Third time’s a charm for feisty Oak Park school bond

Following two earlier failures, measure finally wins with 57% of vote

NP The Oak Park Unified School District school facilities improvement bond, Measure R, finally passed muster in Tuesday’s election, proving the old adage that the third time’s a charm. The $29.4-million school bond needed a 55 percent approval for passage. It earned 57 percent with 2,934 votes in favor and 2,213 against. Two school bonds that were put to the […]

Voters speak at the ballot box

DEMOCRACY AT WORK—First-time voter Catherine Combs, 18, casts her ballot under the watchful eye of poll volunteer Mary Ann Cossentime during Tuesday’s voting at Brookside Elementary School in Oak Park. The community approved a school bond and two new members of the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council.

Paule knocks Stark off Triunfo board

Incumbent's 24 years of service come to an end

Ron Stark, who served on the Triunfo Sanitation District board of directors for more than two decades, lost his reelection bid to challenger Michael Paule. Stark, who is currently the Triunfo board chair, earned 4,353 votes, or 47 percent of the total. Paule received 4,866 votes, or 52.5 percent. Paule, currently vice chair of the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council, […]

Candidate who withdrew from MAC race wins

Derek Ross easily won a seat on the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council Tuesday, leading the race with 2,139 votes, more than 35 percent of the total. With a pair of open seats on the council it was guaranteed that two newcomers would be coming aboard. What wasn’t expected was the election of Michael McReynolds, who earned 1,953 votes or […]

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 […]

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 […]

Former Soka official guilty of embezzlement

Former finance director and chief investment officer Kiyoshi Hatanaka was convicted of embezzling more than $1.7 million from Soka University of America and its former campus near Calabasas. Hatanaka was convicted of the theft on Oct. 27 and sentenced to 37 months in federal prison, according to Assistant United States Attorney Lawrence Kole. The 52-year-old Hatanaka is from Aliso Viejo […]

Challenger pulls upset on Calleguas water board

Environmental Scientist Scott Quady will replace 16year incumbent Jeff Borenstein as director for the Calleguas Municipal Water District Board of Directors, Division 2. Quady took 43.5 percent of the vote versus Borenstein’s 32 percent. John Ecklund, a small business owner who ran his campaign against water fluoridation, came in third with 24 percent. All three candidates live in Thousand Oaks. […]

Calabasas Classic to run Sunday

'It's gotten so huge. . . . It's going to be a lots of fun with so many people.' — Julie Talbert

The Calabasas Classic returns to the community this Sunday, and organizers say registration for the annual charity run is at an all-time high. The Classic, headlined by 5K and 10K races, will begin at the new Calabasas Civic Center at 8 a.m. Nov. 9. The event benefits the Talbert Family Foundation, which offers financial support to families affected by cancer […]

Agoura teen swims Alcatraz channel

Carlie Jansen, 13, of Agoura Hills, recently completed in the 2008 Alcatraz Invitation Swim, where participants are dropped off at Alcatraz Island and swim back approximately 1.5 miles to the shore at Aquatic Park in the San Francisco Bay. Out of the approximately 600 swimmers in the event, Carlie took fifth place in the Women Under Age 19 category and […]