The new year has brought many changes to the City of Los Angeles, with five new Councilmembers, and a new Mayor, City Attorney, and City… Read More »Guest Editorial: From Councilman John Lee
Woodland Hills resident and music industry executive Peter Fletcher has had possession of child pornography charges against him dropped. Fletcher was arrested the night of… Read More »All Charges Dropped Against Peter Fletcher
By Neill Simmons The month of January holds many opportunities for planetary sightings. One of the highlights is the return of the “Evening Star” low in… Read More »Nighttrek Report: What to See in the January Sky
Did you know that the Force was once strong in the San Fernando Valley? You could even say it was so strong because it was once… Read More »My Valley Pass Celebrates Star Wars With Event
In 1952 there were no big box stores, Ventura Boulevard was dotted with a just few new small businesses, and Woodland Hills moved at a slower… Read More »Local Hardware Store Still Serving Community 70 Years Later
It’s been almost seven years since the worst natural gas leak in the nation’s history at Aliso Canyon in the heart of Porter Ranch. 2022… Read More »Which Way the Wind Blows: The Future of Aliso Canyon
The Woodland Hills Homeowners Organization (WHHO) has sent a formal letter to Councilman Bob Blumenfield that “vehemently objects to your support for the proposed use… Read More »Homeowners Association Formally Opposes Homeless Hotels
“In a time of disillusionment, cynicism and rampant polarization – here is an example of true bravery.” The words, of course, refer to Volodymyr Zelenskyy,… Read More »Zelensky – A Hero Rises With Hope and History Behind Him
Valley Cultural Foundation, presenters of the free Summer Concerts in the Park series in Woodland Hills, have announced their line-up for the 2022 summer season.… Read More »Free Concert Schedule to Rock the Stage This Summer
Two Valley entrepreneurs have formed a strategic alliance to publish a newspaper to serve the north valley. Kathleen Sterling, publisher of Valley News Group, and Miri… Read More »Two Valley Powerhouses Team Up to Publish North Valley News
The County of Los Angeles, under the direction of Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, whose Third District includes Woodland Hills, is in negotiations to buy the… Read More »Ventura Blvd. Hotel to Become Housing for Homeless Families
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… Read More »Calabasas Water Wasters May Get Taps Turned Down
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… Read More »Westfield Expansion to Open Summer 2022
California has been experiencing much needed rain and snow that is helping to combat the ongoing drought. No one can look past their windows and… Read More »Even With All This Rain…It’s Too Early to Let Up
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,… Read More »Omicron – From a Hospital’s Perspective
After a nearly year-long process to hear comments from the public on their communities of interest and review census data, this week the City Council… Read More »City Council Keeps Most of West Valley Whole in Final Redistricting Map
It takes a workforce to make the engines run, but some 300,000 employees short across the country, we don’t know how to reignite the absentees… Read More »Hiring Signs Are Everywhere – Where Did All the Workers Go?
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… Read More »LA Plan Would Cut Woodland Hills in Half
As of October 7, “getting carded” has a new meaning. The County of Los Angeles has mandated that all indoor bars, wineries, breweries, lounges and… Read More »Proof of Vaccine Now Sets the Bar – No Shot at Service Without One
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… Read More »Target Woodland Hills: New Target for Homeless?
In celebration of the unique place this community calls home, Valley residents congregated at Westfield Fashion Square yesterday to celebrate the San Fernando Valley at… Read More »The San Fernando Valley Community Celebrates 818 Day!
The United Chambers of Commerce has named their 2021 Inspirational Women of the Year. The honor is bestowed on outstanding women who have made a… Read More »United Chambers Announces 2021 Inspirational Women Honorees
Over the past few months, I’ve heard from many constituents concerned about airplane noise over West Valley communities. Portions of the West Valley are under… Read More »Airplane Noise Over West Valley – What’s Being Done?
This week the LA City Council passed legislation, which I co-authored, that will establish constitutional, enforceable laws prohibiting encampments in certain sensitive areas. Areas that… Read More »New Encampment Limits Pass City Council-How Will They Impact the Valley’s Homeless Crisis?
Aldi, the German discount grocer that already numbers 60-plus stores in California, is moving ahead with plans to open at the old OSH at Fallbrook… Read More »Discount Grocer Aldi to Open at Old OSH Hardware
Valley Cultural Foundation will produce their 20th annual fireworks show in Warner Park this Sunday, July 4. Bob Blumenfield’s July 4 Fireworks Extravaganza, presented by… Read More »Fireworks to Light Up West Valley Skies for the Fourth of July!
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… Read More »Saving the Smallest House in Woodland Hills
Fire season in California was always defined as June to late December. This May has already seen two red-flag alerts – an anomaly which hasn’t… Read More »There’s No More “Fire Season” in California
The Valley Cultural Foundation (VCF) will be returning this summer for the 46th concert season at Warner Ranch Park. Nora Ross, CEO, said, “After this… Read More »Valley Cultural Foundation Announces Park Summer Entertainment Lineup!
