New pump station crucial to Calleguas and Las Virgenes

GUEST Opinion /// Protecting California’s water

At recent board meetings by the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council and Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, the proposal to construct a new pump and pressure-reducing station on Lindero Canyon Road just north of the county line was discussed. The station will connect the water distribution systems between the two major regional water wholesalers—the Calleguas and Las Virgenes municipal […]

Pet of the Week

SAD EYES—Cinnamon, who has short legs and gorgeous eyes, likes lots of attention, is high energy and walks well on leash. To adopt Cinnamon ask for ID No. A4945218 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check Los Angeles County Animal Care & Control before visiting the shelter.

Low-tech dude brings high-energy laughs to T.O.

Stand-up comic Carlos Oscar is a low-tech dude living in a high-tech world. Sometimes that results in hilarious conversations with his son. There was the time he handed the boy a broom and ordered him to sweep the back porch. The kid looked up at him, down at the broom, and said, “How do you turn it on?” On the […]

Softball star in Cuba for tournament

Catcher is expected to be one of top freshmen in region in 2019

Whether it’s hitting off a tee, taking grounders or playing a simple game of catch, Maddy Mekari never lets a day go by without some softball in her life. Not even when she’s on vacation. “I even brought my glove to New York,” Mekari said during a recent phone call from East Northport, Long Island. “We’ve been playing catch here.” […]

Wants new blood

My main concern is that after 25 years, Agoura Hills City Councilmember Weber has been on the City Council for just too long. He was elected in 1993 when Agoura had different needs. Thank you for your service, but enough is enough. Twenty-five years is plenty. It’s time for him to retire and make way for a new generation of […]

Updated Simi Valley home features backyard barbecue island with fridge

This updated White Cloud Estates Residence Two has three bedrooms, a loft and 2.5 bathrooms in 2,370 square feet of living space on a 4,255-square-foot lot. Amenities include a three-car garage, upgraded wood flooring, volume ceilings and plantation shutters. The living and dining room combo has a chandelier and a high vaulted ceiling. The granite island kitchen has newer stainless […]

Reflections on a sunny day

GREEK GUY—Troy Dimitrakopoulos, 3, of Oak Park, wears gold laurels while watching Greek dancing during the 40th annual Ventura County Greek Festival on June 23 at Freedom Park in Camarillo. St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church sponsored the event that featured Greek music, folk dancing and traditional Greek food. Troy attended the event with his parents, Pete and Gabriela, and his […]

Prime time at the baseball field

ALL-STARS— The Prime All American Baseball team of Agoura has won two tournament championships this season. Blake Brewer, who played in the Miami Marlins minor league system, founded the team last year. There are teams for players between the ages of 9 and 13.

Feedback on the pump station

In what feels like a strangely hush-hush, under-publicized development, Calleguas Water District, Rancho Simi and the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) have been discussing an approximately $15-million water-pumping-station construction project targeted for the open space between the homes of Oak Park’s Canyon Cove neighborhood and Yerba Buena Elementary school within the next two years. Their communication with local residents […]

Yard of Dos Vientos home backs to open space

This two-story home is in the Avignon of Dos Vientos Ranch in Newbury Park. The house has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, with one bed/bath downstairs. The spacious gourmet kitchen has granite counters, stainless steel appliances and a center island. An eating area off the kitchen opens to the large family room with a fireplace. Special features include custom tile […]

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