2009-06-18

Grads got pep in their step



Students at risk of being forced out of district



Thousands of students throughout California could be forced to return to their neighborhood public schools if a bill allowing them to attend the schools of their choice is not renewed. The District of Choice program is due to end on July 1 after 17 years in existence. The program allows children to attend the public schools of their preference without […]

Tobacco retailers who break law to face hefty fine



The Calabasas City Council passed an ordinance that will impose a $1,000 fine on retailers who sell tobacco to minors. The store owners could also have their right to sell tobacco products revoked. A new Calabasas tobacco retailer registration program will require any retailer selling tobacco in the city to be registered. The council decided not to require a fee […]

Grab a seat and a snowcone



Financial woes cause Medea Creek repair delay



Oak Park residents will have to wait several more months before a stretch of trail along Medea Creek will be reopened for public use. According to Larry Peterson, general manager for Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, environmental issues and financial problems are to blame for postponing the repairs on a failed slope along Medea Creek near Oak Park High […]

Emergency training open to teens

Program begins June 22 at OPHS

Teens have the opportunity to participate in emergency response training at Oak Park High School from 8 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. Mon.-Fri., June 22-July 10. A registration donation of $135 is requested and includes books, notes and a disaster preparedness “Go-Pak.” Participants will become certified as part of the Oak Park Community Emergency Response Team. They will learn two-way radio […]

Huckabee to speak at Reagan Library



Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will visit the Reagan Library at 6 p.m. Mon., June 29. Huckabee is the host of “Huckabee” on the Fox News Channel and appears on the “Huckabee Report” on the ABC Radio Network. He is the author of six books. The most recent, “Do the Right Thing,” spent its first seven weeks of release in […]

LV schools test scores rank high, but slip in comparison to similar schools



The Las Virgenes Unified School District once again ranked as one of the highest achieving districts in California, but half of the district’s 14 schools came in below average when measured against similar schools, according to a report released by the California Department of Education last week. Each school is rated on a pair of 10-point scales, one that reflects […]

Housing Consortium board names former Naval officer new director



The board of directors of the California Housing Consortium (CHC) has announced the appointment of Ray Pearl as its new executive director. Pearl has assumed the role of the lead staff person for the association and will oversee all organizational operations. Pearl will work with CHC’s board of directors to enhance housing production and affordability throughout California. Pearl came to […]

Girl unites community with greenhouse project



NP A greenhouse has been built on the campus of Medea Creek Middle School in Oak Park to promote students’ environmental awareness. Although it was built with the support of many people it originated with one, student Monica Geske. A special needs seventhgrader, Monica, 13, has Down syndrome. She works with resource specialist Doreen Oswaks daily on lifeskills education, determining […]