2009-04-09

‘The one that got away was almost this big’



ANIMAL TALES—National Parks Service educator Robert Cromwell, an Agoura Hills resident, talks to students about local wildlife during an April 3 presentation at Ladera Elementary School in Thousand Oaks. The Park Service manages the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area, which includes the Paramount, Peter Strauss, Cheeseboro and King Gillette sites.

Agoura Hills officials keep services intact

Budget falters, but reserves remain strong

Despite the weak economy and other strains on the Agoura Hills budget, no city services will be cut, officials said. While many California municipalities have been forced to reduce services due to the economic downturn, Agoura Hills’ officials said the city will be able to weather the drop in tax revenue, the slowdown in development, and the reduction in interest […]

Two killed when car jumps barrier at medical building

Driver mistakes accelerator for brake

Two people died after being struck by a car March 25 in the parking lot of a medical building in the 29500 block of Canwood Street in Agoura Hills. Thousand Oaks resident Michael Sommer, 73, and his mother, Ann Sommer, 98, were sitting on a retaining wall waiting for a ride when a sedan driven by another elderly person ran […]

Oak Park lunches cost less



The cost of food doesn’t always go up. Cafeteria lunches in Oak Park schools cost 50 cents less after the board of education cut prices beginning April 1. School officials hope that reducing prices will encourage more students to purchase cafeteria food. After lunch prices were raised last year, the number of students buying school lunches dropped, said Julie Suarez, […]

Law changes, but not the attitude toward local pot clubs



Now that the discrepancy between federal and state medical marijuana laws has been resolved, cities throughout California are reexamining their stance on whether to allow local cannabis clubs permission to operate. United States Attorney General Eric Holder announced March 18 that medical marijuana dispensaries permitted under state law would no longer be prosecuted, but according to a recent survey of […]

Young people explore law enforcement careers



The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Program empowers young men and women to succeed in life, regardless of their career goals. In addition to spending 18 Saturdays at the Explorer Academy, the aspiring deputies take part in law enforcement patrols, help at DUI checkpoints, assist the beach team in Malibu, and volunteer at the sheriff’s station during special events. […]

LaGrotta given six years



A Ventura County Superior Court judge sentenced Nicholas LaGrotta, 23, to six years in prison last Friday for killing a pedestrian while driving intoxicated. The Santa Rosa resident pled guilty in November 2008 to gross vehicular manslaughter after the Subaru Forester he was driving struck and killed Thousand Oaks resident Karey Marsh, 46, as she was jogging in the early […]

Services scheduled for Frankie Toner



Local memorial services for Lt. Frances L. Toner IV will begin at 11 a.m. Sat., May 2 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, 1600 Erbes Road, Thousand Oaks. The gathering will be a tribute to Toner’s life. Known as Frankie to friends and family, Toner grew up in Thousand Oaks and died while on duty in Afghanistan […]

Two Oak Park schools earn Distinguished honors



Oak Park High and Medea Creek Middle schools were notified by state Superintendent Jack O’Connell last week that they’ve been named 2009 California Distinguished Schools. Schools must go through a rigorous application process that includes site visits by a judging committee. It’s is the third time Oak Park High has earned the honor and the fifth time Medea Creek has […]

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