2005-12-22

Holiday season sparkles in the Conejo



PEACE ON EARTH—Whether it’s the delightful Christmas display at the Burko family’s Lake Lindero Drive home in Agoura Hills, above, or the 6-foot-tall menorah made entirely of Legos by the children of the Friendship Circle, left, the goodwill of the holidays makes its way into the hearts and homes of those across the Conejo Valley.

Parents dispute district’s decision to fire coach



Parents and faculty rallied last Tuesday at the Oak Park Unified School District Board of Education meeting to argue against what many called the “harsh and unjust” punishment of Ted Eggleston, Gloria Rios and Brenda Pasqua. School directors asked all three to resign after a parent complained about an alleged hazing incident that involved members of the Oak Park High […]

Agoura Village sparks concern



A handful of residents attended a recent Agoura Hills planning commission meeting to comment on the Agoura Village draft environmental impact report. The 122-page document outlines details of the revitalization project that will transform the area along Agoura Road at Cornell and Kanan roads into a development that mixes retail, office space, restaurants, entertainment, services and residential living. The residential […]

Police to target drunk drivers



Between now and the New Year, local traffic enforcement agencies say they will increase their traffic patrols to crack down on drunk driving. According to Sgt. Bruce Watlington of the Thousand Oaks Police Department, the holiday season brings a number of holiday parties, which often lead to drunk driving. T.O. officers will seek out intoxicated drivers during the holidays. “Really, […]

Jordan lauded by Las Virgenes colleagues



After 16 years of service with the Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education, saying farewell to Judy Jordan was bittersweet for the colleagues and friends who attended Tuesday’s celebration to honor her time working with the school district. Teachers, administrators, city officials, family and friends spoke about Jordan’s legacy to the district. “I would like to begin by […]

Oak Park pedophile arrested



Oak Park resident and registered sex offender Robert Mark Nebens, 45, was arrested Mon., Dec. 5 in the city of Rubidoux by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for attempted child molestation and for providing a child with pornography, police said. According to the police report, Nebens thought he was meeting with a 13-year-old boy at a Rubidoux strip mall when […]

$1 million donation to fund playground

By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com

Calabasas just received its biggest gift ever, according to Mayor Barry Groveman. The Friedman Charitable Foundation gave $1 million to the city to fund the construction of Brandon’s Village, a universally accessible playground at Gate’s Canyon Park in Calabasas. According to city officials, the playground will mirror the Shane’s Inspiration concept in Los Angeles’s Griffith Park. “I’m proud to have […]

Friedl named to water board



Jim Friedl Jr. was appointed to director of Division 5 at the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, in Calabasas, by the board of directors last Tuesday, filling the board vacancy left by the late Ann Dorgelo. According to district officials, Division 5 covers a large portion of the city of Agoura Hills. He will serve the remainder of the current […]

OPUSD master plan totals $115 million



The Oak Park Unified School District Board of Education approved the district’s facilities master plan during their meeting last week The plan’s goal is to update all six campuses within the Oak Park Unified School District. The work will take five years to complete and will cost nearly $115 million. The plan was outlined with help from Fields and Devereaux […]

Westlake hires new dial-a-ride company



The Westlake Village City Council voted unanimously last week to change their current diala-ride service provider and sign a new contract with Californiabased MV Transportation. The city-subsidized service offers discounted rides to Westlake Village seniors, disabled residents and area teens. The program has been available for the past 20 years and services nearly 400 riders a month. Westlake officials said […]