Pavley, Zink—round two is next

Local favorite Pavley suffers narrow loss to GOP newcomer

Political newcomer Todd Zink scored a narrow 1 percent victory over local Democratic stalwart Fran Pavley in Tuesday’s primary election for the state 27th Senate District. The two will square off again in the November general election. Only 105,300 voters cast ballots. Zink, a Republican, received 53,236 votes, or 50.6 percent, and Pavley got 52,062, or 49.4 percent. “It’s refreshing. […]

Affholter disappearance no hoax, spokesperson says

Erik Affholter, the former high school, college and pro football star, has a knack for making headlines. His disappearance while on a May 13 hike in Simi Valley turned out to be a false alarm, a so-called misunderstanding that left police, family members and the public befuddled. Affholter, as it turns out, was never lost in the local hills, but […]

Robert Gregg Symonds

August 24, 1921-May 28, 2012

Gregg died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, in his new home in Pasadena, after moving from Agoura Hills, CA his home for the last 40 years. Born in Oklahoma City, OK, Gregg traveled to Southern California with his parents and younger brother and sister. In 1941 he met the love of his life, Davida Ingram, and they were married […]

Oak View grad looks ahead

Kevin Ferman will graduate from Oak View High School with many awards, but his biggest achievement was honing skills that will serve him well into the future. He claimed first place in the District 6 essay competition in eleventh grade and won his school’s AAA recognition for his great “attitude, attendance and achievement.” He also won the Step Up award […]

Soviet Bloc-heads: Who wins EURO 2012?

International soccer experts Stephen Dorman and Eliav Appelbaum can’t agree on anything

Super intense international soccer for three weeks straight. Country vs. country every morning with breakfast. Like Eliav Appelbaum on Prom Night, EURO 2012 is gonna be sick! For this showdown there are 16 soccercrazed nations to choose from and thus far I’ve only eliminated one: Jolly old England, the world’s perennial underachiever. The last time England was crowned kings of […]

Grads glad this one’s in the bag

Ceremonies held at Oak Park, Oaks Christian

It’s been two years since Oak Park High School broke from the tradition of distinguishing valedictorians and salutatorians at graduation, and by all accounts the new student recognition system is appreciated. This year’s crop of summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude graduates total 102 out of the 303 graduates scheduled to graduate on June 14. “Clearly, with […]

Celebrating spirit of the community


Happiness 101

Are you happy? Do you often experience a state of well-being and contentment? A depressed client recently asked me, “Can’t you just tell me how to be happy?” This was after a number of sessions in which we’d explored everything from family-of-origin issues to presentday mental, emotional, physical and spiritual coping strategies. I thought about his question, and here’s what […]

Jazz band kicks off summer

Nice court gesture for Connie