Long-time Oak Park leader steps down

After 26 years of service to the community, public official Mike Paule announced last week that he’ll be retiring. The chair of the Triunfo Sanitation District said he will move to Austin, Tex. after he steps down Aug. 31. Paule is also a realtor and the president and CEO of MobileVideo360, a video production company he founded in 2011. “I […]

A musical homecoming for Susan Egan

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Beauty and the Beast’

It was both a homecoming and a farewell for Susan Egan on July 19 when, for the first time in 22 years, she took to the stage as Belle in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Five-Star Theatricals’ production, running through Sun., July 29 at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, is under the direction of Yvette Lawrence, who succeeded Egan as […]


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 […]

Mulberry tree is both magic and menace

On the Trail

In parking lots on scorching days, I and my fellow motorists circle like hungry sharks. We’re not after fleshy prey, only waiting to pounce on a precious parking space shrouded by shade. We’re as ruthless as sharks, cutting one another off for an isolated morsel of sun-less-ness. So it came as a big surprise on an afternoon’s walkabout along Avenida […]

Watch the horns

Rams put on clinic for children

The tackling dummies were a hit. Nearly 100 football players, all between second and eighth grade, punched, kicked, dragged, hurdled, rodeo’d and, yes, tackled the padded equipment at a Los Angeles Rams youth football clinic on July 20 at Simi Valley High. “It’s fun,” said Giancarlo Leone, a 9-year-old Moorpark resident entering fourth grade at St. Rose of Lima in […]

Updated residence in White Cloud Estates with community pool and spa

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 […]

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 […]

Eat well and live fresh, too

Acorn Epicurean

When the owners of Baja Fresh in Westlake Village say their meals are fresh, they really mean it. There are no freezers, microwaves or even food that comes in cans to be seen anywhere. As a matter of fact, when the owners and husband-and-wife team of Anu Singh and Vikas “Vik” Dhanker revealed this fact to me, I honestly couldn’t […]

Lacombe signs with Rams

Taking the biggest step in his football career, Aaron Lacombe won’t have to travel very far to realize his NFL dreams. Lacombe, a Westlake resident, signed a contract with the Los Angeles Rams on July 24. “It has been a long time coming,” Lacombe said in a press release. “I’ve been thinking about this since I was 15 years old. […]

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