Farewell to Oak Park recreation leader

MEMORIES—Jacque Marley of Oak Park, left, shares a laugh with Jo Lassak, retiring Rancho Simi Park District recreation coordinator. A party was given in Lassak’s honor last Monday at the Oak Park Community Center. She’s been directing the Oak Park recreations programs for the past 30 years. At the party, 5year-old Harrison Robins and his brother, below, liberate the zoo […]

Westlake budget weathering the storm

Public safety still big expense

The Westlake Village City Council approved a nearly $27million budget for the coming year and announced that despite the down economy, the city’s revenues continue to keep pace with expenses. About $14.4 million in income is anticipated for the 20092010 fiscal year, officials said. Westlake’s primary revenue sources include building permit fees, property and sales taxes, and transient occupancy taxes […]

Calabasas stand-up act

County hurt by rising pension

Retirement fund up 327 percent in past decade

If left unchecked, the exorbitant cost of Ventura County’s pension fund could threaten the county’s ability to pay for basic programs and services, a grand jury report said. “What I see in our current pensions, there’s no question that we’ve seen a tremendous increase in cost and it’s going to be very devastating to our county,” Supervisor Peter Foy said. […]

Agoura endorses Chumash Park

The Agoura Hills City Council approved a new parks policy at its June 24 council meeting and Chumash Park remains the location of choice for large outdoor events staged within the city limits. Chumash Park is the only park equipped to handle large special events put on by businesses or residents, said Amy Brink, director of community services. Events that […]

A colorful holiday in Westlake

Agoura Hills employee part of cityhood effort

Sally Schneider retires after 25 years

Sally Schneider, a longtime Agoura Hills city employee who more than 25 years ago was instrumental in transforming this rural Los Angeles County outpost into a strong, vibrant municipality, announced her retirement. Schneider, 70, launched her career with the city of Agoura Hills as secretary of the planning department in 1984 at a time when the city employed just eight […]

Lindero cell tower discussed

Two experts on cell tower radio frequency emissions will speak at the July 14 Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education meeting. The Agoura Hills City Council had hoped for public hearing regarding the cell antenna planned for the Lindero Canyon Middle School campus, but a strictly informational meeting was scheduled instead since a contract with T-Mobile had already […]

Independent filmmaker excels while retaining his local ties

Oak Park High School graduate Marc Clebanoff is carving a successful niche in independent moviemaking. His latest film, “Break,” starring the late David Carradine, comes out on DVD on July 14. Clebanoff, 29, wrote, directed and produced the noir thriller. Also starring Michael Madsen and Frank Krueger, “Break” ran the recent film festival circuit and picked up awards for best […]

Day camps, dance classes offered in Agoura Hills

The city of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services announces these upcoming events. Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place at the Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd. For more information or to register, call (818) 597-7361. •Day camps will take place at Yerba Buena Elementary School. Campers ages 6 to 10 may sign up for REC […]