2019-05-09 E-Edition

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What did the duck say when it crossed the road?

‘I HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY’—Crossing guard David Kissel attends to a few unexpected customers on April 26 at Kanan Road and Smoke Tree Avenue near Brookside Elementary School in Oak Park. Parent Stephanie Boggs had just dropped off her fifth-grade daughter, Avery, at school and took the photo. She reports another man was able to gather up the momma […]

Assembly bill steps up war against rat poison

Legislation follows death of cougar due to rodenticide

A new bill that expands the prohibition of pesticide poisons in California passed the Assembly on Monday, days after the National Park Service announced a local mountain lion died in March due to ingestion of rat poison. Assembly Bill 1788, introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) bans the use of second generation anticoagulant rodenticides, which are used in rat […]

Bridge burned in Woolsey fire open to public

The 70-year-old Chesebro bridge that was destroyed in the Woolsey fire and then rebuilt was opened to the public on May 3 with a dedication to Jess Thomas, a longtime Old Agoura resident and defender of the rural equestrian area. The bridge— now called the Jess Thomas Bridge in honor of the man who has spent more than 40 years […]

Calabasas man accused of molesting two stepdaughters

A Calabasas man has been accused of molesting his stepdaughters over a 13-year period that began in 2005. Officers from the Thousand Oaks Police Department’s sexual assault unit arrested 41-year-old Micah Lanere Smith on May 5 in Camarillo following a multi-agency investigation that spanned two states. During a Tuesday appearance in Ventura County Superior Court, Smith was charged with eight […]

Accord reached in Oak Park tennis-pickleball dispute

Park officials trying to mediate a dispute between Oak Park’s tennis and pickleball players have figured out a way to serve the needs of both communities. The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District announced in February it would convert two tennis courts at Deerhill Park into pickleball-only courts, but a vocal reaction from the tennis community led the district to […]

Happy trails on 50th anniversary

Raucous celebrity party leads to allegations

A controversial internet celebrity and Calabasas resident came under fire last weekend from a local mother who alleged her daughter was drugged during a party at his house. The party was at the home of 22-year-old Jake Paul on Parksouth Street in Calabasas. The parent came forward in a May 5 post on the MOMS of Conejo Valley Facebook page […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills On May 2, a burglar broke into Shear Elegance Hair Salon on Roadside Drive by forcing open the locks on two doors, causing $6,800 in damage. The owner said nothing was stolen. On April 28, a thief entered an unlocked car parked on Aquarius Avenue and stole a pair of sunglasses and Apple AirPods. The stolen items were […]

Sunday, do something truly special


Mom. It’s a big job. There are all types of moms—those with whom we share physical traits, those who adopt, those who foster, and those who choose to be in our lives because they care so deeply. Mother’s Day on Sunday provides a fantastic opportunity to show your mom deep gratitude for all that she does each and every day. […]