Westlake Village attorney could get four years on sex-with-minor charge

A 44-year-old Westlake Village attorney and youth soccer coach pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple counts of sexual misconduct with a minor. Jason Lavender entered the plea Oct. 10, less than two months after his arrest. The crimes took place over the summer and involved a friend of his daughter’s who was 15 at the time, Deputy District Attorney Patrice Koenig […]

Agoura oak tree meets bitter end

DOWN IN FRONT—It didn’t take the high winds to knock down this old oak tree on Shady Creek Drive in Agoura Hills. Due to the drought or possibly insect infestation, the tree came crashing down by itself on Oct. 12, before this week’s Santa Ana winds came in.

Lunch and shopping

Newcomers-Encore Club of Conejo Valley will host a Holiday Boutique Luncheon Wed., Nov. 14 at the Spanish Hills Country Club, 999 Crestview Ave., Camarillo. The doors will open at 10 a.m. for boutique shopping followed by the luncheon at 11:45 a.m. The event will also include socializing, food and opportunity gifts. The cost is $28. The reservation deadline is Sun., […]

Small improvement projects reap big value


A strong housing market is giving homeowners the confidence to invest in remodeling. In fact, homeowner spending on improvements and repairs will approach $340 billion in 2018, an increase of 7.5 percent from estimated 2017 spending, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Remodeling can add value to a […]

Classical meets ragtime

The Westlake Village Music Society will present a “Red Rose Rendezvous” concert at 3 p.m. Sun., Nov. 4 at the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, 1049 S. Westlake Blvd. The performers will be David Miller on flute, Michelle Van Kempen on flute, Fredric Beerstein on oboe, Eric Johnson- Tomai on bassoon and Christine De Klotz on piano. The concert […]

Bring on the big hitters

GOLF /// IQQQ Championship

There are only a handful of exceptional golf courses on the planet, including Pebble Beach, Augusta in Georgia and St. Andrew’s in Scotland. Sherwood Country Club, nestled in the heart of Acorn country, yearns to be in the mix. Sherwood will host the Invesco QQQ Championship tournament Oct. 26 through 28. The IQQQ Championship is the second of three playoff […]

Lost Hills inmate loose

An inmate escaped from the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station on Tuesday evening. As of Wednesday afternoon, there has been no update in the case and it is believed the Latino male suspect is still at large. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the escapee was an inmate worker—a prisoner at the station who was entrusted to […]

Local entrepreneur a global success

Lots of people dream of being their own boss, but the reality that comes with leading a business is a harsh one. An entrepreneur has to know how to build a company and have the confidence to stick with their idea during the lean years before the business starts to pay off. Oak Park resident Michael McCrary didn’t get a […]

Sharing Yoda-like brilliance with the kid

Family Man

My 15-year-old son said he regretted leaving basketball a couple years ago to take up tennis. It’s not that he was sorry about playing tennis. He just felt he’d been getting better at basketball and wondered if had made a mistake sacrificing that progress to start at the bottom of another sport. How far, he asked, would he have come […]

Oak Park, Las Virgenes ace the CAASPP test

But ‘growing concerns’ still exist

Oak Park Unified School District demonstrated mastery at every grade level in state test scores released earlier this month that determine whether students are meeting benchmarks in English and math. The 2018 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is the umbrella system for a variety of assessments that measure student achievement in math, English and science. CAASPP replaced […]

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