2013-09-19 E-Edition

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School districts say farewell to API with a decline in scores

The Academic Performance Index scores for California public schools showed their first decline in a decade, but even with slightly lower scores in some areas, Las Virgenes and Oak Park unified school districts still rank in the top 2 percent statewide. The API score, based on a 1,000-point scale, is compiled from the results of the state’s annual STAR testing […]


SCHOOL ON THE GO—Yerba Buena Elementary School in Agoura Hills used a NASCAR theme at its Sept. 15 Family Fun Night fundraiser. Above, crew chief Grant Phillips explains a car’s engine. Far left, students Ciarra Ross and Lauren Hinderstein test their pit crew abilities. Left, Adam Ditto shows 5-yearold Toby Serviss how to change a tire. NASCAR champion Tim Huddleston […]

Tired of telemarketers? Heard that

Although telemarketing has been proven to be an effective way to reach customers, the industry is notorious for its overly aggressive sales tactics. Many customers say they are fed up with the constant phone pitches and want them stopped. Telemarketers who say they represent companies such as American Solar Solutions, Preferred Home Builders, National Renewable Energy Center and Professional Builders […]

High price tag could block removal of Rindge Dam

$100-million project under study

Although it’s in a remote area, Rindge Dam in Malibu Canyon has gained notoriety over the years a perfect spot for cliff jumping and other risky activities. But the 87-year-old dam will eventually be coming down. “This is very concerning for us. There are dangerous videos urging people to jump off the dam,” said Jamie King, an environmental scientist for […]

Finally taking a bite out of crime

Recent arrests have reduced the occurrence of petty thefts and burglaries throughout the region in recent weeks, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “We have made significant progress in apprehending several crews which were linked to about 20 or 30 burglaries in the region, so there has been a significant drop in burglaries,” Dep. Robert DeSantis told Calabasas […]

Candidate forum

Westlake Revelations, The League of Women Voters and the Westlake Yacht Club will present a forum with the Westlake Village City Council candidates at 7 p.m. Mon., Oct 7 at the Westlake Yacht Club, 32123 Lindero Canyon Road. Neil Ticktin of Westlake Revelations will moderate the forum. Residents can submit questions to the Westlake Revelations website. The moderator will ask […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A thief stole a $200 bicycle from the side of a building on Canwood Street Sept. 5. A vandal caused $ 1,200 in damage knocking down a mailbox on Fountainwood Street Sept. 4. Someone caused $250 in damage to a car parked by Agoura High School Aug. 27. Calabasas A person on Park Allegra reported that someone stole […]

Water tank issue revisted

The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District is sending mixed signals to the public regarding the new water storage tank it wants to build in Westlake Village. Amid growing doubt that a new tank is needed, LVMWD is asking the public to submit alternative ideas on how water can be delivered to the western part of the district during an emergency. […]

He is—the most important man in the world

After returning from my weekly shopping trip to Costco today, I was impressed that the “most important person in the world” continues to shop there on a regular basis. He’s the guy who traps you behind his car in the parking lot for 10 minutes while he waits for that one parking spot that is 10 feet closer to the […]