2012-07-12

2012-07-12 E-Edition

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Calabasas fiscal report shows dwindling reserves




While some California cities, such as Stockton and San Bernardino, face bankruptcy due to the ongoing economic downturn, Calabasas remains in good financial standing due to the city’s ample reserves and potent tax base. But the reserve balance in the city’s new two-year budget is declining. About 60 percent of the city’s $20-million general fund revenues this fiscal year will […]

Agoura Hills budget includes a raise for embattled city manager




The City of Agoura Hills adopted a budget that includesa5percentpayraiseforCityManager GregRamirezanda3percentraiseforallothercity employees. The budget went into effect on July 1. The $20.9-million budget for fiscal year 2012- 13 includes approximately $18 million for day-today operations and almost $3 million for capital improvement projects, including the widening of Agoura Road and the Chesebro interchange. Ramirez’s base annual salary rose from $ […]

Water rates on the rise

85 of 117 employees receive fully-paid pensions. The rest pay 1 percent.


The board of directors of Las Virgenes Municipal Water District adopted a $61.5 million budget that will likely include an increase in drinking water rates. The move would increase water rates more than 9 percent next year. Much of the hike comes from the Metropolitan Water District, LVMWD’s wholesale supplier of potable water. The budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year, […]

Youth baseball game puncher gets exonerated




A youth baseball coach who punched out the father of an opposing player following a June game in Westlake Village won’t face criminal charges. Lee Appleby, 48, of Thousand Oaks was cited and released by police June 7 for misdemeanor battery after he struck 53-yearold Michael Bateman in the head. Bateman allegedly grabbed Appleby’s wife by the wrists in a […]

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City forming a Community Services Coalition



The City of Agoura Hills announced it is forming a Community Services Coalition that will bring people and resources together within the community in order to respond more effectively to social concerns. “Times are much different now than they were 20 years ago,” said Agoura Hills Mayor John Edelston, who made the community services initiative part of his 2012 mayoral […]

The ride continues



Our water district and two local cities recently released their new fiscal year budgets. Calabasas, Agoura Hills and the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District do the people’s business and do it well, but the sense of entitlement that resides with our public service elite remains a source of exasperation for the average citizen. Little, it seems, has been learned from […]

Who’s patriotic?



My wife and I live in a guard gated community here in upscale Calabasas, and the total lack of honoring or showing public respect for our Independence Day is appalling. My community of perhaps 160- plus homes had at most seven or eight homes displaying an American flag. Driving in and around Calabasas showed almost a complete absence of any […]