In control during difficult times

Other Side of 50

For most of us, our daily lives have been disrupted by the novel coronavirus pandemic and the resulting shelter-in-place order. Work, social and family life has been upended in ways we may never have imagined. Life may feel unsettled as an air of uncertainty hangs over us. It’s natural to feel out of control given the significance of these life […]

Pet hospitals adopt to change

VALET SERVICE—Jonell Kane of Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital takes Deuce, a 14-year-old Boston terrier, inside the building to check out a cut on his face March 20. Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital has changed the way it intakes patients due to COVID-19. Pet owners stay in their cars while a staff member processes information through a car window and then brings […]

Price gouging investigated

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office has initiated several investigations against county businesses for potential violations of price gouging. Since March 5, the DA’s office has received more than 90 emails and 40 phone calls reporting suspected price gouging in Ventura County. District attorney investigators have been contacting community members regarding these complaints and conducting plainclothes investigations at businesses suspected […]

Company anchored in Westlake

Anchor Loans has leased 25,956 square feet of office space at One Westlake, 1 Baxter Way in Westlake Village, according to Lee & Associates-LA North/ Ventura principal Jared Smits and president/principal Mike Tingus, who represented the tenant in the transaction. Matt Heyn at CBRE represented the landlord, One Baxter Way LP. Anchor Loans, a fix-and-flip lender with lending operations in […]


Houses of worship adjust to life in time of pandemic

As the Conejo Valley’s largest house of worship, Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village usually welcomes around 4,300 congregants over the course of its four weekend services. Last month, that number fell to 30, said the Rev. Shawn Thornton, senior pastor. Thornton said Calvary staff sent out over 14,000 emails to notify members that the weekly sermon would be available […]

Craftsman-style home’s front and back yards are low maintenance

Also features gourmet kitchen with granite island

This Craftsman-style home offers single-level living. The floor plan features a main-floor master and two downstairs bedrooms. The spacious great room has a custom fireplace, vaulted ceilings, surround sound system with in-wall speakers and sub-woofer, designer paint and plantation shutters. The gourmet kitchen features large granite center island, counters and kitchen dining, upgraded cabinets with soft-close drawers and undercabinet lighting, […]

Award-winning Realtor celebrates 40 years

Agent ranks in top 10 company-wide

Celebrating his 40th year in real estate, Alex Gandel earned these awards for his 2019 production: top number of escrows, top number of transactions and top 10 company-wide, top 1%, placing him as the No. 1 agent in Simi Valley and No. 5 agent company-wide. “Alex has consistently excelled in earning the most prestigious awards in his 40-year career. He […]

A standing ovation

Today, we enact the Acorn Senior Sports Stimulus package of 2020

These are strange days to be a sports fan. All games are postponed or canceled. Practices—forbidden. Bleachers, arenas, snack shacks, grandstands and water cooler estuaries—all empty. Spring seasons are unlikely to resume for local high school athletes. Careers are over for most of the seniors. That’s heartbreaking. There will be no hunts for league titles, no runs of playoff glory, […]