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 […]

Reward for campground shooter increased

The reward offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for murdering Tristan Beaudette has been raised to $30,000. The Allergan pharmaceutical company, Beaudette’s employer, is offering a $15,000 reward in addition to the $10,000 offered by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the $5,000 by the City of Malibu. Beaudette, a 35-year-old […]

Garden music

Jazz will once again be in full bloom this summer when Gardens of the World hosts its 16th annual Summer Jazz Concert Series. The free series takes place on Sundays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Gardens of the World, 2001 Thousand Oaks Blvd., T.O. The first concert Aug. 5 will feature the Sedalia Ragtime Orchestra. The 16-piece, Thousand Oaks-based […]

Cabrillo hires new property management director

Agency provides affordable housing services for needy

Ventura-based Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation has added Luz Soto as director of property management and resident services. Soto previously served as Cabrillo’s director of property and asset management from 2005 to 2013. Soto oversees Cabrillo’s residential portfolio, which includes 26 affordable communities that serve nearly 1,200 low-income families in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. She has more than 20 years […]

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 […]

Topanga Cyn. closure coming

The California Department of Transportation announced it will close Topanga Canyon Boulevard (State Route 27) between Malibu and Topanga next weekend for emergency repair and restoration of an eroded slope embankment along Topanga Creek. The hillside slid during the rainy season last winter and caused debris to flow onto Topanga Canyon Boulevard, triggering full closures of the highway. The closure […]

Benefit is big cats’ meow

The second annual Concert for the Cats benefit for wildlife research and projects with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 19 at Peter Strauss Ranch, 30000 Mulholland Hwy., Agoura Hills. Vocalists Kiki Ebsen and Julie Newsome along with Josh Nelson on keyboard, Jeff Falkner on bass, Danny Janklow on saxophone and […]

Cashing in on those gambling losses

COMMENTARY /// Personal finances

Although your gambling winnings are taxable, did you know you can offset them with losses? Strategy: Always keep records to back up your claims. Gambling losses are deductible without clearing the usual deduction threshold for miscellaneous itemized expenses. Also, the new Tax Cuts and Job Act repeals the deduction for miscellaneous expenses, but preserves the deduction for gambling losses, with […]

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,” […]

Local troop celebrates 100 Eagle Scouts

Agoura Hills unit has big percentage of high-achievers

A Boy Scout uniform often becomes a forgotten childhood artifact, shoved deep in a closet alongside barely used karate gear and a guitar that only made it through a handful of lessons. According to Scouting Magazine, only about 6 percent of kids who join the Scouts stick with it long enough to attain the highest rank of Eagle Scout. But […]