2020-05-28 E-Edition

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State has faith in church, synagogue reopening

In-person services as soon as Friday

A standoff ended this week between public health officials cautious about reopening the economy too soon and disgruntled religious leaders who vowed to resume in-person services, which, they say, are essential to their faith. Congregations backed by the clout of religious liberty activism set a May 31 deadline to resume live worship meetings whether permitted by the state or not. […]

Camarillo-bound Ramirez leaves Agoura Hills

Surprise announcement catches city off guard

The Agoura Hills City Council met in closed session May 22 to discuss the pending departure of Greg Ramirez as city manager and formulate a plan to replace the longtime city staffer. The City of Camarillo scheduled a meeting for May 27 to announced the hiring of the 52-year-old Ramirez as its new city manager. Ramirez is expected to take […]

Westlake unhappy with L.A. County guidance

Chamber of Commerce requests reopening variance

State health officials last week gave Ventura County restaurants permission to allow seated dining on a limited basis, but residents in the Los Angeles County side of the Conejo Valley—in Westlake Village and Agoura Hills—can only watch and wait while the restaurants in their cities remain limited to curbside service only. In Ventura County, hair salons received permission Monday to […]

Community center shuts down

Unable to continue operations due to the financial constraints of the pandemic, the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center has closed its doors for the remainder of the year. The facility’s board of directors met last week and decided that temporarily shutting down the facility was the best way to ensure it would survive in the long run and have the money […]

Search for Lysik replacement underway

Calabasas is on the hunt for a new city manager to replace Gary Lysik, who resigned last week under pressure from a City Council unhappy with his job performance and ethical standards. Lysik held the position for 18 months. Robert Yalda, head of the city’s public works department, was named acting city manager. City Council member David Shapiro, a longtime […]

Hark! The Bark Park is back

Local residents survive deadly motorcycle crash

A motorcyclist died May 25 following a collision with a car carrying two passengers from Oak Park. The rider was a 35-year-old resident of Ventura County whose identity has not been released. Officers with the California Highway Patrol responded to the accident at 10:15 a.m. Monday morning on State Route 33 near Ojai in Ventura County. A 2007 Subaru car […]


Agoura Hills A thief stole a backpack containing a passport, driver’s license, cash and other identification from Lemon Tree on Roadside Drive. On May 13 a person stole catalytic converters from two cars parked on Driver Avenue. The items were valued at $5,000 A thief stole two bicycles from a home on Willow Court on May 13. The bicycles were […]