2021-04-08

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HOUSING FOR THE FUTURE

Facing pressure by the state, local cities grapple with demand for new homes


Higher home prices fueled by the pandemic, low interest rates and a seeming lack of supply are making it increasingly difficult for young families to put down roots in the area. Not just young buyers, but those from all demographic groups are increasingly priced out of the market as housing costs reach stratospheric levels and incomes fail to keep pace. […]

Full reopening by June 15 if all goes well

The vaccines are taking effect, virus cases are down, and the most optimistic COVID-19 forecast in over a year was delivered Tuesday in Sacramento by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The governor announced the next step in California’s struggle against the pandemic, taking the state beyond its color-coded blueprint model for recovery and suggesting all counties could complete their reopening by June […]

Westlake man trains residents to become ‘pre-responders’

His Conejo Health nonprofit teaches overdose prevention


Before the pandemic, America was gripped by the intensity of its opiate epidemic, the effects of which are still being felt. Matthew Pall, a paramedic and resident of Westlake Village, knows the pain of addiction. His girlfriend died of an accidental overdose in 2019, and a year later the same fate befell one of his good friends. Inspired to act, […]

Another mountain lion reportedly killed on freeway

Male P-78 found in north L.A. County


Rare it seems is the mountain lion that dies of old age. If it’s not a lack of food, a fight with a rival cougar or a wildfire that gets them, it might be a deadly encounter with a car on one of the many roads that have carved up their natural habitat, or the rat poison they ingested when […]

Light pandemic travel could yield to heavy Olympic traffic in 2028

Roads are tolerable now, but wait until the Games arrive


The 2028 Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Games are still just a mark on the distant calendar, but Ventura County transportation officials have already started the ball rolling in their effort to make it easier for the throngs of athletes, coaches, fans and media personnel who must travel to various sites where the games will be held. Darren Kettle, executive […]

Overly ambitious tree cutters get barked at by residents

Well-intentioned pruners went too far, critics said


Unsupervised workers tasked with removing dead and fire-damaged trees in Oak Park’s Medea Creek Park raised the ire of residents by reportedly cutting down several healthy trees instead. The workers were volunteers from Goodwill Industries. Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, which oversees Medea Creek Park, instructed the volunteers to trim and remove trees that presented a fire hazard or […]

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Agoura Road A thief entered an unlocked car parked on Conejo View Drive on March 30 and stole a backpack, Apple AirPods, two baseball caps, a computer charger and a container of protein powder, all worth $468. On March 27 someone stole the catalytic converter from a car parked on Passageway Place, causing $1,000 in damage. A person stole a […]

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New housing brings difficult choices

EDITORIAL

One sure-fire way to keep pace with the red-hot demand for housing in the Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys is to build more homes. But achieving equilibrium in the never-ending tug of war of supply versus demand is easier said than done. City planners can set the stage for home construction with land use decisions and zoning changes that make […]