2014-10-30 E-Edition

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Shoppers navigate construction at the new Westlake Plaza

Although the heavy machinery, makeshift signs and torn-up asphalt at Westlake Plaza make it difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel, Regency Centers’ Patrick Conway said the shopping center’s much-criticized $25-million renovation effort is indeed approaching an end. “We’re getting to the point where we’re substantially completing certain sections, like the Starbucks patio,” Conway told The […]


Barry Steinhardt and his family have been our neighbors for 28 years. We know Barry as: a husband of 28 years to his wife, who is a 34-year speech therapist with the LAUSD; the father of two daughters who attended Agoura schools and graduated from college; a business owner in Agoura Hills; and a coach for many years, due to […]

Power play

I recently read an article about wind-generated power in the Antelope Valley. The energy is stored in over 600,000 battery cells. The U.S. government (taxpayers) paid half of the $54 million for this program as part of the stimulusreinvestment project. I thought this program was to give jobs to Americans. The batteries were made in South Korea. Countries overseas could […]

The OTHER Side of 50

Nominate your caregiverfriendly workplace

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times titled “The Caregiver’s Dilemma” chronicled the author’s struggle to care for herself as she looked after her mother, who has dementia and was in a rehab facility with a broken hip. As I read the article, I could feel the author’s exhaustion. And when she concluded that she could not take care […]

Students question school district’s service requirement

Certain types of volunteer service are no longer accepted for graduation hours

Some students say they are upset with changes to the service learning policy in Las Virgenes Unified School District. Students must complete 15 hours of service learning each year in high school, with 60 hours of service finished by senior year. But the school board has tightened its policy and will not allow certain volunteer activity by the students at […]

Weekend schedule

Oak Park atCalabasasThursday, 7 p.m. Agoura atSimi ValleyThursday, 7 p.m. Oaks Christian atMoorparkThursday, 7 p.m. St. Bonaventure atWestlakeThursday, 7 p.m.

Faithful furry companions go everywhere


A photo with last week’s story about the Boys & Girls Clubs gala incorrectly identified Marilyn Bencar as Elizabeth Grossman. Bencar was the recipient of the clubs’ 2014 Cal Johnston Service Award, and Grossman, not pictured, received an honor on behalf of her late husband, Dr. Richard Grossman.


As a long time Agoura Hills planning commissioner, I have seen the construction of people’s dream homes politicized, signs politicized and trees politicized. But we live in a democratic society and that is one of the inevitable results. In order for the public to have a voice, water board meetings need to be held when working citizens of our community […]