2018-11-21

Thankful, indeed

Thank you to our wonderful first responders for protecting us and our property during the recent Woolsey fire. Thank you to the City of Agoura Hills for keeping its residents informed. We signed up for Agoura Hills City alerts, “e-notify,” and they were invaluable, from keeping us informed about voluntary evacuations, then the telephone call when it was time for […]

At the library

The Calabasas Library will offer the following free programs in December at 200 Civic Center Way. For more information, call (818) 225-7616 or go online to cityofcalabasas.com/library. The library will be closed Sat. through Tues., Dec. 22 to 25 for the Christmas holiday as well as Mon. and Tues., Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for New Year’s Eve and Day. […]

Fractured fairy tale is enchanting

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Once Upon a Mattress’


“Once Upon a Mattress,” the fractured version of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea,” has been an enduring favorite on the community theater scene since it made its debut nearly 60 years ago. Young Artists Ensemble’s recent run of the show, Nov. 2 to 18 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks, was interrupted by […]

Firefighters, yes!

I just wanted to say a great big thank you to all the fire fighters, auxiliary personnel and sheriff’s personnel for their hard work during our fire locally. My neighbor’s house burned down on Adamor. I have some damage, but, we are alive— cranky, but alive. That is the most important. Everyone did an exceptional job in preventing things from […]

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes

Hot Flashes

Just weeks before election day, that loveliest time of the year when Americans fling verbal grenades at lightning speed, Mr. Fixit and I escaped the crossfire for a long-awaited trip to Paris. We hauled our sorry old behinds, well-aged like USDA prime, across the pond as fast as our anti-inflammatories would carry us. Days before our departure, we realized a […]

Officials see spike in smoke-related illness



Not only have the Woolsey and Hill fires carved a destructive path through more than 100,000 acres of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, they’re creating continuing respiratory risks for everyone—especially kids, the elderly and people with pre-existing lung problems, officials said. On Tuesday, air quality in Ventura County areas impacted by the fires was deemed “unhealthy” by the Ventura County […]

Fire prevention?

It is a shame that billions of dollars are spent on missiles, other fancy technologies and driverless cars while nothing is spent to develop simple fire detection-, extinguishing- and prevention systems. By employing fire retardation chemicals, pressure flow, satellite detection, drones and many more ideas that existed since caveman times, we could prevent billions of dollars lost such as what […]

Leibovitz paints picture about her career with celebrities



Celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz wowed the crowd at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Nov. 6 with tales of life on the edge in the early 1970s when she worked as a lead photographer at Rolling Stone, one of the leading counterculture magazines of its time. Leibovitz, a guest of the Distinguished Speaker Series, shared insights into the photographs […]

Medicare premiums increase in 2019

COMMENTARY /// Senior health care


As we head into the holiday season, I wanted to let you know how much your Medicare will cost in 2019. Most people with Medicare will pay the standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B, which will be $135.50 next year, an increase of $1.50 over 2018. Part B covers the following services: physician, outpatient hospital, some home health, and […]

Communication was lacking

The Agoura Hills city manager’s office missed an extraordinary opportunity to communicate with residents during a serious event. The telephone alerts did not instill a sense of confidence that our city management was in control of the situation and that we could depend upon their actions for our safety. Instead, the messages were not as good as political robocalls. The […]


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