Slavin will not vote on Lowe’s

Has conflict with personal office property

Westlake Village City Councilmember Robert Slavin announced Monday he will not vote on the Lowe’s development due to a conflict of interest. The recusal comes after an independent real estate appraiser hired by the city reported that the total worth of Slavin’s $2-million Thousand Oaks office building could decrease by as much as $80,000 if the Lowe’s development is voted […]

Rishoff drops out of state Assembly race


Louise Rishoff, former mayor and city council member of Agoura Hills, announced she is withdrawing from the 2006 California Assembly race in the 41st District. The seat is being vacated later in the year by incumbent Fran Pavley, for whom Rishoff currently works as a staff officer“It has. . .consumed every waking hour of every day of my life for […]

New year brings new laws

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger learned the hard way after November’s special election that success at the box office doesn’t always translate to success at the ballot box. All eight of the propositions on November’s ballot– known as the governor’s Reform Agenda—were soundly rejected by California voters. From issues that dealt with state funding for schools (Proposition 76) and prescription drugs (Propositions […]

Workers branch out

CATCH OF THE DAY—A large tree that fell from Al Siegel’s backyard into Lake Lindero creates quite a cleanup project for Westlake Village resident Dylan Kingston, a former Navy demolition diver, and Tom Manwell of Sierra Towing. Below, Manwell tips the boat while Kingston attaches a chain to the tree, which lies just below the surface. Left, Kingston catches a […]

Smiling in the rain

Garden guru

Garn Wallace, who tests the fertility and toxicity of soil, water and plants for local and international governments and corporations, will show how to create a thriving, healthy landscape during a “Grow a Better Garden: Soil, Plants and Water” presentation from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 11 at the Calabasas campus of Soka University on Mulholland Highway.

Oak Park coach talks about firing

Ted Eggleston, the girl’s varsity soccer coach at Oak Park High School for the past 12 years, said charges against the team’s coaching staff over an alleged hazing incident were unjustified and that he’s upset over his coaching staff being fired. Eggleston resigned in late November in response to the firing of his assistant coach, Gloria Rios, and trainer, Brenda […]

As interest rates climb, watch for pitfalls in mortgage financing

When Christine Abrams moved her growing family out of their Thousand Oaks condominium to a three-bedroom fixer-upper a few miles away, she didn’t realize the financial troubles that lay ahead. Because of a new mortgage payment that has the family’s already-tight budget stretched thin, Christine is unable to pay for the home improvements needed on the home and has become […]

Local legislators active in Sacramento

The following is a list of bills and charters that were authored by local state legislators and passed in 2005. State Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) Senatorial District 23 •SB-180 cracks down on human trafficking and slavery. The law helps establish a task force to address the issue and defines stricter penalties for those who bring people into the state […]

Consultant hired for city’s general plan

A Pasadena consulting firm will begin updating the city of Agoura Hills general plan and environmental impact report. P&D Consultants will be paid up to $60,000 for the work, officials said. The general plan update and the environmental report will take several years to complete and will focus on land use and transportation issues, according to the city. A survey […]