2008-08-21

Calabasas budget forecast bright



Unlike the state of California and its sea of red ink, the city of Calabasas is forecasting smooth sailing ahead. Calabasas CFO Gary Lysik recently unveiled a $55million budget for the fiscal years 2008-2010. The two-year budget, which was passed unanimously by the Calabasas City Council at its first meeting in the new city hall, carries a hefty $55-million in […]

Neftin opens doors to Mazda



Despite the recent trials and tribulations of the automotive industry, it’s still full throttle ahead for Agoura Hills resident Howie Neftin. The Neftin Westlake Car Company recently cut the ribbon on a new Mazda showroom at the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall. The dealership, which the Neftin family started 30 years ago, made a decision to introduce Mazda as a replacement […]

Westlake Track Club seeks top area talent



Former Italian National track and field champion Antonio Colella, a Thousand Oaks resident, has announced the opening of the Westlake Track Club. Colella reached heights of 18 feet in the pole vault and performed at three Olympic trials and two world championships during his 18-year professional career. “The name of the club is dedicated to the town whose hills and […]

Waste a wish



It all started in 1982 when I was 6 years old. I got into trouble and had to take a halfhour timeout. I remember thinking a half-hour meant an hour and a half, figuring that “half” was in addition to the hour. So when I sat down on the couch to do my stretch of time, I knew I was […]

Chapter 8 bust was an over-reaction



The photo of a deputy gazing triumphantly at a tiny bottle of pot on page 8 of the Aug. 14 Acorn stands as a testament to what is considered front page news in suburban America and to our skewed sense of priorities. In a state where rapists and murderers serve an average of five to seven years, do we really […]

Republican Club to meet



The West Valley Republican Club will meet for lunch and program at 11 a.m. Sat., Sept. 6 at the Sagebrush Cantina, 23527 Calabasas Road, Calabasas. Allan Hoffenblum, who has been involved in California politics since 1968, will speak on vital issues to consider for the upcoming election. Hoffenblum has been a faculty instructor on political campaign management at UC Davis […]

For the unique woman



‘I FEEL PRETTY’—Ilene’s Boutique, 1145 Lindero Canyon Road in the North Ranch Pavilion center near Oak park, is celebrating 17 years of fashion trends. For more information about the latest inventory, call (818) 879-5060.

Pets of the Week



TWO TIMES THE LOVE—Goli, above, is an 8-year-old male Rottweiler who is sweet, goofy and good-natured. Jazzy, below, is a 6-year-old female Chow Chow. She is good with other dogs and people of all ages. Both were rescued animals and tend to be overlooked due to their ages. They just need another chance. To adopt either Goli or Jazzy, please […]

Young, old most at risk for fire death



People at the highest risk of death in home structure fires are the very young and the very old, according to the Characteristics of Home Fire Victims report released this month by the National Fire Protection Association. Key findings from the report: •In 2002 to 2005, children under age 5 were one-and-a-half times as likely to die in a home […]

Some good grub



We’d like to take this opportunity to write to you about the Zaca Mesa Wine Dinner we had at Hampton’s Restaurant at the Westlake Four Seasons Hotel on July 31. We wanted to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed the entire evening. The setting was beautiful, elegant yet comfortable. The food was superb. Each course was a pictureperfect presentation. […]