2012-01-05 E-Edition

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Agoura Hills shuts down redevelopment agency

Supreme Court rules against RDAs

When Gov. Brown signed legislation last year that abolished California’s redevelopment agencies but allowed cities to participate in a voluntary—and expensive—RDA program, the City of Agoura Hills balked and decided to shut down its 23-yearold redevelopment agency. City officials felt extorted by the governor’s request for hefty payments to keep their local RDAs viable, and had hoped that a lawsuit […]

Summer already?

Want some new laws? California has got ‘em

Pavley authored 14

With the start of 2012, hundreds of new state laws are taking effect. The new legislation includes laws that toughen punishment for elder abuse, allow illegal immigrants to receive state college scholarships, move the presidential election primary from February to June, and grant additional rights to victims of sexual abuse. Assembly Bill 332 allows courts to place a fine as […]

Las Virgenes picks new summer school operator

The Las Virgenes Unified School District summer school contract was awarded to a new, for-profit organization launched by a familiar face, Penny Sylvester, a longtime school activist and volunteer with the district. Sylvester’s company, Knowledge Counts, replaces Las Virgenes Educational Foundation (LVEF), a nonprofit organization that has run summer school since 2003. The administrator for the summer program will continue […]

Wanted: new Calabasas City Council member

Calabasas politics took an interesting twist as 2011 ended and the new year began. City Councilmember Jonathon Wolfson announced his resignation from the five-member panel in mid-December to move to another city. Because a full year remains until the next City Council election in 2013, a replacement will be named. The seat will not be left vacant. The council announced […]


Jew not offended

I’d like to respond to the Cindy Seiff letter of Dec. 22, criticizing Ms. Smith’s letter of wishing people would use the traditional greeting of Merry Christmas, rather than Happy Holidays. I am Jewish and Ms. Seiff does not speak for me, my Jewish friends or Jewish acquaintances in this matter. I abhor the cult of political correctness and take […]

Favorite Westlake eatery is leaving

Went by Bauduccos to get bread and deli. Was told by the clerk— she’s worked there 25 years—that they were unable to obtain an affordable renewal of their lease. As a result, they will be closing after Christmas. I love the place and rely on them for good bread and Italian deli. This is a real loss to the community. […]

Favors Bob Sibilia for Calabasas City Council

I am writing to support Bob Sibilia for the appointment of City Councilmember in filling the recent vacancy. Bob Sibilia is very well known and liked in our city. His integrity and character are respected as is that of his wife. They are both liked very much around here. Bob Sibilia is a strong family man with great morals and […]