2011-10-27 E-Edition

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Westlake proud on anniversary

Water rates rise again

District blames wholesale costs

Customers in the Las Virgenes and Oak Park water districts will pay about $3 more per month for potable water starting in January. The rate increase is needed to cover the rising costs of wholesale water, said Glen Peterson, a Las Virgenes Municipal Water District board member who has been serving on the Metropolitan Water District board of directors for […]

Area office vacancies are still pushing the envelope

Market remains ‘overbuilt’

If the recession is officially winding down, the office real estate market has yet to get the memo. Landlords began dropping lease prices two years ago to stave off higher vacancy rates locally, yet the office rental market continues to languish, said Tom Dwyer, vice president of CB Richard Ellis, in the 2011 Ventura County Economic Outlook. In the report […]

Is your house Halloween-ready?

As water district rates continue to climb, where’s the oversight?

Water rates in Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village and Oak Park are on the rise again, expected to increase about $3 per month for the average user starting in January. The incessant upward trend comes as no surprise. The two local districts—Las Virgenes Municipal Water District in Calabasas, Agoura and Westlake; and Oak Park Water Service in Oak Park—push their […]


Helping the lions

Thank you for the excellent article on mountain lions by Sylvie Belmond. I would like to add an additional challenge these wondrous creatures in our community face—the lack of funding for an ongoing research. Studies by the National Park Service on mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains has come to a standstill. While we are all aware of the […]

Do wildlife study

The reward for information leading to the capture of poachers who killed a mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains has been raised to $11,700. This seems to indicate there is care and concern for the few remaining mountain lions living in the the Santa Monica Mountains. Boxed in by freeways, residential areas and the ocean, these urban carnivores have […]

A disgruntled Calabasas resident

Give the residents nothing. This has become the pervasive attitude at Calabasas City Hall. City staff, led by City Manager Coroalles and City Attorney Colantuono at the Oct. 12 council meeting, seemed determined to support a developer and require adjacent residents to pay tens of thousands of dollars in fees to extend a fire hydrant line to a proposed project […]