Local salaries and benefits under scrutiny

The large public salaries and pensions being paid even as the economy tanks have finally caught everyone’s attention. The compensation received by local employees remains mostly within bounds, although some anomalies exist. The annual salary for Greg Ramirez, the Agoura Hills city manager, is $188,950, while the salary for Ray Taylor, the man in charge of Westlake Village, a city […]

Good genes, good choices

How much do your day-today choices determine your long-term health and well-being? When it comes to longevity, Sophie, 95, has great genes. Most of her blood relatives have lived well past the age of 80. Now a resident of a local assisted living community, Sophie enjoys brunch, bingo, brain fitness and the occasional bourbon. Sophie learned to drive when she […]

Oak Park family saves dog

On July 4 my husband and I were driving on the 101 Freeway going north toward Oxnard. We were just entering Camarillo when my husband, Steven Ridnor, noticed a dog running on the shoulder of the freeway, across the divider where the cars were headed south. We did not see anyone attempting to help the dog, so we got off […]

Cellphone drive will benefit soldiers

Cell Phones for Soldiers and Hollywood Storage Center of Thousand Oaks are seeking donations of unused cellphones that will be recycled through ReCellular Inc. The funds will be used to provide free calling cards to soldiers posted overseas that they may contact their families back home. The goal is to collect at least 200 unused cellphones by October. Residents can […]


Calabasas resident completes tough bike ride in Alps


Agoura Thieves stole a $300 iPod and about $200 worth of accessories from an unlocked car parked in the 5400 block of Lake Crest Drive July 22. Vandals caused $700 in damage to a truck parked in the 3000 block of Liberty Canyon July 21. Calabasas Thieves stole a $200 cellphone, $10 in cash and $80 worth of music CDs […]

Saturday Aug. 7th Nature Program At Paramount Ranch

4 to 6 p.m. at Paramount Ranch, 2813 Cornell Road, Agoura. Program on “My Backyard as a Park? Living with Nature and Wildlife.” Participants can share experiences of wildlife around their homes. National Park Service biologists give presentation on local wildlife, including coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions. Live native wildlife show, tips on making home safer for wildlife through lighting, fencing, […]

Coastal photo contest underway

The California Coastal Commission has announced the 12th annual Amateur Coastal Photography Competition. Entries can be shots of the scenic coast, ways people use the coast and coastal wildlife. A separate humor category is available for the above subjects. Prizes will consist of a twonight stay in a Southern California hotel and will be awarded for first, second and third […]


•The correct name of the school attended by Adat Elohim’s recently honored rabbi, Rebecca Dubowe, is Hebrew Union College– Jewish Institute of Religion. •The incorrect date was given for the movie night/ live music performance and fundraiser sponsored by Yoga Works for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The correct date is Fri., Aug. 13.

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