2011-12-15 E-Edition

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Pedestrian dies after being struck in Agoura

Driver who hit her doesn’t recall what happened

Friends of Westlake Village resident Rachela Gorodenzik, who was killed by a car while walking along Thousand Oaks Boulevard on Dec. 6, were stunned when they heard about the woman’s death. Gorodenzik, 51, lived in the Westlake Renaissance homes just west of the Agoura Hills city limit. She was walking east on the south side of Thousand Oaks Boulevard between […]

Winter wonderland

Edelston new Agoura mayor

Agoura Hills officials welcomed new City Councilmember Illece Buckley Weber and said farewell to retiring Councilmember Dan Kuperberg at the city’s Dec. 6 government reorganization meeting. Speaking to supporters at the Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel, outgoing Mayor Harry Schwarz issued his State of the City address, and said, “We’ve had a fantastic year. . . . We have a lot […]

Calabasas fire destroys one townhome, damages others

Families could be displaced for lengthy period

Fire forced the evacuation of five Calabasas families from their townhomes in the 5600 block of Las Virgenes Road last week. No one was injured in the blaze. The fire started in the kitchen of a unit occupied by Debra Sipos at about 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and burned through the ceiling and into the attic, said Brian Riley, inspector […]

Be safe this holiday season

The holiday season always feels like an inappropriate time to delve into what ails our society. However, as we prepare for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other winter celebration of choice, it’s important to remember that yuletide cheer is often accompanied by a stark dose of reality that may rear its ugly head in any number of ways. As you […]


Appreciating Donald Zimring

This moment belongs to Don Zimring. Given the people involved, I trust that the board and Dr. Zimring, together, have all had a chance to express what they think and have done what they all believe is right to fittingly balance an individual’s contract with LVUSD’s overall future needs. I have had the privilege of working with Don closely, and […]

Regarding childhood hunger

Regarding “Calabasas student takes stand against childhood hunger” on Dec. 1, your article was very misleading. There are no hungry children in Los Angeles inner schools unless their parents are irresponsible. The federal food program gives free breakfast and lunch to each student who goes to school if they need it. There is even a program for the summer months. […]

Letter writer laments so-called ‘war on Christmas’

I’ve just received my first Christmas card wishing me a “happy holiday” so I’m bound to advise all and sundry as we hurtle towards the 25th of December that if you are kind enough to want to wish me anything at all, please make sure that it is a Happy Christmas. Since I understand that 95 percent of Americans celebrate […]