Graduation 2018

FACES OF THE FUTURE— Local high school graduations hit full force this month. Clockwise from top left, Zubair Sidhu approaches the football field for commencement ceremonies at Westlake High School on June 7. Yibin Bai of Thousand Oaks greets his daughter Alyssa with roses after the ceremony has concluded. And Amy Estrada is the center of attention as she walks […]

Student accolades abound

Hard work pays
off for new grads

Scores of seniors at Agoura High were honored at the school’s awards ceremony last week, some winning hefty scholarships while others earned praise for their accomplishments in athletics, academics and community service. All were pleased to be graduating and moving on in life. The ceremony on June 5 at the school’s performing arts education center kicked off with a pre-party […]


Westlake seeks sister city

For many who grew up attending Southern California schools, Spanish was the standard foreign language class. But as business, cultural and technological relationships grow, Mandarin Chinese is a now a highly popular option. In the same way that students are seeing a future in learning Mandarin, the City of Westlake Village is exploring the benefits of finding common ground with […]

Woman charged with murder

From inside a cage for prisoners in Courtroom 14 of the Ventura County Courthouse on June 4, Bryn Spejcher rested her forehead against the bars, waiting to be arraigned for murder. When her name was called following a half-hour wait, Spejcher, dressed in a blue prison jumpsuit with an orange T-shirt, did not enter a plea but rather agreed to […]

Appreciating our Rotarians

PATRIOTS DAY—June is Rotary Club Fellowship Month. At left, Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise joins the American Supporting Americans group to show their appreciation for U.S. troops June 1 at North Ranch County Club. Above, Hans Korsmo and Saleem Saleem don old military uniforms. Right, Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks presents the club with a certificate of recognition.

Wildlife bridge discussion at open house

Members of the public are invited to drop by Mon., June 25 between 4 and 7 p.m. for an informal open house about the proposed 101 Freeway wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon in Agoura Hills. Representatives will answer questions about the project, the newly finalized environmental assessment and how to coexist with area wildlife. Early plans call for a 165-foot-wide […]

Chamber looks at 2018

Area’s economic prospects discussed

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce will host its 2018 Regional Economic Forecast from 7 to 9 a.m. Fri., June 22 at the Hyatt Regency Westlake, 880 S. Westlake Blvd. in Westlake Village. The keynote speaker will be Jon Irwin, chief executive for the rapidly growing home safety tech company, Ring. Matthew Fienup, executive director of the Center for […]

Looking at Dad in a whole new light

What is a dad? Even in today’s transmorphic society, the answer seems simple: a male parent. But those who are dads know the real answer is much more complex. Gone are the days when Dad was the guy who trundled off to work in a three-piece suit and returned home to a hearty dinner, a pipe full of tobacco and […]


Corner turned

Congratulations to the concerned citizens who successfully turned back the Cornerstone over-development project, following the long and expensive process to fight our own city just like Old Agoura and friends did against the city to save Chesebro Meadow. Before there were the local cities, it was commonplace to fight county over-development by leaders who were beholden to the developers rather […]