Restaurants Feel Burned by Shut Down

Restaurants Feel Burned by Shut Down

Both the City and County of Los Angeles have mandated that all restaurants eliminate outdoor dining for three weeks starting the day before Thanksgiving. They can offer delivery, take out and drive-thru pick up, but no in-person consumption of meals on site.  This is... Read more
Contact Tracing: Who Does the Detective Work?

Contact Tracing: Who Does the Detective Work?

How do you track a disease when so many of its carriers can be asymptomatic? How do you find out when someone was infected? Where? And by whom? The COVID-19 pandemic created an immediate need for a large number of contract tracers – those who would start with a sick... Read more
Is Private Firefighting Just for the Rich?

Is Private Firefighting Just for the Rich?

Kim Kardashian brought in a private crew during the Woolsey Fire. Insurance companies pay for fire specialists for those homeowners on the Forbes 400 Rich List. The City of Hidden Hills has its own fire engine. But are private firefighters just for the rich? “Not at... Read more
Boo! Hoo… Has Halloween Been Cancelled?

Boo! Hoo… Has Halloween Been Cancelled?

On September 8 the  Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued guidelines for Halloween.  No trick or treating (since revised to a recommendation).  No trunk or treating.  No parties or festivals. No gathering other than immediate family.  Basically, they... Read more
Commercial Real Estate After COVID 19

Commercial Real Estate After COVID 19

With COVID-19, more and more people are working from home and not returning to the office environment.  Buildings appear half-empty, and many companies have announced they are not bringing back their employees anytime soon. With small firms requiring employees to work... Read more
Ahhh 2020… And Now Come the Snakes!

Ahhh 2020… And Now Come the Snakes!

Pandemic, protests, murder hornets. 2020 has hardly been tame.  And now snake season has started with the hot weather, and “Rattlesnake Wrangler” Bo Slyapich is warning west valley residents he’s seeing a lot of rattlers already. “We’ve got more people home so there... Read more
Getting Your PPP Loan Forgiven

Getting Your PPP Loan Forgiven

Congratulations, you received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan!  If you are like most businesses, you applied for the loan because it can be forgivable.  But approval and funding are only half the story, until you apply for loan forgiveness, you owe this money... Read more
“Cinema in Cars” to Roll Out July 12

“Cinema in Cars” to Roll Out July 12

Valley Cultural Foundation has found a way, even during a pandemic, to make it “a beautiful day in the neighborhood.”  VCF, the leading art organization in the  San Fernando Valley, has found a way to save a little bit of summer with “Drive-Up Movies” beginning... Read more
Protests Amid a Pandemic

Protests Amid a Pandemic

In the midst of fighting a pandemic, the valley – and the nation as a whole – quickly found itself inundated with the aftermath of the senseless death of George Flloyd. “Black Lives Matter” protests in the west valley were held in various locations, and contrary... Read more
Mountain Lion Gives Birth to Three Kittens

Mountain Lion Gives Birth to Three Kittens

It’s kitten season and mountain lions are no exception! P-54, who lives in the Santa Monica Mountains, just gave birth to a litter of three kittens. While adorable, biologists are thrilled that this litter may be bringing much needed genetic diversity thanks to the... Read more
Westfield Suspends Reopening

Westfield Suspends Reopening

UPDATE: While initially scheduled to reopen on June 3, Westfield Fashion Square and Westfield Topanga & The Village have suspended opening their doors in an abundance of caution given the recent looting taking place in the San Fernando Valley. While no new date... Read more
Drive-In Movies Coming to West Valley

Drive-In Movies Coming to West Valley

They’re nostalgic, they’re fun, and these days, they’re the way we’re going to watch movies on a big screen. Drive-in movies are making a comeback all over the nation, and we can look forward to seeing them soon in the West Valley. Valley Cultural Foundation  will be... Read more
Westfield Promenade Hearing Postponed

Westfield Promenade Hearing Postponed

The hearing on Westfield Promenade, originally scheduled for March 25, was cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis. Westfield has been working with the City of Los Angeles Planning Department on a new date, and May 28 is the targeted date for a hearing, which will... Read more
Virus Testing Site Opens in West Valley

Virus Testing Site Opens in West Valley

As of April 7, anyone in Los Angeles can now be tested for COVID 19. Prior to that date you had to be deemed “vulnerable,” which was 65 and older or having a compromised immune system. Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced that any resident who has symptoms and wants to... Read more
Nighttrek: What to See in the April Sky

