2008-11-06

Pavley, Brownley easy winners

Pavley moves from Assembly to Senate

Fran Pavley celebrated a landslide victory Tuesday after capturing 68 percent of the votes cast for California Senate’s 23rd district. “I’m very grateful by the wide support not only among Democrats, but a lot of my Republican friends,” Pavley said. Pavley ran against Republican candidate Rick Montaine of Winnetka, and Colin Goldman, the Libertarian candidate from Sherman Oaks. She will […]

The hunt for mud snails



A TINY INVASION—Left, Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission environmental scientist Jack Topel, left, and Santa Monica Baykeeper director of watershed programs Mark Abramson track the progression of New Zealand mud snails in Las Virgenes Creek. Below left, the mud snail is an invasive species that reproduces rapidly and can blanket the bottom of creeks and streams. It hitchhikes from stream […]

Washing for a cause



SUDSY FUN—Members of the Agoura High School JV and Varsity Cheer Squads scrub a tow truck at the team’s fundraiser last Sunday. Cheer members and their parents participated in the car wash.

Last week’s top performers



Jim Benkert, head coach, Westlake: With his squad’s victory vs. Simi Valley, Benkert tied Jon Mack for first place on Ventura County’s all-time win list (163). Josh Baynard, RB, Calabasas: The senior had his most productive game of the season during a loss to Newbury Park. He carried the ball 17 times for 108 yards. Oaks Christian defense: The Lions […]

Rose Mary Sabbagh

1938 - 2008

1938 – 2008   In Loving Memory of Rose Wife, Mother, Nona, Friend  Warm, Caring, Loving, Generous and Genuine Your Kindness and Love brought happiness and joy to all that met you. You made us laugh longer, cry less, and stay stronger. Your Love, Help and Support was endless. Everyone you met was blessed with your Energy, Spirit and Goodness. […]

Recycled politics



Everybody is entitled to post their political position in the form of signage but this election season has seen the corrugated plastic run rampant and out of control. On Kanan Road between Smoketree and Lindero Canyon, I counted 104 political signs on community property. When did it become the norm to plaster our public medians with political signs? For those […]

Brownley faces tough economic choices in second term



TRIUMVIRATE—Julia Brownley, Fran Pavley and Sheila Kuehl have been the Democratic leaders for the Las Virgenes region. Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) handily won a second term in the 41st State Assembly District, but a touch of flu prevented her from joining her party’s victory celebration at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles. A cup of tea eventually helped Brownley quell […]

Trend toward artificial lawns makes good dollars and sense



WATER CONSERVATION LEADERS—Albert and Mary Parisi of Agoura Hills are honored as Citizens of the Month at the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District’s Oct. 23 board meeting. The Parisis, with board president Joseph Bowman, left, replaced their natural grass lawn with artificial turf three years ago. The move to a faux lawn saves water by reducing the amount of water […]

Calmont going green



OFF TO AN AMUSING START—Rachelle Begley, wife of environmentalist and actor Ed Begley Jr., attempts to cut a ceremonial plastic bag ribbon, raising a laugh from Calmont School Head Judy Chamberlain, right, during a celebration of the private school’s new site in Calabasas last Sunday. Located on the former Cottontail Ranch, Calmont school serves grades K through 9 on a […]

Injuries too much for WHS to overcome

Girls' volleyball squad loses at Moorpark

Playing another Marmonte League match without its best player, UCLAbound senior outside hitter Michelle Ketter, the Westlake High girls’ volleyball team started hot but fizzled down the stretch in a four-game loss at Moorpark Tuesday night. The Warriors (12-11, 5-8 in league) won the first game, 2522, and had a pair of game-points in Game 2 but were unable to […]


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