2015-09-24 E-Edition

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City’s growth under the microscope

Hotel development a campaign issue

With three candidates vying for two City Council seats, Fred Gaines, 56, doesn’t take reelection for granted even though he has the advantage of incumbency. “I think you have to respect the voters and not think you’re entitled. We’re going to have a full campaign,” said the attorney whose firm specializes in land use, zoning and environmental law. Gaines said […]

Debate time

The City of Calabasas, in partnership with the League of Women Voters, will host a forum for the Calabasas City Council candidates at 7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 24 at Founder’s Hall in the Calabasas Library. Three candidates are competing for two seats on the council. The municipal election is Nov. 3. Another candidate forum hosted by the Greater Mulwood Homeowners […]

Small insect with big appetite wreaks havoc

Welcome to Cafe Swat, plein air dining with a buzz. At Cafe Swat, the place setting includes a flyswatter, and a palm or fist pounded on the tabletop is considered normal rather than boorish behavior. Grabbing a bite at Cafe Swat— also known as my breezy, sundappled backyard—has always been a seasonal delight. It’s also a full-on entomological experience, oftentimes […]

Smart kids in line for scholarships

Seven Oak Park High School students made the first cut as semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship program, now in its 61st year. The seven students—Nicholas Markarian, Roshni Dugar, Thomas Qin, Taha Sutarwala, Christopher Lee, Dennis Chiu and Grace Ye—are among the 16,000 students nationwide to earn the honor. According to Oak Park High Principal Kevin Buchanan, about 1.5 million […]

Agoura Hills girl dies in Valley car incident

Losing not only one, but two daughters in a matter of years is a tragedy hard to imagine. The community is in mourning this week for an Agoura Hills family whose 15-year-old daughter died Sept. 21 in an apparent “car surfing” accident. The girl’s death occurred at about 9:15 p.m. Monday in the 3500 block of Reseda Boulevard in Tarzana. […]


Foundation’s ‘10x10’ speaker event looks at region down the road

Ten speakers—each with 10 minutes to share their vision on the future of the region—will be featured at the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation’s 10×10 event at 10 a.m. Sat., Oct. 10. The inaugural program will look into the future of education, the environment and economic development, as well as medicine and healthcare, housing and development, water issues and public safety. […]

How to make movie magic

Screenwriters to share secrets of success at Agoura Hills festival

The lineup of talent slated for the Agoura Hills screenwriter’s festival this weekend is expected to give attendees a glimpse into how movie magic is made. The official name of the twoday event this Friday and Saturday is Cinco and Ken’s “The Greatest Movies Ever Written.” Screenwriters Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, known for the animated movies “The Lorax,” “Horton […]

Special events at Reyes Adobe Days

Tickets are now available for events at Reyes Adobe Days in Agoura Hills Oct. 1 through 4. Most activities will take place at the Reyes Adobe Historical Site at 5464 Reyes Adobe Road in Agoura Hills, which includes an 1850 rancho-style home and barn that are used as a museum showcasing the early days of the city. During the festival […]

Annual trip gives students inside look at nation’s capital

Registration for the annual spring vacation student tour of the nation’s capital is opening with informational sessions slated from Sept. 28 through Oct. 8. The trip, which is open to middle and high school students in grades eight and above, has become an annual tradition. The upcoming trip marks the 39th year that students will make the trek across the […]