lake from each living area. The glass door entryway leads from a private courtyard and opens directly to lake views. The interior has neutral colors and hardwood floors throughout […]

Calabasas continues cleanup at Las Virgenes Creek

Old concrete
debris, invasive plants removed

For the second time in a decade, the City of Calabasas will tear up the concrete-lined surface of its landmark creek and restore it to its natural state. As the city grew over the years, workers and builders changed the course of Las Virgenes Creek, filled it in with concrete channeling and lined it with nonnative trees. On Feb. 15, […]

Part doctor, hairdresser, driver, cheerleader

Hot Flashes

“Yaya, this tastes weird.” Shoot, I gave that cheesy bean burrito my best shot, apparently unappreciated by the 6-year-old. Picture a male version of Shirley Temple with dirty baseball cleats instead of tap shoes and you get the idea. Well, it’s not the first time I’ve had to settle for a “weird” rating from Mr. Super Mario connoisseur, so I […]

Temple offers free bar, bat mitzvah class

Rabbi seeks to remove obstacles
from learning about Judaism

They say you get what you pay for, but Rabbi Michael Barclay says you can’t put a price on religious education. After receiving multiple generous donations, his Westlake Village-based Temple Ner Simcha is offering bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah preparation courses at no financial cost to the participant. Bar mitzvah means son of the commandment, bat mitzvah means daughter of […]

Using equity from the sale of a house for retirement

COMMENTARY /// Ways to finance your future

Kay Fields offers secrets to a better retirement: Use the equity from selling a house for increasing retirement savings. Buying a home with smaller square footage and a smaller yard typically means less maintenance and lower utility bills. A smaller home will most often offer a significantly lower or no mortgage. Fewer expenses may create greater resources to travel and […]

Keep Cornerstone’s feet to the fire


A March 13 trial date is fast approaching for Cornerstone, the first major commercial and residential real estate development planned for the Agoura Village zone. The 8- acre, 116,000- square- foot Cornerstone project calls for the construction of seven new buildings on a scenic knoll at the doorstep of the Santa Monica Mountains. There, at the intersection of Agoura and […]

Planning for your pets in case of emergency or you can’t be there for them

Other Side of 50

My husband and I did some “just in case” planning recently before an upcoming trip. We asked our trusted pet sitter and friend if she would be willing to care for our dog should anything happen to us. We made sure she realized it might be for just a short while but could also be long-term. Fortunately she said yes. […]

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