AG blames sanctuary law in flight of sexual-assault suspect

The ongoing debate over immigration reform has thrown the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office—and Senate Bill 54—into the national spotlight. In a speech last month to the California Peace Officers’ Association, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the bill prompted the local sheriff’s department to reject a request by the Immigration Control Enforcement in January to hold an undocumented immigrant who had […]

Early sign-up open for summer camp

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley are gearing up to provide summer adventure for youth ages 5 to 17 during the 2018 summer camp. Camp registration is underway with early bird rates available through April 30. Sessions are offered from June through August at locations throughout the Conejo Valley and Las Virgenes school districts. Campers can choose […]

Magical day at the Cancer Support Community

Shane Foundation helping local school

The Emily Shane Foundation will hold its spring fundraiser, Wings Over Malibu, tomorrow, April 13 in Malibu. The foundation provides tutoring and mentoring services to disadvantaged middle school children across Los Angeles and Ventura counties. This year the charity has added its service— known as the SEA (Successful Educational Achievement Program)— to Colina Middle School in Thousand Oaks. The goal […]

10 years later, ’hands-free’ problems persist

Distracted driving accidents are down overall

Motorists are using their cellphones less often while on the road—10 years after “hands-free” became the law—but distracted driving still remains a safety challenge in California, officials say. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and safety advocates are promoting education and enforcement efforts statewide. Local police departments and law agencies from north to south will step up their enforcement efforts […]

At the library

The Agoura Hills Library will offer the following free programs at 29901 Ladyface Court. Used book donations to the Book Cellar help fund library programs. For large-collection pickup, call (818) 584 7219. For more information, visit colapublib.org/libs/agourahills or call (818) 889-2278. Mon., April 16 at noon, the Friends of the Agoura Hills Library will offer a lunch and program titled […]

Cheesboro hike passes historic ranch house

ACORN SERIES /// A Trail Less Traveled

For more than 150 years, ranchers called Cheeseboro Canyon home. Pablo Reyes, a descendant of one of Spanish California’s founding families, lived there in the late 1800s before John Morrison moved into the historic house in 1904. For nearly 60 years, the Morrison family worked to clear the land to grow hay for their horses and cattle. The family is […]

College funds available to performers

The Westlake Village Community Foundation is accepting applications for the 2018 Westlake Village Community Foundation Scholarship program. The foundation offers scholarships to graduating senior students who have had significant involvement in either the music or performing arts programs at their high school or in the community. To be eligible, the student must be a resident of the City of Westlake […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills Someone broke into a car parked on Liberty Canyon Road between March 31 and April 4. The victim left the vehicle locked and returned to find the front and rear passenger windows smashed. The thief stole a plastic bag containing 20 gift cards, worth $400. The damage to the vehicle cost $300. On March 30, two bottles of […]

Teen cast explores gang culture in drama

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘The Outsiders’

When 15-year-old Micah Meyers told friends that he wanted to direct and act in a version of Christopher Sergel’s “The Outsiders,” nobody believed he was serious. The Westlake High School sophomore, however, was not deterred, even when the school rejected his proposal to produce the play on campus. Determined to see his dream come to fruition, Meyers approached Scott Buchanan […]