2019-12-19

Conflicting dates

As a member of Westlake Newcomers group, I was horrified to see that they scheduled a coffee on Yom Kippur, which is our holiest holiday. I phoned the president and told her about my feelings. She told me she could not cancel the coffee, even though it was still two weeks away. I told her that no one on the […]

Adeva new community development director

Will lead combined departments for City of Agoura Hills

Ramiro Adeva was named the new community development director for the City of Agoura Hills effective Dec. 16. Adeva fills the role left vacant by the departure of Mike Kamino after spending the past eight years as the Agoura Hills director of public works and city engineer. “Ramiro’s familiarity with the city’s goals and vision, along with his well-established roots […]

Westlake toner telemarketer guilty in decades-old scam

A federal jury Tuesday found seven people guilty of conspiracy and mail fraud for participating in a decades-long, multimillion dollar telemarketing scheme that targeted thousands of small businesses and charities. Among the defendants is Jonathan Brightman, 52, of Westlake Village. During a seven-week trial in United States District Court, the jury heard evidence that members of the conspiracy as far […]

Local woman shops at Target without paying

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says it arrested a woman earlier this month for multiple incidents of theft at the Target store on Russell Ranch Road in Westlake Village. Gini Volante, a 50-year-old resident of Thousand Oaks, was arrested on Dec. 4 by detectives from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station on suspicion of grand theft. Detectives searched Volante’s home […]

Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center turns 20

Looking back at Jack’s Deli



Urban redevelopment, critics say, is a necessary evil and a fact of life in the big city. Businesses close, new ones crop up, and patrons can only lament the loss of their favorite haunts. Such is the case for Jack’s Deli, a Westlake mainstay for more than 30 years. The deli was a popular meeting place for community residents. Mendocino […]

Christmas comes early

Boy Scouts and area residents deliver goods to veterans and the needy

Holiday ornament drops out of the sky

On the Trail

On a rather tight budget this holiday season, I’d been scrounging around thrift shops and dollar stores in search of unique, nature themed ornaments. Nothing too interesting turned up until something fell down, whap, right out of the sky smack onto my unsuspecting head. Fortunately, it was a cold day and I had my “Fargo” hat on—you know the type, […]

B&G camp

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley will offer a Winter Break Camp for students in grades K-8 at two locations on Dec. 23, 26, 27 and 30 and Jan. 2 and 3. Camp will take place at the Johnston Boys & Girls Club on the campus of Colina Middle School in Thousand Oaks and at the Jefferson […]

Busy New Year for community services

The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services will hold a trip to the 131st annual Rose Parade on Tues., Jan. 1, 2020. The theme is “The Power of Hope.” The grand marshals are Rita Moreno, Gina Torres and Laurie Hernandez. The bus will leave at 6 p.m. from the Agoura Hills Civic Center, 30001 Ladyface Court, and return […]