2021-12-23 E-Edition

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Supervisor race now includes Henry Stern

Wants Kuehl’s 3rd District seat

State Sen. Henry Stern, whose district includes Calabasas, Agoura Hills Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Moorpark, announced his candidacy last week to run for Los Angeles County Supervisor. Third District incumbent Sheila Kuehl is retiring. Stern waited until the Los Angeles County Citizens Red istricting Commission approved new supervisorial maps that not only kept much of the western […]

Westlake once again extends outdoor dining

Special allowances for outdoor dining and other business operations in response to the pandemic have been approved for the fourth time by the Westlake Village City Council. In May 2020, the city manager, through an emergency order, first allowed restaurants and other businesses, including gyms and dance studios, to move outdoors temporarily. In June and July of that year, the […]

Planning her departure

For all the highlights on the resume of Calabasas Community development Director Maureen Tamuri—earning a degree in architecture by age 19; working for famed designer Frank Gehry on the Benson House in Calabasas; preventing a car dealership from being painted flamingo pink—there’s one entry that really stands out: tearing down stripper poles to put up a park. In a one-on-one […]

Three in Oak Park family found dead

Cause of death is a mystery

Ventura County officials were still waiting on Wednesday to learn what killed three Oak Park family members found dead at home last week. Sheriff’s department detectives do not believe the deaths of Philip Ramirez, 87, and two of his daughters, Diane Ramirez, 58, and Susan Ramirez, 49, were the result of any nefarious actions, Capt. Cameron Henderson said. “Investigators entered […]

Field lab film highlights lack of trust


Part two of a two-part story Near the conclusion of the documentary “In the Dark of the Valley,” viewers see scenes from a 2019 public hearing hosted by NASA at Simi Valley’s Posada Royale Hotel. Billed as an opportunity for residents, activists and government officials to share their thoughts on the ongoing cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, the […]

LA County to recover weed inspection fees

A Los Angeles County program aimed at clearing brush and other fire hazards from property where owners refuse to do so will have a new tiered fee structure beginning in January. Some 50,000 brush clearance inspections will take place in fire hazard areas in 2022, according to county officials. When a property owner fails to clear fire hazards after receiving […]

Triunfo Water board member named to sanitation district

Leon Shapiro, a Triunfo Water and Sanitation District board member from Oak Park, was recently appointed to the Ventura Regional Sanitation District board of directors for a one-year term beginning this month. The Ventura regional board is made up of representatives from eight Ventura County cities and a representative from one of five special districts in the county that receive […]

Time for compromise on field lab cleanup


Like many of our readers, we watched in shock and sadness the recently released documentary about the Santa Susana Field Laboratory and the families fighting to see the pollution there removed. “In the Dark of the Valley” didn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know—the partial meltdown, the cavalier approach to toxic chemicals, the cover-up, the cancer clusters—it’s all common […]