County property valuations still on the rise

Despite the slumping real estate market, Assessor Rick Auerbach says the 2008 Los Angeles County tax roll showed a 6.9 percent increase over the previous year. The $1.1trillion tax roll benefitted from the “stabilizing” effects of Proposition 13, Auerbach said. According to records, negative growth in the county’s assessed valuation has occurred only twice- in 1995 and 1996- following the […]

School’s final budget saves librarians, counselors

The Las Virgenes Unified School District adopted a $96.7million budget for the coming school year, sparing cuts to high school classes and saving the jobs of counselors and librarians, at least for the time being. Karen Kimmel, chief business official for the district, presented an overview of California’s economy and the district’s efforts to bridge the $2.1-million gap between money […]

Agoura High couple tie the knot in Bel Air

CONGRATULATIONS- Agoura High School alumni Jeffrey Allan Meinhardt and Lauren Ashley Stomel were married at the Luxe Hotel in Bel Air on March 29. Both earned law degrees from Loyola Law School. Following their honeymooning in French Polynesia and the Cook Islands, the couple made their home in West Los Angeles.

Jean Norman

Jean Norman of Prudential California Realty’s Camarillo office has earned the California Association of Realtors Graduate Realtor Institute, which is recognized by many real estate industry professionals to be the most advanced and comprehensive training program available to real estate agents in North America. Prudential California Realty is built on the accomplishments of top people like Norman, who are committed […]

Stark up for reelection on Triunfo water board

An incumbent on the fivemember Triunfo Sanitation District board of directors is up for reelection in November. Longtime director Ron Stark’s fouryear term is up. He said he plans to run again. Registered voters within Triunfo’s district, which includes Oak Park, North Ranch, Bell Canyon, Lake Sherwood and parts of Thousand Oaks, are eligible to run. Board members oversee an […]

Calmont School teaches earth-friendly living

Tucked away in the folds of the Santa Monica Mountains is a school that places emphasis not only on quality education, but also on environmental awareness- weighing the importance of both equally. Calmont School, a private school in Calabasas, instructs students up to ninth grade in an environmental education program that goes hand-in-hand with their regular curriculum. It is led […]

Purchase Fair tickets early to save money

Combo fares with Metrolink even less

Guests who plan to attend the Ventura County Fair from July 30 through Aug. 10 may save money by purchasing tickets in advance. Prefair carnival ride tickets, season tickets, and Metrolink/fair combos are available at the Ventura County Fairgrounds Administrative Office, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Prefair tickets are also available at the […]

Old Topanga homeowners oppose sewer installation

Homeowners in Old Topanga say they are worried that the city of Calabasas might be installing a sewer system in their neighborhood. They fear the sewers will spur unwanted development. “Sewers mean growth- quick growth,” said Toby Keeler, Old Topanga spokesperson. “Then we are going to have contamination of another sort. There will be traffic contamination and runoff contamination from […]

When parents are alumni

When anxiety about getting into college is so high, it’s not surprising that people are looking for an edge in the admissions process. Parents often ask whether the fact that they graduated from a college will help their child get into that school. Admissions officers at most colleges don’t provide statistics about the rate of admission for legacy students compared […]

Van Dyke is Malibu art show’s star

The Malibu Art Association will present just one of the many exhibits at the Malibu Arts Festival set to return later this month. Proceeds from sales at the association’s booth will help fund college scholarships for local artists. The Malibu Arts Festival, now in its 37th year, will showcase over 200 exhibits and artist booths with original art from all […]

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