Agoura agency disbanded

The City of Agoura Hills abolished its 23-year-old redevelopment agency last week after opting out of the governor’s voluntary RDA program on grounds that the state’s new plan for the agencies was nothing short of “extortion.” Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that abolished California’s redevelopment agencies by Oct. 1 but still allowed cities to participate in a voluntary RDA program—if […]

Metrolink trains to carry bikes

As part of a pilot program, Metrolink will introduce its first two “bicycle cars,” passenger railcars outfitted with space for at least 18 bicycles instead of two slots like Metrolink’s other railcars. The agency hopes this will encourage more bicyclists to take the train to their destination. To accommodate the additional bicycles, Metrolink crews removed 29 passenger seats on the […]

Shelter seeks to adopt out all animals in one day

The Ventura County Camarillo Animal Shelter, in partnership with Rescue Me Inc., will host the seventh annual Dog-Gone Cat-a-Strophic Hugs, Slurps and Slobbers Adopt-athon from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., Aug. 28 at the Camarillo Animal Shelter, 600 Aviation Drive, inside the airport. The event goal is to find homes for all of the shelter’s animals. Adopters will receive […]

Taking ownership

What age are your children when you let them use your computer? How about your iPhone? And the DVR to record TV programs—when should kids be allowed to use that? How old are your kids before you let them use these electronic items unsupervised? My wife and I have an 8-yearold boy. He’s used the computer and our phones many […]

Oak Park resident celebrates successful transplants

Six years ago, Shirley Pirozzi, a retired drug counselor from Oak Park, blacked out while driving her car. She crashed into a tree and was rushed to the hospital, but doctors found little wrong with the 71-year-old woman other than low blood sugar. Pirozzi’s accident was attributed to the sugar imbalance, and she was released from the hospital. But the […]

Western Oak Park to receive much-needed repair work on 14 streets

Residents pleased about the work

Many residential streets in unincorporated Oak Park are getting a makeover. The Ventura County Department of Public Works is paving and repairing 75 surface streets on the west side of the community. Street closures will occur intermittently between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and temporary “no parking” signs will be posted at affected locations at least 48 hours before the […]

Concert to celebrate WLV birthday

The city of Westlake Village continues to celebrate its 30th anniversary with a special TGIF concert from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sat., Aug. 20 at Berniece Bennett Park, 31800 Village Center Road, Westlake Village. The event will have free hot dogs and cotton candy for the first 1,500 attendees. Special commemorative anniversary beach balls and buttons will be given away […]

Learn how to do-si-do

The Trail Duster Square Dance Club will begin new square dance classes at 7:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 7 at Bay Laurel Elementary School, 24740 Paseo Primario, Calabasas. The first class is free; the remaining classes are $7 a lesson. Singles and couples are welcome. Dress is casual. The club provides laughs and friendships while teaching how to do-si-do and allemande […]

Volunteers ‘stretch their hearts’

Young women help out at Many Mansions summer camp

The Sisters of Notre Dame offer Stretch Your Heart, a summer volunteer service program for young women ages 18 to 40. This summer, six volunteers from throughout southern California joined Sister Valerie Marie Roxburgh for a week at Camp Many Mansions, sponsored by the Thousand Oaks-based nonprofit Many Mansions. Many Mansions has been providing low-cost housing to limited income families […]

Smith named Red Cross chair

Calabasas resident Mark Smith, a senior vice president with Farmers Insurance, was recently elected chair of the board of directors for the American Red Cross of Ventura County. Smith will help employers, businesses and residents of the region to be prepared for disasters. He was a panelist on a Red Cross Ready briefing for Ventura County employers on June 8 […]