2013-11-07 E-Edition

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Against sloppy electioneering

I sent the following message to the 2013 Committee to Re-Elect Councilmember Bill Koehler and to the website electdenisweber.com because someone from each of these campaigns left a mailer page touting the candidate and asking us to vote on Nov. 5. It’s hard enough to slog through the election material in our mailbox, and littering our doorsteps is very inconsiderate […]

Nominations sought for 2013 Carl Gibbs environmental awards

The City of Calabasas is seeking nominations for the 2013 Carl Gibbs Awards. Established in memory of the late Carl Gibbs, a city founder and environmental commissioner who served Calabasas for 15 years, the yearly awards honor individuals, businesses, municipalities, government agencies and organizations that work to protect nature and wildlife. The program also recognizes efforts by companies and organizations […]

Somebody ’s watching me

Espionage exhibit at Reagan Library

A silver dollar with a small needle protruding from its top sits on display at the Reagan Library. The placard underneath describes the item as a suicide pin. Laced with a deadly toxin from a shellfish, the pin was issued to a CIA pilot in the 1960s. It is one of 300 espionage artifacts and documents on view at “SPY: […]

Scouts to collect food

Cub Scout Pack 333 of Calabasas will host its second annual food drive-thru charity drive at the Calabasas Commons shopping center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Nov. 16 and 17. Residents wanting to contribute food items will be able to drive through a marked portion of the Commons parking lot and hand their donations to a […]

Church to host classical concert

The public is invited to a concert that will include a 324-yearold Stradivarius violin as part of Epiphany Music Guild’s concert series at 5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 17 at the Church of the Epiphany, 5450 Churchwood Drive, Oak Park. Following the concert, a reception will take place where guests can meet the performers, and take part in complimentary wine tastings […]

These arguments go in cycles

While trying to share a narrow portion of Mulholland Highway with several rude bicyclists one weekend, it suddenly occurred to me: Why are they allowed to bike on roads that have no bike path? They put their own safety in jeopardy and they put the driver attempting to maneuver around them at risk of causing an accident. Most of these […]

Community food drive seeks helpers

The Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club will present the 34rd annual “Santa Comes to Westlake/Agoura and Beyond” food drive from 9 to 11 a.m. Sat., Dec. 7 in the Agoura Hills’ Do-it Center parking lot, 28750 Roadside Drive. The non-denominational event is open to anyone who wants to help bag collected food and assist in the deliveries to local families […]

Cities seek new ways to control rainwater runoff

In the slick rock canyons of Utah and Arizona, a brief thundershower can create a dangerous flash flood. The hard soil and exposed rock prevent the rain from soaking into the ground as it would in other natural areas, and so it runs off with a ferocity that can instantly turn a dry canyon into a dangerous river. That’s the […]

Oak Park native to open music festival

The Ventura Music Festival will celebrate the opening of its 20th anniversary season, “Festivo!” with a concert by Oak Park native Sean Chen at 8 p.m. Fri., Nov. 15 at Ventura Missionary Church, 500 High Point Drive. Chen’s program will include solo works by Chopin, Scriabin and Ravel, followed by the Dohnanyi Piano Quintet no. 1 in C minor, op. […]