Protecting the innocent

When animals have to be evacuated

Evacuating from a fire is harrowing. In a frantic rush, people must decide what to take and where to go as the flames approach. And for those that have large pets or livestock, the situation becomes even more stressful. Cats and dogs can travel in a car alongside human belongings, but moving a 1,500-pound horse is a different animal altogether. […]

Lifeguard program needs rescuing afterfire

Offices, storage units, equipment destroyed in blaze

As the Woolsey fire burned to the beach Nov. 9, it jumped Pacific Coast Highway in a final salvo before running out of fuel at the water’s edge. California State Parks lifeguard Tim Harvey was at Leo Carrillo State Beach during the blaze and saw multiple buildings, including those belonging to the junior lifeguard program, engulfed in flames. Harvey, 64, […]

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 […]

Honoring Oak Park’s finest

HEARTFELT THANKS—Firefighter Mike Williams from Oak Park Station 36 receives a commendation on behalf of Oak Park High School from Danielle Gould, center, student body president and star volleyball player, for his service to the community during the Woolsey fire. Williams saved the homes of his neighbors in Oak Park, only to see his own house go up in flames. […]

Pro athletes + YMCA = California Strong

In response to the recent tragedies in California, professional baseball players Christian Yelich, Ryan Braun and Mike Moustakas, along with Rams’ quarterback Jared Goff, have joined forces with the Southeast Ventura County YMCA to create California Strong. California Strong is raising money and awareness to support those affected by the Borderline shooting in Thousand Oaks, the Camp fire in Northern […]

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, […]

Man gets one year for molesting teen

Jason Lavender stared at the floor and remained quiet as a Ventura County judge read his sentence: one year in jail, five years supervised probation and a lifetime on the sex offender registry. The 44-year-old former attorney for a prominent Westlake Village financial firm was convicted in October of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl, a friend of his daughter’s. At […]

Phyllis Vaccarelli

1945 – 2018

On September 5, 2018, Phyllis Vaccarelli suffered a massive stroke and gently passed away on September 7, 2018. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 26, 1945 and originally trained as a psychologist, earning a Master’s degree in Psychiatric Social Work from Florida State University in 1970, her career took an unusual and serendipitous turn with the purchase of Let’s […]

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, […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills Someone broke into the Numero Uno Pizza on Roadside Drive the night of Dec. 6 by smashing a front door and causing $1,000 in damage. The business was ransacked but nothing appeared to have been stolen. On Nov. 16 someone entered an unlocked car parked outside the Albertsons on Agoura Road. The thief took the owner’s wallet, Social […]