2020-09-10 E-Edition

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Hot, hot, hot

Record-setting heat pummels area from West Valley to Westlake

Local residents labored through record temperatures over the holiday weekend, turning up air conditioners and hunkering down inside as a sweltering heat wave blanketed the region. The West San Fernando Valley lived up to its reputation as the hottest place in Los Angeles County with a record 121 degrees on Sept. 6. The previous high was 119 in 2006, the […]

Salons back on track

Indoor haircuts allowed to resume at reduced capacity

As soon as the announcement came on Sept. 2 that Los Angeles County hair salons could reopen, shops up and down the Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys pulled out the scissors and plugged in the blow-dryers. Despite a new, four-tier reopening system that keeps the county pegged in the highest risk group amid continued growth in COVID-19 cases, restrictions were […]

Sunny Rehm


Sunny Rehm passed away peacefully on Sept. 6, 2020, in Carlsbad, Calif. A longtime resident of Westlake Village, she moved to Carlsbad six years ago to be closer to her daughter, René. Sunny was born on April 23, 1922, in Brooklyn, New York, to Russian immigrants who came from a long line of tailors and furriers. After witnessing the Triangle […]

Oak Park students request diversity awareness

Claim offensive words still being used

For years the Black community has pushed for greater awareness about the racism it faces, and the developments of 2020 have only furthered their resolve. The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and the shooting of Jacob Blake turned racial bias into a coast-to-coast tinderbox that has lasted for weeks. From schools to offices, many are seeking more sensitivity […]

Westlake Village must deal with anti-maskers

DEFACED—Westlake Village officials put up this new wear-a-mask sign one day after a previous one was found ruined by vandals. The sign is at the southwest corner of Lindero Canyon and Agoura roads. The city is promoting COVID-19 safety tips in a video here: https://vimeo.com/445314879.

Tree at Mae Boyar Park wins the day

After a strong push from Oak Park residents, the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District board of directors voted to save the 50-year-old ash tree in Mae Boyar Park. The Sept. 3 decision to save the tree reverses a previous decision by the park board to cut it down. The issue arose last fall when the district announced the tree […]

City ready to tax cannabis when day comes

California voters approved the recreational use of marijuana in 2016, but it wasn’t a blanket law that gave the industry free rein to operate across the state. Local governments have the final say in whether cannabis will be allowed in their cities (although that power is being challenged). To date, marijuana sales remain illegal in Calabasas. Even so, the City […]

Calabasas Chamber hosts council forum

The Calabasas Chamber of Commerce will moderate a virtual candidates forum for the Calabasas City Council election at 8 a.m. Wed., Sept. 16. Running for office are Calabasas Mayor Alicia Weintraub and challengers Dennis Washburn, Peter Kraut and Susan Fredericks-Ploussard. Two spots are being contested; Weintraub’s and a seat left vacant by the departure of Fred Gaines. Washburn said he […]

Feline bonanza

Multiple cougar kittens born this summer will face many threats as they grow up in a fragmented habitat

Five litters of mountain lion cubs have been found in the Simi hills and Santa Monica mountains in nearly as many months, marking the first time that park officials have found so many dens in such a short time. The discovery of the 13 kittens between May and August happened during den checks conducted as part of the National Park […]