2012-10-25

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Water district race turns testy

Signs destroyed, accusationsy


The race between two candidates vying for a seat on the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District board for Division 4, which includes Westlake Village and a portion of Malibu, has become feisty as the Nov. 6 election approaches. Joe Bowman, who was appointed in 2002 to fill a vacancy in Division 4 and ran unopposed in the 2004 and 2008 […]

Westlake event celebrates 10th anniversary of Civic Center




Cloudy skies and competing events in neighboring communities didn’t deter the 1,500 people who came to the 10th annual Westlake Village City Celebration Oct. 20 at the Civic Center on Oak Crest Drive. Completed in 2002, the Westlake Village Civic Center— consisting of city hall, City Council chamber, community rooms, public library, reflecting pool and courtyard for special events—has become […]

Local school performance ranking still high

. OPUSD best in Ventura County


The Academic Performance Index recently released by the state indicates that Las Virgenes and Oak Park unified school districts continue to rank as top performers in the state. Oak Park Unified School District received the top ranking for Ventura County with a 2012 overall Accountability Progress Report number of 928. The score showed a 10-point improvement over last year. The […]

Do we help our schools or not?



Our local school districts have become victims of their own success. Despite the massive budget cutbacks the districts have had to endure, they continue to outperform their peers up and down the state. In Ventura County, Oak Park Unified School District received the top ranking in the recent Accountability Progress Report and its key component, the Academic Performance Index, or […]

In favor of Tony Strickland



As has been widely reported in your paper and elsewhere, the national political parties have taken a keen interest in our local congressional race. I hope the voters of Ventura County use the opportunity to send a clear message to the powers in Washington, D.C.—we will elect candidates; you will not select them for us. This should be a race […]

Pavley brings most experience



Fran Pavley is the most experienced and dedicated politician to serve our local area in many years. Fran, along with her husband Andy, are local residents who taught in our schools and raised their own children here. For over 30 years as an elected official, she has fought to retain and protect open space land, including the Ahmanson Ranch and […]

Joe Bowman versus Len Polan



I endorse Joe Bowman to be elected to the Las Virgenes Municipal Water Board due to his expertise and loyalty in his achievements. He is one of the smartest men and not to be underestimated. Carol Puleo Westlake Village I was incensed to read the letter of Jill Polan stating Joe Bowman was never elected to the Las Virgenes water […]

Smart meters continue to spark reader response



I opted-out of the SoCal Edison smart meter program. I called and asked that the $75 opt-out fee be spread across three months and they agreed to do so. But I just opened my October bill and saw that it had a “past due” stamp as well as a late charge. When I called SoCal Edison to complain, they stated […]

On Prop. 37



Opponents to Prop. 37 claim it will result in shakedown lawsuits. Not true. This proposition was written in consultation with grocers, manufacturers, distributors, attorneys, consumer groups and farmers—they all signed off on it. It is specifically designed to be easy to comply with—all that is required is an affidavit from the supplier that a raw or processed food product has […]