2013-07-25

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A performance of note



Slavin not running for Westlake City Council

Says ‘time for me to move on’


Robert Slavin, a member of the Westlake Village City Council since 2001, announced he will not run in the fall municipal election. Last week, Slavin was among five individuals who pulled nomination papers to run in the November Westlake Village election. The prospective candidates included incumbents Susan McSweeney and Mark Rutherford, and challengers Brad Halpern and Don Rosenberg. A later […]

Improved economy lets Agoura Hills give more to nonprofits

High school will get large share of the city’s donations


The city of Agoura Hills has approved a balanced budget that will allow 17 nonprofit groups, schools and other organizations to receive the financial help are seeking. As part of its new $27-million budget for the coming fiscal year, the City Council allocated $19,250 to organizations that depend on charitable donations to function. Four of the organizations help Agoura High […]

Manic Monday



Monkey business in Westlake Village

Resident snippy about mandrill that visited Three Springs Park


Not everybody sees the monkey as a sweet and lovable distant cousin of mankind. A mandrill monkey and its owner visited Three Springs Park in Westlake Village last week and sparked the ire of another park visitor. About 7 a.m. July 17, Steve Mehren, executive director for Malibu-based Saving Wildlife International, took his mandrill, Kumba, for some morning exercise in […]

Westlake bridge and road work on a roll



The Westlake Village City Council announced it has approved a $5.8-million contract with Covina contractor L.A. Engineering Inc. to revamp the Lindero Canyon Road overpass. And not a minute too soon. As the economy improves, construction prices are escalating. Already the project will cost almost $1 million more than originally expected. The work includes modifying the median at Lindero Canyon […]

Says city let the residents down



I am perplexed why our City Council was not up front with the residents of Agoura Hills regarding the city’s sale of the Chesebro Meadow parcel—especially those property owners in Old Agoura who live adjacent to the site. The hopes of the Santa Monica Conservancy buying the property were considered and discounted, stating that the title of the property was […]

Old Agoura land sale a bad move



The sale of Chesebro Meadow will go down in Agoura Hills history as one of the all-time asinine decisions. The city bought the property specifically to prevent L.A. County from dictating its use, but this agreement effectively gives it back to them at the developer’s sole discretion, a developer who effected this deal by playing both ends against the middle […]

Second guessing City of Agoura



If I were mayor of the City of Agoura Hills, I would have not negotiated with the developer who purchased the Chesebro Canyon. Instead, I would have waited out the results of the lawsuit in question. If the court ruled against city, I would have exercised the right to pick up the first trust deed, knowing full well the property […]