All Decked Out at the Shopping Mall

A CLOSER LOOK—Above, Moorpark resident Brooke Austin, 5, can’t believe the size of the decorative balls on the Christmas tree at The Promenade shopping center in Thousand Oaks. The giant bulbs are proportional in size to the 60-foot fir tree, which arrived from Mount Shasta, Wash. A tree lighting ceremony was held Nov. 21. Left, Courtney Fitzgerald, 13, Michelle Pina, […]

Weber finds mayor’s job familiar

Agoura Hills leader begins fourth term at helm

The Agoura Hills City Council reorganized on Dec. 1, with John Edelston completing his first term as mayor, and Denis Weber moving back into the job for the fourth time. William Kohler, who was elected to the council in 2005, was inducted as mayor pro tem. Local and state dignitaries attended the meeting at Agoura Hills City Hall. They delivered […]

Oak Park council welcomes a pair of new members

Ross, McReynolds learning on the job

Oak Park is losing two longtime community leaders. Todd Haines and Deena Parry will step down from their seats on the Municipal Advisory Council Dec. 16 to make room for new members Derek Ross and Mike McReynolds, who were elected to the five-member panel last month. Haines and Parry chose not to seek reelection. First elected in 1995, Haines served […]

Chabad mourns victims

STICKING TOGETHER—Calabasas resident Jordan Haronian, 12, sleeps in the arms of his father, Edmond Haronian, during a Nov. 30 memorial service at the Chabad of Agoura Hills for the victims of the Mumbai, India terrorist attacks. Rabbi Gavriel Noach and his wife Rivkah Holtzberg of New York were among the dead.

Restaurant sings the blues

A group of Calabasas business owners and residents have started what could be a long battle to save a local store and eatery. The owners of Blue Table in the Calabasas Plaza shopping center on Park Granada spoke to the City Council last month after the city informed them that, because of the small size of the parking lot outside […]

Spirit in the sky

THE COLOR OF NATURE— A rainbow gives momentary pleasure to the motorists traveling on Highway 23 near Thousand Oaks following last week’s rain.

Chamber supports Heschel school

On behalf of the United Chambers of Commerce, we want to congratulate Agoura/Oak Park/ Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce President Louis Masry for his leadership and the Chamber’s support for the Heschel West Day School that will now be built in Agoura. The Agoura Chamber was an early supporter of the Heschel school when many said it would never be […]

For the record

•The Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education cannot leave Terilyn Finders’ board seat vacant for two years. The education code allows only for a four-month vacancy. Finders is resigning from the board this month halfway through her term and a replacement will have to be named. •The Agoura Hills acquisition of land near Yerba Buena Elementary School adds […]

Destroyed Oak Park sign gets replaced

Motorists heading north on Kanan Road will once again know when they have entered Oak Park. A new “Welcome to Oak Park” sign in the Kanan Road center median near Tamarind Street replaces the sign that was destroyed last January by an Oak Park resident who crashed his Ferrari into it. “It was important to replace the sign. It’s something […]

1995 Agoura murder case lives on

'Through the years though, I've grown, matured, and learned how to express myself in a way that allows me to keep my sanity in what I feel is unjustified time spent in prison.' — Brandon Hein Centinela Prison, Imperial, Calif.

When Brandon Hein was convicted of murder for the 1996 death of a Los Angele policeman’s son, a gasp of disbelief went out nationwide. Hein received a sentence of life without parole for the death of the 18year-old, Jimmy Farris, even though he didn’t commit the crime. The case received attention on television and in local and national publications, and […]