2012-09-13 E-Edition

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Pension reform hits close to home

Employees now must pay half

Local governments and agencies are taking a close look at the new pension reform law from Sacramento that requires public employees to pay a greater share of their retirement benefits. Legislators said the Public Employee Pensions Reform Act of 2012, or AB 340, will save billions of taxpayer dollars by capping benefits, increasing the age of retirement and eliminating the […]

Classic cars, classic day

Local amateur historian has roots that run deep

At the upcoming Reyes Adobe Days event set for Oct. 5 through 7 in Agoura Hills, visitors to the historic site’s barn that houses a museum will notice a lanky, silver-haired gentleman on docent duty. Soft-spoken with a modest air, he is Henry “Hank” Koslov, 82, an avid amateur historian with deep roots in the Agoura Hills area. A docent […]

Shakespeare comedy about twins is twice the fun

PLAY REVIEW ‘The Comedy of Errors’

The Classics in the Park company moves indoors in this charming production of Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, Thousand Oaks. As one of the Bard’s shortest plays (running time less than two hours) and one of his funniest, full of wordplay and slapstick humor, the farce makes for a grand night out even for […]


Hernandez hired Lisa Hernandez has joined Westlake Village- based Harmony Solutions International as an associate. As a career coach, she helps individuals explore barriers to their career success and assists them through major life transitions. With more than 17 years experience as a human resources professional, Hernandez advises people along their career paths and provides coaching to community leadership projects. […]


COOKING UP SOMETHING GOOD—Above, Principal Susan Wachtel from Bay Laurel Elementary School aims for Roxanna Barahman’s pancake dish at the Sept. 9 Pancake Palooza breakfast on the Calabasas campus. Left, Calabasas Mayor Mary Sue Maurer takes her turn at the griddle. The event was not a fundraiser. It was free of charge, a way to say thank you to the […]

Local vets fight to save gibbons, conservation center

The soulful songs of gibbons in the morning remind the small group of people running the Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita that the 17 varieties of gibbons, a type of ape, are worthy of protection, study and propagation. The center was established to house, study and breed rare and endangered gibbon species, which are native to Asia. The center […]

Pepperdine to host 9/11 tribute, motorcycle ride

. 2,997flags represent the lives lost

The fifth annual Ride to the Flags, a 42.5-mile motorcycle ride from Naval Station Point Mugu to Pepperdine University in Malibu, will be Sun., Sept. 16. At Pepperdine, 2,997 flags will stand on more than eight acres of fields overlooking the Pacifi c Ocean; each flag represents a life lost in the attacks of 9/11. Before the ride a Celebration […]

New LVUSD director of instruction eager to roll up the sleeves

Evan Bartelheim has joined the Las Virgenes Unified School District’s administrative team as director of instruction. According to Superintendent Dan Stepenosky, Bartelheim will work with teachers in all aspects of school curriculum and instruction on “strategies for the 21st century.” Bartelheim said the new focus in the district is to overlap all subjects, including language arts, math and science, with […]