2009-10-29

Tri-Valley standings



Anger over water rates represents misplaced frustration



I fully expected to see a letter such as that from Mr. Craig Kronfeld in response to the Triunfo Sanitation District’s implementation of higher water rates for the Oak Park Water Service customers. My bill was also astronomically higher, despite concerted efforts to reduce my usage. I understand Mr. Kronfeld’s frustration, but his anger is misdirected. Janna Orkney, along with Supervisor […]

Spooky carnivals slated



•The fourth annual Youth Indoor Halloween Carnival will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 31 at the Oak Park Community Center, 1000 N. Kanan Road, Oak Park. The community event will have candy, prizes, game booths, science booth, face painting, Trick-or-Treat Village and free cotton candy. Teen and adult volunteers will run the game booths and other […]

Name change halts longtime racial slur

Ballard Mountain no longer called ‘Negrohead’

A mountain peak in Lobo Canyon, listed on government documents as “Negrohead Mountain,” has been officially changed to Ballard Mountain in honor of John Ballard, who is said to have been the first African American to settle in the Santa Monica Mountains. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s proposal asking the U.S. Geological Survey to […]

Women’s club hosts Holiday Fantasy Tea in Westlake



The Westlake Women’s Club 29th annual Holiday Fantasy Tea will be on Fri., Nov. 6 at the North Ranch Country Club, 4761 Valley Spring Road, Westlake Village.  Champagne will be served during the silent auction and boutiques. The Royal Tea Luncheon will begin at noon during which winners of the raffle, door prizes and money wreaths will be announced.  A […]

Other local football matchups



Oak Park (3-4) at OCHS (7-0) Outlook: Credit the Oak Park Eagles for refusing to quit on their season despite a rash of injuries to key starters. Oak Park has won back-toback Tri-Valley League games on the strength of a defense that bends, but won’t break. As always, the Eagles face their stiffest test of the season against rival Oaks […]

TSD spending on ‘exorbitant’ amount on tank



Triunfo Sanitation District spent considerable funds commissioning a 2007 study by Boyle Engineering comparing costs of two Conifer water tank replacement sites. Despite the recommendations of TSD staff, the board chaired by Janna Orkney selected a site which Boyle estimated to cost nearly $1 million more than the alternative.  Residents had repeatedly cautioned Orkney that it would be financially irresponsible to […]

Shabbat puppets conduct services



FRIENDS— Cantor Kenny Ellis and his Shabbat puppets offer a service every Friday morning for Temple Beth Haverim’s Early Childhood Center. For more information, call Donna Becker at (818) 991-7111 or visit www.templebethhaverim.org.

School board candidates ready for Nov. 3

Field includes Diane Combes, Dave Moorman, Gordon Whitehead and Lesli Stein

An Oct. 22 debate involving candidates for the Las Virgenes School Board provided a window into how the experienced incumbents and potential newcomers would meet the challenges facing public education today. The candidates’ forum at the district offices in Calabasas was hosted by Westlake Revelations and the League of Women Voters. Neil Ticktin of Westlake Revelations moderated the event. Four […]

Serving in Uniform



William Sayin and Masamichi Hayata both graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as “Operation Warrior Forge,” at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash. Sayin is a student at the University of San Francisco. He is the son of Errol and Paloma Sayin of Oak Park and a 2006 graduate from Oak Park […]


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