Calabasas Water Wasters May Get Taps Turned Down

Calabasas Water Wasters May Get Taps Turned Down

You can’t shut it off completely, but the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District is warning its most egregious water wasters that they may turn their taps down if they don’t comply with new restrictions. Some of the “more wealthy” residents of the area, according to... Read more
Westfield Expansion to Open Summer 2022

Westfield Expansion to Open Summer 2022

Construction has continued non-stop during the pandemic on Westfield’s $250 million addition to their Topanga Center. Phase one of the project, which will include the 55,000 square-foot, 12-screen AMC Theatre, will open this summer. The dining, entertainment and... Read more
Falling in Line Again for Testing

Falling in Line Again for Testing

The post-holiday Omicron surge is pushing COVID numbers higher again, and as at-home tests are tough to find, people are lining up again at various sites to get a PCR test. CORE has once again opened a drive-thru test site at Pierce College. Operating hours are 10 am... Read more
Omicron – From a Hospital’s Perspective

Omicron – From a Hospital’s Perspective

With the recent surge in COVID cases – 6,500 new cases reported in the county on Wednesday –  and the easy transmission of the Omicron variant, are our hospitals prepared? According to Dr. Donald David, Chief Medical Officer of West Hills Hospital, the... Read more
Urban Coyotes on the Prowl

Urban Coyotes on the Prowl

Tinkerbell is gone. Lucas and Sparky carry scars. Throughout the neighborhood, signs for missing cats are posted on telephone poles. All assumed to have been carried off by what are now called “urban coyotes.” A Ring camera video of a pack of five running through a... Read more
Smash and Grab Hits Nordstrom Topanga

Smash and Grab Hits Nordstrom Topanga

Police and paramedics responded to reports of a smash and grab robbery around 7 pm on Wednesday at Nordstrom at Westfield Topanga. Early reports state that a group of five individuals stormed the retail store, pepper spraying a security guard before fleeing with... Read more
“No Encampment” Zones Approved by City

“No Encampment” Zones Approved by City

This week the LA City Council formally adopted my resolution to establish sensible, constitutional and much needed ‘no encampment’ buffer zones around certain sensitive sites.  This will specifically make the areas within 500 feet from all 14 of the 101 freeway under... Read more
LA Plan Would Cut Woodland Hills in Half

LA Plan Would Cut Woodland Hills in Half

The Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission met Monday and Tuesday night and revealed what they decided would be the best answer(s) to the required redistricting map for all LA City Council Districts.  After evaluating the submissions from individuals,... Read more
Target Woodland Hills: New Target for Homeless?

Target Woodland Hills: New Target for Homeless?

Valley News Group has reported on the growing homeless camp on Ventura Blvd. right in front of Target Woodland Hills. Recent complaints, however, have the homeless invading the store itself.  Various reports have transients entering the store without shoes or masks to... Read more
Saving the Smallest House in Woodland Hills

Saving the Smallest House in Woodland Hills

The tiny, 100-year-old house at Ventura Boulevard and Glade has withstood nearly a century of weather, various tenants, earthquakes and more, but is succumbing daily this year to the ravages of a homeless encampment. The house dates from the early 1920’s, and is,... Read more
Finding Those He Thought Were Lost

Finding Those He Thought Were Lost

  It is a sad story, but it has a happy ending. Paul Gross was born and raised in New York in the 1960’s and 70’s.  It’s his story now to tell, but it is actually his father’s story.  One of survival, fighting back, keeping others safe, saving the life of a small... Read more
Where Else Can They Go?

Where Else Can They Go?

With Judge Carter’s ruling this week that the nearly 5,000 residents of Skid Row must be relocated from the area by October, tensions are running high among anti-homeless  advocates who fear that they will flood their neighborhood, though the skid row clearance should... Read more
Is Street Racing Out of Control?

Is Street Racing Out of Control?

