State official suggests landowner ‘suffer more’ in email to supervisor

Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks has made a 25-year political career out of battling developers and land prospectors in the name of preservation. Now one high-profile Thousand Oaks landowner is arguing that the staunch environmentalist and her colleagues at the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, where she’s served on the 12-member board on behalf of the county for over 20 years, […]

2021-07-08 E-Edition

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Parades, fireworks, & block parties

Summer fun returns to the community

The thunderous roar of fireworks heard on Fourth of July in communities across the Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys was only the half of it. The holiday weekend also served as a giant coming out party for residents freed of the pandemic and ready to party again. And party they did, as the summer of 2021—sans face coverings and health […]

Local crime stats reviewed

Crooks active again as pandemic draws to a close

A recent report from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department indicates that crime has increased significantly in the area since last year, but a closer look at the numbers says otherwise. Law enforcement data shows that in the first four months of 2021 there has been a 50% increase in violent crimes—such as rape, robbery and aggravated assault— throughout the […]

Agoura Hills officials require new homes to use electric stoves

Decision leaves some gas lovers fuming

The Pacific Northwest broke records late last month when the temperature soared to well over 100 degrees four days in a row. Meteorological experts say the extreme heat is the new normal and only the start of what’s in store as a result of global warming. Scientists and government leaders are pushing hard to eliminate carbon emissions, a leading cause […]

Jump right in, ocean water’s fine

The upside of the drought is a clean coastline, report says

Faced with what are already seen as dangerously high summer temperatures, and looking to the beach for relief, local residents will be pleased to learn that the ocean water quality from the Santa Monica Bay to southern Ventura County scored mostly high marks in Heal the Bay’s latest report card. The organization’s 31st annual Beach Report Card assigns A-to-F letter […]

Services available for Thacher School victims

In response to allegations of decades-long sexual misconduct at the Thacher School in Ojai Valley, the Ventura County Family Justice Center said it is offering its mental health and legal services to current or former students of the boarding school who may have been abused. The center, which aims to improve the lives of survivors of family violence and trauma, […]

Explosion snarls 101 traffic

The Chesebro Road freeway access in Agoura Hills was shut down for more than three hours July 1 while sheriff’s bomb squad units investigated what was reported to be a “suspicious device” on the overpass. An off-duty deputy driving east on the 101 Freeway witnessed a small explosion and made the exit onto Chesebro to investigate. The device was believed […]

Threatened frogs show success in breeding

National Park Service biologists have discovered California red-legged frogs, a threatened species, breeding successfully at two independent sites that were severely damaged by the Woolsey fire. The sites have not experienced wild breeding for perhaps as long as half a century, NPS officials said. During recent stream surveys, researchers spotted three egg masses at one site in Los Angeles County. […]


Agoura Hills On June 24 a thief broke into a locker at LA Fitness on Roadside Drive and stole a $700 iPhone. Someone broke into a car parked at the Chesebro Canyon trailhead on June 20 and stole a wallet, which contained debit and credit cards. On June 19 a thief stole an $800 bicycle from a home on Conejo […]