2012-12-20 E-Edition

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Local school districts assess safety plans following mass shooting

The Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy that unfolded in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14 became every parent’s worst new nightmare. The horror also spurred local school leaders into action and prompted them to reassess emergency planning procedures on campuses from Calabasas to Oak Park. Las Virgenes and Oak Park school districts were quick to quell the nerves of parents wondering […]

Expressions of Faith

Local tanning salon owner accused of child molestation

The owner of a Thousand Oaks tanning salon appeared in Ventura County Superior Court on Monday to answer to charges that he molested an underage boy who worked for him at the salon. The alleged crime took place from 2000 to 2002. Gary Alan Haw, 49, of Agoura Hills was arrested last Thursday by Thousand Oaks police officers. Haw is […]

‘Cowboy’ Gerson dies at 92

Grant Gerson, founder of Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, and a lover of horses and cowboy life, died peacefully of natural causes at his Agoura home on Dec. 6, just one week after celebrating his 92nd birthday. Family and friends mourned the loss of the community icon and painted a portrait of a man whose positive outlook touched thousands of lives. […]

Jan Iceland retiring from school board

20-year veteran helped shape Oak Park district

Jan Iceland, a 20-year board member with Oak Park Unified School District, was honored for her dedication to children at last week’s school board meeting. Iceland, who is retiring, said she was most proud of her ability to keep her focus on all children in the district, from the highest achievers to those who needed extra help to graduate. As […]

This holiday, we’re the fortunate ones

In the aftermath of last Friday’s unthinkable tragedy at the elementary school in Newtown, Conn., teachers and administrators nationwide began a flurry of activity to bolster security and upgrade campus emergency plans. Not a minute was wasted at the Oak Park and Las Virgenes school districts where the introspection began in earnest. What if it were our kids? Are we […]

The community chips in

Congraulation to the Westlake Junior Womans Club for the annual Santa Comes to Agoura food drive to help the less fortunate— a job well done! Many thanks to Costco of Westlake Village for providing turkeys to feed the homeless and families falling on hard times. Gifts were provided by my friends, neighbors and co-workers from Trader Joe’s in Agoura Hills, […]

Little need for Chesebro bridge

Thank you for your story on the Chesebro/Palo Comado freeway bridge. Agoura Hills is now celebrating its 30th year of becoming a city in order to avoid Los Angeles-style urban development. Each city council has kept the pledge to keep Agoura Road and Driver Avenue as two-lane semi-rural roadways. It is mind boggling to imagine a need to connect these […]

Schools not so broke after all

So I thought I was being judicious by voting no on Prop. 30, but yes on Prop. 38. But your recent article makes the case for me being a prize idiot—$44 million to construct theaters so 1,320 parents can watch their children prance around on stage like their celebrity heroes on “Glee.” I will save this article and wave it […]