Westlake coping with new economic realities

Even Westlake Village, the pristine community with spacious homes and well-manicured parks, isn’t immune to the economic malaise sweeping the region. Mayor Philippa Klessig told a Nov. 19 meeting of the Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village Chamber of Commerce that a loss of taxes and other revenues due to the poor economy had lopped about 7 percent off the city’s budget. It’s […]

Finders leaves school board

Terilyn Finders announced her resignation from the Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education on Nov. 18, prompting an outpouring of support and the hope from her colleagues that she might continue her service to the education community. Finders said she accepted the position of director of communications with Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost LLP in Los Angeles, a law […]

High school’s noteworthy conductor

DYNAMIC TONES—John Mosley, chairman of the Agoura High School Music Department, leads students in the choir on a warmup exercise prior to a concert last week that showcased not only the school’s top young voices, but also their wind and string ensembles. The Agoura High music department gives many talented young musicians the opportunity to perform.

Agoura rec center chooses Forest Cove

Forest Cove Park in Agoura Hills has been selected as the best location for the city’s new recreation center, Amy Brink, director of community services, announced. The rec center is currently renting space from a church on Thousand Oaks Boulevard. A year-long study conducted by CWA Inc., a San Diego-based architectural firm, identified 21 potential sites for the new center. […]

This holiday, they’re thankful for the things they have

NOT EVERYBODY’S SO LUCKY—Students attend a candlelight vigil on the campus of Agoura High School hosted by the End World Wide Genocide Club, a campus group that tries to raise awareness about genocide in Sudan. The word “One” was spelled out in candles to demonstrate solidarity with the young people abroad. The event also included a documentary screening and a […]

City buys Reyes Adobe open space

Parcel belonged to school district

The rolling hills, creek bed and ancient oak trees in a secluded area at the end of Reyes Adobe Road in Agoura Hills was declared permanent open space at a Nov. 21 ribbon-cutting on the 18.3-acre parcel. The land was left vacant by the Las Virgenes Unified School District after the construction of the new Yerba Buena Elementary School. After […]

Youngest Schindler survivor speaks to Westlake audience

The youngest survivor of the Schindler Jews spoke at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza last week. Leon Leyson of Orange County described how he survived World War II thanks to businessman Oskar Schindler, whose story was told in the 1993 Academy Award winning film, “Schindler’s List.” Leyson’s talk was hosted by the Conejo Jewish Academy. Schindler risked his life to save […]

Donations still needed for food drive

Several sites are accepting items for the Santa Comes to Agoura and Beyond food drive. Donations may be dropped off at these sites: main lobby of Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, 4232 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas; Do-it Center, 28750 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills; First Federal Bank, 5701 Kanan Road, Agoura Hills; Beanscene, 610 Lindero Canyon Road, Oak Park, or at […]

Teen uses 16th birthday to give, not take

As her 16th birthday approached, Katie Hoselton of Westlake Village knew that she wanted her party to be something special. Her plans didn’t include an over-the-top blowout in a fancy hotel ballroom or a table piled high with expensive gifts. Instead, on the evening of Nov. 15, Katie invited her friends into her backyard to help build support for a […]

City Calendar

The city of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services announces its upcoming events. For more information on any event, call (818) 597-7361 or visit the Agoura Hills Recreation Center at 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. •A babysitting training class for children ages 11 to 15 will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 13 at the […]