2020-02-06 E-Edition

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Walk in the park

Questions arise after housing bill suffers defeat

Why did it fail?

Lawmakers and planners have little choice but to continue their debate over how to deal with the state housing crisis after Senate Bill 50 went down to defeat last week. The legislation— which would have allowed for the near unchecked development of multi-story apartment buildings within a half-mile of major transit corridors, regardless of local zoning—fell short of passing by […]

Grape Arbor makes comeback following fire

Calabasas park reopens after year-long renovation

Just over a year after the Woolsey fire tore through the City of Calabasas, officials are wiping away some of the last remaining damages from the blaze. Grape Arbor Park on Parkville Road will be fully reopened to the public Fri., Feb. 7. Starting at 4 p.m. that day, the city will host a celebration featuring music, games and food. […]

County quarantines coronavirus suspects

The Ventura County Public Health Department announced this week it has tested two individuals suspected of possibly carrying novel coronavirus, the illness that has claimed an estimated 425 lives since it broke out earlier this year in the city of Wuhan, China. A health screening on one of the individuals came back negative, and doctors are awaiting test results from […]

Trail near crash site is closed for now

Safety experts want area scrubbed

The New Millennium Trail, the Calabasas hiking path near the site of the Jan. 26 helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight other people, will remain closed for the foreseeable future, officials said. Dash Stolarz, spokesperson for the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, the local public agency that owns the land in western Calabasas where the trail is located, […]

Benioff steps into student safety role at OPUSD

‘In this district we have dealt with a lot of student anxiety’

With a shake-up in district administration, Brad Benioff, longtime Medea Creek Middle School principal, is heading to Oak Park Unified School District headquarters. He’s been selected as the new director of student support and school safety. “He’s a very effective leader,” said Leslie Heilbron, assistant superintendent of human resources. “He connects with parents, staff and students. He’s personable and hardworking. […]

Cougar found in chicken coop

A local chicken owner learned the hard way that Simi Valley is mountain lion country. Simi Valley residents Philip and Jeanne Callan discovered a full-grown cougar inside their backyard coop last Sunday morning. And it wasn’t going anywhere. “The mountain lion stayed in the chicken coop,” said Cmdr. Steve Shorts of the Simi Valley Police Department. Animal experts tranquilized the […]


Agoura Hills Someone broke into a car parked on Canwood Street on Jan. 29. The thief smashed the front passenger window, causing $400 in damage, and stole a duffel bag, prescription medication, makeup products, contacts, a pair of glasses and a pair of athletic shoes, all worth $765. A shoplifter stole over $1,180 in merchandise from the Rite-Aid store on […]

Back to square one with housing

California’s housing affordability problem just never seems to go away. During the past two years in Ventura County there’s been what economists call a negative net migration—more people moving out of the county than moving in, due in part to the cost and availability of housing. Even though the county’s population growth has slowed, rents and home prices continue to […]