Creek busters clean up Las Virgenes

Stream restoration almost complete

As Los Angeles County underwent development through the years, many of its creeks and streams were turned into concrete-filled channels that could better accommodate the winter flooding that sometimes occurs. But slowly, over time, the concrete deteriorated, broke apart and turned some of the area’s most scenic waterways into a jumbled concrete mess that were not only an eyesore but […]

On stage, Mayor Gaines talks up Calabasas

Tells audience to embrace ‘growth and change’

Mayor Fred Gaines said that if better days are still to come in Calabasas, the city will need to change with the times. Delivering his Sept. 20 State of the City address at the Calabasas Civic Center, Gaines praised the city’s accomplishments of the past year, particularly the completion of the Lost Hills freeway overpass. “There’s no room for looking […]

Oak Park teen charged in T.O. burglary rampage

Two 18-year-olds accused of crimes

Two Conejo Valley residents are accused of going on a late-night crime spree in Newbury Park. Cody Marshak of Oak Park and Kailey Brown of Thousand Oaks, both 18, were arrested this week on suspicion of burglary and theft following an investigation by the Thousand Oaks Police Department. Police say the pair burglarized the Smoke Store, Tobacco Royale and Julie’s […]

Calabasas stuck with unneeded election

There are many similarities between an election and a roller coaster—the weeks leading to the ballot box are full of twists and turns, ups and downs in the polls and stomach-churning upsets. And, like climbing on a roller coaster, when someone files to run for office they’ve made a commitment. Once the safety bar drops, there’s no escaping. Calabasas resident […]

Agoura challenger says time for a change


Deborah Klein Lopez, a candidate for Agoura Hills City Council, is hitting the streets and talking to people. To date, she has knocked on more than 1,000 doors in Agoura Hills as part of her campaign to fill the seat of Mayor Bill Koehler, who announced his departure from the council earlier this year. Incumbents Harry Schwarz and Denis Weber […]

Deconstructing our local streams

It’s bone dry out there, nary a drop of water in sight, but that doesn’t mean our local streams should be ignored and left unprotected. Locally, Medea and Las Virgenes creeks trickle valiantly despite the scorching sun and remain a key part of the Malibu Creek watershed, the riparian habitat that feeds the ocean. As our cities grew over the […]


Stuck in traffic

I was ticketed Thurs., Sept. 20 at 3:55 p.m. for grid-locking an intersection in Agoura Hills. Driving eastbound on Agoura Road I attempted to make a left-hand turn northbound onto Kanan Road. I entered the intersection on a green arrow and the arrow stayed green for about 10 seconds before turning red. I was stuck in the intersection with two […]

Shapiro in Calabasas

David Shapiro has lived, raised his family and has his law offices in Calabasas for close to 25 years. He has been actively involved as a volunteer in the city for many years before entering public life. David has coached his children in sports and served as a board member of the Calabasas Park Homeowners Association, Agoura Hills Calabasas Community […]

Halpern in WLV

As a resident of Westlake Village, I cannot say enough to support the reelection of Brad Halpern to City Council. All of us have experienced Brad’s amazing ideas that have come to fruition: Fourth of July Fireworks Show, the city trolley, city funding laptops for all students at White Oak Elementary School that strengthen our school’s edge, the annual WLV […]