Westlake Village Spa wins PETA award


The California Health & Longevity Institute, part of the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, was designated the “Most Vegetarian-Friendly Spa” in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ 5th Annual Proggy (an abbreviation of “progress”) Awards.

The institute won the award because it is a first-class health and wellness spa that includes gourmet vegetarian food, PETA said.

“The folks at the California Health & Longevity Institute know that heart-friendly vegetarian food is key to any health and fitness regimen,” PETA Vice President Bruce Friedrich said.


Simi Valley woman arrested for arson


A Simi Valley woman suspected of starting a fire that destroyed 12 vehicles and an apartment building was arrested and booked into Ventura County jail Dec. 26.

Kelly Laser, 36, was charged with arson of property and an inhabited structure, a felony.

The fire erupted early Nov. 11 at the Baywood Apartments building at 5383 Cochran St. in Simi Valley, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

No one was injured in the blaze, officials said.

“The key to the investigation was eyewitness information provided by people in the area placing the suspect at the scene at the time of the fire,” said Alan Campbell, a fire/arson investigator for the Ventura County Fire Department.

Laser’s bail is set at $50,000.