2006-12-28

Agoura Hills cable franchise complicated by new school

Yerba Buena not included in contract

Time Warner Cable reportedly has told Las Virgenes Unified School District officials it will not provide cable services to the new Yerba Buena Elementary School when it opens in March. School district officials asked the city of Agoura Hills to negotiate on their behalf in the city’s cable franchise discussions. Donald Zimring, deputy superintendent of the Las Virgenes Unified School […]

2007 real estate

Housing experts remain optimistic

The housing market softened in 2006, but professionals aren’t anticipating a long-lasting slump. The market is only normalizing itself, experts say. “The circumstances bringing the real estate market into balance are happening unusually quickly,” said Glen Scalise, president of the Conejo Valley Real Estate Association and broker-owner of Century 21 Rolling Oaks in Thousand Oaks. In some area cities, oversupply […]

Dashing through the snow



DOWNHILL RACERS–Jane Garrison of Agoura Hills, a teacher at Born Learners School, and student Matthew Isaac, 4, slide down a snow hill that was created at the school last week. While so far it’s been a chilly season, no real snow is in the forecast.

Don’t ride in the trunk of your car

New laws for 2007 reach far and wide

Don’t ride in the trunk of your car Judging by all the new laws going into effect for 2007, it seems Big Brother is watching out for you. During the 2006 legislative session, almost 1,400 bills were passed and more than 900 signed into law–including 145 changes to the California Vehicle Code. Among the new laws about to go into effect is […]

Better learning through chemistry, and poetry?



ODE TO A BEAKER–Calabasas High School teacher Larry Walker believes chemistry class should be more than just a mishmash of numbers and equations. Walker incorporates poetry into his lessons to keep the interest level percolating. For related story, please see page 16A.

Oak Park Council prepares for new year



There were grateful goodbyes and excited welcomes during the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council’s Dec. 19 meeting as current members stepped down and new personnel stepped up. Longtime member Ron Stark, who served on the MAC for more than 30 years, and Bonnie Biddison, appointed by Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks in 2005 to fill a vacated seat, were replaced […]

Westlake agrees to further park upgrades



Additional improvements will be made to Canyon Oaks Park in Westlake Village after residents made an appeal to the City Council. Swings and two separate play areas will be designed for younger and older children; walking/jogging paths, benches and exercise stations will be established around the park perimeter; and a halfcourt basketball facility will be built. Park boundaries will be […]

FOR THE RECORD



Last week’s article that said the Calabasas Inn would not be demolished is incorrect. City officials said that if a proposed development at the Park Sorrento Drive receives an entitlement from the city in its present form, the existing Calabasas Inn building would indeed be taken down. While the original plans did not include an assembly hall or banquet facility […]

Agoura Hills General Plan looks at city’s past, present and future



A “snapshot” of Agoura Hills’ past, present and future drew a roomful of residents to city hall for a look at the first phase of the city’s General Plan update. The framework for city development is updated every 10 years. Mike Kamino, director of planning and community development, called the document the city’s “constitution.” Agoura Hills incorporated in 1982 and […]

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.