2019-03-07

Double trouble at Seminole Springs

Reservoir slammed by sludge


Residents of the Seminole Springs Mobile Home Park are still struggling with the effects of last year’s Woolsey fire. More than half of the park’s 210 homes were destroyed by the flames. Remaining residents are living among the rubble and in fear that there could be another disaster in the future. The heavy winter rain has pummeled the community’s 3-acre […]

Don Wallace dead at 78

‘Voice’ of the Santa Monica Mtns.


Don Wallace, a longtime Calabasas resident, died Jan. 29 from cancer, leaving behind a legacy of environmental, political and labor rights triumphs that still resonate in the area today. He was 78. Wallace wore many hats over the years: Los Angeles Fire Department captain, L.A. County deputy supervisor, Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation member. He also was a staunch open space […]

Residents in a pickle over tennis courts



This is no love match. A pending change at Deerhill Park in Oak Park is making residents angry and pitting tennis players against pickleball players. The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District voted Feb. 21 to convert the park’s two tennis courts into pickleball-only courts, but a vocal reaction from the tennis community might cause the district rethink its decision. […]

Gym owner arrested for rape



An Agoura Hills business owner was jailed last week for allegedly committing rape and lewd acts with a child. Nicollas Welker Araujo, 27, was arrested in Santa Clarita Feb. 28. He is suspected of raping a person who is incapable of giving consent because of a developmental or physical disability, and lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14. […]

More of Backbone Trail now open to hikers

Another portion of the Backbone Trail managed by the National Park Service in Malibu reopened March 1, along with the popular Grotto Trail in the Circle X area. The majority of the 67-mile Backbone Trail is now open, with the exception of a 4-mile stretch from Yerba Buena Road to the Mishe Mokwa Trailhead and a 6-mile section from the […]

New legislation tackles sensitive issue

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline will receive a much needed boost if a new bill introduced by local Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin passes through the California Legislature. Assembly Bill 645 requires that information about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline be posted at gun shops, on gun packaging and on the state’s firearm safety certification exam. “There has been a startling increase […]

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Ventura County ordinance gives animals room to roam

GUEST OPInion /// Wildlife protection


His short life ended with a sickening thud on a Ventura County freeway. When the mountain lion kitten became roadkill two years ago, he made headlines for perishing just weeks after his mother was killed on the same part of Highway 118. Car collisions are a key reason why mountain lions are on the verge of extinction here in Southern […]

Wildlife bridge is our bullet train

The ground hasn’t been broken yet and already Caltrans estimates the cost for the wildlife bridge exceeds the original estimate by 20 to 40 percent. Sound familiar ? Appears the bullet train contractors are at it again. Vince VespeAgoura Hills

Cost overrun

Not “if” but “when”—are you kidding me? Reading this article I found myself increasing irritated by the vagueness of facts, accountability and gross ignorance that Ms. Pratt-Bergstrom and her foundation, along with her “partner” Caltrans, so seamlessly skirt around. Don’t get me wrong. I am for protecting all wildlife and natural open space. We certainly need it with the overwhelming […]