2010-12-30

Oak Park schools find enrollment solution

Year in review


The California District of Choice designation obtained by Oak Park Unified School District in 2004 went into full swing in 2010, the biggest single factor affecting OPUSD’s survival during the past year. Out-of-district students attending Oak Park schools on permit amounted to one-third of the student body. The District of Choice designation helped Oak Park Unified increase its revenues by […]

Sunshine Club to host comedian Mark Schiff



The Sunshine Club will host a luncheon for all local seniors and their families on Sun., Jan. 9 at the Renaissance Hotel Grand Ballroom, 30100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. The luncheon is free for all seniors and Sunshine Club volunteers. The public is invited for a $36 suggested donation. Comedian Mark Schiff, who has appeared on TV with Jay Leno […]

Ride the vintage rails



In recognition and appreciation of the volunteers who assisted and supported the restoration of the 1913 Baldwin Steam Locomotive No. 14, a special commemorative journey is planned for Sun., Jan. 2, leaving from the Fillmore’s Central Park at noon. The public can join approximately 50 steam volunteers and their families as passengers aboard the Fillmore & Western Railway dining and […]

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Chabad news dominates 2010



A plan to expand occupancy at Chabad of Oak Park, which operates a synagogue inside a single-family home on Conifer Street, encountered road blocks as county officials sided with neighbors who fear the expansion will cause parking and noise problems in their community. In December, Ventura County planning commissioners rejected a claim that the county violated a federal religious landuse […]

A bonzai worth barking about




What’s a tree to a dog? Shade, a fallen branch to play fetch with, a sniff station to check out the canine cavalcade that has left code in scent. My dog and I could happen upon an endless forest right out of the realm of mythology and she’d have to make a stop at every bark-bearing denizen. My standard admonishment […]

Warriors want to put opponents in a world of pain

Wrestling team works hard to improve


The kids are all right. And so are the Warriors. After going 0-7 in league duals last year, the Westlake High wrestling team earned a split with Calabasas and Royal in the opening week of Marmonte action. Offseason changes and a revamped training process revitalized the program under seventhyear head coach John Cuccia. The youngest wrestlers, the freshmen, have embraced […]

Recruiting young athletes is wrong



Excellent commentary piece from Stephen Dorman (“No need to recruit when the best players come to you”) discussing the inequality of player recruitment programs by local high schools. Not exactly the truly outraged kind of piece I would have enjoyed, but one that still provides the critical perspective this subject deserves. Stephen wrote: “I understand the frustration for fans in […]

A year of higher water rates for Las Virgenes and Triunfo district customers



Although customers in Las Virgenes Municipal Water District and Triunfo Sanitation District cut back on water consumption to comply with drought conditions and state regulations, potable and reclaimed water rates continued to escalate in 2010. A modification in election rules that changed Triunfo Sanitation District’s governance to an all-elected board prompted 11 candidates to run for four seats on the […]

Pet of the Week




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