Heads up, it’s fire season again

An extended drought coupled with this summer’s record hot temperatures have raised concerns about a potentially dangerous fall fire season. The year has already proved disastrous with major wildfires hitting the state’s wildlands and urban developments from north to south and occurring much earlier on the calendar than usual. Speaking recently to members of the Conejo/ Las Virgenes Future Foundation […]

Agoura eyes new property

City will make bid for parcels that are delinquent on taxes

The City of Agoura Hills is hoping to purchase 24 parcels of land in the city that have defaulted on their property tax payments. The parcels lie at the southeast corner of Agoura and Cornell roads in the area known as Agoura Village. Some of the hillside property contains environmental elements that require attention or protection. Agoura Hills hopes to […]

Deadly fentanyl strikes again

The deadly drug fentanyl has claimed another life in the Conejo Valley, police say. This time, the man authorities believe supplied the powerful synthetic opioid has been arrested. At a Sept. 28 arraignment hearing, 23-year-old Donovan Ruiz of Malibu was brought up on six additional charges: five are drug-related and one charges possession of a deadly weapon. The D.A.’s office […]

North Area Plan getting a makeover

Original document is 18 years old

Driving through the Santa Monica Mountains can be beautiful and relaxing—but also a nightmare. Beach traffic can clog Kanan and Las Virgenes roads until it seems like walking would be a faster option. In theory, help is on the way. Los Angeles County is updating a plan that dictates land-use regulations and environmental protections in the Santa Monica Mountains, which […]

Woman dead in car at North Ranch

An elderly woman was found dead in her car in the North Ranch area of Thousand Oaks on Saturday. Authorities do not suspect foul play. Police responded to a 7:30 a.m. call on Sept. 29 from a person who saw a woman slumped over the steering wheel of her car on Kanan Road at Collingswood Place, not far from the […]

Plastic straws are being sucked out of commission

Calabasas also considers ban

From now on, you won’t be served a plastic straw in a restaurant unless you ask for one. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law AB 1884, a measure coauthored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) that prohibits full-service, dine-in restaurants throughout the state from offering plastic straws to customers unless requested. “Plastic pollution is a colossal problem made up of […]

L.A. County unifies to address homelessness

The Las Virgenes-Malibu Council of Governments (COG)— a consortium of local municipalities— recently received $30,000 from Los Angeles County to relieve homelessness in the area. The money came from Measure H, a county ballot initiative that was approved in March 2017. The measure authorized a quarter-cent sales tax for 10 years to fund homeless services and outreach. It’s expected to […]

Fall is here but you wouldn’t know it

You may have missed it, but that’s OK; there wasn’t much to indicate the change. We’re talking about the end of summer—Sept. 22 on the calendar—and the beginning of fall. Other parts of the country have seasons. Leaves turn into bright autumn colors. Grass is actually green. Alas, our neck of the woods in western Los Angeles and eastern Ventura […]


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