2021-02-25 E-Edition

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Oak Park joins wider back-to-school movement

Young students return to campus this week

Wednesday morning marked the first time that the 5- and 6-year-olds in the Oak Park Unified School District have stepped foot inside a kindergarten classroom, their first real brush with public school. Other elementary-age kids haven’t been in front of a live teacher for almost a year. They’ll be back soon. The decreasing rate of coronavirus cases in Ventura County […]

Volunteers distribute ‘loaves and fishes’

Final staff let go at community center

Facility a victim of the pandemic

The Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center has let go of its last employee, executive director Brianne Anderson, to save money and—officials hope—to carry the beleaguered facility through to the end of the coronavirus pandemic. Anderson was the last of the center’s employees to be laid off, but she wasn’t caught off guard— she had attended the meeting in which the decision […]

LVUSD sixth-graders return

Teacher vaccines begin March 1

Already hosting some of its students in a live classroom setting, the Las Virgenes Unified School District announced it will allow additional kids back on campuses starting March 1. Los Angeles County health officials announced last week that students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade will be allowed to return classes. Los Angeles Unified School District, the state’s largest school system, […]

Fire hits popular Agoura Hills restaurant

As coronavirus cases drop, restaurants have begun to reopen their doors and welcome patrons back, but one local business got a harsh reminder that there are other dangers besides COVID-19. Mejico Grill & Tequila Lounge, in what many patrons remember as the former Padri restaurant location at 29008 Agoura Road in Agoura Hills, erupted in flames the afternoon of Feb. […]

Legal maneuvering begins in Grossman second-degree murder case

Rebecca Grossman, the 57-year-old Hidden Hills woman facing second-degree murder charges in the hit-and-run death of two juvenile pedestrians at a Westlake Village crosswalk last September, made a brief appearance Feb. 16 at Van Nuys courthouse as attorneys began a series of legal maneuvers in the high-profile case that has gripped the community for months. She was told by the […]

Local catalytic converter thieves more active than ever

Catalytic converters are being stolen from vehicles across the Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys at a record pace. Between Jan. 1 and Feb. 12, the Thousand Oaks Police Department investigated over 25 separate cases of the valuable parts going missing from vehicles; the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station has also reported a surge. The toxic-emission-reducing devices, which are made of precious […]

Shapiro plays wide role with California League

For the seventh consecutive year, Calabasas City Councilmember David Shapiro has received a division appointment to the Community Services Policy Committee for the League of California Cities. Shapiro will work with the committee to review issues related to child care, parks and recreation, libraries, cultural arts and community, and human services programs. The league is an association of California city […]

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