Remodeled Agoura Animal Shelter opens

Pet project

The Agoura Animal Shelter has been spruced up with new paint, artificial turf and other improvements. Denise Rosen, shelter manager, said the renovations were long overdue. The shelter’s last makeover was more than 20 years ago, she said. In some areas, the peeling paint revealed a number of old color schemes. Sandblasting stripped off all evidence of past paint, and […]

Las Virgenes school district hands out employee layoff notices

Planning ahead for budget cutbacks

Approximately 20 teachers and staff members in the Las Virgenes Unified School District received layoff warnings March 15 in response to the impending state budget cuts. March 15 was the deadline for employees to receive the warning notices, said Board President Cindy Iser. A final state budget has yet to be signed. Las Virgenes schools stand to lose about $7 […]

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Need furniture? Visit Agoura

City offers 'designer row'

New stores have begun to open in a 120,000-square-foot furniture complex in Agoura Hills, transforming one stretch along Canwood Street next to the 101 Freeway into a veritable “designer row.” Five high-end furniture and home decor stores at the Agoura Design Center already have been built, and space remains for two more. Ethan Allen opened in November 2007 followed by […]

Maurer sworn in as Calabasas mayor

Calabasas has a new mayor, and she said she’s looking forward to running the show. At last week’s City Council reorganization meeting, Mary Sue Maurer officially took the spot formerly held by James Bozajian. “I’m going to really enjoy this, to decide who talks when and for how long,” Maurer told her colleagues with a laugh. “I really appreciate your […]

Teens named ‘climate champs’

California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols and the British Council introduced California’s 15 high school “Climate Champions” during a ceremony last week in Sacramento. Included were Adam Raudonis of Westlake High School and Arielle Gillman of Oak Park High School. Based on a similar program started in the United Kingdom, theCalifornia Climate Champions will educate fellow students and communities […]

Lawsuit prompts warning about pollution

Cities, counties possibly negligent

Almost two dozen local governments have been warned that the bacteria levels in Santa Monica Bay are too high. The actions comes following a lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Santa Monica Baykeeper against the county of Los Angeles and the city of Malibu in an effort to reduce the runoff that’s polluting the ocean. The […]

Waste reduction targeted

A Calabasas Environmental Commission meeting April 1 will give the public a chance to speak out about waste disposal procedures in Calabasas. The City Council directed the Calabasas Public Works Department to develop a new solid waste franchise collection system for residents and businesses. The new system will require that a waste hauling contract- and rate- be set for seven […]

Student ambassadors train against school violence

Part 2 of three parts

Defusing a dangerous situation on campus takes skill. About 100 students and staff from Oak Park High School and Medea Creek Middle School recently underwent two days of intensive training at Oak Park Community Center, training that was part of the school district’s efforts to prevent the kind of violence seen in schools nationwide, from shootings and beatings to psychological […]

Fire dept. seeks VIP volunteers

The Ventura County Fire Department offers the Volunteers in Prevention program, which assists with a variety of community education tasks and helps the department during major emergencies. The VIP program will conduct a volunteer orientation from 9 a.m. to noon Thurs., April 3. Those interested need to submit a volunteer application and have a background check cleared through the program […]