2019-06-27

Reminder to watch coyotes

On June 18 as my wife was going to work, she saw a distraught woman walking a dog and yelling loudly near Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Via Mirada in Westlake Village. They were being stalked by a large, aggressive coyote about to attack her small dog. It got as close as several feet from the pair when my wife put […]

Fed up with the homeless

If there was a crackdown on all of these out-of-state homeless people, California taxpayers wouldn’t be paying for all these homeless from Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Ohio, Idaho etc., as these states don’t provide the services that California provides. I was in the San Fernando Valley last week going to see my doctor and all I passed were motor homes from […]

Two men accused of trafficking 16-year-old girl



Two men are facing sex trafficking charges for allegedly pimping a 16-year-old girl from Riverside at a Newbury Park motel. Newbury Park resident Cirsten Joseph, 26, and Fresno resident Jovantay Bess, 23, pleaded not guilty in Ventura County court June 14 to accusations that they used fear or coercion to force a minor into offering sex for money, court records […]

City leader hits the trail

TEAMWORK—Agoura Hills City Councilmember Deborah Klein Lopez, top left, leads a nature walk through Liberty Canyon recently with members of the public. She hopes to make the hikes a regular activity for nature-loving residents. To learn more, drop her a note at dlopez@ci.agoura-hills.ca.us.

Seniors get turned on to the benefits of cannabis



Because of the purported medical benefits of marijuana, many are questioning why the legalization of cannabis took so long. While the ‘just say no’ attitude of a reluctant older generation blocked marijuana’s acceptance for decades, the industry is quickly realizing that many of today’s senior citizens are just as interested in cannabis as their grandchildren. Horizons, a Calabasas apartment complex […]

On a campaign to explore politics



Lindsey Anstead is considering continuing her family’s political legacy. Her grandfather is a former Florida Supreme Court justice, and her father, Chris Anstead, is a first-term member of the Agoura Hills City Council. But before she follows their footsteps into public life, she wants to dip her toe in first. Lindsey, 16, is participating in the Young Women’s Political Leadership […]

Lions Club helps residents to see



A new Conejo Valley club is doing a lion’s share when it comes to helping others in the community. Since its inception just over a year ago, the Conejo Valley Lions Club has gifted eye exams and glasses to people who could not afford them, got a cellphone with buttons for a blind man who cannot dial a flat-faced phone […]

Boys Team Charity Inc.

Conejo Valley League graduating seniors

Boys Team Charity Inc. Conejo Valley League was formed in 2011 to give boys and their parents the opportunity to assist the community through team and individual projects. BTC members live in Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks. Peter Beer Peter Beer, son of Carolyn and Mitchell Beer, was a scholar-athlete at Westlake High School. He served […]

Manly men voices precede teens’ trek into adulthood

Hot Flashes

When I studied the kid on the pitcher’s mound at Conejo Creek Ballpark, only his smile remains as I remember it. Holy growth spurt, Batman! That’s my grandson. I think that’s my grandson. He’s changing so quickly that if I attempt to tie my shoes and adjust my bifocals, I might not recognize the dude. Because with each of his […]

Travel negotiating tips from the FBI

Flying Squirrel

Have you ever been in a travel situation where you faced a seemingly unresolvable challenge? Perhaps you needed to get on a fully booked flight or you wanted a room change in a sold-out hotel, and you faced a customer service rep who tells you there’s nothing they can do? This rep has heard your complaint or request before. Maybe […]


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