A woman driver in a Prius – last Friday.  Two children in a cross walk – 2020.  Truck driver killed by 17-year-old – 2019.  Fatal crash, Ventura at Del Moreno – 2017. Three dead at Ventura and Desoto – 2016. Those are just the ones we’ve... Read more
Urban Coyote Attacks Valley Homeowner

Urban Coyote Attacks Valley Homeowner

It was Sparky’s nighttime  constitutional. My friend Sandra Mariscal carried him out the front door to the walkway, being extra cautious as there had been coyote attacks on her other dog in the last few months. Just 10 feet from the  front door of her Vista de Oro... Read more
Going Hungry in the Valley

Going Hungry in the Valley

Call it rationing.  Call it money management. Call it food insecurity.  I don’t know who put the fancy label on it, but trust me, when you’re hungry you don’t say you’re “food insecure.” You’re just hungry. How is it that in such a prosperous country, we have... Read more
Back to School – Or Not?

Back to School – Or Not?

This week, the County of Los Angeles announced that schools that had TK to sixth grades could open back up once they passed a safety plan. It is all well and good that the county has decided it is safe enough for small children to return to school.  But the children... Read more
For One Car Chase Suspect, It’s All Downhill

For One Car Chase Suspect, It’s All Downhill

A car chase that ended in Woodland Hills left the car and driver stuck on a fence just above Ventura Blvd. near Woodlake Bowl. The suspect, wanted for assault with a deadly weapon, took off on the wrong  side of Ventura after exiting the freeway. He made a left onto... Read more
Tiny Homes for Homeless Coming to West Valley

Tiny Homes for Homeless Coming to West Valley

“It’s a tiny solution to a huge problem,” says Ken Craft. He can state that with authority. Craft, CEO of Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, has made it his life’s work to feed, clothe and house the homeless. He is overseeing the installation of a row of cabins or... Read more
Restaurants Scramble to Set Up…Again!

Restaurants Scramble to Set Up…Again!

The State of California and the County of Los Angeles have given approval for restaurants to once again offer limited outdoor dining as of Friday, January 29.  Good news?  Maybe. Can local restaurants gear up for outdoor dining in just three days, especially with a... Read more
Congressman Brad Sherman:  Inside the Siege

Congressman Brad Sherman: Inside the Siege

Congressman Brad Sherman started the day, January 6, as the guest speaker at a West Valley Warner Center Chamber Zoom meeting. He then left his office to check on the electoral vote counting. “It was a big day,” he recounted. “I needed to get to the House floor to see... Read more
City Approves Westfield’s “Mini City”

City Approves Westfield’s “Mini City”

The Los Angeles City Council last week unanimously approved Westfield’s Promenade 2035 Plan. The “mini city” will include a sports arena, two hotels, over 1,400 apartments and a 28-story office building, along with a grocery store and over 10 acres of green space. The... Read more
New Vaccine Rollout Explained

New Vaccine Rollout Explained

Front-line health care workers and essential workers putting their lives on the line to keep the economy and society going are now eligible to step up to the plate for their first vaccine injection. This will be followed by the second vaccine to be administered three... Read more
Nighttrek: What to See in the January Sky

Nighttrek: What to See in the January Sky

The highlight of January is the meteor shower named the “Quadrantids” that occurs on Saturday, January 2.  Go out after 6 pm and see how many you can spot in an hour.   The meteors will pop out anywhere in the whole night sky.  If you get away from the city lights,... Read more
West Valley Hotels to Become Homeless Housing

West Valley Hotels to Become Homeless Housing

Joined by LA Family Housing at a small celebration under COVID-19 protocols, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield has announced that the City of Los Angeles has purchased two hotels for unhoused Angelenos in his district.  These are the first two hotels in Los Angeles that... Read more
Local Hospitals Get First  Doses of Vaccine

Local Hospitals Get First Doses of Vaccine

On Wednesday, Los Angeles marked the deadliest day of the pandemic, yet hope arrived as vaccines were delivered to local valley hospitals.  With 22,422 new cases reported, and 138 deaths in just one day, the need for the vaccine was never more apparent. The mechanics... Read more
Nighttrek: What to See in the December Sky

Nighttrek: What to See in the December Sky

The highlight of December is the “Great Conjunction” of Saturn and Jupiter on Monday, December 21.  These two giant planets will be the closest to each other since 1623!  Watch in the southwest as these two naked-eye planets move toward each other every night in... Read more
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