Year ends on brighter note

Oak Park schools see a silver lining

The reorganization meeting for the Oak Park Unified School District Board of Education on Dec. 11 was more than a perfunctory changing of the guard; it was a time to pay special attention to residents and others whose charitable efforts helped ease the community’s pain following the Woolsey fire. Before celebrating the school community’s outpouring of help, Denise Helfstein was […]

Shapiro 2019 Calabasas council leader

Calabasas City Councilmember David Shapiro is back in the mayor’s seat. He was named to the post during a Dec. 12 government reorganization meeting. Shapiro, who was elected to his second term on the City Council in November, also served as mayor in 2015. Councilmember Alicia Weintraub, still in her first term in office, was named mayor pro tem at […]

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 […]

New director for county healthcare leadership team

William “Bill” Foley has been named the director of the Ventura County Health Care Agency. Foley, 68, is expected to begin his new duties Jan. 21 at a salary of $370,000 plus a performance incentive of up to $80,000. He will be relocating to Ventura County from New York, where he currently oversees 11 acute-care hospitals. Under Foley’s leadership, the […]

Woman goes to bat in domestic violence case

Attacked man in his home

A 31-year-old woman has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon after a man in Oak Park was battered with a baseball bat while he was sleeping. Police said the incident happened in the early morning hours of Dec. 12 in the 6000 block of Smoke Tree Avenue. The man, whose name is not being released, was struck numerous […]

When the rebuilding begins, money talks


Victims of the Woolsey fire still have a long road ahead of them, but they have resources upon which to rely. While the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, often takes the lead in providing help following a disaster, it’s not the only group willing to lend a hand. The federal government’s Small Business Administration, or SBA, helps not only […]

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 […]

Parade float honors organ donors

GIVE LIFE—The First Look Fiesta Float Program introduces civic leaders, hospital representatives and people from the organ, tissue and eye donation community to the 2019 Rose Parade float before its appearance at the Jan. 1 event in Pasadena. From left are Agoura Hills Mayor Linda Northrup with Pam and Bruce Endo of Agoura Hills. Pam Endo is a kidney and […]

Let it snow

FESTIVE SPIRIT—Mrs. Claus welcomes some of the more than 2,000 guests to the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village’s annual Let It Snow event Dec. 14 to 17. Activities included live snowfall, festive bounce houses, a holiday express train ride, s’mores, hot cocoa and an elf story time for kids.

Rutherford retires after 20 years’ service

Farewell also paid to Ray Taylor

At the recent Westlake Village City Council reorganization meeting, city staff displayed a photo of Mayor Mark Rutherford taken shortly after he was first elected to office in 1997. In the photo his hair is dark, he’s smiling, and he’s holding his daughter in his arms while standing next to his wife and young son. Today, 64-year-old Rutherford is the […]