2006-05-04

Officials bear down and finally make the catch

Large black bear shows up in Westlake Village and is cornered in Newbury Park

How does a 300-pound California black bear make it from Westlake Village all the way to Newbury Park without being spotted by the public? Easily, Ventura County Sheriff ‘s Department Capt. Ron Nelson said, when it makes use of the Conejo Valley’s extensive drainage system. The bear, which caused quite a stir when it was spotted April 27 near the […]

Gas prices driving us mad

One city decides to fight back

Summer nears and gas prices soar. While many drivers say they have no choice but to pay the high price at the pump, Calabasas officials have been working on ways to reduce the city’s use of gasoline. “I cannot honestly say that I drive less because of rising gas prices,” said Calabasas Mayor Pro Tem James Bozajian. “I have two […]

Two schools named Distinguished



Brookside and Red Oak elementary schools of the Oak Park Unified School District have once again been named California Distinguished Schools, an honor given each year to the state’s top public schools. The award program was established in 1985 to give recognition and publicity to schools that excel within the California educational system. “This is no small task,” said Tony […]

Botanical tour grows in popularity



NATURE’S STORY-Left, botanist Tom Hayduk discusses native plants with visitors during a recent garden tour at SOKA University. Below is a Western Wallflower, one of the nearly 650 plant species that can be found in the Santa Monica Mountains.

D’s and F’s: The new C’s and D’s?



Are too many local high school students getting D’s and F’s in class? Reports that a high percentage of Agoura and Calabasas high school students received substandard grades prompted the Las Virgenes Unified School District to study the potential problem and separate fact from fiction. Joe Nardo, assistant superintendent of education, presented a report to the school board recently that […]

Deputy recognized



BRAVERY-Lost Hills/ Malibu Sheriff’s Dep. Leobardo Truillo was honored for saving a fellow officer’s life. More than 400 attended L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine’s annual “Z” awards luncheon at Woodland Hills Hilton.

Help the sheriff fight reckless driving



The Sheriff’s Teenage Traffic Offender Program (STTOP) wants you to be the eyes and ears of the community. If you witness a case of reckless driving, call STTOP at (818) 880-5420. To learn more, visit www.sttop.net.

Chamber of Commerce endorses Oak Park school bonds



The Agoura/Oak Park/Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce board of directors has endorsed a pair of proposed bond measures in the June election that would benefit Oak Park’s public schools. “Our chamber has a long tradition of supporting quality education in the many communities that the chamber serves, and good schools keep our property values high,” said Alex Soteras, government affairs […]

Oak Park woman leads San Fernando Valley Fair



The San Fernando Valley Fair is coming back in June, and fair organizers are pitching horse shoes this year-for the first time ever, the famed Budweiser Clydesdale draft horses will be visiting the fair. The eight-horse hitch will be harnessed and hitched to their red, white and gold beer wagon. At the fair, the horses’ handlers will give grooming demonstrations, […]

School district sets goals for coming yea



Las Virgenes Unified School District officials have set new goals to improve educational opportunities for students. The school board updates its goals every two to five years, Superintendent Sandra Smyser said. When she joined the district at the beginning of the school year, Smyser said she was instructed to view district goals with “fresh eyes.” There are more than 12,000 […]