2008-03-27

‘Mr. Oak Park’ takes a step back after 17 years



Although he’s known by some as “Mr. Oak Park,” most residents might not realize how much of an influence David Ross has had on the small community. In February Ross stepped down as president of the Community Foundation for Oak Park after 17 years as its leader. Eva Larson, former vice president of the nonprofit group, was appointed to succeed […]

Local girl chosen for concert tour



Hannah Schechter of Calabasas has been accepted as a member of the United States Youth Ensembles 2008 European Concert Tour. Schechter attends St. Andrew’s Boarding School in Middletown, Del. The United States Youth Ensembles were founded to emphasize the positive aspects of America’s youth and the achievements of the country’s music students. The program is designed to enrich the musical […]

Brownley to chair higher education committee

Committee to analyze UC and Cal State schools

Assemblymember Julia Brownley (D-Woodland Hills) has been appointed by Speaker Fabian Nunez as chair of the newly created Select Committee on Higher Education in the 21st Century. The committee will focus on the University of California and California State University systems with a focus on their budgets, student fees, enrollment projections, financial aid, long range planning and more. “The future […]

Pet of the Week



Trim the fat in the local school budget



The citizens of California cannot ignore the education budget any longer. There is no magic bullet that will solve the shortfall in state funding. I offer the following partial solutions: •Cut the state “Tobacco Use Prevention Education.” Parents need to do more in this area. This would save $19 million. •Cut the state “Deferred Maintenance” program. This would save $162 […]

Mike and Pat Hanley



Top Selling Agents honors for January 2008 went to Pat and Mike Hanley at Prudential California Realty’s North Ranch/ Westlake Village office. Always consistent, the Hanleys attribute the strength of their business to teamwork. Both are longterm Ventura County residents, and have always been actively involved with local schools, attended by their children. At the top of their priority list […]

Eva Larson ready to take helm



Eva Larson plans to retain the “solid foundation” David Ross created for the Community Foundation for Oak Park now that she has been appointed to replace him as president. In February, Ross stepped down after 17 years. Larson and her husband, Michael Green, moved to Oak Park nearly 10 years ago. “I’ve always been a part of my community, be […]

United Way taking funding applications

Program open to nonprofit organizations

United Way of Ventura County is accepting Letters of Intent for funding in the Self Sufficiency Focus Area, one of four areas supported by the United Way through its Community Impact direction. Nonprofits seeking funding for programs must address one or more of the following outcomes: •Increase the number of youth with basic job skills needed to be prepared for […]

Retirement concert will celebrate career of Harry Leff, establish scholarship



Music teacher Harry Leff will retire from his 36-year career in the Las Virgenes Unified School District at the end of the school year, but his legacy will live on through a scholarship fund. A retirement concert called “My Way: Celebrating the Career of Mr. Harry Leff” is being planned by Calabasas High Music Boosters to say farewell to a […]

Sheriff’s Blotter



Agoura Hills A burglar stole two mountain bicycles worth $2,500 each from the garage of a home in the 3800 block of Patrick Henry Place March 15. Someone stole a $400 cellphone left on a dinner table during a school dance at Agoura High School March 15. A business owner in the 26500 block of Agoura Road reported receiving annoying […]


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