Soka Univ. graduates final class

School closes after 20 years

Parents wept and cameras flashed as the graduates of Soka University walked down an aisle to a stage where their diplomas awaited them. In the auditorium where the 10 students prepared to receive their honors, large crystal chandeliers hung overhead. The procession mirrored that of many previous graduations, but the Dec. 13 ceremony was different. For the picturesque university near […]


TITLE TOWN–Oaks Christian School seniors, from left, Jimmy Clausen, Marshall Jones and Duke Lemmens celebrate with their newly won CIF State Championship trophy after defeating Cardinal Newman High School in overtime last week. See complete story on page 42A.

New loop opens at Kanan interchange

Freeway work picks up speed

Work is progressing at a steady clip on the on- and off-ramps to the southbound 101 Freeway, Agoura Hills officials have said. Recently opened to traffic was the northbound loop of the new Kanan Road interchange system. A barricade was erected on northbound Kanan Road to alert drivers that freeway access heading north is now on the right side of […]

Doing the holiday shuffle

ODE TO JOY–The month of December culminates with people of different cultures and faiths celebrating the holidays. Left, Daniel Park of Agoura Hills prepares to deliver a load of presents from Gateway Church in Agoura Hills. The Gateway congregation gave Christmas gifts to more than 70 families in need. Below, a group of men dance to the holiday music during […]

Incumbents will be challenged in Calabasas

Two more candidates will join incumbents Barry Groveman and Dennis Washburn on the ballot for the Calabasas City Council election March 6. Toby Keeler and Dale Reicheneder filed papers for the local election and began their campaigns by expressing concern about the boom in city development. Keeler is co-founder of the Old Topanga Homeowners Association and has served as a […]

School board names Finders new president

The Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education reorganized Dec. 13, welcoming Terilyn Finders as president. Finders replaces Cindy Iser, whose one-year term as president expired. Board member Pat Schulz will serve as vice president, and Gordon Whitehead as clerk. Iser was honored by colleagues, friends, family and local representatives at the ceremony for her service over the past […]

Santa Claus comes to town

ST. NICK—Santa spreads cheer to Shannon Sutherland, 5, and Ethan Wildermuth, 6, at Janss Marketplace recently.

Acorn Bits

The Agoura HillsCity Council meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall, 30001 Ladyface Court. Business hours are Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information on programs, services and meetings, call (818) 597-7300 or visit www.ci.agoura-hills.ca.us.

Panec takes lead on school board

The incumbents on the Oak Park Unified School District Board of Education were sworn in to another four-year term last Tuesday. No challengers filed to run in the November election for the three openings, so incumbents Cindy Vinson, Marie Panec and Mary Rees will continue in their posts for another four years. The other trustees, Jan Iceland and Jim Kalember, […]

Business owners under fire following blaze

Two local partners who were renting the old Egg City complex north of Moorpark to manufacture home decorating products lost their business to the recent Shekell fire. Now, in the wake of the disaster, Michelle Bechard and her husband Rony Havive of Oak Park are contending with accusations that their business, MGR Designs International Inc., was guilty of multiple code […]