2021-03-04 E-Edition

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The kids are alright

Las Virgenes leads back-to-school parade

White Oak Elementary School, one of nine Las Virgenes Unified School District campuses to resume in-person learning this week, saw parents and kids in a good mood this week as they went through their pre-class check-in the morning of March 1. The district welcomed back 1,400 more students Monday—fourth- and fifth-graders—just weeks after the California Public Health Department gave public […]

New city manager ready to step in

Calabasas finds stability at the top

Nearly a year after Gary Lysik was forced to resign as city manager of Calabasas, a permanent replacement is about to step in. Kindon Meik, who was hired in January, will start working with the city on March 15. Meik, 47, said his goal is to build unity among the city staff and promote transparency with residents. “For me it’s […]

Shots arrive, what’s next?


California’s vaccine rollout got off to a difficult start late last year as a clunky online reservation system coupled with inadequate supplies made it difficult for the shots to be administered— but things are coming together now. An estimated 12 million people in the state have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and public health officials say they expect […]

Westlake approves warning light on street where brothers were struck

The Saddle Mountain Drive crosswalk in Westlake Village where Mark and Jacob Iskander were killed in that tragic incident last September does not have flashing lights, just reflective neon signs and painted lines on the street. But that’s about to change. The Westlake Village City Council voted 4-1 to award a $151,000 contract to install a crosswalk signal at Triunfo […]


Schools score big when sports are allowed to return


If you run into a high school athletic director in Acorn country, chances are you’ll find them on the phone. The past few weeks have seen a flurry of communications from state health officials to CIF to school districts to sports programs to coaches to parents. And in the midst of all the conference calls and Zoom meetings are the […]

We’re ready for back-to-class

Can we please stop the madness and get our kids back in school? We have known for months that schools are not super spreaders. The CDC says they can be safely reopened, and other states have long since done so. Why is our state stuck in an anti-science, anti-child paradigm? We don’t want some kids back part time—we want all […]

Lessons learned from Texas disaster

GUEST OPINION /// Water safety

The disaster that has unfolded in Texas reminds us of the importance of safe and reliable tap water. Millions were forced to find their own water sources due to the widespread and prolonged power outage. Many gathered snow to melt for cooking or dish washing, some found pool water to flush toilets and others stood in lines to get what […]

Development redux

Here they go once, again, trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. I’m referring, of course, to the property at the intersection of Las Virgenes and Agoura roads. We usually hear about it with its current formal name: West Village at Calabasas. Folks have been trying to develop this parcel for some 30 years now and […]