2009-05-21

Places for the young



SUN DAYS—According to comedian Robin Williams, spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” And the late days of May just couldn’t be nicer, especially in Oak Park. Above, Nick and Maya Slavin, both 11, participate in the Youth Sidewalk Chalk Contest at Oak Canyon Community Park on May 16. Below, volunteer Marcy Reed visits with three young ladies at […]

Schools and governments brace for lean times ahead

Loss of Prop. 1A hurts cities, no 1B dings schools

Local politicians and educators are planning their next steps following the May 19 defeat of five of six ballot propositions aimed at reducing the state’s budget deficit. The measures called for a combination of spending caps, tax hikes and borrowing from other funds—but they only received about 35 percent of the vote. A majority was needed to pass. A sixth […]

Homestead named historical landmark



The Calabasas City Council has approved the William C. Masson House as the community’s first local historical landmark. In January 2008, the city adopted a Calabasas Historic Preservation Ordinance, which allows any person or group to request the designation of a historical resource as a local landmark. In March 2009 the city requested the designation of the Masson House as […]

Calabasas car fire ignites the night sky



HOT WHEELS—Below, an automobile is consumed by flames at approximately 2:30 a.m. Tuesday on Las Virgenes Road near the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District headquarters in Calabasas. Left, firefighters assess the situation. The Saturn sedan was not involved in an accident and there were no injuries, a deputy said. The cause of the blaze was not determined. Calabasas resident Marc […]

History Day comes to Masson House



Mountains Restoration Trust will host History Day at Masson Homestead at Headwaters Corner in honor of National Historic Preservation Month. The event is from noon to 4 p.m. Sun., May 31 at Headwaters Corner, 23075 Mulholland Highway in Calabasas. The William C. Masson House, which was built in the 1890s, was named the city’s first local historical landmark earlier this […]

Community says farewell to Harvey Kern



MOVIN’ ON—Harvey Kern, holding the plaque, is a docent at the Reyes Adobe historical site in Agoura Hills. His fellow volunteers honored him for his many years of assistance at the rancho at the May 13 City Council meeting . Kern is moving to Los Angeles after living in Oak Park for 40 years. Among his other volunteer duties, Kern […]

State superintendent applauds local schools



State Superintendent of Education Jack O’Connell visited A.E. Wright Middle School on May 5 to celebrate the school’s designation as a 2009 California Distinguished School. The California Distinguished School recognition is awarded to schools that have been deemed the “best of the best,” A.E. Wright Principal Kimmarie Taylor said. Lindero Canyon and Alice C. Stelle middle schools also earned the […]

City of Agoura Hills plans to keep new dog care business on a short leash



Doggie day care is coming to Agoura Hills. Paul Berkovitz, a West Hills resident, plans to open Camp Bow Wow, a day and overnight canine camp in an existing building on Roadside Drive west of Kanan Road. A city ordinance had prohibited kennels, said Mike Kamino, Agoura Hills director of planning and community development. But the City Council changed zoning […]

Community backs teen with cancer



Concerned community members are about to show their heartfelt support for Taylor Messina, a 15-year-old Oak Park girl stricken with a rare form of cancer. Taylor was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic midline carcinoma in March and had two surgeries to remove her ovaries and the tumors that had spread to her lung. She’s now undergoing chemotherapy at CedarsSinai Medical […]

Casino Night brings in money for charity



The Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club and Tarzana Treatment Center raised more than $25,000 during the annual spring fundraiser on May 2 at Padri Restaurant & Martini Bar in Agoura Hills. The sold-out Casino Night began with cocktails and traypassed hors d’oeuvres, followed by an Italian buffet dinner. Guests had the opportunity to wager $1,000 in funny money on games […]