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 […]

Last-minute deals: thing of the past or still a present option?

Flying Squirrel

One of the questions I get asked most often as a travel expert is “Are there any last-minute deals out there?” I understand this. Many travelers who ask this may have unexpectedly found themselves with a surplus of time or money, and they decide to take a vacation right now. In addition to “sudden travelers,” others who tend to ask […]

Navigating the new Property Tax Initiative if it passes on Election Day

COMMENTARY /// Real estate tips for seniors

Over the past several months I’ve been discussing the California Association of Realtors’ historic effort to address California’s unprecedented housing supply crisis as well as how to increase homeownership opportunities for Californians. If it passes Nov. 6, Proposition 5, the Property Tax Transfer Initiative, would remove the “moving penalty” for people 55 and older, the disabled and victims of natural […]

Cantor at Encino synagogue

NEW POST—Kenny Ellis of Agoura Hills is now the cantor at Kehilla Chen v’Chesed, a Jewish Universalist synagogue in Encino, along with Rabbi Eric Morgenstern. Ellis, who has been a cantor for over 25 years, was previously the cantor at Temple Beth Haverim in Agoura Hills, Valley Outreach Synagogue and Temple Beth Ami in Santa Clarita. Ellis also produced the […]

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 […]

Eagle Scout takes the high road

THE FAMILY WAY—Above, Sergio Sol, center, from Boy Scout Troop 127 recently completed construction of a path (at right) at Juan de Anza Park in Calabasas for his Eagle Scout project. Sergio had the help of fellow Scouts, mentor Robert Burns, coach Julie King, and other leaders and parents. Sergio’s brother, Diego, completed the first part of the path two […]

Private equestrian ranch in Hidden Valley on 23 acres

Includes two-bedroom guest house, tennis courts, 24-stall barn and workshop

The owners have spent 15 years improving this equestrian ranch into a turnkey property for the equestrian lifestyle. Set behind private gates, the property has 23 acres with south-facing views of Boney Mountain and Hidden Valley. The estate home is approximately 9,000 square feet with five bedrooms and seven baths. There is a gourmet kitchen. The breakfast room has a […]

Critters go to church for blessing

All creatures great and small are welcomed to Westminster Presbyterian Church for the Blessing of the Animals at 6 p.m. Tues., Oct. 2 in the church prayer garden on the south side of the building at 32111 Watergate Road, Westlake Village, The Westminster Kids Fellowship Club will sponsor the event. The Blessing of the Animals is a tradition started in […]

Favorites in Agoura Hills

On Nov. 6 we will be voting for three council seats. While at times it may not seem so, I can assure you that each of our votes counts. Having had the honor to serve 12 years as a member of the City Council and as mayor, I can assure you that who is elected to the council that will […]

Rams raise funds to grant wishes for children

Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties has teamed up with the Los Angeles Rams for a charity event on Mon., Oct. 8 at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake. Titled “Rams Night for Wishes,” the event aims to raise funds to fulfill the wishes of local children. The event hosts are Rams Pro Bowl tackle and captain Andrew Whitworth and philanthropist Andrew Firestone, the […]