2011-03-17 E-Edition

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Westlake city staff told to pay more for pensions

‘Benefits offered by the city unheard of in the private sector’

Operating under the increasingly resentful eye of the nation’s taxpayer, Westlake Village officials voted last week to make city employees contribute more to their public pensions. The City Council voted 4-1 to adjust the health and California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) packages for 10 current employees, two retired city workers and the five City Council members. Starting July 2012, […]

LVUSD schools continue with doomsday prediction

With the outcome of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget unknown, school officials throughout the state braced for the worst-case scenario by issuing layoff notices to teachers by the March 15 deadline. In the Las Virgenes Unified School District, Karen Kimmel, chief business official, said 55 teachers and counselors have been notified that their jobs are at risk. Oak Park Unified […]

Large turtle pays unexpected visit to family

Joseph and Jennifer Devita say a very large visitor came to their daughter’s home on Cape Horn Drive in Agoura Hills last week. Joseph Devita, a retired biologist, said the big tortoise that rambled onto the property weighed approximately 45 pounds. “I’ve never seen anything like this walking around Agoura. I saw the tortoise walking up to the side of […]

Westlake initiates public pension reform

It’s one small step, but a meaningful one. The Westlake Village City Council voted 4-1 last week to amend its pension package for employees. Starting next year, the city’s 10 active employees will be required to contribute 5.8 percent of their pay toward their California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) fund. They currently pay nothing. The city also imposed a […]

LVUSD needs the tax extension—and help from parents

Guest Opinion

If you are reading this article, you probably moved to one of the cities within the Las Virgenes Unified School District to send your children to one of the best schools in the Los Angeles area, even one of the best schools in the state. You made an excellent decision. The performance of our students matches that of students attending […]


Prorated over 12 months, teachers can make 6-figure salaries, benefits

I must take issue with Larry Cronk’s letter printed in the March 10 edition, which stated that public servants are “only paid about 10 percent of private sector jobs, and deserve any perks they can get.” Anyone who believes this should go to the school district’s own website (www.lvusd.org) and click on “information” then “employment”, and then on “Compensation Schedules.” […]

New City Council member extends an olive branch

Running for a seat on our City Council has been such an enlightening, rewarding, and exhausting process, but now that the last votes have been counted and the yard signs have all been pulled up, I would like to take a moment to extend a few sincere words of thanks. Thank you to all the candidates— Fred Gaines, Bob Sibilia, […]