2011-08-11 E-Edition

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New tax for schools will go on Nov. ballot

$95 annual parcel tax would generate $2.2 million

The Las Virgenes Unified School District will ask voters to pass a second parcel tax in the Nov. 8 general election. The proposed $95-a-year tax will generate a $2.2 million annually over eight years. The tax resolution passed by the district’s board of education Monday states that the tax will “provide local school funding that cannot be taken by state […]

Kids find amazing things to do over the summer

Online scam carries a personal touch

Scams between buyers and sellers on Craigslist are commonplace, but a recent incident involving the website resulted in a face-to-face robbery in Agoura Hills. Authorities arrested a 23-yearold Ventura man who allegedly brandished a handgun and stole $1,000 from a victim he’d contacted on the website and arranged to meet in person. The incident occurred July 26 in the 28000 […]

Rattlesnakes pack a lethal punch, but precautions can be taken

Summer’s on the wane, but local rattlesnake wranglers advise residents not to let down their guard just yet. The poisonous reptiles are still active and will be slithering around homes and gardens at least until the end of October. To make matters worse, they’ll become more aggressive during September as they prepare for birth season and hibernation, rattlesnake expert Bo […]

Prop. 36: Doomed to fail

The failure of Proposition 36, the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000, serves as proof that voters share at least some of the blame for the state’s fiscal crisis. California’s referendum process—although heralded by some for keeping power in the hands of the people—is broken and becoming increasingly abused. In addition to being a tool for special interests […]


Need to enforce no-texting law

Re: “Cyclists afraid of drivers who text.” I’ve encountered many times the reckless drivers who are talking or texting on their cellphones while driving on the street or on the freeway. Unfortunately, I never saw the police or deputies around to pull over those drivers. I did find one deputy parked under some nice shade on a side street intersection […]

Drivers should do right by runners

I am a runner. No, I am not one of those runners who thinks the world revolves around them. I am the type of runner whomoves out of the way for walkers, runners, bicyclists and cars. I make sure I am very aware of my surroundings. It is this awareness that has saved me from injury a number of times, […]

Bagged by the government

I read with great interest your editorial on plastic bags and the Calabasas government’s ordinance prohibiting stores from offering them to their customers (customers can still bring their own plastic bags, if they so chose). You correctly point out that plastic bags are only one of the many things people discard inappropriately. You also point out that paper bags take […]