Nighttrek: What to See in the April Sky

The highlight of April is the opportunity to see the super bright planet Venus in the beautiful star cluster, the “Pleiades.” Look west after 8:30 pm.  This event can be seen with the naked eye, however binoculars will reveal more details.  The star cluster is also... Read more
Valley Virus Map Created by CSUN Professor

Valley Virus Map Created by CSUN Professor

Just click on your city and see how many cases of coronavirus have been confirmed.As of April 1, Woodland Hills has 25.The new interactive maps from CSUN professors Steven Graves and Danielle Bram track the virus’ progress county by county and neighborhood by... Read more
West Hills Hospital Seeks Donations

West Hills Hospital Seeks Donations

West Hills Hospital has reached out to the community during this time of uneasiness and continual change. COVID has had significant effects on the healthcare industry as whole and the hospital is working off of limited supplies. Their statement issued Monday said, “Be... Read more
The Proposed Vaccine: An Infectious Disease Expert Weights In

Coronavirus News (Updated as Needed)

March 23, 2020 -Mayor Garcetti is expanding the moratorium on evictions to include the Ellis Act and tenants will have 6 months to pay it back-the federal government will push back the approaching deadline for REAL ID compliance, no new deadline has been announced... Read more
Mitch Englander Arrested For Fraud

Mitch Englander Arrested For Fraud

Former City Councilman Mitch Englander was arrested this week in an FBI investigation. He is accused of lying to Feds about alleged cash payments from a developer during trips to Vegas and Palm Springs. He is accused of accepting $10,000 in cash, services from a... Read more
Beloved Valley Leader Passes

Beloved Valley Leader Passes

Gary M. Thomas, one of the San Fernando Valley’s most active and admired community leaders, died last Friday, March 6, at the UCLA Medical Center of various respiratory ailments. Thomas was 61 and had been hospitalized for nearly five weeks prior to his death.Gary and... Read more
Tarzana Family Quarantined  for Coronavirus

Tarzana Family Quarantined for Coronavirus

The L.A. Department of Health today announced four new cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in LA County. The total number of cases now total 11. LA County Dept. of Public Health said in a press release “All of these additional positive cases are part of a... Read more
The Proposed Vaccine: An Infectious Disease Expert Weights In

Preparing for a Possible Pandemic

News about the new coronavirus and its global spread is coming at all of us hard and fast. Whether you like to get your news from social media, CNN, Fox News, newspapers or the town gossip, the truth is that it can be hard to truly know facts from fiction.All of us... Read more
Westfield Reduces Size of Promenade Stadium!

Westfield Reduces Size of Promenade Stadium!

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) announced Friday that it has submitted amended plans to the City of Los Angeles for the Promenade 2035 project, which proposes to create a new 34-acre mixed-use center with public plazas and walkable streets along with new housing,... Read more
Amazon 4-Star Store Opening  at Westfield Topanga

Amazon 4-Star Store Opening at Westfield Topanga

Amazon will open one of the “4-Star” stores at Westfield Topanga next week. The store will feature products from the most popular categories on Amazon.com, including devices,  consumer electronics, kitchen, home, toys, books, games and more. Everything in the store is... Read more
Breaking News From Westfield!

Breaking News From Westfield!

Westfield has announced they will open a state-of-the-art AMC luxury theatre with 12 screens that will be approximately 55,000 square feet as a part of the new dining and entertainment district at Westfield Topanga.   Larry Green, Senior Vice President US Development... Read more
Calabasas Creates Kobe Crash Memorial

Calabasas Creates Kobe Crash Memorial

In honor of the January 26 helicopter crash in Calabasas that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others, the City of Calabasas has planted nine roses in De Anza Park. The park became an informal memorial in the days following the crash, and the cards, memorial... Read more
Grocery Store Shake-Up

Grocery Store Shake-Up

Encino residents were seemingly blindsided to hear that Ralph’s at Hayvenhurst and Ventura will soon be shutting its doors. During the first week of January, employees were told just days before customers that the Encino Ralph’s location is officially closing on... Read more
Westfield Announces Plans For Sears Building

Westfield Announces Plans For Sears Building

Westfield Topanga & The Village announced today that it will begin work this month on the transformation of a long-vacated 160,000-square-foot former Sears department store into a new dining and entertainment district.Slated to be unveiled in late 2021, the... Read more
Hazmat Team Called to Hotel Drug Scare

Hazmat Team Called to Hotel Drug Scare

LAPD’s hazmat team was called to the Extended Stay hotel on Ventura Boulevard near Winnetka on Tuesday after four guests used drugs laced with fentanyl. Paramedics responded at 6:45 am to the hotel and found three people alert and responsive and one in critical... Read more