Letters

Reaction to Helus Blue Bowl cancellation

Your extended article concerning the Sgt. Helus Blue Bowl and the Zore Foundation should serve as a cautionary tale about the problem-reaction-solution trap of any tragedy. The sheriff’s office and the community of Thousand Oaks should think twice before heeding the “attention must be paid” call of any and every rainmaker from Florida who comes along promising to kiss the […]

Apartment flap

If Howard Benson thinks that Parkway Calabasas is a “freeway,” I suggest that he try to drive the 101 Freeway east from 4 to 6 p.m. any evening during the work week—then he’ll know what commuter traffic really is. I’m wondering what his take would be if several folks decided to build a bunch of apartment buildings in his local […]

Shuttle filled by out-of-area students

How ironic is it that the headline announced new Kanan shuttle stops when in reality the service has been cut. Linda Parks says that 80,000 trips are taken off of Kanan Road. How many of those riders are out-of-district students, once again profiting off of our tax dollars? As far as I can tell, traffic on the 2½ mile trip […]

Tired of school district ‘tugging at heart strings’

I just received the infamous Las Virgenes Unified School District survey in the mail. This is the first step to an additional property tax assessment on your property tax bill. The biggest excuse for needing this money is lack of financial support from the State of California. The state currently has billions of dollars in unallocated reserves, which it has […]

Against landlord expansion plans

Opponents of AvalonBay’s Calabasas Neighborhood Preservation Initiative are not opposed to affordable housing. They just want all development to go through the city’s usual process, intended to protect our community. AvalonBay states that original construction bonds issued by Los Angeles County required that a certain number of units remain affordable and that the program has since ended. AvalonBay neglects to […]

Supports Avalon

I was a real estate appraiser for many years, but after the 2008 economic crisis, my family suffered a significant financial reversal. We moved from a 4,000- square-foot home in Encino, to a three-bedroom home in Porter Ranch and then to a two-bedroom affordable apartment at Avalon Calabasas. We did what we had to do. We chose Calabasas because of […]

Allow the new Calabasas apartments

I agree with Jolene Scott-Placencio regarding the Avalon Calabasas keeping 80 apartments affordable in exchange for the right to build new market-rate units. Of all the low-hanging fruit to building more housing, this has to be it. I hike in this area, bike ride, live in one of the communities on Parkway Calabasas, and I feel lucky that the developer […]

Go, Dial-A-Ride

It seems the City of Westlake Village has renewed its agreement with the City of Thousand Oaks in regards to the Dial-A-Ride program. Westlake Village’s report explains that DAR is intended for residents “over the age of 65” and residents who qualify as “disabled.” This program will be very helpful for these groups of Westlake Village residents as it will […]

Recycling alternative

As a follow-up to the Sept. 5 editorial about America’s current recycling woes, I want to share information about a program that is often overlooked, yet has great potential for success: Plastic Bay and Wrap Recycling. Despite the California single use plastic bag ban in 2016, many types of plastic bags, as well as plastic wrap and film, remain a […]

Missing Marley

Needless to say, the telephone call from Bud Marley’s brother advising us of his passing left Mary Jo and I with a deep sense of loss. Not only have we lost a dear friend and neighbor of over 35 years, but with his passing the community has lost a lifelong admired educator as well as a respected and appreciated philanthropist. […]


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