2014-10-16 E-Edition

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Property tax bills back on the rise

Property values are increasing in California. The good news is Proposition 13 limits the annual increase in the property’s taxable value for inflation to 2 percent. This value is known as the “factored Proposition 13 value.” Proposition 8, in contrast, allows a temporary reduction of the property’s taxable value to reflect the current market value when housing prices decline. Because […]


I am writing to urge the community to vote for Derek Ross for the Oak Park Unified School District. Derek grew up in the Conejo Valley and has been an activist for the Oak Park community for many years. His involvement has included such functions as chairman of the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council, member of the Oak Park Parks […]

Today’s mantra is reduce, reuse and recycle trash

When people repeat the mantra “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” why is recycling listed last? The green version of the “three R’s” formula is actually a hierarchy of environmental priority, so widely accepted by experts that it has been codified into legislation. Assembly Bill 939, passed in 1989, was California’s first state legislation specifically placing “reduce” and “reuse” above recycle. Subsequent legislation […]

Four Tops still spinning hits

Fred Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza will present the soul group The Four Tops at 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 24 at 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Their first Motown hit was “Baby I Need Your Loving” in 1964. In 1990, with 24 Top 40 pop hits to their credit, the Four Tops were inducted into the Rock […]

One passionate Coyote

Very few girls’ volleyball players can match Arielle Fromer’s intensity

Arielle Fromer has multiple alter egos. She shouldn’t have a problem selecting a Halloween costume. There’s “Arielle,” the typical high school teenager. Sometimes she’s “Sri,” the silly, giggling version of the Calabasas High girls’ volleyball star. “Sri” found inspiration from a misspelling of her name on the wall roster in the school gym from her sophomore season. Then there’s beast […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A person stole a $ 10,000 engagement ring and two other rings valued at $6,000 from a home on Grey Rock Road Oct. 1. A shoplifter stole $18 worth of beer and other alcohol from the Vons market in the 5600 block of Kanan Road Sept. 27. Someone took a $1,200 third row seat, $400 pair of eyeglasses […]

Survey says

All four candidates for the three spots on the Oak Park Unified School District Board of Education are quality people. I am going to cast my vote for the candidate(s) that agree with me on OPUSD’s proposal to shift the school calendar to a beginning date in mid-August. I am hoping the candidates will share their views on this important […]

New novel addresses nuclear threat

Barbara Billig of Westlake Village will release her next novel, “Nuclear Road Trip,” on Sat., Oct. 18. The novel is about characters caught up in a drama of nuclear terrorism. John, Tressa, Aadhil, Travis and Valeria, along with Bear-Lee-a-Dog, are sent by the government to a Midwestern aging nuclear plant after it has leaked radioactive gases. Within their group is […]

Dress rehearsal for ‘Dracula’

Just in time for Halloween, Moorpark College’s production of “Dracula” opens tonight, Oct. 16, at the college’s Main Stage Theater. The cast and crew are chomping at the bit to show off what promises to be one of the theater arts department’s most ambitious productions ever. “This isn’t going to be the black-and-white Bela Lugosi creature of your youth,” promised […]

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