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 […]

Santa Monica Mountains superintendent to head Yosemite Park

Woody Smeck, superintendent of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, will be hitting the dusty trails for Yosemite in the springtime. Smeck was promoted to deputy superintendent of Yosemite National Park, a job he will start in April. In the meantime, he will serve a 120- day stint as regional director for the National Capital Region, overseeing the National […]

Increase in local phone scams

Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station personnel say they have seen a sharp rise in residents reporting they’ve received suspicious phone calls seeking financial assistance for a relative abroad in need of immediate help. According to the scam, the caller to the States claims to be a relative who says they’ve been arrested in a foreign country. In most instances, the caller […]


THURS., JAN. 5 Camarillo Democratic Club 6:15 p.m. at Orchid Building, 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo. Kim Stephenson speaks on current state of women’s rights and Obama’s achievements in this area. Contact: Marge Lorraine. Phone: 805. 389.9683. Business & Professional Women Of Conejo Valley 7 p.m. in glass banquet room behind reception, Cisco’s restaurant, 925 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. […]

Summer already?


Navy Lt. Christopher T. Tate and fellow sailors of Patrol Squadron 10 “ Red Lancers” (VP-10) of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., recently completed their six-month deployment operating from bases in Quatar, Bahrain and Djibouti. The crew flew 6,320 flight hours during more than 900 sorties and maintained a 99 percent completion rate. Their efforts resulted in the capture of […]

Cellphone safety for kids

Many parents gave their children cellular telephones this holiday. Most new phones fall under a smartphone category. Though texting, sending photos, social networking, downloading music, watching videos and playing games are common cell phone uses, it is important that a child is mature enough to understand the hazards of cellphone use. Sending pictures over the Internet is common these days. […]

“The Adventures of Tintin”

Directed by: Steven Spielberg Starring: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Toby Jones MPAA rating: PG Running time: 107 minutes Best suited for: those who love “Young Indiana Jones” Least suited for: those who seek adventure with emotional meat Acorn rating: NPWhen Steven Spielberg’s new action adventure extravaganza gets going, it bares much resemblance to the […]

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 […]