2021-04-01 E-Edition

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Squirrel, deer, peacocks to join GPS tracking study

Biologists say many animals will eventually wear the device

Local biologists have long known that using GPS tracking collars on cougars can help keep tabs on the majestic animal so that their health and habitat can be safeguarded. This week, park officials announced an expansion of the program and said that local deer, owls and even the showy peacock will be fitted with the collar. The photo at far […]

Redefining mountain agency role

Merger between MRT and TreePeople gets final OK

There are multiple organizations invested in the safekeeping of the Santa Monica Mountains. An alphabet soup of local, state and federal agencies works in tandem to preserve and protect the nation’s largest urban recreation forest. The almost 80,000-acre Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is jointly owned and managed by California State Parks, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), Santa […]

Rubin, Calabasas settle

The City of Calabasas announced last week it has reached a settlement with one of its longest serving employees, a department manager who complained about toxic work conditions while serving under former city manager Gary Lysik. Community Services Director Jeff Rubin filed a lawsuit in March 2020 that alleged Lysik and City Councilmember David Shapiro created a hostile work environment […]

Agoura, Calabasas, Westlake ready for orange

With vaccinations taking hold and virus case numbers continuing to drop, health officials announced Tuesday that L.A. County will enter the less restrictive orange tier starting April 5. The move from red to orange in the state’s COVID-19 reopening blueprint will allow bars in Calabasas, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village to begin serving patrons outdoors. Breweries and wineries are permitted […]

Police nab suspects in connection with Target store shoplifting

Two men and a woman have ties to alleged SoCal ring

The Moorpark Police Department arrested three people in late March who are said to be connected to nearly 50 thefts at Target stores across Southern California. Deputies were alerted around 2: 30 p . m. Mar c h 16 to a theft in progress at Moorpark’s Target store at 800 E. Los Angeles Ave., police said. According to the store’s […]

West Village project returns

Same footprint, impact as other one

The developers of a project voted down in 2019 by the City of Calabasas Planning Commission have returned with what some critics are saying is the same plan for the empty lot at the intersection of Las Virgenes and Agoura roads that was introduced and rejected two years ago. The West Village plan calls for 15 three-story apartment buildings and […]


Extend the reopening to city halls and libraries


With more than 70% of Los Angeles County residents ages 65 through 79 and 60% of people over the age of 80 receiving their COVID-19 vaccines—a third of eligible people ages 50 through 64 also have received theirs—we think it’s an appropriate time to start asking when our taxpayer-funded buildings (e.g. city halls, libraries, senior centers) will be open once […]

Stop the ‘political noise’

I could not agree more with Mr. Lopez’s opinion last week in his letter, “Education living in the past,” as it fails to prepare our children of the 21st century and how we missed the opportunity to evaluate our education system during this year of the pandemic. As a para-educator of more than five years with our district and a […]