2012-03-15 E-Edition

Field of dreams

Los Robles, Anthem end insurance agreement

Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the parent company of Los Robles and West Hills hospitals, and Anthem Blue Cross health insurance company terminated their patient agreement on March 3. The impasse will affect all Anthem members enrolled in PPO, HMO, Senior Secure, Healthy Families and other benefit plans who receive care at five California HCA hospitals, including Los Robles and […]

Sherwood overcharged for water

Sanitation district erred in billing

Sherwood Country Club will receive a $476,000 refund from Triunfo Sanitation District—payback for a recurring billing error that began six years ago,officials said. At a special meeting on March 8, parent operator Ventura Regional Sanitation District informed Triunfo officials that the country club had been overcharged for its recycled water usage. Triunfo directors voted 3-1 to immediately refund the money […]

Zink’s announcement makes 27th District competitive

Westlake Village resident Todd Zink, a district attorney in Los Angeles County and a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Reserves, announced on March 7 that he will challenge state Sen. Fran Pavley (DCalabasas) to represent the newly formed 27th Senate District. The district includes Agoura Hills, Westlake Village and Calabasas, portions of the western San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita, […]

Dan Stepenosky named LVUSD superintendent

Dan Stepenosky, Las Virgenes Unified School District deputy superintendent, will take charge as LVUSD superintendent on Aug. 1. Stepenosky will replace Superintendent Donald Zimring, teacher, principal and administrator with LVUSD for more than three decades who has served as superintendent since 2007. Stepenosky was seen by the school board as a natural choice for the job. He joined the district […]

Seeds planted for new Lost Hills bridge

Residents of the Saratoga communities in Calabasas pressed officials to proceed quickly with the long-awaited Lost Hills bridge and interchange improvements at a Feb. 28 public hearing and workshop hosted by the City of Calabasas and California Department of Transportation. Design work for the new bridge and interchange will continue through the end of the year, and construction is expected […]

Healthcare’s latest episode makes us all feel ill

Local residents got a little taste of what the national healthcare crisis is all about with word this week that Los Robles Hospital and Anthem Blue Cross had reached an impasse in contract negotiations and terminated their long-running agreement for patient services. The finger-pointing saw each side blaming the other for escalating costs. Caught in the middle, of course, are […]


Local man shows hot to pay it forward

I was driving past the Mc- Donald’s in Agoura Hills a few days ago and the car in front of me suddenly stopped. I watched as the driver got out of his car, took off his jacket, and gave the jacket to a homeless man standing at the curb. This generous act of kindness brought tears to my eyes. I […]