2020-06-04 E-Edition

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The new face of graduation

Lockdown ends but curfew begins

As restaurants reopen for dine-in service, #BLM protests swirl

Just as restrictions from the stay-at-home order began to ease, protests against the George Floyd killing forced public safety officials to impose a week-long curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. in Calabasas, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village. Parts of The Commons shopping center in Calabasas were boarded up Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in anticipation of the riots spilling into […]

Anger hits home

From coast to coast, protesters have taken to the streets to raise awareness about racial profiling in America and the need for greater accountability by police. Residents of the Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys say they feel pain, too. On Tuesday afternoon, protesters numbering in the hundreds marched from the intersection of Westlake and Thousand Oaks boulevards to Thousand Oaks […]

Dire forecast for cities

Record unemployment brings new reality

When the local economy crashes, city hall feels the pain. Concerned by the downturn in municipal budgets due to near record unemployment and business failings from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation conducted what it called a revenue “stress test” on paper to see how each of L.A. County’s 88 cities will be able to cope with […]

When Nature cannot fend for herself

COMMENTARY /// Respecting our open space

Years ago, while taking a course in resource management at Pierce College, the instructor assigned our class to find a solution for the overcrowding of Yosemite National Park, the park known for being “at risk of being loved to death by its adoring public.” My solution was very straightforward: Close the park to the public. The instructor said he found […]

Virtual graduation looks almost real

Calabasas and Agoura high school ceremonies opt for stage and screen

It will be a long time before mass gatherings are allowed to resume—but that doesn’t mean the celebrations that call for them can’t go on. Graduation is fast approaching for the students of the Las Virgenes Unified School District, but with family and friends not allowed to celebrate the occasion like they normally would, the administration has planned a digital […]


In our community we see the promise of a brighter tomorrow


The death last week of George Floyd has again scratched raw an unhealed wound that has been felt daily by some and not at all by others. The past week of protests, the past two months of quarantine and the uncertainty about what tomorrow holds has left us all on edge. But in our community, we see some hope. We’ve […]

Wonderful world it would be

This short letter is written to thank the incredibly kind gentlemen who helped my 18-year-old niece when she crashed into his car on the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills. The young woman was driving home from her evening part-time job after attending school during the day. Having very few hours of sleep, she was extremely tired and not as alert […]