2018-05-31

Day to remember

HONORING THE TROOPS—Above, Nick Dean, 11, of Boy Scout Troop 761, places an American flag on the grave of a veteran at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village on May 26. At right, photographer Kevin Park of Agoura Hills trained his camera on this Navy Corsair fighter plane that was part of an aircraft-flyover at the Pierce […]

Rancho Simi, Oak Park settle their differences

Dispute over park funding comes to an end


Officials are hoping the rift has been healed between Oak Park Unified School District and Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District regarding changes to a longtime childcare program at the Oak Park schools. Oak Park’s decision earlier this year to take control of the AM/PM program away from Rancho Simi put the two jurisdictions at odds—and future funding for both […]

Triunfo approves rate hike



The Triunfo Sanitation District voted last week for a customer rate increase that hopes to raise $6 million for the Pure Water Project, a new local processing plant that will turn reclaimed sewer water into drinking water. The 2.5 percent increase will add about $1 to the monthly bill for Triunfo customers in Oak Park, Lake Sherwood, Bell Canyon, Westlake […]

Owner’s decision to leave dog in car makes critic out of all of us

Actions blamed, defended


For many, the hot Southern California summer is a solvable problem—swimming, air conditioning and an icy drink are great ways to stave off the heat. But there’s one population that doesn’t have the means to keep themselves cool: pets. As summer approaches, veterinarians and animal advocates say it’s important to be aware of the effect the heat can have on […]

Cancer group again looking for leadership



For the third time in as many years, the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara is searching for a new chief executive officer. Bridget Karl, who started as CEO in 2016, stepped down from the position May 4. Karl, who declined a request for comment, issued a statement to the Thousand Oaks-based nonprofit. “It has been an honor serving the Cancer […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Calabasas A truck parked outside Lovi’s Deli on Calabasas Road was burglarized on May 19. Someone smashed the rear driver’s side window, causing $200 damage, and stole a red backpack containing various work tools worth $200. A person broke into a home on Calipatria Drive on May 18. The robber smashed a sliding glass door, causing $500 damage. The victim […]

Death investigated as homicide

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced the identity of a man whose body was found May 16 in a drainage ditch along the 1600 block of Las Virgenes Canyon Road south of Calabasas. He was identified as Francisco Reynaldo Cruz, 52. An autopsy showed that Cruz died from sharp force injuries to the neck and chest, as well as […]

Agoura Hills fight leads to stabbing



A man was hospitalized after being stabbed outside the 7-Eleven on Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Agoura Hills on May 26 around 5 p.m. Sgt. Matthew Dunn of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Detective’s Bureau said the altercation may have resulted from a roadrage incident. “Two males had some words amongst each other, one guy approached another guy and hit him […]

Dams avoid grand jury’s hot water



A recent Ventura County grand jury report lists the Westlake and Lake Sherwood dams as two of the 14 dams in the region that could have a “significant impact” on residents if the structures were to fail. Ten of the dams are in Ventura County and four in Los Angeles County. The 2017-2018 grand jury report was commissioned in light […]

Dogs in cars, an argument that will drive you nuts

There’s nothing better than pets and kids. And for many families, the pet is the kid, right? In America, some 85 million families— about 68 percent of all households­— own a pet. Among their many qualities, pets are humanizing; they have traits from which we can all learn a thing or two. Dog is man’s best friend, and to say […]