2013-03-21

2013-03-21 E-Edition

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Elegant wheels roll into Sherwood

Ventura Farms hosts inaugural concours show

The famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is the gold standard of automobile shows, but a concours with similar panache is making inroads in the Conejo Valley. On St. Patrick’s Day, Sun., March 17, the Ventura Farms Inaugural Concours Invitational came to the Lake Sherwood estate of David Murdock, the billionaire chairman and majority shareholder of Dole Foods. The garden area […]

Homeowner infighting follows Calabasas election

Mulwood out of federation


The Calabasas City Council election was decided March 5 with three incumbents returning to office, but fallout from the acrimonious campaign continues and now involves a dispute between two local homeowner groups. The Greater Mulwood Homeowners Association board of directors recently voted to withdraw from the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation. LVHF is an umbrella group comprising about two dozen local […]

New study looks at ‘degraded’ Malibu Creek watershed

SECOND OF TWO PARTS


The Malibu Creek Watershed looks clean enough. But according to a study titled “Malibu Creek Watershed: Ecosystem on the Brink,” the 109- square- mile ecosystem overlapping Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Oak Park and Westlake Village remains vulnerable to pollution and urban encroachment. Last week Heal the Bay, one of California’s leading environmental advocacy groups, released results of a 12-year study that […]

Breaking up not hard to do

Agoura Hills glad to get rid of old concrete lining at Medea Creek

The City of Agoura Hills wants to break up a portion of the concrete flood channel containing Medea Creek and restore the water course to its natural condition. The office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky gave the city $165,000 to begin the restoration project. Ramiro Adeva, director of public works, presented the City Council with time lines and […]

New clues and ‘person of interest’ surface in Gavin Smith case




Gavin Smith, a Calabasas Fox television executive who went missing last year, is presumed dead by sheriff’s detectives investing the case. A tip led Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide detectives to a Simi Valley storage unit where they found Smith’s missing black 2000 Mercedes 420e sedan. Smith, a 57-year-old father of three sons and a resident of West Hills, was […]

Applications taken for city grants



Organizations and charitable groups that service the Agoura Hills community are invited to apply for monetary grants through the city’s Community Outreach Grant Program. In the past, the city has subsidized a variety of groups including Many Mansions, Triunfo YMCA, Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation and programs at Agoura Hills High School. The program is designed to assist organizations that operate […]

Adults behaving badly



There are many reasons to be upset about what’s happening in the world today. Who won and who lost in the recent City of Calabasas election certainly shouldn’t be one of them. But the outcry over the shenanigans that occurred in the campaign is too loud to ignore. It was an election fraught with half-truths and gross misrepresentations, the kinds […]

Saddened to hear about cut trees



My fiance Paul and I were so saddened to read of the 45 eucalyptus trees that were cut down down at Peter Strauss Ranch. In the article, Gary Haynes’ words now haunt me as I know it is true what he and the American Indians believed: that trees are “tree people,” living organisms deserving respect and honor just like humans. […]

‘We the people’



In an out-of-control plutocratic oligarchy such as the United States, it is hard to believe that “we the people” is anything more than a quaint memory, and to hold out hope that in a post “Citizens United” world, “we the people” still have any voice whatsoever. This is particularly true when damn near half the population appears to be so […]