School officials give state budget makers failing grade

Local rally protests delays

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers RALLY FOR EDUCATION—Oak Park Superintendent of Schools Tony Knight, center, joins about 60 other school teachers, administrators and parents at a Sept. 5 protest in Westlake Village. School officials are demanding that a budget be approved—one that spares public education. School district officials say they are fed up with California lawmakers’ inability to agree on a state […]

Oak Park wins battle of the API scores

Las Virgenes second in student testing

With a 25-point increase over last year—all the way up to 891—Oak Park Unified School District reported the highest combined API score in Ventura County, according to California Department of Education figures released last week. Among the highlights: Medea Creek had the top middle school score in the county with an 878, 26 higher than last year; Oak Park High […]

Services tomorrow for man killed on road crew

Funeral services for Christopher Williams, 22, will be tomorrow, Fri., Sept. 12 at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Griffin Memorial Park in Westlake Village. The Thousand Oaks resident was killed on Sept. 4 by a flatbed truck that drove onto the Highway 126 median where Williams was picking up litter. Williams had chosen to do the community service instead of serving […]

Nordstrom opening signals new era at The Oaks

SHOPPERS’ PARADISE—Models in the foreground pose like mannequins at the Nordstrom grand opening last week in The Oaks mall. More than 1,700 people attended. See story page 25.

Earthquake disaster simulation will test readiness

Part 2 of two parts

Seismic predictions are an inexact science at best, but experts at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) still estimate that there is a nearly 50 percent chance that an earthquake of magnitude 7.2 or greater will strike Southern California in the next 30 years. A quake of that size would shut down roadways and severely disrupt electricity, gas, water and […]

Second Century Commission plans for next 100 years

A blue-ribbon commission comprising scientists, conservationists, politicians and other community leaders met Aug. 25 and 26 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village to discuss the future role of America’s national parks. The National Parks Second Century Commission met in Westlake because of the city’s proximity to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, one of 390 national park […]

Rotary’s Penny Party makes good cents

BE A WINNER—Oak Park resident Lauren Bachrack picks out a prize from the 10 cent table at the Calabasas Rotary Club’s inaugural “Penny Party” held at the Agoura Hills/ Calabasas Community Center last Sunday. All proceeds from the raffle will support Rotary’s humanitarian services.

Encore Club to meet

The Westlake Encore Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Fri., Sept. 12 at the Westlake Yacht Club, 32123 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. The meeting will include refreshments, discussion of activities for the year, root beer floats and a ride on the lake. Attendees should wear flat, soft-soled shoes and sun hats. Guests are welcome. For more information, call (805) […]

Community Briefs

Malibu Golf Tournament The Malibu Chamber of Commerce and honorary chair Cheech Marin invite the community to the 16th annual Malibu Golf Tournament on Mon., Sept. 16 at Malibu Country Club, 901 Encinal Canyon Road. The tournament will feature celebrity host Glen Campbell, lunch on the green, dinner and a live auction. Sponsorships are available, and donations to be auctioned […]

Acorn Award seeks nominees

The Community Foundation for Oak Park is accepting nominations for the Golden Acorn award. The award honors residents of Oak Park who volunteer their time and efforts to benefit the community. Recipients are those who are dedicated to community service. Criteria for the award include being an Oak Park resident during the period the service was rendered, providing service without […]