One sunny Sunday

FLOWER POWER—The rose bushes and jacaranda trees are in full bloom as spring puts on a colorful display at The Promenade shopping center in Westlake April 15. This weekend will be sunny and cool.

Westridge rat problem raises homeowner alarm

Residents object to use of rodenticide in posh Calabasas community

Many people view the rat as a sign of filth, disease and death. But the easy solution to getting rid of the rodent—rat poison—poses its own set of problems. Concerns about the use of rat poisons in public have been building in recent years. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife advocates the use of non-chemical rodent control because poison […]

Oak Park, Rancho Simi tussle over funds

For more than 35 years Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District has run the park programs in Oak Park, using funds generated through fees and taxes for maintenance, operation and even the construction of new buildings such as the proposed Mae Boyar Community Center. But a decision earlier this year by the Oak Park Unified School District to take control […]

Koubek named YMCA director

Hopes to lead Y on ‘exciting new chapter’

The Triunfo YMCA has a new executive director who is tasked with guiding the organization forward as it makes preparations for the opening of its new headquarters in Westlake Village. Greg Koubek was named executive director of the Y and began his duties April 16. Koubek, a former Duke University college basketball player and longtime YMCA employee, will be responsible […]

Westlake council member Davis joins T.O. marijuana gold rush

A group with ties to a tobacco-importing empire—and supported by a Westlake Village City Council member—is one of five vying to operate East Ventura County’s first legal medical marijuana dispensary. The last day to apply was March 30. Among the applicants are both those who’ve been involved in the marijuana industry for years and apparent newcomers. DBO Investments, which operates […]

Cheeseboro ranch house spiffed up

The old wooden house that sits in a bucolic Cheeseboro Canyon meadow in Agoura Hills is getting a face-lift under the direction of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, part of the National Park Service network. The park service paid for a new $25,000 asphalt roof on the old structure. The turn-of-the-century ranch home is owned by the Mountains […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A $3,000 bicycle was stolen between 8:30 and 8:35 p.m. April 12 from outside a business on Thousand Oaks Boulevard. The bike was locked up but the thief cut the lock. A thief broke into a truck parked outside Vons on Kanan Road on April 9 and stole a dolly, radio, safety box and a hook worth $400. […]

Helping out

The City of Agoura Hills will run its fifth annual Community Service Days event from 9 a.m. to noon Sat., May 5 at Chumash Park, 5550 Medea Valley Drive. The event brings citizens and groups together with their neighbors in various community improvement projects. Volunteers will be involved in projects from planting, trash pick-up, painting railings in parts of Old […]

Give Mom her moment in the sun

Even the simplest show of appreciation can make a mother’s heart melt. Besides words of gratitude, the best gift a child can give a mother is time spent together: a conversation, a shared meal, a walk along the shoreline, a visit to the museum or a bike ride to the park. While women travel many different paths to become parents, […]