2019-11-21 E-Edition

Bright lights charm the Promenade

Residents have their say about future of Agoura Village plan

Development proposal outdated, critics say

The City of Agoura Hills held the first in a series of workshops last week to review the 2008 Agoura Village Specific Plan, the city’s blueprint for turning Agoura Road between Kanan and Cornell roads into a new town center. More than 100 people attended the Nov. 13 meeting at the Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center. It was the […]

Brandon Hein granted parole

Was part of teen fight that killed Jimmy Farris in 1995

A man imprisoned for 23 years following the murder of a fellow teen in a backyard drug brawl that destroyed lives and rocked a community was granted parole late last month. Originally sentenced to life without parole at 19 years old, Brandon Hein, now 42, is expected to be released from prison by summer 2020. Hein and three other boys […]

Cities collect for Woolsey damages

Total payout for 2018 fires will be $360 million

Practically one year to the day following the Woolsey and Hill fires, Southern California Edison is squaring up with the local communities that suffered heavy damage in the blaze caused by SCE’s supposedly faulty equipment. Edison announced last week it will pay $360 million to some two-dozen public entities related to the 2018 local fires, a settlement that includes a […]

Families call out to their lost loved ones

The Santa Monica Mountains are a maze of scenic hiking trails and gentle canyon roads that conjure images of fun and recreation. But people go missing in these mountains, and for the families of Mitrice Richardson, Elaine Park and Matthew Weaver, the area is a painful reminder of the loved ones they have lost. The 24-year-old Richardson left the Lost […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills On Nov. 8 a thief stole a purse at Islands Restaurant on Agoura Road. The purse was sitting on a chair at a table and contained a Social Security card, driver’s license and house keys. Burglars broke the glass front door of Lal Mirch Indian Restaurant on Kanan Road, causing an unknown amount of damage. They stole a […]

School burglar had Westlake Village ties

An Oxnard man who once owned a Westlake Village computer repair company faces a maximum of 15 years in prison for burglarizing schools across Ventura County and also stealing some $20,000 in computer equipment from a Camarillo elementary school. Police arrested Cory Fletcher, then 44, and Karrina Cortez, then 19, in April 2016. Authorities had linked the two to a […]

Out of the drought, but for how long?

Local residents don’t need a long memory to remember years past in which there was little or no rain. The Golden State lost its glow when general drought conditions lasted some 370 weeks—more than seven years—from December 2011 to January of this year. Though a wet winter last season finally pulled the state out of the drought, and strong water […]