2015-08-20

Running for the school board



I am running for Las Virgenes school board to give parents and taxpayers more control of public education. I have two children in our public schools. I want our community to prosper, and I understand that prosperity begins with an excellent education. The academic reputation of our public schools affects home values, our local economy and the ability of our […]

Ugandan speaker to discuss microloans



The Greater Contribution, a Thousand Oaks-based nonprofit that provides microloans for impoverished women in rural Uganda, will host a free reception for guest speaker Bukenya Muusa, president and program director of Volunteer Action Network, who is visiting Thousand Oaks from Uganda. The presentation will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 27 at The Church of the Epiphany, […]

Movie Nut

“The Man from U.N.C.L.E”

When was the last time you left the theater fully refreshed? When was the last movie where you were thoroughly entertained? When was the last ticket you bought where you got more than your money’s worth? If it’s been too long, you really need to see this movie. Yeah, it really is that good. “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” is the […]

Eye On Local Area Stocks



Plans unveiled for new Calabasas hotel

Project ‘considerably smaller’ than what General Plan allows


Calabasas residents have until Aug. 24 to submit their comments on the environmental study for the Canyon Oaks development on Agoura and Las Virgenes roads. The project at 4790 Las Virgenes Road comprises a 120- room hotel and 71 homes in a 77-acre valley at the end of Agoura Road. About 60 acres would remain open space. The developer, the […]

Construction-zone speeding



Is Agoura Hills setting up speed traps in the Agoura Road construction zone? I would say yes. I am a big supporter of police. They have a hard and dangerous job. That said, a police officer or sheriff deputy should always behave in a professional manner. A deputy was giving out tickets for speeding in a construction zone where the […]

Wine and dine for a good cause



The Women’s Council for Realtors will host its sixth annual Food and Wine Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 27 at the O’Gara Coach Rolls Royce dealership, 3610 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Westlake Village. A portion of the proceeds will support the charitable work of My Stuff Bags Foundation. Wine afficionado Shawn Burgert, also known as “The Wandering […]

Last summer concert at Gardens of World



The Gardens of the World will present its last free concert of the summer from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 23 at 2001 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Joel Gray and his 16-piece orchestra, The Late Nite Big Band, will play dance music, including swing, oldies, Latin, the Ameri- songbook and ballroom. The group has played with Count […]

District meeting water-reduction goals



Las Virgenes Municipal Water District recorded a 37 percent reduction in July water usage as compared to the same month in 2013. Combined with the June report of 33 percent, the July number brings LVMWD’s reduction to 35 percent, just below the state’s mandate for a 36 percent decrease covering the months of June 2015 through February 2016. “We have […]

Haggen grocery loses appetite for business in the area

Company closes three stores, Westlake spared for now


Haggen’s invasion of Southern California has turned into a full-fledged retreat. Less than four months into its SoCal experiment, the embattled Pacific Northwest based grocery chain announced last Friday that it is closing 16 supermarkets in the state, including three in Ventura County, resulting in the potential for hundreds of layoffs. Haggen executives, who saw the company grow from 18 […]


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