2015-04-30 E-Edition

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Students opt out of Common Core

Many CHS juniors refuse to take test

Seventy percent of Calabasas High School juniors opted out of the Common Core testing last week, a sign that there’s still much confusion about how the new standards focused on critical thinking skills are being taught and how the students are being assessed. The tests are based on the Common Core standards adopted last year by most states nationwide. This […]

Car crashes into carport

Elderly woman seriously injured

An elderly woman crashed her car into a carport in the 5600 block of Foxwood Drive in Oak Park Monday afternoon, became trapped and had to be rescued from her vehicle. She was taken to the hospital with major injuries, the Ventura County Fire Department said. The incident occurred at about 1 p.m. on April 27. Pearl Krieger Soloman, an […]

HOA critical of home that installed artificial grass

An Agoura Hills couple who converted their water-thirsty lawn into artificial turf says their homeowners association has fought the move and is penalizing them. In January, the Morrison Ranch Estates Homeowners Association began imposing a $50-per-day fine on Greg and Rhonda Greenstein until they remove the artificial turf from the front yard of their home on Macadam Court. The penalties […]

No longer alone

Group offers hope, support to victims of human trafficking

Dianne Amato was 16 when she met a pimp in a San Francisco park and he tricked her into going to a hotel room with two other girls. He told her she was going to work for him. He took her shoes and purse so she wouldn’t leave. She left anyway, escaping in the middle of the night. The daughter […]

Revamp considered at Mae Boyer center

Plans are underway to replace an aging community center at Mae Boyer Park at 130 Kanan Road. At a meeting April 9, the Oak Park Recreation and Park Planning Committee considered a proposal to build a new 4,000-square-foot recreation facility to replace the existing structure that was built in 1966. According to the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, the […]

Creech faces death penalty in Smith murder

Convicted and imprisoned drug dealer John Creech was indicted April 22 in Los Angeles County Superior Court on one count of capital murder in the death of Gavin Smith, a Calabasas-based 20th Century Fox executive and former UCLA basketball player who went missing in 2012. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said a grand jury indictment that was unsealed […]

Law Day free advice

In recognition of Law Day tomorrow, May 1, local attorneys from different fields will offer free legal advice to residents. The Calabasas Chamber of Commerce and City of Calabasas are co-hosting the event, taking place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Calabasas Library’s back study rooms, 200 Civic Center Way. Attorneys with expertise in personal injury, environmental law, […]

It’s a no-brainer: Take the Common Core test

Student and parent fear over the new Common Core standards and testing is baffling. The new test in the spring of each year must be taken by students in third through eighth grades and by high school juniors. It’s true that many 11th-graders who are bogged down with other testing such as the SAT and ACT might prefer to pass […]