Remembering the 17

Local students join national walkout for school safety

The rising tide of school activism has reached the shores of the Conejo Valley. One month after the Feb. 14 school shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Fla., students staged a nationwide campus walkout on Wednesday to voice their support for greater school safety measures and tighter gun laws, and kids at Calabasas, Agoura, Oak Park and Westlake high […]

Campaigning early and hard in the 26th

The two Republican candidates for California’s 26th Congressional District seat have declared war on each other. With less than three months until the June primary, actor Antonio Sabato Jr. is embroiled in a fight with retired CPA Jeffrey Burum, each aiming to convince voters that the other is unfit for office. The two first-time politicians are trading barbs and accusations […]

Election calendar shuffled

Calabasas makes it easier and joins November ballot

When Calabasas residents go to the voting booth this November, the ballot will cover races and issues from every level of government: City Council all the way up to governor. In an effort to gain a higher voter turnout, California legislators passed a bill in 2015 that requires cities to hold local elections on the same day as state or […]

Growing up with Brookside

Landmark school turns 50

Brooks ide Elementary School in Oak Park celebrated its 50-year anniversary in style last week with a host of activities and shared memories from former teachers, principals and PTA presidents. When it was completed in July 1968, the neighborhood campus operated under the auspices of Simi Valley Unified School District. The Oak Park Unified School District took over Brookside when […]

Police report shows chaotic scene at Locklear arrest

The Ventura County district attorney’s office officially brought charges against homegrown celebrity Heather Locklear this week. She is accused of attacking Thousand Oaks officers during a Feb. 25 arrest. At a scheduled arraignment Tuesday in Ventura County Superior Court that the actress did not attend, prosecutor Thomas Dunlevy listed four counts of battery against officers and one count of resisting […]

Cougar safely crosses 101

Rare sighting of large cat underneath road

National Park Service researchers have documented a rare case of a mountain lion crossing the 101 Freeway at Liberty Canyon in Agoura Hills and say the incident underscores the area’s importance as the future location for a wildlife bridge over the busy highway. An adult male mountain lion known as P-64 was captured on Boeing property at the Santa Susana […]


The correct size of the new Canyon club coming to Montclair, owned by local resident Lance Sterling, is 1,500 seats, not 1,500 square feet as reported last week.

In a dark world, maybe youth can show us the light

The world has come a long way in 50 years. When Oak Park’s Brookside Elementary School opened in 1968, it was in a part of town where Kanan Road ended and the open chaparral began. The majority of Oak Park homes didn’t even exist, and Brookside was the only school that had been built in the Ventura County portion of […]


Likes Oak Park AM-PM

As part of a two-parent working family that moved to Oak Park for the outstanding schools, I commend the Oak Park Unified School District for implementing an enhanced before/after-school program that is now on par with the excellence of our schools. Hiring a top principal to run the new program, extending pick-up time to 6:30 p.m., maintaining affordability, homework assistance […]