2021-12-02 E-Edition

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Bee Kind

Westlake Village, other cities, encourage beekeeping

Bees contribute in some way to about one in every three mouthfuls of food that make up the American diet, research shows. But the pollinators are dying out, succumbing to pesticides, climate change, loss of habitat, and disease. Westlake Village is joining other cities and the state of California in trying to protect bees by encouraging residents to take up […]

Storm packs punch

meal comes with power outage on the side

Thanksgiving Day allowed many families to reunite in person for the first time since the 2019 holiday when the pandemic had yet to be a thing. But for the approximately 65,000 Southern California Edison customers who had to endure at least part of the holiday without electricity due to the biggest windstorm of the year, the day turned into a […]

Jewish community celebrates season of lights

OVERCOME THE DARKNESS—Deborah Klein Lopez, soon to be the new mayor of Agoura Hills, lights a menorah candle along with Rabbi Moshe Bryski from Chabad of the Conejo during a Nov. 30 ceremony at Agoura Hills City Hall to celebrate the start of Hanukkah. Also known as the Festival of Lights, the holiday celebrates the re-dedication of the holy temple […]

Popular school rings final bell

Born Learners enthusiasm ‘finally waned’

Class is over for one of Agoura Hills’ oldest and most beloved private schools. The Born Learners School for Early Childhood Education celebrates its 43rd year in operation on Dec. 3, but it will be the final birthday for the school on Agoura Road. A home to pre-school, junior kindergarten, and kindergarten age kids since 1979, Born Learners announced it […]

Four arrested in brazen carjacking

A rare carjacking Tuesday morning in Thousand Oaks resulted in the arrest of four individuals wanted for a rash of car break-ins, police said. Just after 1 a.m. Nov. 30, two males and two females in a dark-colored Ford Expedition approached a man sitting in a black Range Rover parked outside his La Granada Drive home, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office […]

Klein Lopez in line for mayor

Deborah Klein Lopez is scheduled to be sworn in as the new mayor of Agoura Hills at the city’s annual government reorganization meeting Thursday evening. Elected to the City Council in 2018, Lopez is a longtime public servant with extensive experience in the fields of government, education, public health, environmental justice and economic equality. Her broad-reach activism has included serving […]

Calabasas mulls city vaccine mandate

Coinciding with the recent news about a coronaviruss variant called Omicron, people entering city facilities in Calabasas might soon be asked to show proof of COVID vaccination or a negative test for the disease. At a Dec. 1 special meeting the Calabasas City Council was scheduled to take up a city staff request to provide guidance on a “vaccination verification […]

Economy on the rebound, but costly housing, slow growth problematic

Our regional economy made a sharp rebound from the depths of the pandemic, but longer-standing issues such as the high cost of housing and stagnant economic growth continue to present challenges. Those were the key findings from the 2021 State of the Region Report recently released by the Ventura County Civic Alliance. The 116-page report looked at agriculture, employment, voter […]

Fond memories delivered without global supply chain


Close your eyes and recall a gift you received during the last holiday season. How about two years ago? Three? What about five? As one’s memory fades, maybe a single present will come to mind, maybe two, if that. Now, do the same with the people you shared those holidays with. We’re guessing it’s the people who spark the truly […]