2012-11-08 E-Edition

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Pavley defeats Republican upstart Zink

Despite losing to Todd Zink in the June primary, Democrat Fran Pavley turned the tables in Tuesday’s general election and beat her Republican opponent by 5 percentage points in the race for the newly configured 27th Senate District, which includes Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Simi Valley and Camarillo. Pavley defeated her GOP challenger with 52.6 percent […]

Brownley over Strickland in new 26th Congressional

After one of the closest and most expensive political races Ventura County has ever seen, voters on Tuesday sent a new member to the U.S. House of Representatives. Democrat Julia Brownley has won the newly formed 26th Congressional District. Brownley, a three-term member in the coastal 41st Assembly District, trailed her Republican opponent—state Sen. Tony Strickland—as the initial returns came […]

Polan upsets Bowman in heated Las Virgenes water district race

. New Westlake tank an issue

Challenger Leonard Polan surprised incumbent Joe Bowman with a 17 percent margin of victory in Tuesday’s contest to represent the Las Virgenes Municipal Water agency’s 4th Division, which covers Westlake Village and portions of Agoura Hills. More than 4,360 voters cast ballots in the heated race, and more than 58 percent of the electorate backed the newcomer. “I feel that […]

Local water rates on the rise again

9 percent potable hike in 2013

Customers of Las Virgenes Municipal Water District will seea9percentrateincreaseon potable water bills in 2013. At a meeting Oct. 22, district officials voted 3-2 to approve a new three-year rate structure, with directors Barry Steinhardt and Joe Bowman dissenting. The new rates reflect increases from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in 2013 and 2014, which supplies water to the […]

Teen killed in motorcycle crash on Westlake Blvd.

A 19-year-old Thousand Oaks resident was killed last Saturday as a result of an accident on Westlake Boulevard. Around 2:30 p.m. Nov. 3, Christian Eitelbach was riding his motorcycle north on Westlake Boulevard. At the same time, Cindy Nah, 21, of Simi Valley, heading south, started a left turn onto Bay Drive. As she was turning, Eitelbach’s bike ran into […]

Three generations voting in Oak Park

Prop. 30 a win for education

School officials across California breathed a sigh of relief at Tuesday’s passage of Proposition 30, the income and sales tax increase to benefit public education. The victory for Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax hike—wider than expected at 54 percent to 46 percent—stops the state from syphoning education funds to meet other expenses, at least for now. The measure increases the state […]

Wednesday morning quarterbacking following a raucous Super Tuesday

Struck by a perfect storm of local, state and national races—many of them coming down to the wire—Super Tuesday gave us a whirlwind ride that more than lived up to its billing. For political junkies, the drama couldn’t have been better—or the stakes higher. Californians tend to vote liberal on candidates but conservative on ballot initiatives. This election sang a […]

Fat lady has sung

A fat lady with a green Prius was seen stealing campaign signs. It is annoying to have a sign stealer in our community. This year my Romney-Ryan signs were stolen as well as the Zink signs on Mulholland Highway. The Fran Pavley sign across the road was not touched. The only signs that are never stolen are the 8X4s. We […]