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
Aah Shucks!…Iconic Store to Close January 5

Aah Shucks!…Iconic Store to Close January 5

An iconic institution whose storefront was easily recognizable to Valley residents is closing its doors.  After 40 years in business, Aah’s! The Ultimate Gift Store in Encino is shutting down. A novelty shop with a myriad of gag gifts, costumes, decorations and more... Read more
Over Two Dozens Cars Vandalized in Calabasas

Over Two Dozens Cars Vandalized in Calabasas

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department is seeking suspects in rampant vandalism Tuesday night. At least 29 cars were spray painted and had tires slashed in Calabasas. Five vehicles along Freedom Drive were hit on Monday, and then on Tuesday another 12 on Eddingham... Read more
A Christmas “Tail” of Salvation

A Christmas “Tail” of Salvation

If you’re not a dog lover, you may not connect. Flip to the articles about the local business bootcamps or the myriad of entertainment options happening around town. However, need I remind you that isn’t this the season of Hallmark happy endings, Chicken Soup for the... Read more
Sweet Beginnings of Candy Cane Lane

Sweet Beginnings of Candy Cane Lane

It was the brainchild of just two women meeting for a “coffee klatch.” The year was 1950, and Mooie Harrington and June Ashen  lived on Lubao Avenue in Woodland Hills and decided to “spruce up the neighborhood for the holidays.”Ashen was the first resident on Lubao,... Read more
CicLAvia Comes to the Valley

CicLAvia Comes to the Valley

For the first time, CicLAvia is coming to the valley! Walk, roll, dance, or bike down Sherman Way on Sunday,  December 8 from 9 am to 3 pm. The entire street from Lindley Avenue in Tarzana to Shop Avenue in Woodland Hills will be closed for this community event. ... Read more
The State of School Safety

The State of School Safety

Certain topics bring pause to a conversation, change the mood of a dialogue and frankly are outright difficult to talk about. And yet, they must be addressed because only in confronting the issue and discussing the ramifications, can action thus be taken.      One... Read more
Calabasas Settles With Edison for $4 Million

Calabasas Settles With Edison for $4 Million

The City of Calabasas has announced a $4 million settlement with Southern California Edison to resolve wildfire claims resulting from the 2018 Woolsey Fire.Calabasas’ $4 million settlement is part of a larger $360 million settlement for a group of 23 public entities,... Read more
Calabasas Settles With Edison for $4 Million

Draft Report: Woolsey Fire – One Year Later

It was a typical Saturday morning, but the meeting at Agoura High School was anything but typical.  The people in attendance were there to hear the draft report about the Woolsey Fire.  For some, it was an opportunity to air their frustrations about how things were... Read more
Holiday Job Fair!

Holiday Job Fair!

‘Tis the season when retailers are prepping for the holiday season and need extra sets of helping hands! Are you looking for part-time, full-time or seasonal employment? Westfield Topanga invites you to their Holiday Job Fair on Saturday, October 19 from 1 to 4 pm.... Read more
Fire Season is Here, What Happens Now?

Fire Season is Here, What Happens Now?

We almost made it to the first anniversary of the Woolsey Fire.Eleven months after one of the most destructive fires in our state’s history, we are hit again with another devastating blaze, the Saddleridge Fire. This fire destroyed 30 structures, resulted in a mass... Read more
Grassroots Petition Started to Save Jim’s BBQ

Grassroots Petition Started to Save Jim’s BBQ

For 12 years Jim’s Fallbrook Market has been serving up barbecue hot from their parking lot grills every weekend with no issues. A neighborhood favorite until now, a new resident on Califa Street behind the market has complained about the smoke for months, and... Read more
Take Him out to the Ball Game!

Take Him out to the Ball Game!

There are 30 stadiums used by teams in Major League Baseball. Fred Gaines has been to them all, and more.At the beginning of the 2019 baseball season Fred was seven stadiums away from his goal of having seen a game played in all 30 stadiums.  A few weeks ago he saw a... Read more
Nighttrek: What to See in the October Sky

Nighttrek: What to See in the October Sky

The highlight of October comes on a special night, Thursday the 31st, Halloween Night!   A great “conjunction” occurs when the planet Jupiter and the crescent Moon appear to be touching in the southwest night sky.  Make sure to show this to your trick and treaters!A... Read more
One Man’s Crusade to Save Lives

One Man’s Crusade to Save Lives

Agoura resident and Blue Dog Beer Tavern owner Paul Scrivano didn’t think anything was wrong. He was tired, but chalked it up to riding herd on one restaurant and opening another.He worked a long day, then showed vendors the progress at the new restaurant in Little... Read more
Open House Attacker Arrested

Open House Attacker Arrested

A man who physically assaulted a real estate agent at an open house in Encino has been arrested and identified. Alen Karaboghosian, 45, was taken into custody and booked on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon, specifically bodily force. Since his arrest,... Read more
Cops Warn Thieves are Getting Smarter

Cops Warn Thieves are Getting Smarter

With the recent trend of homeowners installing Ring cameras to amp up their personal security, thieves are starting to get smart to the idea…The cops are warning the community that in order to not have their movements captured on camera, burglars have started... Read more
You’ve Got IT San Fernando Valley

You’ve Got IT San Fernando Valley

Okay San Fernando Valley, tell me you haven’t seen “IT 2” yet? IT (pun intended) fails in many ways; the pace lags, the dialogue at times seems forced and the plot takes you places I personally didn’t care to go.“IT 2” shines in the one scene Stephen King makes a... Read more
Stolen Dog Found in Abandoned Truck

Stolen Dog Found in Abandoned Truck

A two-day search for “Teddy,” who was stolen, along with his owners’ truck, last Sunday, had a happy ending. The truck was stolen from Whole Foods Market in Woodland Hills with the dog inside.  His owner, a Topanga woman, pleaded on television that she “just wanted to... Read more
Amazon Grocery Going Into Woodland Hills?

