2020-09-03 E-Edition

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Students take Pledge outdoors

Although students can’t return to campus, parents still want a sense of normalcy in their daily lives. One neighborhood in Agoura Hills is doing what it can to make sure their children remember the rhythm of on-campus life. A group of kids who live in the 5400 block of Cedarhaven Drive—all students at Yerba Buena Elementary School in Agoura Hills—gather […]

Pesticide bill clears Senate

Further ban issued on anticoagulants

Amid the backdrop of a pending state law that ups the ban on rodenticides in California, the National Park Service reports a female bobcat and a male mountain lion died earlier this year in the local mountains due to anticoagulant rat poison. It’s only the second time in the 24-year history of park service animal tracking that a bobcat has […]

Wildlife bridge gets $5-million donation

Construction slated for next year

A California agency that funds wildlife conservation initiatives across the state announced it will give $5 million toward construction of the Liberty Canyon wildlife bridge in Agoura Hills. Currently in planning stages, the $88-million land bridge will consist of a 200-foot long overpass across the 101 Freeway at Liberty Canyon. Workers hope to break ground on the construction next year, […]

Park district to reconsider ash tree removal


Oak Park residents who raised their collective voices have temporarily saved a 50-year-old ash tree that was scheduled to be cut down at Mae Boyar Park. The board of directors of the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, which oversees park operations in Oak Park, previously voted to remove the more than 40-foot-tall tree out of concern for safety. But […]

Some local contests already wrapped up


Nov. 3 is shaping up to be a lively election, both nationally and locally. The Calabasas City Council election has two well-known candidates fighting for Fred Gaines’ open seat. A challenger will try to unseat one of two incumbents on the Agoura Hill Hills City Council, and a contender is also competing for a spot on the Las Virgenes Unified […]

Theater thief gets seven years behind bars

Mary Urias, onetime officer manager for 5-Star Theatricals (formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre), was sentenced Aug. 21 to seven years and four months in jail for stealing nearly $135,000 from the nonprofit organization between 2016 and 2020. The 56-year-old Urias pleaded guilty to multiple felonies, including grand theft, presenting false documentary evidence to a court, identity theft and unemployment insurance fraud. […]


Agoura Hills A thief stole a package off the front step of a home on Chesebro Road Aug. 14. The package contained a pair of shoes, worth $1,000. Calabasas On Aug. 21 someone stole $1,870 from the Rite Aid at the Commons. The thief stole 18 bottles of liquor and five touchscreen computer monitors. A person broke into the barn […]


Labor Day 2020 defined by new worker laws


Love it or dread it, work is something most of us must do in order to earn a living. And since we spend much of our lives on the job, our work essentially defines who we are. Ideally, a job should not just be a means to earn a paycheck. It should be an occupation that conveys a sense of […]