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Morrison apathy

As a Morrison Ranch homeowner, I appreciate your coverage of the current situation regarding the association’s board of directors. According to your article, the board members say they are entitled to compensation, even though the CC&Rs strictly prohibit it. Fontayne Holmes, the chair, said the policy of awarding themselves gift cards was started by a previous board, so does that […]

Oak Park water rates run higher

Blame placed on dwindling supply

Oak Park Water Service customers saw significant increases in their bills this month. The jump reflects an increase in the cost of water purchased from Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which provides water to Oak Park via Calleguas Municipal Water District. The higher rates also are required to pay for maintenance and improvements to infrastructure, including construction of the […]

Chaparral, A.C. Stelle lead scores parade

Despite facing dwindling resources and ongoing budget cuts, students in the Las Virgenes Unified School District continue to excel academically, according to the results of the 2009 Academic Performance Index (API) released Sept. 15 by the California Department of Education. The API scores, which range from 200 to 1,000, are derived from standardized tests taken in the spring by students […]

Local alpaca farmer is a breed apart

Like most alpaca ranchers in the U.S., Cindy Harris knew little about the exotic pack animal. But lack of experience didn’t stop her from turning her passion for alpacas into a full-time occupation. Harris was introduced to alpacas about 10 years ago. The 57year-old elementary school teacher now owns and operates the largest alpaca farm in California. “Somewhere in all […]

Two at the top

Marmonte League midseason football report

Imagine the Steel Curtain going head-to-head with the Greatest Show on Turf. Or picture the Mongols doing battle with the Romans on a 100yard strip of FieldTurf in the Conejo Valley, circa 2009. It’s early, of course, but the Marmonte League football title sure looks like it’s coming down to the stingy Moorpark High defense against the high-powered Westlake offense. […]

Board member perks are justified

Regarding the article, “Morrison homeowners upset at board,” we are volunteers who serve on the Morrison Ranch Estates HOA Board because we care about our community and strive to maintain the beauty and quality of life for current and future residents of the 1,226 homes in our association, with no personal agenda involved. We do not volunteer for a $200 […]

Players remember fallen teammate

TOUCHED— Members of the Conejo Valley Torch softball team hold hands in memory of Jessica Roberts, a 14-year-old high school freshman who died in a Sept. 26 car crash on Mulholland Highway in Calabasas. Jessica was a member of the team which was competing at a tournament in Ventura. At right, some flowers and a softball rest atop first base. […]

Students become dedicated recyclers

Oak Park students are learning a new recycling system that has been installed at each school campus. Superintendent Tony Knight recently spoke to several third-grade classes at Red Oak Elementary about the new system and the need to reduce waste. “Your job is going to be to remind people what the rules are,” Knight told the students. “What we’re trying […]

Hugs for Project Cuddle

Project Cuddle will host its second annual Malibu at Sunset fundraiser Sat., Oct. 17 in the Palatial Pavilion Room at Calamigos Ranch, 327 S. Latigo Canyon Road, Malibu. Cocktails and a silent auction will begin at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m., followed by dancing. Project Cuddle is a nonprofit organization that helps save babies from being abandoned. Since […]