100 degrees, no sweat!

HEAT WAVE—Above, 8-year-old Eden Bookman of Agoura Hills gets a break from heat at the Oak Canyon Community Park Splash Pad in Oak Park. At right, 5-year-old Reef Arnold of Newbury Park thinks everything is cool. The heat wave hit a peak at mid-week with temperatures reaching 104 degrees on Tuesday in Calabasas. Southern California Edison urges customers to reduce […]

Car wash operator ordered to pay $4.2 million

Delrahim had told his employees to work off the clock, court says

Agoura Hills car wash magnate David Delrahim has been ordered to pay $4.2 million in back wages and damages to more than 800 employees who work at his Southern California car washes. The U.S. Department of Labor announced July 18 that the workers at Delrahim’s two dozen Southland car washes—including the Agoura Hills Car Wash on Canwood Street in Agoura […]

Rutherford says farewell to Westlake

Five-time mayor announces retirement

Westlake Village Mayor Mark Rutherford announced last week that voters won’t see his name on the ballot this November. Rutherford is the longest-serving member of the City Council—he took office in 1997 and has been reelected every four years since then. “Everything seems to be good with the city, and I just think it’s a good time to step down,” […]

Dog park unleashed on public

Everything just ‘pawfect,’ visitors say

Speeches were made, a ribbon was cut and the gates to the new Westlake Village Dog Park opened at 10:30 a.m. on July 21. Dozens of rambunctious canines both large a small got to sniff, snoop and snarl for the first time at the recently completed 1.2-acre park at Oak Crest Drive and Agoura Road. Separate play areas accommodate big […]

Mae Boyar will get partial face-lift

The recent shake-up in afterschool programming for Oak Park students threw a wrench into plans to construct a new community center at Mae Boyar Park. But it looks like the 50-year-old park building will at least get a face-lift. The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, which oversees the community parks in Oak Park, had planned for a major $2-million […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills Someone stole a woman’s wallet from her purse while she shopped at the Trader Joe’s on Canwood Street on July 15. The wallet contained $300 cash and credit cards that the thief attempted to use shortly after the theft occurred. On July 12 a robber broke into a home on Hurford Court and stole several purses, wallets, and […]

Cellphones, distractions, booze—a deadly combination

The news is mixed when it comes to roadway safety numbers. Since the 1980s, drunk driving deaths in the U.S. have decreased by 51 percent overall and by over 80 percent for those 21 and younger. But the bad news is that distracted driving, especially among teens, accounts for 60 percent of all accidents on the road despite laws aimed […]


One way to reduce phony service dogs

Regarding a letter dated July 19 concerning fake service dogs in stores: It would be appropriate that the owner of a legal service dogs have an ID card issued by the controlling government agency that can be used to verify the dog’s status. This would alleviate the public’s concerns associated with fake service dogs in public spaces. John L. DalrympleWestlake […]

What’s the point of keeping collars on lions?

My only hope is that most people with a brain will not buy into the nonsense that Jeff Sikich is babbling about how important it is for mountain lions to wear collars foe research purposes. Maybe he should try wearing one himself for several years. If we haven’t learned by now what these collars are telling us, then we have […]