Realtor recognized for consistent high production

Longtime agent offers comprehensive program

Steve Young was recently acknowledged for consistent high production. He has been a Realtor for 37 years. He is one of the all-time top producing agents in the Conejo Valley, winning numerous awards including induction into the Master’s Hall of Fame. He specializes in the areas of Oak Park, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Calabasas and Woodland […]

Calabasas kids go big for recycling

The 2018 City of Calabasas Water Recycling Drawing Contest has named 14 students from local schools as the winners. The selected artwork will be placed on the 2019 Calabasas Recycling Calendar. The winning students are: Yaas Motamedinia, sixth grade, A. E. Wright Middle School, Sydney Borselli, third grade, Lupin Hill Elementary School, Evelene Boratgis, seventh grade, A.C. Stelle Middle School, […]

Audrey Oland

Audrey Lavern Oland, longtime resident of Westlake Village, passed away on December 5, 2018, the day after her birthday. Ardent quilter, gifted gardener, passionate traveler, enthusiastic party planner and creative chef, Audrey was loved for her sense of humor, persistence, boundless energy, and willingness to help others. She was the “Little Engine that Could” and her lifelong mantra was always, […]

New technology makes smart homes a no-brainer

Home Vision

If you’ve been thinking about making your house a smart home, three tech trends are worth considering: Smart lighting: Controlling home lighting through voice commands and mobile devices can be easy with low-cost, modular lighting systems from Deako. Traditional light switches can be converted to smart switches and smart dimmers, letting you control lighting, create schedules and personalize scenes for […]

The health and energy benefits of natural light

According to a recent study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), humans spend an average of 90 percent of their days indoors, so savoring every opportunity for natural sunlight is more important than ever. More time spent indoors and longer nighttime hours can mean fewer opportunities to soak up the benefits of natural light. But did you know that you […]

Oak Park home with large master retreat

This four-bedroom and three-bath, 2,307-square-foot home is in the Ridgefield neighborhood of Oak Park. There are one bedroom and full bath downstairs and three bedrooms upstairs. The large master suite has a multipurpose retreat that could be used as a nursery, office or sitting room. The master bath has a walk-in closet, double sinks and a separate oval tub and […]

How to qualify for nontraditional mortgage funding

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 […]

Only is lonely when it comes to pets


A reader recently told me about their attempt to adopt a pet. “I went to a rescue and wanted to adopt just one kitten but was turned down. Why would this happen?” It does seem strange for a pet rescue to turn someone down when its whole purpose for existence is to find homes for homeless animals. But rescue workers […]

Comics team up for fundraising night

Howie Mandel and Jeff Dunham will bring their stand-up comedy to Thousand Oaks as a benefit to help those affected by the Woolsey fire and the Borderline shooting. They are joining forces for an evening of comedy and song at 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 22 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. “With everything I […]

Pet of the week

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS—Cherry is a friendly, sweet girl that is very affectionate. She’s a jolly good gal who loves a Kong, lounging in the Real Room, getting belly rubs, and taking her person for a walk (she’s strong on leash), but that’s being worked on! Meet Cherry, ID No. 5176998 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura […]