2013-12-05 E-Edition

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Local vineyards grow in popularity

It didn’t happen overnight. In fact, it took almost 30 years after the first vineyards were planted in the Santa Monica Mountains before they were considered for inclusion under the new Malibu Coast American Viticultural Area. Now their day has come. Pending approval by the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, the new AVA will validate the efforts […]

Agoura council introduces Koehler as mayor

Buckley-Weber new mayor pro tem

Agoura Hills Mayor Pro Tem Bill Koehler took the oath of office as the city’s new mayor during Tuesday night’s City Council reorganization meeting. He replaces Denis Weber as Agoura Hills mayor. Councilmember Illece Buckley Weber was named mayor pro tem. Koehler praised the city, which was recently ranked as the 14th safest in California by SafeWise, a business consortium […]

Water tank referendum being floated

Should voters have a say on whether to build Westlake Village structure?

If Las Virgenes Municipal Water District proceeds with plans to build a 5-million-gallon water tank in Westlake Village, Louis Masry, son of the late attorney Edward Masry, said he may launch a referendum to let voters decide on whether the tank is needed. For more than two years the district has been contemplating the construction of the tank adjacent to […]

Cornell seeks own identity

The Cornell community next to Agoura Hills may share the same ZIP code as its incorporated neighbor, but the rural area in the local Santa Monica Mountains seems far removed from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Some Cornell residents are pining for an identity separate from Agoura Hills. Steve Hess, Brian Rooney and Paul Culberg have launched an […]

Ready, set, shop

Pardon us if we haven’t fully embraced this year’s holiday shopping season. The changes being foisted upon us seem manipulative. Where does it all end? The advent of Gray Thursday preceding Black Friday can only mean that next year’s retail shopping timetable will be pushed back even further. “Orange Halloween,” perhaps? And was that really a Labor Day sale or […]

Help her, already

Recently my dog and I were attacked by two off-leash dogs in my quiet neighborhood of Westlake Village. As I was screaming for help, desperate for someone to assist me, the 10 workers in front of the house where I was being attacked did not want to assist or aid me. I was scared and didn’t know what to do. […]

Second thoughts about Ahmanson

The orgy of self-congratulation over the demise of the Ahmanson Ranch project compels me to make a few observations. Most of the opposition was from Calabasas in L.A. County. Ventura County would have gained the tax benefits, L.A. County the traffic. So this was as much about green money as green virtue. A quick look at the scarred and ruined […]

Sport cyclists flirt with danger

The bantering about the legality and rights to the road is missing the point. The agitation with cyclists stems partly from the fact that they are using the streets for physical training to compete in sporting events. No other sport does this. Athletics are restricted to a designated training area that does not interfere with surface street vehicles for the […]

This plan doesn’t hold water

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan that was promoted at the Nov. 19 Las Virgenes Municipal Water District special meeting is deeply flawed. It does not increase our water supply from Northern California. It just would add two large very expensive underground tunnels (pipes) to funnel our water supply to SoCal underneath the delta so that our SoCal water supply would […]