2013-07-04 E-Edition

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Agoura Hills sells disputed Heschel property to housing developer

City abandons bid to retain Old Agoura parcel, but investment is recovered, development will be minimal

The City of Agoura Hills announced it has sold the former Heschel school property to a housing developer, ending a long battle over ownership rights to the 71-acre parcel near Old Agoura but doing little to ease the fears of some residents who would prefer the land remain as open space. The city sold the land in unincorporated Los Angeles […]

Oak Park water rates going up

Oak Park residents will pay more for their drinking water as of July 1. Triunfo Sanitation District officials say the raise in potable water rates concludes a multiyear plan to offset the cost of the new $8-million Oak Canyon water tank. The tank, which is tucked between two hills northwest of Oak Canyon Park, replaced a 50-year-old structure on Conifer […]

Juniors romp with ‘Music Man’

JULY 4 CLASSIC—Left, Robert Lopez plays Harold Hill, the affable con man in “The Music Man Jr.,” a young actors’ rendition of the famous musical that has been playing in America for half a century. The performance by Metropolitan Educational Theatre Network took place last weekend at Calabasas High School and featured a cast of more than 130 young actors […]

Freshman representative makes early mark in Washington

When U.S. Rep. Jul=ia Brownley (D-Thousand Oaks) took the oath of office six months ago, she was excited about becoming a new member of the 113th Congress but also understood the great responsibility she had undertaken. Having served six years in the California Assembly, Brownley was familiar with the legislative process, so the learning curve for the Washington, D.C. job […]

Calabasas clarifies park use

The Calabasas Parks, Recreation and Education Commission discussed charging a separate fee to nonresidents who take part in the city’s park and recreation programs. But the fee won’t be charged if the programs take place at parks that were previously financed with Los Angeles County funds. Gates Canyon, Grape Arbor, DeAnza and Freedom Park, and the Calabasas Tennis and Swim […]

Time to lay down arms in Old Agoura

“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” is an apt saying for the City of Agoura Hills and what it finally gained from its 71-acre land purchase near Old Agoura, a site formally known as the Heschel School property. The city bought the land once slated for a school at a 2010 foreclosure sale for just […]

Appreciates story about dog Dennis

I read the article on June 27 “Four legs, two wheels, and love” with tears in my eyes. What a joy it was to meet such loving and caring women who gave a precious dog a new life by providing a wheelchair so that he had the freedom to explore his world. We read of so many terrible things that […]

Diligence needed on Westlake water tank

At a recent meeting, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District board director Charles Caspary, apparently without the input of the board, directed staff to come up with “all the alternatives” for the proposed Westlake water storage tank and present them in two weeks at the next board meeting. He suggested that fellow board members, within two days, submit to staff “all […]

Snoop dupe

Since Mr. Cornell does not understand “people’s surprise” at recent revelations about the government spying, maybe I can help enlighten him. Mr. Cornell extensively references the spying done by J. Edgar Hoover of the FBI on individuals and small groups, which was done without the knowledge of the White House. Hoover even spied on his President and boss, John F. […]