Boy Scouts of America opening doors for both genders

For more than 100 years, Boy Scouts of America has provided members with a foundation in learning, adventure and community. Similar to the armed forces, age doesn’t matter—once a Scout, always a Scout. Boys who attain the vaunted Eagle rank share a bond for life. But starting this spring, the “boy” in Boy Scouts will be in name only. The […]

Westlake hopes housing plan meets approval

City’s construction is falling short, state says

The state of California has a list and it’s checking it twice. Cities that don’t meet the state’s new housing law, such as Huntington Beach, could be in for a legal ride. The state has sued the Orange County coastal city for refusing to meet regional housing needs and standing in the way of affordable housing. Westlake Village officials are […]

Wolf, leader of the pack

Resident rocking local politics

Jeremy Wolf, a newly appointed planning commissioner for the City of Agoura Hills and district director for state Sen. Henry Stern, is on the political fast track. Wolf began serving his community at the age of 20 as a volunteer for local environmental groups. Since then, the 27-year-old has gained valuable experience that reflects his passion for Agoura Hills. He’s […]

Oak Park rattled by attack on 2 students

Girls verbally and physically assaulted

Oak Park Unified School District officials and the Ventura County Sheriff ’s Office continue to investigate an attack on two 12-year-old Medea Creek Middle School students who were physically and verbally assaulted while walking home from school the afternoon of Feb. 6. About half-a-dozen young people ages 13 to 16 allegedly taunted the two middle school girls after they left […]

California Strong gives community a lift

California Strong, a nonprofit organization in partnership with the Southeast Ventura County YMCA, distributed its first round of grant money to victims of last year’s fires and the Borderline shooting. Over 150 applicants in Southern California received individual grants from California Strong on Feb. 8. Another check disbursement will take place in Northern California. More than $1 million has been […]

Northrup’s meet-and-greet gets underway

Mayor holds monthly chats at local businesses

Agoura Hills Mayor Linda Northrup is sticking to her campaign promise to improve communication between the city, residents and business community by hosting her first monthly @the Mayor’s Table conversation. Northrup, elected to the City Council in 2015 and appointed mayor last December, joined members of the community at Hatch Cafe and Market in Agoura Hills on Feb. 12 to […]

Y’s final fundraising push

The Yarrow Family YMCA in Westlake Village intends to open this spring, but the organization says it is still $475,000 away from reaching its $12-million fundraising goal needed to complete the construction of the 60,000-square-foot building at 31105 Thousand Oaks Blvd. “We’re so close,” says Ronnie Stone, Southeast Ventura County YMCA’s CEO. “We’re hoping donors, large and small, will generously […]

No easy answers to the housing crunch

California’s housing problem just never seems to go away. The hyperexpensive homes in Northern and Southern California are making a mockery of middle-class salaries. Young adults, once a powerful home-buying demographic, are finding it difficult to rent, much less purchase a home at the present high prices. Problem is, the important players in the housing game seem unwilling to compromise. […]


Yes, guns kill people

I’m a little worried about people who don’t understand that guns actually do the killing of people. How many crazy people without a gun have shot and killed someone? I think that would be zero. Yes, let’s give more resources to mentally ill people, which I think you are if you want to kill yourself and others. But let’s spend […]