2021-09-02 E-Edition

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Cat killing justified, officer says

Male cougar shot after attacking Monte Nido boy

A mountain lion’s apparent quest for food, a mother’s instinct to protect her child and the deadly incident that followed put the community on high alert the morning of Aug. 26 after a cougar attacked a young boy at his home in the rural Calabasas community of Monte Nido. The 5-year-old child is said to be recovering from wounds to […]

$21 million in relief goes to area restaurants


Restaurants were the hardest hit industry during the pandemic, with a reported 110,000 nationwide eateries going out of business in 2020. The National Restaurant Association said food establishments lost an estimated $240 billion in sales last year, with four out of 10 restaurants shutting their doors due to the COVID-19 attack. Millions of employees lost their jobs. But for every […]

Fire season gets early start

WARNING SIGN—Fire breaks out on the evening of Aug. 29 in the Vista Pointe neighborhood of Calabasas. A structure fire reportedly spread to the brush on a hillside between Barcelona Court and Cordillera Drive. Los Angeles County Fire Department ground crews and a helicopter attacked the 1-acre blaze, which was knocked down in less than an hour. Officials fear dry […]

2nd lawsuit against city


A second lawsuit has been filed against the City of Calabasas following its vote earlier this year to deny an apartment and retail store complex on Las Virgenes Road known as West Village. The Building Industry Association of Southern California, an Irvine-based nonprofit organization that represents members of the construction and development trade, has sued the city to allow construction […]

In honor of America’s fallen troops

WE SALUTE—In memory of the 13 U.S. service members who died in the final days of the Afghanistan evacuation mission, Bryce Viole of Agoura Hills put up a flag memorial Aug. 28 on the pedestrian bridge over the 101 Freeway at Chesebro Road in Agoura Hills. Before the display was removed, Brent Kast, a Marine and an Agoura High School […]

House subdivision bill passes Assembly

SB 9 headed for governor’s desk

In what supporters say is an effort to address the rising cost of housing in California, the state’s legislators voted for a bill this week that would make it easier for property owners to subdivide their single-family lots and build up to two housing units on each, amounting to four total. Dubbed the California Housing Opportunity and More Efficiency Act, […]

Get smart, use your meter

Automated data service saves water

The Triunfo Water and Sanitation District is urging Oak Park potable water customers to use the automated water meters on their property to help track and conserve water use. In 2015, approximately 4,600 automated water meters were installed on all Oak Park residential and commercial properties that receive Triunfo potable water. The meters enable customers to monitor their water use […]

Hynes says not guilty

Brian Hynes, co-owner of Borderline Bar & Grill, appeared in court last week for the first time since being charged with felony grand theft. The 41-year-old, accused of taking $43,000 from the Rotary Club of Westlake Village, pleaded not guilty during his Aug. 25 arraignment. Hynes’ next court date is Thurs., Sept. 23, when attorneys will have the chance to […]

Linda Parks recall organizers seek deadline extension

Time running out for petitioners

A leading member of the Recall Linda Parks campaign has acknowledged the group will need more time to gather signatures. Karen Meyer of Thousand Oaks, a retired public school employee and former head of the classified employees union at Conejo Valley Unified, said the recall group is more than two-thirds of the way to the 11,000 signatures needed to force […]