Amazon Grocery Going Into Woodland Hills?

Since the closing of Toys “R” Us at 6245 Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Warner Center, rumors have circulated that the property  would become a grocery store.According to the Los Angeles City Planning website, a year after the toy store closing, property owner Erwin Bucy,... Read more
False Report of Shots Fired Leads to Evacuation

False Report of Shots Fired Leads to Evacuation

A “smash and grab” robbery at Neiman Marcus on Sunday, August 25, at Westfield Topanga led many shoppers and employees to believe there was an active shooter. CHP West Valley, above, arrived on scene and coordinated evacuation from the mall. Officers will called to... Read more
Coyotes Being Killed by Bow and Arrow

Coyotes Being Killed by Bow and Arrow

Multiple reports of “urban coyotes” being killed by bow and arrow in the last few months have been recorded by L.A. County Animal Care. An unknown person has been killing the coyotes in the vicinity of Topanga Canyon Blvd. and Topanga Summit Motorway. If you have any... Read more
Fernando Award Finalists Announced

Fernando Award Finalists Announced

The Fernando Award Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2019 Fernando Award. The annual award is given out to a person who exemplifies the best in volunteerism and service to the communities of the San Fernando Valley.Finalist Steve Fazio is the head of... Read more
Kanye Building Dome Homes for Homeless

Kanye Building Dome Homes for Homeless

Rapper and Hidden Hills resident Kanye West has embarked on a new venture with his Yeezy empire. He is building a dome-like housing community for the homeless on 300 acres in L.A. County just north of Calabasas. West has hopes of “breaking the typical classist divide... Read more
City Reinstates Ban on Living In Your Car

City Reinstates Ban on Living In Your Car

The Los Angeles City Council this week reinstated a temporary ordinance that restricts people from living in their cars in residential areas – or next to parks, schools and day care centers.The ban (85.02) expired at the end of June, just as City Council went on... Read more
The City Has Gone to the…Rats?

The City Has Gone to the…Rats?

Oh rats! Major cities, including Los Angeles, have shown a recent spike in rat infestations fueled by the ever-increasing presence of homeless encampments as well as government restrictions on select pesticides. Pest-control company Orkin named Los Angeles as the... Read more
City Council Cracks Down on Unlicensed Pot Shops

City Council Cracks Down on Unlicensed Pot Shops

In the valley, there is a proliferation of pot shops. Some are legal, many more are unlicensed.Legal dispensaries, such as Atrium, So Cal Co-op and DC Collective, have gone through the city’s permitting process to get licensed and pay taxes and fees to the city of Los... Read more
Valley Residents Suffer the Most From Smog

Valley Residents Suffer the Most From Smog

Those who reside in Southern California, or have simply driven on its freeways, are well aware of the fact that the smog is simply an unavoidable factor in living in this area. After decades of proposed improvements to clear the air, the effort to reduce carbon... Read more
From Their Farm To Your Table

From Their Farm To Your Table

            Cherries. Corn. Stone Fruit. Tomatoes. Oh the tomatoes!            Summer, in all sense of the word, is ripe with a plethora of refreshing fruits and vegetables. Days of dining al fresco and enjoying the warmer weather usually mean tables laden with fresh... Read more
Tapping Into Rescue Tactics

Tapping Into Rescue Tactics

            Tap…tap…tap…tap.   Five minutes ago, you were doing paperwork or talking on the phone in your secure office building in Haiti, and then in the next 30 seconds, after a monster earthquake, you are buried.     You are alive and breathing, but unable to move,... Read more
What to See in the June Sky

What to See in the June Sky

The highlight of June comes on Tuesday night, June 18.  There will be a double conjunction.  Look west after sunset.  The red planet, Mars, and the fastest planet, Mercury, will meet low in the west.  We can see this great event with the naked eye, but it will look... Read more
Canoga Park Honors Veterans on Memorial Day

Canoga Park Honors Veterans on Memorial Day

This year, the Canoga Park Memorial Parade will be honoring fallen veterans from all military campaigns, including the Civil War.  Dubbed “A big-city event with a small-town vibe,” the parade is celebrating its 30 year anniversary. The Canoga Park-West Hills Chamber... Read more
Supreme Court Denies Review of Gavin Smith Murder

Supreme Court Denies Review of Gavin Smith Murder

The California Supreme Court upheld the prior ruling in the case of drug dealer John Creech, who was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Gavin Smith in 2017.  Smith was a West Hills resident and 20th Century Fox executive who disappeared. He was... Read more
Two Killed in Lamborghini Crash in Encino

Two Killed in Lamborghini Crash in Encino

Two people were killed Wednesday evening in Encino when the Lamborghini they were speeding in violently crashed. The accident occurred near the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area at Burbank Boulevard near Hayvenhurst Avenue at about 7:20 pm when the speeding Lamborghini... Read more