2021-12-30 E-Edition

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Hope hinges on a brighter year ahead

STAY THE COURSE— Above, Gary Garman fishes from a canoe on Westlake Lake in October. The ominous sky and full rainbow symbolize the hope and danger that marked 2021 as local residents navigated a challenging 12 months. Our community at the beginning of 2021 was a vastly different place than the world we live in today. The general hope was that […]

New maps tinged with shades of blue and red

Stage set for competitive 2022 races

California’s revised political maps have been signed and sealed, paving the way for a spirited midterm election next year in which blue and red candidates will be forced to fight on new, perhaps unfamiliar ground. The California Citizens Redistricting Commission voted Dec. 20, a week before its deadline, to approve final maps for the 52 U.S. congressional, 80 Assembly and […]

Christmas Eve killing shocks the community

Yellow caution tape stood in stark contrast to Christmas lights and decorations adorning the balconies at Lynn Villa apartments in Thousand Oaks. The tape, still up on Tuesday, cordons off the unit where police say a man tortured and killed his live-in girlfriend during the early hours of Dec. 24, Christmas Eve. Responding to a 1:20 a.m. 911 call, Ventura […]

Deputy who framed woman gets sentenced

He admitted to tampering with evidence

A former Ventura County sheriff’s deputy who tried to frame an innocent woman of drug charges has been sentenced to one year in jail and two years of probation. Richard Charles Barrios III pleaded guilty Nov. 15 to a felony charge related to destroying evidence in a narcotics investigation. Prosecutor Tony Wold said Judge Patricia Murphy gave Barrios the maximum […]


Agoura Hills A thief broke into a mailbox at a medical building in the 28000 block of Dorothy Drive, making off with an undetermined amount of mail. An employee said she arrived at the business Dec. 20 to find the door to the mailbox gone. A car was vandalized in the rear parking lot of The Canyon club on Roadside […]

In local government, 2022 is now open for business


To the average person, the most important job of the city council is holding a meeting when it says it’s going to. These councils are tasked with the important job of governing our cities, and that requires that they post the where, when, and why of each and every meeting so that the public’s business is conducted in “sunshine,” not […]

Keep your head up when the big rains come

COMMENTARY /// Weather strategies

The rainstorms of the past two weeks have brought wonderful wetness to our dry climate. Agoura Hills and Calabasas have already had more than 8 inches of seasonal rainfall (they got much less than that for all of last year). Because such storms have become so rare, a review of some opportunities and cautions related to the rain is in […]


The case for alternative fuel

Americans are acutely aware when the cost of gasoline rises and falls. We are a commuter society and spend a significant portion of our earnings filling up our tanks. Those of us who live in California pay the highest prices in the nation, approximately $5 per gallon these days. I’m an environmentalist who observes the catastrophic effects climate breakdown is […]