2014-01-16

2014-01-16 E-Edition

$12.7-million water tank gets final OK

But it will cost more than expected


Following four hours of acrimonious debate on Tuesday evening, the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District board of directors voted 3-2 to begin construction of a new 5-million gallon water tank in the Three Springs Neighborhood of Westlake Village. The expected cost for the tank when proposed in 2009 was $6.6 million. It will cost almost twice as much. The tank […]

Here come the brides



WEDDING BLISS— The 31st annual Bridal Premiere Show at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza on Jan. 12 is a hit with brides-to-be and their families. Above, Kay’s Bridal manager Vicki Crosley adjusts a dress worn by her daughter, Gabrielle Gatts. At left, Thousand Oaks resident Melissa Lavalette discusses decor for her daughter’s wedding with Heidi Whitcomb, CEO of Ventura Rental Center, […]

Business leaders breakfast



California Lutheran University will feature Lynda Weinman, founder of www.Lynda.com, at its Santa Barbara Corporate Leaders Breakfast on Thurs., Jan. 23 at the Fess Parker Santa Barbara Hotel, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Breakfast and networking will begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by the presentation. Weinman will discuss her company’s pioneering role in online education from 8 to 9 a.m. Her […]

On the Trail




On the outside looking in On a bright, clear and warm winter’s afternoon in the Las Virgenes Valley, being on the outside looking in is not so hard to bear—especially if what you’re looking at happens to be the entire breadth of Malibu Creek State Park as viewed from Mulholland Highway between Cornell Road in Agoura and Malibu Canyon Road […]

Notorious Calabasas resident finds trouble again

A $20,000 egg fight?


The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the show-of-force to crackdown on alleged egg-thrower Justin Bieber was warranted. The incident Tuesday caused a national paparazzi frenzy. At about 8 a.m. Tues., Jan 14, a dozen detectives from the Lost Hills station conducted a felony search warrant on Bieber’s mansion in The Oaks of Calabasas. Authorities were looking for evidence relating […]

Premier America opens Westlake branch



Premier America Credit Union will host a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony of its Westlake Village branch today at 4:30 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 16 at 111 S. Westlake Blvd. in the Bed Bath & Beyond shopping center. Local dignitaries will attend. A reception with a raffle and gifts will follow. Westlake Village resident and award-winning author Len Lamensdorf […]

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS



The Movie Nut



The most entertaining movies of 2013 If movies are entertainment, shouldn’t the ones voted “best” be those that are the most entertaining, even if they aren’t necessarily among the end-ofyear blockbusters? Here is my countdown of the Top 10 Most Entertaining Movies of 2013. 10. “Gravity.” Never has a filmmaker created “nothingness” so realistically and suspended us in it for […]

Good work if you can get it

Benefits are key in local city pay


Although budgets are healthier now, local city governments are still keeping a close eye on how much their employees earn in salaries and benefits. Taxpayers remain curious, too. Government compensation, especially its defined pension component, came under heavy scrutiny during the recession of 2008-2012. Private sector employees haven’t forgotten that while their workrelated benefits dwindled during the economic downturn, the […]


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