School bond to hit ballot in June

As Measure R funds dwindle, the Las Virgenes Unified School District is gearing up to place a new, $98 million bond measure before voters on the June ballot. Board members voted unanimously in favor of a Draft Facilities Master Plan, which outlines costs of specific capital improvements at each of the 15 schools in the district. The final Measure R […]

Community builds a Bethlehem

Like the fabled Brigadoon which awoke every 100 years, the ancient city of Bethlehem comes to life each Christmas season in Westlake Village. Each year Westminster Presbyterian Church invites the community to drive through the town and see it as it appeared at the time of Christ’s birth. There are live animals, (including a camel), food cooking over open firepits, […]

New mayor, city council take oath in Agoura

Reinhardt and Corridori retire

Agoura Hills Mayor Pro Tem Denis Weber took the oath of office as the city’s new mayor at Monday night’s city council reorganization meeting. The event included a farewell ceremony honoring outgoing Mayor Ed Corridori and Councilmember Jeff Reinhardt, who retired. Activities were at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center. William Koehler and Harry Schwarz, both longtime planning commissioners for the […]

Edward Masry, 73, dies

The Conejo Valley lost a popular, outspoken and straightforward leader Monday night when former Thousand Oaks City Councilmember Edward LMasry passed away. After several surgeries and long hospital stays due to diabetes complications, Masry, 73, died at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center late Monday, just days after resigning from the Thousand Oaks City Council. The rest of the world […]

Agoura’s Glen Peterson is elected to state water agenc

Glen Peterson, a Las Virgenes Municipal Water District board member and representative to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, was elected as vice president of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA). The election was conducted at ACWA’s annual conference, which this year was held in San Diego. Peterson has chaired the ACWA Federal Affairs Committee since 2004 and […]

Feinstein backs Groveman in 41st District race

Rishoff gains Pavley endorsement

Calabasas Mayor Barry Groveman scored his biggest endorsement to date in next year’s race for the 41st California Assembly District. Groveman, who was elected to the Calabasas City Council in March of 2003, is one four Democratic candidates in the June 2006 primary. Last week he received the endorsement of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) The winner of the primary […]

Less smoking, but more tax revenue, state says

State Board of Equalization Chair John Chiang announced that BOE enforcement measures have produced an additional $93 million in cigarette and tobacco products tax collected in the past 20 months. Another $32 million in sales tax was also generated by the increased enforcement, Chiang said. “While cigarette and tobacco consumption continues to decline, the tax receipts from those products are […]

Program drives home the devastation of drinking,

To emphasize the real life horror of driving under the influence of alcohol, a graphic program called Every 15 Minutes was presented recently to the upper classmen at Calabasas High School. The two-day, national awardwinning program does more than just talk to students about the dangers of drinking and driving. The visual impact of a real crash site on campus, […]

Community garden activities planned

Members of the Oak Park Gardeners will meet at 7 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 15 at Mae Boyar Park, 130 N. Kanan Road, Oak Park to elect a new board of directors. During the meeting, membership renewals for 2006 wilalso be accepted. The Oak Park Community Garden currently has several parcels available to members of the community who have an interest […]

Chef mixes flavor with health

Though frozen dinners and microwaves have made it easier to feed busy families, many still prefer more traditional cuisine. “The food network made cooking cool again,” said Laura Diaz, an Agoura Hills chef featured on national television and in magazines who cooks and promotes healthy Mexican food. Diaz, aka Chef LaLa, is currently negotiating with two TV networks to host […]