The City of Los Angeles has opened its second-largest vaccination center at Pierce College. The center, located in Parking Lot 7 off Victory Boulevard, will… Read More »City Opens Second-Largest Vaccination Site at Pierce College
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… Read More »For One Car Chase Suspect, It’s All Downhill
“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… Read More »Tiny Homes for Homeless Coming to West Valley
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… Read More »Congressman Brad Sherman: Inside the Siege
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… Read More »Nighttrek: What to See in the January Sky
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… Read More »West Valley Hotels to Become Homeless Housing
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… Read More »Local Hospitals Get First Doses of Vaccine
Woodland Hills Candy Cane Lane, located off Winnetka Avenue and Oxnard Street, has been a holiday favorite since 1948! 2020 has brought so many changes,… Read More »Light Up Your Holiday…Candy Cane Lane Still as Sweet
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… Read More »Nighttrek: What to See in the December Sky
There is so much bad news in the world: COVID-19 numbers are up, big companies are laying off more people, there are runs again on… Read More »How to Be Someone’s Santa This Holiday: Adopt a Family in Need This Season
This week Pfizer announced a vaccine candidate they found to be more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19. Pfizer and Biontech studied 43,538 participants, all… Read More »The Proposed Vaccine: An Infectious Disease Expert Weights In
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?… Read More »Contact Tracing: Who Does the Detective Work?
The second annual “Halloween Houses on Display” contest is underway in West Hills, judged by impartial professionals to find the scariest and the most comical… Read More »Not Trick or Treating? Visit These Haunted Houses Instead
Just in time for the start of the holiday shopping season, Westfield Topanga & The Village are hosting a “Shop Your Heart Out” charitable shopping… Read More »Westfield Kicks Off the Holiday Season With “Shop Your Heart Out” for Local Charities
A visitor to the San Fernando Valley in the early 20th century would have been treated to the sight of more than a dozen ranches… Read More »The Reel History of the Valley: “Movie Ranches: More Cameras than Cows”
Vote. It sounds so simple. But not this year. How and when you vote has never been so complicated. In person on November 3rd, in… Read More »Voting Should be Simple – But Not This Year! How and Where to Vote
Councilman Bob Blumenfield has set the date of November 16 to remove all homeless encampments from the Winnetka and Corbin underpasses of the freeway. LAHSA (Los… Read More »Blumenfield Vows to Move Homeless from Winnetka – But Will They Leave?
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… Read More »Is Private Firefighting Just for the Rich?
The recent surge in fires this week has understandably made many residents nervous – and cautious. They also underscore the importance of having adequate insurance… Read More »Worried About Fire? Evacuation? Document Your Property Now
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… Read More »Boo! Hoo… Has Halloween Been Cancelled?
Here we are in a pandemic. We know what the state, county and city have planned for our schools. We know what the public and… Read More »Do Teachers Really Want to Go Back Into the Classroom?
Carl Gambino knows luxury real estate. Having set the record for the highest sale in Encino history at $14 million, he further went on to… Read More »A-List Estate Agent Breaks Down Encino’s Real Estate Surge
Spectrum Networks has partnered with Valley News Group in the launch of its Spectrum News App, introduced this week. The app combines reporting from existing newsrooms… Read More »Valley News Group Partners With Spectrum For Local-Based News App
Heat. Winds. Dry hillsides. All of which make Southern California a hot spot for wildfires. The 2018 Woolsey Fire was a lesson to residents in… Read More »Flying Into the Belly of the Beast: New “Firehawk” Helicopters Designed Just for Firefighting
They’re rolling out smart in Woodland Hills! The new Amazon grocery store will introduce their new “Dash Cart” technology when the store opens at 6245… Read More »Cashless Dash Carts Rolling Out Soon at Amazon Woodland Hills
With fireworks shows in the valley canceled this fourth, the planes of the Condor Air Squadron will bring a patriotic flyover to Encino Saturday night.… Read More »July 4th Flyover Will Wing its Way Over the Valley
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… Read More »Mountain Lion Gives Birth to Three Kittens
On Monday, May 18, 2020, Dr. Lysik tendered his resignation as Calabasas’ City Manager to the Council effective May 17, 2020 for personal reasons. Lysik… Read More »Calabasas City Manager Dr. Gary Lysik Announces Resignation
California Governor Gavin Newsom led off his daily briefing Wednesday by saying, “We have to walk and chew gum at the same time.” Obviously the… Read More »Fighting on Two Fronts: Preparing for Fire Season While Fighting a Pandemic
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday that any L.A. County resident can get tested for COVID-19, whether or not they have symptoms of the… Read More »Any L.A. Resident Can Get Tested for Virus Without Symptoms
We are wearing masks. Practicing self-quarantine. Isolating at home. But what if you don’t have a home? The issue of the homeless during a pandemic… Read More »We’re Self Isolating at Home; But What About the Homeless?
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,”… Read More »Virus Testing Site Opens in West Valley
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… Read More »Westfield Reduces Size of Promenade Stadium!
