2011-07-21

2011-07-21 E-Edition

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Area looking for boost in tourism



Local business interests would like to market the Conejo Valley as a tourism attraction for California, the nation—even the world. Officials from Agoura Hills, Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks—in conjunction with the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce—are developing a joint tourism initiative to identify what makes the region and its cities a unique place to visit and a possible […]

City annexes Mont Calabasas




The annexation of Mont Calabasas into the City of Calabasas was approved last week in a move that appears to offer both advantages and disadvantages to the upscale community in the northwest corner of the city. Mont Calabasas includes a gated subdivision of 110 single-family homes and nearly 400 acres of protected open space, most of which is owned and […]

Local expert on orchids lives in a very colorful world




When the Twentieth World Orchid Conference opens in Singapore on Nov. 13, renowned orchid expert George Harold Vasquez of Thousand Oaks will be there as one of the confere nces’ s in- ternationally accredited judges. The WOC, a tri- annual event, has been held all over the world— including London, Honolulu, Medellin, Johannesburg and Miami— since its 1954 inaugural conference […]

Coyote traps in urban area cause concern




In response to a protest from several residents, Calabasas will temporarily outlaw coyote traps within the city’s boundaries. Calabasas contracts with Los Angeles County to snare aggressive coyotes, but at a City Council meeting last week, four speakers urged city officials to stop the “cruel and inhumane trapping” of coyotes. “The animal remains trapped for a day or so in […]

Coyotes seen as friends, not enemies



Calabasas announced it will temporarily outlaw coyote traps within its municipal boundaries following complaints by four speakers at a recent City Council meeting about the “cruel and inhumane trapping” of the animals. Normally, city officials don’t feel compelled to change policy at the request of a handful of residents, but in this case they did, and correctly so. To be […]

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Bad placement of hiker articles



Whether it was intentional or not, the front page of your July 14 issue was disturbing. The position of two articles regarding hiking— “Calabasas woman dies on Mt. Shasta” and “Hiking locally? Play it safe”—one above the other, was in poor taste and simply unkind. The hiker lost on Mt. Shasta was a friend of mine. She was experienced, prudent […]

Says deputies are not forthcoming



Regarding DUI checkpoints: It does not surprise me that the police arrested a man, Bruce Boyer, for protesting the DUI checkpoints. In my experience, there are only a hearty handful of police in the area that really understand the basis for the laws that govern stopping people. How ridiculous that they arrested this man for exercising his right to protest. […]

Worries about the extra cost of the DUI checkpoints



I do not have an objection to these DUI checkpoints. However, what stands out for me as a huge problem is officers being paid overtime for staffing these checkpoints. Where is the fiscal responcibility? These are scheduled checkpoints, not emergency situations, so staffing these should be part of regular scheduled hours, not overtime. It does not matter that these are […]