2011-08-04

2011-08-04 E-Edition

Amid dire predictions about schools comes good news: Teachers being hired

Smaller class sizes lead to new jobs


The Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education approved a revised $88.4-million budget amid new hope that the financial crisis for public schools has eased. Despite more possible budget cuts on the horizon, the school board voted to reduce class sizes in kindergarten through third grade to an average of 22 students per teacher for the coming school year. […]

Hikers learn about Mountains Restoration Trust



Young people find different ways to put their summers to work




Summertime is like cooking a batch of cookies with kids as the chef. Parties, summer camps and piano lessons. SAT prep, trips to Europe, and Tae Kwon Do classes: Whoever said teenagers are lazy? “I’m taking karate and an art class,” says Lauren Spielman, who is entering Calabasas High School this year. “I’m pretty much busy.” Another ambitious teenager, Victoria […]

Volleyball success a Sato family tradition




Andrew Sato has spent his entire life immersed in the game of volleyball. Now, he’s getting ready for the biggest trip of his career. Sato, who graduated from Agoura High this spring, will play in the Federation of International Volleyball Boys’ Youth World Championship in Argentina Aug. 19-28. The tournament features teams from 16 countries across five continents. Bulgaria, Egypt […]

Malibu Creek State Park celebrating 35th anniversary

Park considered a crown jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains


In the eyes of docent Tom Kaplan, Malibu Creek State Park is a treasure to behold. “Living in the city, I’ve always found refuge in the mountains. It’s a magical experience—just like going on vacation. The restorative powers of being in the park are just phenomenal,” said Kaplan, a restaurateur who grew up in the Conejo Valley and now lives […]

Girl Scouts learn valuable lessons while earning Gold Award




Pam Chang, Amy Bellinghiere and Anisha Rajavel are the “Golden Girls” of Girl Scout Troop 60972. The recent Oak Park graduates are among the 5 to 6 percent of Scouts age 14 to 18 to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement within the program. The honor is comparable to the Eagle rank earned by Boy Scouts. The […]

Thunder turns up the heat



Softball All-Stars bring the heat



Dilapidated Calabasas home results in legal battle




Calabasas officials have settled a case involving a resident who claimed the city denied her access to records regarding a Lost Hills home that had been abandoned and contained mold. In April, Calabasas resident Gail Reznik and The First Amendment Coalition filed suit against the city to gain access to an inspection report concerning alleged hazardous conditions at the unoccupied […]


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