2018-12-06

Let your eligible assets work for you

COMMENTARY /// SmartFunds

William Shaefer (not his real name) is recently self-employed. Like many new companies, Shaefer’s incurred a lot of startup expenses. To help, Shaefer’s sophisticated CPA used all the eligible self-employment tax deductions. His first year in business showed a relatively low-level of income. Although his income is low, he possesses significant assets due to a recent inheritance. Shaefer is also […]

Chesebro overpass renovation underway

Work will take two years


Construction has begun on the $13-million Chesebro Bridge upgrade over the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills. The Chesebro Road/Palo Comado Canyon Road interchange will also undergo renovation. Crews started working on the project Nov. 28, putting up signs, removing vegetation and installing concrete safety barriers in the project areas. The work required the northbound on- and off-ramps to be closed […]

Holiday lights shine at Reagan Library



Snowflakes, Christmas lights, holiday music and hot cocoa. It may only be November, but the Reagan Library has already kicked off the holiday season with a new light display and its annual Christmas tree exhibit. The Holiday Lights display is a nighttime outdoor winter wonderland featuring thousands of illuminations around the library property that can be seen on a self-paced […]

Sing out in holiday cheer at The Shoppes

This year, the season of giving and community is more needed than ever. The City of Westlake Village is coming together to celebrate the holiday spirit. Back by popular demand, the city and The Shoppes at Westlake Village will host the third annual Holiday Singalong from 4 to approximately 5:15 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9 in the Fountain Courtyard next to […]

Dilbeck put homes in the hands of veterans, military

Program is Operation Keys for Heroes

“Thank you for your service.” That phrase is often used when meeting a veteran. For veterans who came home during the Vietnam War, no one uttered those words in the 1970s. It is awfully nice to hear them now. Dilbeck Real Estate appreciates the commitment of all veterans and active military, and wants to say thank you in a serious […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills Three people attempted to break into a home on Caspian Court on Nov. 28. The resident, who was home at the time, was notified by her security system that someone was in her yard. Through her window she saw three people in dark clothes, masks and gloves and shouted at them, at which point they ran away. On […]

Capturing the great outdoors in paint

Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore host free paint-outs on the second Saturday of the month. The next one Sat., Dec. 8 will take place at the King Gillette Ranch Visitor Center, 26800 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas. All plein air artists and art enthusiasts are welcome to participate; no membership is required. Attendees should meet in the parking […]

Toy drive for hospitals

Gelson’s annual toy drive to benefit disadvantaged children across the region is running through Sat., Dec. 15 at all 27 Southern California stores. Returning partner organizations for the toy drive are Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children at Eisenhower Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, Ronald McDonald House/Long Beach and Toys […]

Buyers can improve their credit score before house hunting

commentary /// Finances

Low interest rates, a strong economy and the turn of the seasons are all causing the real estate market to heat up. More homes on the market bring more competition to buy the inventory that is out there. And one way to stand apart from other buyers who are vying for their dream home is to take steps to improve […]

GOP women will host holiday party

Woodland Hills Republican Women Federated members will meet from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 13 in the Oak Room at the Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. The event will include officer installations, shopping, lunch, festive music by Jeff Lass, a Sweet Taste of Liberty bake sale and Toys for Tots donations. The lunch cost is $26. […]


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