First fire, then rain

Recent downpour creates headaches for Old Agoura

When the almost 100-year-old Chesebro Road bridge was destroyed in the Woolsey fire, Old Agoura residents had plenty of reason to be concerned. When emergencies threatened, the trusty bridge provided one of the few escape routes for residents in the north part of the community. But fire wasn’t the only issue in town. Last week’s heavy rainfall brought a new […]

Housing advocate on council


At its government reorganization meeting last week, the Westlake Village City Council welcomed a new member to the dais. Ray Pearl, 49, was sworn in to the council on Dec. 5. He was one of two challengers who competed to fill the seat vacated by longtime Councilmember Mark Rutherford, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Pearl garnered 1,955 votes, […]

Coroner identifies Woolsey fire victims

Son was from Oak Park

The Los Angeles County Coroner released the identity Tuesday of a man and a woman who perished in the Woolsey fire. Oak Park resident Anthony Noubar Baklayan, 57, and his mother Shoushan Baklayan, an 82-year-old Malibu resident, died Nov. 9 on the second day of the fire when a blaze trapped them in their car in the 33000 block of […]

Newcomers take oath of office


Almost three decades have passed since the last time more women than men sat on the Agoura Hills City Council. In 1991, the council was nicknamed “Kurtz and Skirts” when member Ed Kurtz was the only male on the panel with Fran Pavley, Louise Rishoff, Darlene McBane and Vicky Leary. On the national political scene, 2018 saw a record number […]

Sgt. Helus died from officer’s bullet


Borderline hero Sgt. Ron Helus was killed by friendly fire, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said last week at a press conference in Thousand Oaks. In the heat of a gun battle with shooter Ian Long, Helus was struck by a single bullet fired from a California Highway Patrol officer’s rifle that pierced his vest and hit his heart, ultimately […]

Smart sprinkler, smart choice, city says

Officials say the wildfires that ravaged Northern and Southern California came partly as a result of the record hot and dry summer of 2018. The drought was a likely culprit, and it persists. Calabasas has taken steps to address the lack of water by installing so-called smart irrigation systems that sense when there is moisture in the air and shuts […]

Closure for lanes on the 101

The California Department of Transportation has begun repairs along the northbound 101 Freeway due to damage caused by the Woolsey fire in Calabasas and Agoura Hills. The two right lanes and shoulder of northbound US- 101 from Parkway Calabasas Road to Liberty Canyon Road, and northbound Las Virgenes Canyon Road on and off ramps will be closed from 7 p.m. […]

Calabasas renews Chinese connection

FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD—Outgoing Calabasas Mayor Fred Gaines takes part in a recent signing ceremony for the renewal of a Sister City relationship with the City of Anqing, China. Gaines signed the agreement with Anqing’s Senior Vice Mayor Zhang Jun Yi. Calabasas has been a sister to Anqing for 16 years. The metropolis is home to almost 6-million people and […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Calabasas A UPS driver was robbed at gunpoint while making a delivery in Calabasas last month. The driver, whose name was not disclosed, had just delivered a package to a home in the 4000 block of Magna Carta Road around 1:30 p.m. Nov. 28. As he was returning to his delivery van a black Chevy Silverado with two Hispanic men […]

Report of friendly fire adds to frustration

The Officer Down Memorial Page—a Virginia-based nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring America’s fallen law enforcement men and women—reports 137 cops were killed in the line of duty this year. It is 137 too many. The organization says there have been 10 law enforcement officials who made the ultimate sacrifice this year in the state of California, one of whom we […]