2020-02-20 E-Edition

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Goodbye to an old friend

Paramount oak tree can’t be saved

More than 100 nature lovers of all stripes gathered at Paramount Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains on Feb. 8 to say goodbye to a century-old, Los Angeles County landmark. A valley oak tree at the former movie ranch will be cut down by the end of the month, officials said. It’s being removed because it didn’t survive the Woolsey […]

Affordable housing goes to the ballot box

FREE Cheaper apartments eliminated unless new units are built

Calabasas residents will vote next month on one of the most debated land-use issues in the city’s history—Measure N. A yes vote will allow the development of 161 new apartments at Avalon Calabasas, a rental community at Meadow Creek and Orchid lanes. But it’s more complicated than that. The project would be built without the oversight of the city, and […]

High school dorms open

Oaks hopes move will attract students

Two years after embarking on the project, Oaks Christian School cut the ribbon on its new, on-campus student dormitories. With the addition of housing at 31255 Cedar Valley Drive in Westlake Village, Oaks now has the ability to board students. The school spent $18 million converting an office building into the dormitory. This is just the first step—only half the […]

Police chase puts school on lockdown

A California Highway Patrol pursuit of a stolen truck Tuesday morning ended in a Westlake High School lockdown as CHP officers and Ventura County sheriff’s deputies searched for a driver who ditched his car in the middle of the 101 Freeway and fled on foot. Just nine minutes after the truck’s owner walked into the Santa Barbara Police Department to […]

Report debates the merits of active-shooter drill

School lockdowns are used for a variety of safety-related reasons; there was one this week at Westlake High School due to a dangerous person on the loose. (See story on Page 2.) Lockdowns are used in order to keep students in a safe and locked classroom and out of harm’s way while an emergency ensues. Some last a few minutes, […]


Mountain lion kill causes consternation

I was outraged and deeply saddened upon learning of the collared mountain lion’s senseless and unnecessary death, as a result of the state depredation law. This will set conservationists as well as animal activists back, as their efforts to track and study their habits will be diminished. I truly feel for the farmer who lost many sheep over the years, […]

A driver mess

Letters to the editor don’t put me in a frenzy, but sitting in stopped traffic while trying to run a quick errand certainly does. Driver Avenue in Old Agoura is a mess, and the absolute last thing we should do is add to the already growing disaster. Don’t even get me started on fire evacuation routes. I presented other options. […]

Voting yes on N

A yes vote on measure N isn’t just the right thing to do to help our Calabasas neighbors stay in their homes, it is also good planning. A yes vote on Measure N will allow Calabasas to meet our state housing requirements without having to build on our hillsides or develop other infill projects. Our city planning experts and leaders […]