2019-02-28

Not ‘if’ but ‘when’

Construction proponents undeterred by slow fundraising



Efforts to build a Liberty Canyon wildlife bridge that would enable mountain lions to roam the rugged Santa Monica and Simi open spaces are moving ahead in 2019, said Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, California director for the National Wildlife Federation. Supporters have made significant headway since the #SaveLACougars campaign was launched in 2014. But fundraising for the wildlife bridge over the 101 […]

Purse thieves come out of the shadows

Women are unsuspecting victims


More than a dozen women have reported recent handbag thefts at area shopping centers and restaurants—a crime that means they will have to call banks, credit card companies and other financial institutions as they try to keep their stolen cards from being used. One woman, who asked to be anonymous for this story, reported that her wallet was stolen out […]

Trees and power lines not a good mix



Locals love their trees, but trees don’t love power lines. When the two come into contact the results can be deadly. Following the disastrous fire season that left hundreds of thousands of acres across California scorched, utility companies are working to minimize the chances of their infrastructure sparking another blaze. Power giant Southern California Edison has admitted that its lines […]

Snow in town, seriously?

Or something that sure looked like snow


At first it was rain, then hail, and even snow. Unmistakable snowflakes gathered on clothing and car windshields, if only for a moment. Most resident couldn’t believe their eyes. During the afternoon of Feb. 21, a cold front dropped a light layer of snow on the region, including pockets of Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. Kristin Stewart, […]

Woolsey aid helps workers who lost jobs

Employment available for fire cleanup, repairs


Workers who lost their jobs because of the Hill and Woolsey fires could find temporary employment repairing damaged hiking trails and other scorched public lands in Simi Valley, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and Westlake Village. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors authorized the county’s Workforce Development Board to accept an $810,400 grant from a state Employment Development Department program […]

Suspected meth dealer arrested

A 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of selling heroin and meth to Ventura County residents, officials said. Detectives from the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit, a joint task force that works to combat prescription drug abuse, said Jonathan Kontos of Granada Hills was the focus of a threemonth investigation. Using a search warrant for the man’s home and […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills On Feb. 19 someone broke into a car parked on Dorothy Drive. The culprit smashed the driver’s window, causing $300 in damage. Nothing was taken from the car. Just after midnight Feb. 18 someone broke into a home on Via Amistosa. The owners woke when they heard glass shattering. They reported seeing flashlights in their backyard but couldn’t […]

Heavy theft in Agoura

A robber broke into a home on Davids Road in Agoura Hills the evening of Feb. 16 and stole almost $400,000 in personal property, the Lost Hills Sheriff said. Deputies determined the thief had entered the house by breaking a window in the master bedroom on the second floor, causing $2,000 in damage. The culprit stole a safe out of […]

Wildfire prevention forum stokes new ideas



Fires don’t just burn buildings— they destroy Mother Nature herself. The Calabasas Environmental Commission hosted a forum on Feb. 21 to inform residents about the environmental impact of the Woolsey fire and to discuss ways they can protect their homes. The biggest lesson of the evening: It’s not a matter of if a fire will start, but when. Katy Delaney, […]

In the fire zone, trees can cut both ways

Last week on this page we discussed the challenges facing the state’s power companies following a two-year stretch that saw some of the worst fires California has ever experienced. Unfortunately, much of the upgraded equipment and other changes put into place by Southern California Edison came after the fires, not before. Today, both SCE in Southern California and Pacific Gas […]