2011-05-05 E-Edition

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Calabasas septic tank ordinance stalls, lawsuit put on hold

‘We need to move forward,’ mayor says

The Calabasas City Council will make changes to the volatile septic tank ordinance that has caused turmoil in the city and will offer temporary amnesty for residents who refused to comply with the controversial law. Two years ago, the council told property owners with septic tanks to obtain operating permits and make sure their systems were operating properly. Of the […]

Art on the Town

Westlake park project slow to get started

Landscaping on hold, funding uncertain

Months go by, but the hillsides remain denuded and unattractive to the thousands of people who drive by each day along Thousand Oaks Boulveard. Still, officials say progress continues to be made on the YMCA community park that’s being built on a hilltop north of T.O. Boulevard and west of Lindero Canyon Road in Westlake Village. Construction on the sports […]

Marie Panec, school board member, dies

Marie Panec, a Moorpark College biology professor, Oak Park schools leader, and former Congressional candidate, died of a brain aneurysm on Tuesday morning at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. She was 57. Flags at Oak Park schools were lowered to half-staff in Panec’s memory. At the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council meeting Tuesday night, community leaders […]

Las Virgenes district to refund penalties paid by thirsty customers

The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) said it will issue $2.4 million in credits to more than 8,800 customers who were penalized for using too much water last year. The water agency began penalizing for excessive water use in 2009 in response to the prolonged state drought. Customers who exceeded their allotted water budgets paid a $3 penalty per […]

On Sunday, how about a break for Mom?

Being a mom is a piece of cake. All one has to do is love, worry, encourage, discipline, caution, teach, feed, repair, drive, fetch, dress, clean, pamper, sooth, organize, remind, plan, protect, heal and cajole—all usually before 8 a.m. Okay, so motherhood isn’t really a piece of cake, more like a dish of macaroni and cheese. It’s a never-ending, messy […]

Gaffiti in the community draws upon hatred

Guest Opinion

Three students at Calabasas High School spewed their hate last week by spray-painting anti- Semitic and racist graffiti on the campus. Their actions have been roundly condemned and they are learning quickly that their graffiti smut is neither tolerated nor acceptable. How could teens in our city harbor such hate? Writing “whites only” on a water fountain recalls America’s shameful, […]


Graffiti also has marred Oak Oark

Have you seen the graffiti sprayed on the utility boxes along Kanan Road in Oak Park? I counted eight boxes sprayed with graffiti between Thousand Oaks Blvd and Hollybrook. The graffiti looks amateurish and as though some kids just thought that it would be a fun thing to do. It does not rise to the level of what you see […]