Equestrian community home sits on over half-acre lot

Sinaloa Highlands is Simi Valley’s custom equestrian community. This five-bedroom, 4.5-bath house sits on over one-half acre. It has a formal entry hall, detailed woodwork and the kind of craftsmanship only found in custom homes like black hardwood floors,wood windows, tall baseboards, high ceilings and crown molding. There are also some leaded glass pocket doors and custom cabinetry. The gourmet […]

Cyclists seek to put the brakes on cancer

Stuart Wood of Westlake Village and Peter Worley of Thousand Oaks will cycle almost 200 miles on Aug. 3 and 4 as they take part in the 39th annual Pan-Mass Challenge for cancer research and care. More than 6,300 cyclists from over 40 states and eight countries will cross the state of Massachusettes and arrive at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to […]

Third body in Malibu Canyon

Man found near Piuma Road

Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Homicide Bureau say they are investigating the discovery of a dead body July 27 in the 12000 block of Piuma Road in Malibu. The Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station received a call at 11:30 a.m. last Friday notifying them of a body seen on an embankment to the side of the road. The […]

Local man writes a kids’ book for adults

Authors offers a Dr. Seuss-like look at balancing life

Dan Schuck, a Calabasas resident and author, was writing a book as a Valentine’s Day gift for his partner of five years, Jill Messick. But Messick, who suffered from bipolar disorder and depression, took her own life on Feb. 7. Rather than quit writing, Schuck decided to finish his project to raise awareness about mental health issues and suicide. In […]

Custom North Ranch home has gourmet kitchen with two dishwashers

This North Ranch custom home has a foyer with a spiral staircase to the second floor. The foyer also opens to the living room with vaulted ceilings, natural light, custom crown moldings and views of the pool and an oak tree. On the first floor is a large family room with a built-in unit, fireplace, wine bar and refrigerator. The […]

Finding financial assistance for medical needs

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will hold a free workshop titled “Disability Insurance and Financial Assistance” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 9 at 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. The talk will cover benefits open to those who are temporarily or permanently unable to work, such as private disability insurance, Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income, state […]

Track closed, residents miffed

Bernie Grossman, a longtime Oak Park resident, has an early morning fitness routine that he’s been following for as long as he can remember. At least twice a week at 6 a.m. Grossman goes to Oak Park High School and runs laps on the track around the football field. Those days may be over. School officials recently surrounded the stadium […]

What it really means to go green

COMMENTARY /// Protecting the environment

Do you frequent the farmers market every week? Are you always equipped with a reusable drinking container? Do you have reusable bags on hand for marketing? Do you use organic cleaners in your home, school and office? Do you compost? Do you switch off the lights when you leave a room and turn your car off when waiting to pick […]

Buying a home after bankruptcy

COMMENTARY /// Real estate options

William Johnson (not his real name) went bankrupt a year ago and he is now ready to buy a home. He filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy because he had to undergo chemo and was unable to pay his medical bills. He made 12 months of satisfactory payments under the approval of his bankruptcy trustee. Johnson went to the mortgage lender after […]

And another one bites the crust

For the past 2½ years, Simi Valley resident Keiko Rivest, 26, has eaten at the Thousand Oaks Pieology on N. Moorpark Road as part of her post-workout routine. The Montreal native brought her friend Kenzie Herman, 20, to her favorite pizza parlor July 26 after their workout at Gold’s Gym at Janss Marketplace. Herman had never been to Pieology, and […]