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Teenage angst

As a teen, I feel as if there is nothing to do in Agoura. Our town is often referred to as “the bubble,” and for good reason. There seems to be nothing to do for high school/middle school students in Agoura. The most entertaining and free options my friends and I have found are walking around, going to various stores […]

Reading is important

As a former English teacher and a mother who has raised three successful members of society, I believe that parents need to be open to the readings assigned to their students. Fear is what drives people to say no to literature—fear and the need for control. Allowing your children exposure under the watchful eyes of teachers is the best way […]

Election conflict?

I see that one of the candidates for Westlake Village City Council, Ray Pearl, is a lobbyist for the housing industry. What could go wrong with that idea? Jonathan GreenspanWestlake Village

Alternative fuel cars making good headway

COMMENTARY /// Going green

The California green vehicle market continues to experience growth throughout the state, especially with increasing electric vehicle sales, which now make up more than 3 percent of total new vehicle sales year to date, an increase from 2.4 percent over this time last year. According to the California Green Vehicle Report, an independent research study, the overall California vehicle market […]

Security measures begin at home


Last week someone published our community’s entrance gate code on social media and in printed signage. Neighbors were in an uproar and, of course, the code needed to be changed to deter trespassers. While this was an unfortunate situation that cost our homeowners association money (to send a mailing of the new code to all homeowners and for the gate […]

Rock-climbing rookie takes bite out of height


Rock climbing is not in my genes, but the temptation can be overwhelming sometimes. In once trying to prove my mettle as an outdoorswoman to a former beau, I revved up the bravado and hastily scaled up one side of a huge boulder that loomed above Trancas Creek in Malibu. Once I reached the top, the bravado evaporated and panic […]

Dinnertime grumblings produce food for thought for the faithful

Culinary complaints lead to some meaty insights. The Israelites had left slavery in Egypt. After a year’s journey, they reached the Promised Land. We know it took a year because they celebrated the second Passover at this time, Numbers 9:1. The people griped that they were sick of eating the same old manna each day and had no meat (Numbers […]

Solve the traffic

This November we can break long-standing bad habits that threaten to clog the arteries of our city. Two incumbents for reelection have contributed disproportionately to the disconnect between citizens and government. Never has this been truer than examining the relationships between lobbyists and council members. Rapacious developers throughout our region know that lobbyist Brad Rosenheim is “the go-to guy” for […]

Power outage sparks anger

From 6 p.m. Aug. 21 to 3:50 a.m. Aug. 22, the east side of Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas went dark. When we have a power outage during a storm or some other natural disaster, it is understandable that we will have to put up with discomfort and use our emergency preparedness gear. However, when Southern California Edison planned to […]


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