Grand jury recommends elections for Triunfo board

The Triunfo Sanitation District board should be an all-elected body and should have an independent general manager, according to a report issued last week by the Ventura County grand jury. Triunfo, which oversees water and sanitation services in Oak Park, North Ranch, Bell Canyon, Lake Sherwood and parts of Thousand Oaks, is run by a fivemember board, but only two […]

Family day at the park

King Gillette Ranch, formerly Soka, opening to the public

King Gillette Ranch, the 588acre property in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area and former home to Soka University, will open to the public on June 30. A consortium of state and local agencies, including the National Parks Service, California State Parks, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority bought the property […]

Needs lots of face time

Agoura Village opponent seeks reimbursement for expenses

Mary Altmann bought designer suit and shoes for her date in court

Mary Altmann, a Malibu Lakeside resident, spent much time and money fighting city hall- and now she wants her money back. Last year, Altmann filed a lawsuit against the city of Agoura Hills alleging CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) and municipal code violations in connection with the city’s Agoura Village Specific Plan. Judge James Chalfant ruled in her favor on […]

Resource Conservation District lands new home

The Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains moved into its new home at Peter Strauss Ranch in Agoura- and celebrated with a housewarming, appropriately enough, on the evening of the summer solstice, June 21. The district, which moved from its original home in Topanga, provides educational programs about all facets of conservation. It conducts research about the environment, […]

A famous past

Inhabited by the Chumash for 9,000 years, the land that is now permanent public parkland in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains in Calabasas became home to adventurers, business giants, religious orders and even titans of Hollywood. In 1776, with the Juan Batista de Anza expedition, José Bartolome Tapia traveled through the area that is now the King Gillette […]

Calabasas smoking ban could target apartments

Information presented at last week’s city council meeting revealed that 80 percent of Calabasas residents support the city’s secondhand smoke ordinance, and more than two-thirds of the people would approve expanding the law to apartment buildings. Paul Goodwin of the Goodwin Simon Victoria research polling firm confirmed that the residents are pleased with the ordinance, which went into effect 15 […]

Canyon racers can no longer fly under the radar

The long stretches of Mulholland Highway are a favorite stomping ground for motorcyclists, but the hundreds, possibly thousands, of bikers who flock to the area every weekend- especially on Sundays- put themselves and others in jeopardy with their daredevil riding habits, say local traffic safety enforcement officials. The California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles County Sheriff ‘s Lost Hills […]

Calabasas opens pocketbook

Grants to be awarded

The city of Calabasas Community Services Department is accepting applications for its 2007-08 community service grants program. Nonprofit organizations and public schools are eligible to apply. Programs that wish to receive funding must benefit the community of Calabasas in some way. Applications must be accepted until 5 p.m. Fri., July 20. Awards will be announced in September. Applications may be […]