New Westlake Village mayor cautious about year ahead

Bob Slavin was sworn in as mayor of Westlake Village during the City Council’s annual reorganization last week. The council named Slavin to replace Philippa Klessig, who completed her one-year term. Slavin’s term will also be be one year. City Council member Mark Rutherford was elected mayor pro tem. Following annual tradition, Klessig, Slavin and Rutherford each spoke, reflecting on […]

Ghosts from Christmas past

HELLO DOLLY—Above, lifelike Christmas carolers decorate the outdoor garden at Leonis Adobe Museum in Old Town Calabasas. An 1850s doll doll collection, owned by Chumash Indian Museum curator Alfred Panther, was put on display for the Adobe’s holiday open house last Sunday. The museum’s annual holiday party honoring members and patrons was held Tuesday. To learn more, visit www.leonisadobemuseum.org.

Calabasas wrapping up work on plastic bag ordinance

Ban goes into effect next year

The Calabasas Environmental Commission voted unanimously to recommend to the City Council a ban on plastic bags. The proposed ordinance would ban the use of plastic carryout bags at all Calabasas retail establishments and at citysponsored events. The law would go into effect six months after its passage by the council. At the council’s request, the Calabasas Environmental Commission began […]

Vandalism spree worries homeowners

A surge in car vandalism is costing one local community thousands of dollars in damage and leaving residents uncertain about the safety of their vehicles. Sheila Wenz lives on Park Granada at the Oak Park Condominium complex. Wenz’s car was parked last month on Park Capri near the Calabasas Lake when her Mercedes was “keyed” by a vandal. “I’ve been […]

Acorn Bits

The city of Calabasas is joining more than a dozen Los Angeles County cities in making Thurs., Dec. 18 “A Day Without a Bag.” The environmental campaign was established last year by the Heal the Bay group to encourage businesses and individuals to do without single-use, plastic shopping bags for at least one day. Reusable bags will be distributed in […]

Santa Comes to Agoura in a giving mood

FOOD AND FUN—Above, volunteers Diane Darling of Oak Park, left, and Amy Lockmann of Agoura Hills cheerfully bag turkeys for distribution at the Santa Comes to Agoura food drive on Dec. 6 at the Do-it Center in Agoura Hills. Donated food was sorted and delivered to local families in need. The event also included facepainting, balloons, performances and a visit […]

Family appeals for help following fire

An Oak Park residence caught fire on the morning of Dec. 4, damaging the owner’s house and belongings, as well as her philanthropic holiday plans. Brenda Hagen was at her home in the 400 block of Cresthill Drive when she smelled a strong burning odor at about 11:50 a.m. She called firefighters, who arrived quickly and removed a large section […]

Westlake graduate wins film award

A 2008 Westlake High School graduate has won an award for her work behind the camera during a recent trip around the world. Sarah Miller, 18, created a film, “Namaste,” which compares her life with those of her peers in Nepal, emphasizing the differences in their conceptions of necessity, wealth and happiness. “The film compared Westlake Village to Nepal,” Miller […]

‘Pearls’ attend Charity League ball

National Charity League Inc., San Fernando Valley Chapter recently held its 43rd annual Charity Ball, “Pearls of Beauty,” at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Since 1966, the chapter traditionally honors its most recent graduates for their years of service to the chapter and to the community. This year, the achievements of 14 young women, the debutantes of 2008, were celebrated. An […]

Entries sought for art, poetry contest

The California Coastal Commission invites all students in kindergarten through grade 12 to enter the 2009 California Coastal Art and Poetry Contest. All entries must have a state coastal or marine theme. Winners will be selected in both art and poetry in each of four gradelevel categories: K3, 46, 7-9 and 10-12. Winners will receive a $100 gift certificate to […]