Menorah lighting signals days of Hanukkah

Growing up Jewish in a Christian world

Neighborhood Focus

Rabbi Jennifer Flam of Temple Aliyah referred to it as a “December dilemma.” How do you make Hanukkah special for your kids in a country that mostly celebrates Christmas? “I grew up living in a place where there were very few Jews, so Hanukkah was overshadowed by Christmas,” said Wendy Ross to a group of parents who met at the […]

Agoura Hills City Council forms business task force

Move upsets Chamber board

Eleven business owners, restaurateurs, and other professionals who work in Agoura Hills will serve on a new task force aimed at improving the business climate in the city. The Agoura Hills City Council Economic Development Committee recommended the creation of the business task force and the council unanimously approved the decision at its Nov. 28 meeting. The group represents a […]

Heschel West school finally okayed

The city of Agoura Hills lost the war in its effort to stop Heschel West Day School from being built next to Old Agoura. City officials say the new battle will be to alleviate the financial burden on the city and make the project more compatible with its equestrian neighborhood. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved Heschel’s final […]

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Four Seasons marks anniversary

The Four Seasons Hotel marked its first anniversary in Westlake Village with a Nov. 30 luncheon and media briefing that included words of cautious optimism about the future of the city’s newest hospitality gem from Dole Chairman and CEO David Murdock. Dole and its subsidiary Westlake Wellbeing Properties LLC joined healthcare giant WellPoint Inc. of Indianapolis in opening the 270-room […]

Site chosen for Oak Park water tank

A new, larger water tank that will serve Oak Park will be built alongside a trail in the hills above the Oak Canyon Park archery range. A unanimous decision last week by the Triunfo Sanitation District, which oversees Oak Park water and sanitation service, caps years of discussion about where the facility should be placed. Sixteen sites were originally considered […]

Newcomer Ned Davis joins Westlake City Council; Klessig named mayor

Westlake Village has a new mayor. Philippa Klessig was appointed to the position by fellow City Council members during the council’s reorganization meeting Nov. 28. Bob Slavin was chosen mayor pro-tem. “I plan to continue to listen to you and respect your varying viewpoints,” Klessig told the other members. “It’s not so essential that we agree, but what is really […]

Sue McSweeney reflects on her service to the city

Spent two years as mayor

Outgoing Westlake Village mayor Sue McSweeney painted a bright future for the city as she held the gavel for the final time at last week’s City Council reorganization meeting. McSweeney reviewed the year’s accomplishments, which included landscape improvements along Lindero Canyon and Agoura roads, the painting of the Lindero Canyon bridge and the formation of a committee to explore a […]

Edelston new mayor of Agoura Hills

The Agoura Hills City Council may still comprise the same five men, but for John Edelston, Monday’s changing of the guards was particularly sweet. He was sworn in as mayor for the first time since his election to the panel four years ago. Councilmember Denis Weber took the helm as mayor pro tem. Mayor Dan Kuperberg stepped down from the […]