Voters nail Lowe’s at the ballot box

Measure Z can't overcome stiff opposition

There will be no Lowe’s home improvement store in Westlake Village after residents rejected Measure Z in the Nov. 7 election. According to county election figures Wednesday morning, there were 1,907 votes against the big box store compared to 1,539 votes in favor. Councilmember Philippa Klessig, who supported the Lowe’s zoning amendment, expressed surprise at the wide margin of loss. […]

Free to choose

OFFICIAL VOTER-U.S. Marine Private Chris Montague, an Agoura Hills resident and a first-time voter, casts his ballot at the Lake Lindero Country Club precinct before returning to Camp Pendleton on Tuesday.

Oak Park school bond fails a second time

H6 gets majority, but not two-thirds

The day after the election, supporters of the school facilities bond in Oak Park expressed disappointment and concern over the failure of the $71.1-million measure. “We worked very hard to inform the community about the need for repairs,” said Peter Kristensen, chair of the H6 bond committee. “Who knows what will happen now? It’s unfortunate.” Although the H6 bond earned […]

Calabasas center receives bid

After a series of frustrating delays, the Calabasas City Council approved a $31-million bid for the town’s new civic center. “This is the result of 10 years’ worth of work and numerous individuals, both in official capacity and in staff capacity and in support capacity throughout, not only in the community, but in the business community as well,” Mayor Dennis […]

Boarding school

NEW AGOURA HIGH SURF TEAM–While the rest of the country wards off winter’s chill, this group of students from Agoura High School finds the November weather in Malibu perfect for surfing. The boys and girls recently started a school surf club and took advantage of the Southern California sunshine to practice for an Interscholastic Surf Federation competition this weekend. Pictured […]

Residents clash with city over ‘village’

Opponents are stepping up their fight against the Agoura Village Specific Plan, a long-range document that sets the stage for the development of an eclectic, mixeduse town center south of the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills. Opponents believe the plan violates the city’s General Plan in several ways, posing safety, traffic and environmental problems. A community meeting was held Oct. […]

Orkney upsets Callero in Triunfo race

After serving two decades on the Triunfo Sanitation District board, Thousand Oaks resident Norma Callero was narrowly defeated in Tuesday’s election by newcomer Janna Orkney of Oak Park. Orkney earned 2,729 votes compared to Callero’s 2,532 votes, according to figures released by the Ventura County Elections department on Wednesday morning. Some absentee ballots had not yet been counted. “I worked […]

Renger edges Altmann for water board

The tight race between Lee Renger and Mary Altmann for a director’s seat on the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District ended with Renger defeating his opponent by just 78 votes. Renger garnered 1,591 votes while Altmann captured 1,513 of the electorate’s confidence. Of the 7,836 registered voters in the 11 Los Angeles County’s precincts served by the Las Virgenes district, […]

Mayor to give State of City talk

Westlake Village Mayor Susan McSweeney will give the State of the City address at a luncheon on Mon., Dec. 4 at the Four Seasons Hotel, 2 Dole Drive, Westlake Village. The event will be hosted by the Thousand OaksWestlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce. McSweeney’s topic will be “Westlake Village in 2006: A Special Year Connecting the Past, Present and […]

Incumbents remain on park board

Gene “Hoss” Hostetler and James “Jim” Meredith will retain their seats on the Rancho Simi Recreation and Parks District board following Tuesday’s election. Of the 31,966 votes cast, Hostetler received 15,334 votes, or 47.97 percent, and Meredith 13,143 votes, or 41.12 percent. Challenger Samuel Lirones received 3,219 votes, or 10 percent. “Being elected to office is always so humbling a […]