2009-04-16

Three’s company



Seeds planted for a new local farmers market

Zoning change would target malls north of 101

The Agoura Hills City Council approved a zoning amendment March 25 to allow farmers markets in the commercially zoned areas north of the freeway. The Planning Commission must also approve the permit change before any open air market can begin operations, said Mike Kamino, director of planning and community development in a report to the City Council. Certified farmers markets […]

Agoura Hills sober living home goes in the tank



A sober living home operating in a residential neighborhood of Agoura Hills has been shut down by the state, city officials said. The transitional home at 5615 Mainmast Place was opened in January to help recovering alcoholics stay sober. California law allows residential treatment centers to operate in residential areas, but special licensing is required. Because the home violated certain […]

Hybrids grace Calabasas parking lot



Several city of Calabasas employees got new rides last week. The city leased nine hybrid vehicles to be used by inspectors and code enforcement officers while they’re on duty. Leasing the 2009 Honda Civic hybrids will rerportedly save the city $7,500 a year. The vehicles will replace the monthly vehicle allowances previously paid to the employees. “The procurement of our […]

Hockey great makes a pitch for baseball



Allison Sprague, Tara Tyrell, Wayne and Janet Gretzky and Russ McFaden were among the donors present at the dedication of Oaks Christian High School’s new baseball stadium complex earlier this month. They were joined by Westlake Village Council member Ned Davis, Westlake Village Baseball Association board member John Donovan, and the school’s varsity players who received ceremonial “first pitches” from […]

Civic Arts Plaza gets new name



Countrywide Performing Arts Center at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is getting a new name. And that new name—Bank of America Performing Arts Center—will be visible from the 101 Freeway on a sign scheduled to go up by the end of April. In 2003, the then-financially strong Countrywide paid $4.25 million to the Alliance for the Arts for naming […]

What better place for an Earth Day celebration than at the newly restored Las Virgenes Creek?



Klein didn’t plan on receiving Calabasas honor

Resident is a longtime city volunter

When Gary Klein was in college, he had a professor who encouraged his students to participate in community service. It is how Klein, who was a student at California State University Northridge studying urban planning, developed his commitment to volunteerism. “(The professor) tried to explain to us that we would have a unique set of knowledge as planners,” Klein said. […]

Home sales up, prices down



February sales of Conejo Valley single-family homes totaled 65. This compares to 52 sold in January and 65 a year ago, according to Connie Reed, president of the Conejo Valley Association of Realtors. The median sales price for single-family homes in February was $519,737. In the same month of 2008 it was $676,723. The median price is the point where […]

Agoura, Calabasas water alert continues



Calabasas and Agoura Hills were reminded of the local water crisis when Jeff Reinhardt, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) customer service and public affairs manager, gave recent presentations to each city and discussed the impact of the drought. In February, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency regarding California’s water supply. Reserves have been steadily declining. Two-thirds of […]