January 12, 2006

Town hall meetings put Lowe

Town hall meetings put Lowe’s on defensive Officials faced a barrage of questions and comments from Westlake Village residents during two town hall meetings last week regarding the proposed Lowe’s retail development in Westlake Village. The first meeting at First Neighborhood Community Center and the second at Calvary Community Church gave planners and city staff a chance to talk about […]

Westlake raises the bar on new construction

Development makes strange bedfellows, critics say

Next week, the Westlake Village City Council is expected to vote whether or not to rezone a 22-acre lot off Russell Ranch Road to allow the construction of a 168,000-square-foot Lowe’s home improvement store. Besides the $45-million hardware store, Rotkin Real Estate Group has submitted plans to develop 62,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space on the property. The […]

Community mourns loss of Lesley Devine

Former mayor called one of the

Lesley Devine, a founding member of the city of Calabasas and longtime advocate for the community’s parks and open space, passed away on Jan. 5 folowing a long bout with cancer. She was 63. Until last year, Devine had served on every city council since incorporation in 1991 and was perhaps known best for her leading role in the fight […]

Rockin’ waves attract many local surfers

Neighborhood watch offers safety tips

Several law enforcement professionals shared ideas on neighborhood safety at a recent meeting of the Westlake Ranch Property Owners Association. Richard Harrison, one of the meeting’s hosts and an Los Angeles Police Department reserve specialist, reported a troubling rise in property crimes in portions of Westlake during the last three months, including vandalism, several garage and vehicle burglaries, and underage […]

Mini motorcycles starting to spell big trouble

Popular bikes prohibited on streets

Pocket bikes might be all the rage, but Sacramento lawmakers weren’t convinced of their charm when they decided last year to make riding the miniature motorcycles on roads illegal. Starting this year, a California Assembly bill takes the air out of of these popular toys by prohibiting their use on public roadways. Assembly Bill 1051, which was written by Assemblyman […]

Acorn Bits

Arlene and Barry Bernholtz of Calabasas announced that their son, Alan Bernholtz, 36 recently was elected mayor of the historic town of Crested Butte, Colo., known as “the last real ski town on the edge of paradise.” The Bernholtzes are involved with the Calabasas Historical Society and Arlene Bernholtz works as the marketing director for the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce.

Beware: One man’s trash is another’s treasure

Officials are urging residents to use extra caution when disposing of holiday trash. Waste Management, the company responsible for trash disposal in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, wants residents to be proactive with their recycling and cautious when throwing away items that contain personal information. Identity thieves know January is a month filled with prime pickings. This time of the […]

Local actress lands role on popular WB show

Vanessa Marano, a 13-year-old resident of Woodland Hills, has been offered a recurring role on the popular WB program “The Gilmore Girls.” Marano was trained as an actor at The Stage Door Theatre in Old Agoura and is currently active with the Stage Door Children’s Theatre. Marano began acting professionally at age 7. She starred in a number of plays […]