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,… Read More »Amazon 4-Star Store Opening at Westfield Topanga
[ The helicopter crash that killed basketball legend Kobe Bryant and eight others reverberated throughout the country and around the world – but happened right… Read More »Calabasas Copes with the Crash That Killed Kobe and Eight Others
United Technologies Corp., the owners of the Rocketdyne property in Warner Center, have asked the state to change the cleanup requirements of the property from… Read More »Rocketdyne Owners Ask for Reduced Cleanup Standards
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… Read More »Westfield Announces Plans For Sears Building
The LA Cultural Heritage Commission approved the historic designation of the Bothwell Ranch, the last major orange grove in the San Fernando Valley. Led by… Read More »LA Cultural Heritage Commission Approves Blumenfield’s Effort to Preserve Bothwell Ranch
After months of working with Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles Community College District, local activists from the West Valley Resistance (WVR)… Read More »Active Shooter Training Approved For Local Schools
According to a draft comprehensive review of the Woolsey Fire released this week, LA County was prepared for a ‘typical to serious emergency’, but not… Read More »Woolsey Fire: What Went Wrong? Public Meeting Oct. 26
The highlight of October comes on a special night, Thursday the 31st, Halloween Night! A great “conjunction” occurs when the planet Jupiter and the… Read More »Nighttrek: What to See in the October Sky
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… Read More »Amazon Grocery Going Into Woodland Hills?
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… Read More »False Report of Shots Fired Leads to Evacuation
Westfield is appealing the City of Los Angeles Planning Department’s ruling on their Promenade 2035 project. The city approved the majority of the plan but… Read More »Westfield, Homeowner Group, Appeal Planning Commission on Promenade 2035
The Los Angeles City Council this week reinstated a temporary ordinance that restricts people from living in their cars in residential areas – or next… Read More »City Reinstates Ban on Living In Your Car
Westfield’s proposed Promenade 2035 Plan got a nod of approval from the city’s Planning Department – with one major modification. The plan as submitted to… Read More »Promenade 2035 Plan Approved – With Smaller Stadium
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… Read More »Valley Residents Suffer the Most From Smog
State Senator Henry Stern, along with several other legislators, submitted a request to The Joint Legislative Audit Committee to examine county practices and make recommendations… Read More »In Wake of Homelessness Numbers, Stern Submits Requests to Extend “51-50” Hold for Homeless
I’m a strong proponent of civil liberties and individual rights. You’ll hear me loud and clear on the issues of freedom on the press and… Read More »Enough of Civil Liberties, Do Something With the Homeless
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… Read More »Two Killed in Lamborghini Crash in Encino
Over the weekend, YouTube star Jake Paul threw a party at his Calabasas mansion that resulted in a woman’s claim that she had been drugged… Read More »Girl Claims Drugging at Calabasas Mansion Party
Three Los Angeles Police Department officers have been infected with MRSA at the West Valley station in Reseda.
Multiple reports have recently emerged that several LAPD officers may have contracted MRSA, a highly contagious infection. MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, causes staph infections… Read More »Three Los Angeles Police Department officers have been infected with MRSA at the West Valley station in Reseda.
The “ayes” have it. The majority of community leaders and residents at the public hearing Wednesday for Westfield’s Promenade 2035 plan supported the project. Only… Read More »Promenade 2035 Public Hearing Brings Out Supporters
While the Los Angeles Zoo is famous for its menagerie of animals for tourists and locals alike to marvel at, behind the scenes, the… Read More »Lions and Tigers and a Beastly Ball…Oh My!
Despite the destruction the Woolsey Fire left in its wake, it only takes a quick glance at the hillsides to see that the environment is… Read More »Bobcat Litter Born to Woolsey Fire Survivor
The Woolsey Fire blew more than ash into the west valley. With the destruction of so much property in Malibu, long a location for high-end… Read More »Homeowners “Just Say No” to Sober Living Homes
For every bad deed we report, there seem to be more selfless stories of those willing to step up and do the right thing. Such… Read More »Answering the “Call” to Serve and Protect
April has begun and spring is in the air! As the days get longer and the weather becomes sunny and warm I thought I would… Read More »Enjoy Your Workouts With a Side of Sunshine!
Early Wednesday morning on April 3, police raided the Encino home of hip-hop producer Mally Mall (Jamal Rashid). Both the LAPD and the Department of… Read More »Encino Hip Hop Producer Home Raided by SWAT
Beginning April 30 no retail food establishment or nonprofit food provider located in the City of Calabasas will provide, distribute, or sell plastic straws, stirrers,… Read More »Calabasas Says Adios in April to Plastic
Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved funding for a new permanent Bridge Housing site in the West Valley. In… Read More »West Valley First to Get Permanent Homeless Bridge Housing
This is a volatile week in the west valley. Wednesday morning anti-Semitic posters were plastered across Woodland Hills and Tarzana. This Saturday, controversial United States… Read More »Congresswoman Omar Makes Waves in Warner Center
“The streets of Encino used to be a secret,” says LAPD’s Tim Walia. “There were always those who knew the back way to make the… Read More »Commuters Finding “Waze” to Disrupt the Neighborhood