Hilton Foundation purchases Dole Westlake headquarters

Deal worth $50 million

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, an Agoura Hills-based multibillion-dollar international charitable institution, is on the move. The foundation—which built a sprawling, environmentally sustainable headquarters on Agoura Road at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains in 2012—recently purchased the Dole Foods building in Westlake Village for $50 million and will make the 10-acre corporate campus its new permanent headquarters. Prior […]

Seniors have their moment

Senior Concerns of Thousand Oaks celebrated its 33rd annual Ultimate Dining fundraiser Sept. 15 by honoring two of the Conejo Valley’s top philanthropists, George and Patricia Jones. The organization named the T.O. couple Philanthropists of the Year in front of the more than 400 guests who attended last Saturday’s gala affair at the Hyatt Regency Westlake. George Jones had a […]

The unwanted houseguest

Intruder hid in couple’s bathroom

An Agoura Hills couple received a shock on the evening of Sept. 2 when they discovered a woman had been hiding under their bathroom sink after they had been home for over an hour. William Sweet said he saw a woman trying to break into his neighbor’s apartment through a window around 5:30 that evening. Unsuccessful in her attempt, she […]

New online model begins


There’s no denying the appeal of a print newspaper, or the grand look of a glossy magazine spread—and who doesn’t still enjoy cuddling up with a good, page-turning mystery novel? Print still has a place, and just as transportation didn’t come to an end when the horse and buggy died, neither will good journalism become extinct on the day that […]

Westlake attorney is arrested for allegedly having sex with a minor

He was general counsel for JonesTrading

A 44-year-old Westlake Village attorney is facing six felony counts following his August arrest on suspicion of having sex with a minor. At an Aug. 27 arraignment, Jason Lavender pleaded not guilty to two counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a minor 14 or 15 years old, two counts of oral copulation with a minor under 16 and two […]

Retired doctor challenges WLV City Council


There are three Westlake Village City Council seats up for election this November, and with Mayor Mark Rutherford retiring from the panel, that means at least one new face will be joining the council. Incumbents Brad Halpern and Sue McSweeney are running for reelection, and joining them in the race are two challengers: Ted Corwin and Ray Pearl. Corwin, 74, […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills On Sept. 8 someone broke into a car parked on Chesebro Road by smashing the front passenger window, causing $500 in damage. The thief stole a pair of headphones, an iPhone and a portable charger, all worth more than $1,300. A thief stole the steering column from a car parked on Argos Street the morning of Sept. 7, […]

Locals take highway to the danger zone

Men trained in swift-water rescue

Before Hurricane Florence made landfall last week, two urban search-and-rescue teams from Los Angeles County were sent back East to offer their assistance. Deployed to the storm-ravaged coast were Tom Henzgen of Agoura Hills, a captain with the Los Angeles Fire Department, and Dave Stephens of Oak Park, a captain with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The two departments […]

Voting can be ugly, but not in this contest

Let’s talk politics. OK . . . but first, did you feel that? It was everyone’s collective blood pressure rising with the thought of the ugly mid-term election coming up. We don’t blame you for your apprehension. Sharing political views in this day and age—no matter where you stand on the issues—has become more combat sport than civil chat. Which […]