2006-03-30

Community Center must undergo a financial audit

Red ink causes alarm

The Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center is operating in the red and an audit has been ordered to determine whether the 30,000-square-foot facility remains a viable community resource. Amy Jones-Brink, director of community services for the city of Agoura Hills, outlined the center’s financial problems to the Agoura Hills City Council last week and asked the panel for advice on how […]

Local wildlife organization comes to the rescue



SEAL OF APPROVAL- Above, a young 70-pound elephant seal stranded on El Matador Beach in Malibu is carried to a truck near Pacific Coast Highway by the California Wildlife Center’s Deanna Thompson, Tim Root and Gregg Feingold. The seal will be taken to a Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro to be cared for and eventually released back to […]

New budget leaves local schools wanting more

Teachers to get highest salary increase in 15 years

The California Department of Finance reports that although state revenues are up 4.4 percent, expenditures have risen more than 8 percent, dampening hopes that the state’s proposed new budget will provide relief for public schools. Deputy Superintendent Donald Zimring reported recently to the Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) Board of Education that after three years of budget crisis, Gov. […]

Soars through the air with greatest of ease



Spring forwardfall back



You’ll get one less hour of time away from work this weekend. Daylight-saving time officially returns at 2 a.m. Sun., April 1 when clocks should be moved forward to 3 a.m. According to the government, daylight-saving time serves two purposes. It saves energy and enables more sunshine for leisure-time activities in the evening. It’s probably easier to set your clocks […]

Calabasas attorney seeks greener pastures in Nevada County



Calabasas was proud to announce the hiring of city attorney Michael Colantuono in August 2003, but might have to say goodbye to the 44-year-old lawyer if he’s elected to the Nevada County Superior Court this fall. Colantuono is running against five other candidates in the June 6 primary election. Two of those candidates will compete in a runoff in November, […]

Water district’s composting odors leave local residents in a sour mood

Similar smells plagued Calabasas plant in the late 1990s

Recent odors emanating from the Rancho Composting Facility in Calabasas forced neighboring residents to plug their noses and thumb those noses at water district officials whom they blame for years of offand-on smells at the plant. The latest round of smelly fumes were the result of an aging biofilter at the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) plant. The filter, […]

Las Virgenes schools make the grade



Local school districts excelled again in the 2005 Academic Performance Index (API) scores, according to the latest report released by the California Department of Education. School districts are ranked and compared to similar districts throughout the state. The API is based on a scale from 200 to 1,000 and is calculated from the performance of students on California standards testing […]

LVUSD test score highlights



+Las Virgenes Unified School District scored 860 out of 1,000 +LVUSD scored in the top 10 percent of 8,000 schools tested +Every elementary and middle school in the district posted scores above 800 +Agoura and Calabasas high schools earned 818 and 822 respectively +Yerba Buena Elementary School earned the highest base API score of 925 +On a scale of 1 […]

Ventura County grand jury seeks participation from community



Some residents in Ventura County want to do more to fulfill their civic obligation than just pay taxes. In an effort to identify the more altruistic among us, the Ventura County grand jury recently hosted a public open house to recruit new members. Grand juries were incorporated into the United States judicial system in 1791 under the Fifth Amendment. California […]