2011-03-17 E-Edition

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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 […]

World perspective courtesy Britain’s Tony Blair

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, addressing a capacity crowd at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Kavli Theatre on Monday, said the revolutionary events unfolding in the Middle East pose tremendous opportunities for the West but also the prospect of instability and even chaos. He said he can’t remember when there has been a tougher time to be a […]

Bulletin Board

THURS., MARCH 17 Pleasant Valley Garden Club Meets at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3975 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. Snacks and socializing 9 to 9:30 a.m. Meeting follows. Marilyn Smith discusses ingredients and molds to make hypertufa planters. Public welcome. Phone: 805.484.5484 Contact: Sandy Time: 9:00 a.m. Date: 3/17/ 2011 Leprechaun Luncheon 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Dos Vientos Community Center, 4801 […]

Not your father’s chili

While attending the Wine and Food Lovers’ Festival in February, I sampled an East Indian swordfish with three lentil chili topped with coconut. The dish was prepared by Robert Grenner, executive chef at The Hideaway@Lindero restaurant. I was so taken with that chili that I made it a point to visit The Hideaway to learn more about the restaurant and […]

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 […]

Fire strikes home in Agoura Hills

Students kick up their heels

“Battle: Los Angeles”

Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman Starring: Aaron Eckhart,Michelle Rodriguez, RamonRodriguez, Bridget MoynahanRated: PG-13 (for adult language, action-adventure mayhem, violence and alien vivisection) Running time: 117 minutesBest suited for: die-hard, sci-fi“us. vs. them” fansLeast suited for: the we-arealone fanatic, grandmothers,the squeamishAcorn Rating Guide: Normally I wouldn’t have pursued (or written up) “Battle: Los Angeles” so close to last year’s dismal “Skyline”–a movie […]