Early arrival

Oak Park students first to go back

Oak Park wasted little time putting an end to summer vacation. Early. Starting two weeks sooner than Las Virgenes and almost three weeks before the Conejo school district, Oak Park began classes on Tues., Aug. 7. The early start allows schools to end their first semester before winter break begins. Oak Park Superintendent Tony Knight said the change in calendar […]

Fun and games at Cancer Support Community

MAHJONG AND LAUGHS—Above, mahjong players meet in a free class at the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara on Aug. 2 in Thousand Oaks. Helen Kitaoka from Tokyo tells the group that she was born in the city of Ningbo, China, where the ancient tile game began. At left, Thousand Oaks resident Sue Morrison shows Marcie Ami of Westlake Village how […]

Simi Valley home with lots of fruit trees, arbor-style patio

Varieties include fig, orange, lemon, apple, guava, pomegranate and grapes

First time on the market, this house was built in 2013 by Richmond American Homes. This Costa Del Verde two-story home has a great-room-style floor plan with four bedrooms, a downstairs office/possible fifth bedroom, an upstairs loft and 3.5 bathrooms in 3,964 square feet of living space on a 10,000-square-foot lot. The exterior has professional landscape and hardscape, a large […]

Don’t overlook pet’s oral hygiene

Doggie breath could be serious

We’ve all caught a whiff of kitty or doggy breath that knocks us over. Vets will tell us to brush our pets’ teeth, and some animal guardians do this, but many of us wait too long to give our animals a good teeth cleaning. Their breath is telling us more about their health than what they just ate. Periodontal disease […]

Gang dumps bodies in Malibu Canyon

Sheriff’s department reports new trend

A Los Angeles-based street gang is responsible for the two bodies discovered recently in Malibu Canyon, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Detective Karen Shonka of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau is investigating the most recent incident: the death of 19-year-old Roger Eli Chavez-Barahona, whose body was discovered on an embankment next to Piuma Canyon Road on July 27. He […]

New app connects agency, citizens

Ventura County addresses issues, requests for service

The Ventura County Public Works Agency recently released an app to provide two-way communication between the agency and citizens, who will be able to better address service requests. Titled VCPWA Connect!, the mobile device and web-based system streamlines how community members report issues within the unincorporated areas of the County of Ventura and also provides timely responses. VCPWA Connect! will […]

Simi Valley home in equestrian area on over half-acre lot near horse trails

On Simi Valley’s west side is this two-story home on over a half-acre lot in the Country Lane in Pleasant Hill equestrian area. A red-tiled roof is framed by red bougainvillea. The property is turnkey and move-in ready. The front entrance has a grand circular stairway and formal living room with large cathedral windows. A separate dining room has a […]

Local brokers shine in real estate game

2018 sales figures released for statewide ranking

REAL Trends, a nationwide research company for the residential real estate industry, issued its 2018 America’s Best report and it names brokers from Re/Max-Olson, Century 21 and Coldwell Banker as among the top agents locally. To qualify as California’s most productive real estate agents, the individual men and women had to close at least 50 transactions or $20 million in […]

Study shows crayfish can be harmful

Water district has concerns

A new study to be published in the scientific journal “Conservation Biology” indicates that the presence of invasive crayfish could contribute to the spread of mosquito-borne diseases in the Malibu Creek watershed and also reduce its biological diversity. Research about the invasive species found in the watershed and the potential impact they might have on ecosystem integrity was conducted by […]

Don’t lose focus when filing away trip photos

Flying Squirrel

When we travel in the summer, many of us return home with the same three things: a healthy glow, fond memories . . . and pictures. The glow will fade. The memories you’ll have forever. But the pictures, what happens to them? Most of us take hundreds of photos—if not thousands—on vacation. Many of these are on the device we […]