Water fines could be imposed

Voluntary cutbacks not enough

Local water districts are considering tougher measures to convince the public that water conservation is vital in Southern California because of prolonged drought conditions and a court-ordered sanction that limits the amount of water flowing from Northern California to the south. The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District implemented voluntary water conservation programs in January and mandatory measures in July, but […]

Weekend event brings a record turnout at De Anza Park

Some 30,000 people know what makes Calabasas great. Pumpkins. The record crowd came to Juan Bautista De Anza Park on Oct. 18 and 19 for the city’s popular Pumpkin Festival, an event that was cut short last year at this time due to the Malibu fires. With perfect conditions this year the families came out in droves and enjoyed a […]

Superintendents skip the raises

'Inappropriate' to accept pay hike

School district superintendents in the area have postponed receiving personal raises due to the state budget crisis that is forcing schools to cut programs, staff and services. Only the superintendent at Oak Park Unified School District received a pay raise this year. Donald Zimring, superintendent of Las Virgenes Unified School District, said at a Sept. 23 board of education meeting […]


Takumi Matsuda of Agoura Hills did not win first place in the Reyes Adobe Days Family Run. First place went to Cole Coradeschi, age 9, of Agoura Hills. Takumi won the 10andunder age group in the 5K Run.

Poe enters race as a write-in

Oak Park voters have another choice besides the candidates who will be listed on the Nov. 4 ballot for the Municipal Advisory Council. Bryan Poe is running as a write-in candidate for the MAC, which means that people must write his name in the appropriate space on the ballot in order for him to receive votes. Names already on the […]

Candidate wants ‘young, energetic’ leadership on MAC

In his job as vice president of sales and quality for Stealth Aerospace in Canoga Park, Alon Glickstein works on solving problems to the satisfaction of many people. Glickstein believes this experience will serve him well if he is elected to the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council on Nov. 4. Glickstein is running for one of two seats being vacated […]

MAC challenger offers emergency preparedness skills

Derek Ross, a member of Oak Park’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), is running for an open seat on the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council in hopes of raising awareness about disaster preparedness. “We need to create a community of first responders,” said Ross, who has received formal training in the field. “We can’t rely on the sheriff and fire […]

Candidate keeps eye out for children’s future

Philip Bonoli’s twin son and daughter are only a year old, but Bonoli wants to serve on the board of education now to ensure that Oak Park’s schools remain outstanding. The 38-year-old attorney is running against incumbents Jan Iceland and Barbara Laifman and challenger Edward Kaz in the Nov. 4 election. Voters will choose two candidates. “The families we’ve met […]

Iceland seeks fifth term on school board

Jan Iceland has been on the side of Oak Park students from the beginning. She helped form the school district in 1978 and is seeking a record fifth term on the board of education. Each term is four years. “There is still work to be done,” said Iceland, 61. “I thought this is a time when we need people who […]

Forum addresses Oak Park issues

The Communifty Foundation of for Oak Park hosted a forum Oct. 14 for the candidates running in the Triunfo Sanitation District, the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council and the Oak Park Unified School District Board of Education races. Three candidates in the MAC contest support Oak Park’s oversized and recreational vehicle ordinance, however Derek Ross supports examining cases individually. Alon […]