2014-02-13 E-Edition

Ready, willing and able

Young people with mental and physical challenges look for their place in the workforce. More doors are opening.

First of two parts As the economy continues to sputter, young adults with physical and mental special needs are among those who must work hard to find a job. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is more than double that of the able-bodied work force. But with the right kind of help […]

Swift and suave grace the modern-dance floor

Yaroslavsky, Pavley won’t pursue seat in Congress

Greuel and Lieu now frontrunners

State Sen. Fran Pavley and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky made it official last week that they would not compete in the upcoming 33rd U.S. Congressional District race. U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, (D-Los Angeles) is retiring from public office when his term ends in January 2015. During his 40 years of service in Congress, Waxman promoted clean energy policies […]

Dog’s tormentor arrested

Following a seven- month investigation, the Los Angeles Police Department Animal Cruelty Task Force arrested 41-year-old Carlos Duarte in North Hollywood on suspicion of animal cruelty. Indy, a pit bull, was saved by START, a nonprofit rescue organization, after being burned by fireworks on July 4, 2013, and left to die in an alley. After six months of intensive care […]

Helsley leaves commission to pursue venture

Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commissioner Harold “Hal” Helsley is stepping down after 13 years on the job to pursue a longtime dream in the field of alternative energy. Replacing him on the commission will be Laura Shell, a former land-use expert from the staff of Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Helsley has started a green energy company with […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A burglar entered a home on St. Laurent Drive Jan. 30 while the residents were away. Nothing was reported stolen, but several items had been moved and the culprit broke a screen to get into the house. A thief stole two grill accessories worth $80 from a home on United Road Jan. 29. A vandal shattered a $300 […]

Around the world on Valentine’s Day

After eons of trying, you’d think that husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend would get relationships right. Luckily— through the hookups and breakups, marriages and divorces— there’s a love that keeps them coming back. For 364 days a year, love smolders, waiting for a spark. Tomorrow is that day, Valentine’s Day. Accepted tradition says it began as a religious celebration […]

Local water district’s misplaced priorities

How is the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District working on your behalf to reduce this impact for its ratepayers? One is the building of a 5-million gallon water tank, which lies within feet of our 3-billion-gallon reservoir, at a cost to you of $13 million ($650 per customer), with the balance of the project to run over $20 million. Secondly, […]

Freeway work is a growing problem

I have driven past the Lindero Canyon overpass in Westlake Village several times in the last few days, and I see the trees that have been selected to replace the 40- and 50-foot trees that used to grow there. When John Knipe, public works director, suggested to the council that it would be cheaper to cut down the old trees […]