2020-05-07 E-Edition

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Antibody tests ramp up

Kits available

Ventura County Public Health has begun testing for COVID-19 antibodies, a major step that must be taken before the local economy can reopen, experts say. The county has received 192 tests, which will be followed by 1,000 more in the coming weeks, with a goal of acquiring 10,000 shortly thereafter, said Mike Powers, county CEO. The purchase—at a cost of […]

Reopen protests spread

Holding signs that said “All jobs are essential,” “I have the right to work” and “Feeding my family is essential,” a crowd of around 400 to 500 protesters gathered outside the Ventura County government center May 1 to demand a swift end to the state’s 6-week-old stay-home mandate. The noon rally in Ventura coincided with similar demonstrations up and down […]

Water costs rise in pandemic

District rate hikes discussed

The coronavirus pandemic has shut down many parts of life, but there are some things that can’t be put on hold, like the payment of utilities. Las Virgenes Municipal Water District was informed of a pending rate hike by Southern California wholesale giant Metropolitan Water District, an increase that might have to be passed along to local customers. LVMWD partner […]

Multiple virus victims at Calabasas business

Positive tests came in March

Calabasas residents learned last week that 14 employees at a business in the city tested positive for COVID-19 as the pandemic broke. The workers at Western General Insurance Company on Las Virgenes Road tested positive in March. The building was closed and cleaned by the end of the month, officials said. In a post on Facebook, Calabasas Mayor Alicia Weintraub […]

Gaines’ guidance can help

Calabasas City Councilmember Fred Gaines was elected to serve as the chairman of the board of directors for the Valley Economic Alliance, a San Fernando Valley business support group that is expected to play a key role in the region’s recovery from the pandemic. Outgoing chairman Randy Witt said Gaines has the ability “to engage our strategic partners as we […]

This place is for the birds

Quarantine boredom broken up by chimney swift home invasion

First the coronavirus quarantine, then Alfred Hitchcock’s birds go on the attack. It just couldn’t get any stranger. Terry and Marianne Murphy and their two daughters were enjoying a stay-at-home meal April 20 when, a little after 7 p.m., they heard a loud noise that sounded like a water line break coming from their family room. The rush of sound […]


Agoura Hills Someone broke into a car parked on Cape Horn Drive on April 23 by reaching through a window that had been left open and unlocking the car. The thief stole a set of jumper cables, an electric saw, a plaster mixer and a tool bag, all worth $2,950. On April 20 someone broke into two shipping containers at […]

More coronavirus found at grocery

An employee of Trader Joe’s in Agoura Hills tested positive for coronavirus last week, forcing the store to close its doors and undergo full sanitization. Visitors to the Canwood Street grocery store were greeted by a sign May 2 announcing the business had to shut down briefly after an employee, who had been in the store earlier the same day, […]

Hearing canceled

Coronavirus has another side effect: It is stunting city growth. A March 30 public forum to discuss plans for a new car wash and repair center on Roadside Drive was canceled by city staff as a precaution during the pandemic Ramiro Adeva, the city’s public works director, said developers are required to host two community forums—the first one before submitting […]