2013-05-09 E-Edition

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Cancer support group reaches out to community

Gala honorees have ‘personal vendetta’ against the disease

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara honored five area residents at a gala fundraiser last week for their support in fighting the disease. The honorees are “heroes” in the ongoing battle against cancer, said Steve Spector, CSC chairperson. “Our vision is that no child, teen or parent faces cancer alone,” Spector told the nearly 400 guests who attended the May […]

‘Dear Cancer, it’s me’

This year, the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara conducted an essay writing contest asking area students to express how cancer has affected them personally. The title of each essay was “Dear Cancer, it’s me.” Veronika Kruger, a sophomore at Oak Park High School, won the contest. Veronika’s father and mother both had the disease, and her mother died. Mother’s Day […]

Locals not happy with EPA clean water plan

Burden costly and unnecessary, critics say

About 150 residents and community leaders packed the Agoura Hills City Council chamber last week and opposed a plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that aims to reduce pollution in the Malibu Creek watershed. The EPA is considering more stringent water quality standards for the watershed, a move that could triple the sewer bills for 100,000 ratepayers in local […]

Illegal tobacco sales being snuffed out in Calabasas

The Calabasas City Council is reexamining the way it deals with retailers who sell tobacco to minors. In 2009, the council adopted a program that requires stores that sell tobacco products in Calabasas to be registered with the city. The registration is free and must be renewed annually. Businesses are monitored, and if they’re caught selling tobacco to anyone under […]

Committee strives to maintain, enhance recreation offerings in Oak Park

Seven park and recreation enthusiasts in Oak Park are working to expand and programs and facilities for the residents of the community. Oak Park is served by the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, which owns much of the open space and trails surrounding the community. Members of the Oak Park Recreation and Planning Committee meet quarterly to oversee local […]

Protected by the best

As giant flames from the Springs fire engulfed the hillsides from Newbury Park to Lake Sherwood last Thursday and Friday, forcing many local families to evacuate, there seemed little to no chance of our local cities escaping the blaze without losing a home—or several. But today, as the last remnants of the 24,000-acre blaze are being extinguished, the seemingly impossible […]

EPA rules not based on science

On May 1, more than 150 concerned citizens attended the U.S. EPA workshop on the Malibu Creek watershed where they heard a great deal of information on how the newly proposed water quality standards will affect the region. The Las Virgenes- Triunfo Joint Powers Authority (JPA) thanks the City of Agoura Hills for making their facility available for the event. […]

Feels national park is predatory

In regard to the article in the recent issue about Rim of the Valley National Park, a picture is worth a thousand words. Below is a link to a good printable map of the proposed new NPS boundary. You can see that it would encompass all of Agoura, Oak Park, Westlake and part of Thousand Oaks. These are all areas […]

Stand up against those who bully

All of the recent discussion of bullying at local schools needs to be put into proper perspective. It seems the media is trying to say that bullying has become a national epidemic and that something has recently changed in that regard. This is overstated in one sense, that somehow we have a large problem that we did not have before. […]