2016-06-16 E-Edition

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Artistically Inclined

Young Agoura Hills artist displays exceptional talent

Agoura Hills artist Noa Villarin, 14, is developing her drawing and painting skills while discovering her own creative style. As her talent improves, the Agoura High sophomore is eager to experiment with new subjects and methods. “I am inspired more by nature and animals, but lately I’ve been inspired by the 1970s music and culture,” said Noa, whose portfolio includes […]

Calabasas says smaller hotel OK

Citizens win their case for scaled down, 3-story structure at gateway to the mountains

A three, not four-story hotel proposed to be built near the 101 Freeway on-ramp at Las Virgenes Road received a preliminary OK from the Calabasas City Council on June 8. The Rondell Oasis Hotel, criticized by opponents for being too tall and violating the city’s General Plan, is expected to get final approval June 22. In response to the concerns […]

June grads make the grade, now celebrate

Spirited fun

As students raced toward summer vacation, the seniors at Agoura High School enjoyed one last hurrah before their June 9 graduation. On the last Friday of May, hundreds of seniors rolled down to Zuma Beach for a day of relaxation away from the stress of impending finals. It was a hard-earned reward, a culmination of their collective efforts to win […]

Fatherhood comes first for NBC’s Fred Roggin

Fred Roggin scooped up the basketball and started dribbling. During a recent one-on-one game in Calabasas with his son Jack, Roggin engaged in the timeless art of trash-talking. “I’ll school you,” he said to the teen. Jack shook his head incredulously, telling a spectator, “You should see his jumper.” Jack pivoted with the ball at the top of the key. […]

Westlake residents can share media center

Westlake Village residents of all ages will soon be able to use the new media center at Agoura High School and receive free help when they have questions about computers and other high-tech devices. At a City Council meeting June 8, Westlake Village officials agreed to donate $10,000 to the Agoura High School Parent Faculty Club to help pay for […]

Agoura Hills opens wallet to charities

The City of Agoura Hills answered the call from local charities and nonprofit organizations requesting financial support in the coming year. The city gave $19,350 to 21 nonprofit groups or programs. Topping the list of grant applicants were the Agoura High School music boosters. The group asked for $5,000 in the 2016-17 fiscal year and received $1,500 from the city. […]

Local officials start rethinking drought restrictions

Oak Park residents can add an extra day to their landscape irrigation schedule. Due to improved water supplies in Northern California, the board of directors of the Triunfo Sanitation District, which operates Oak Park Water Service, voted May 23 to cut back on conservation measures put in place last year to comply with state mandates. The decision was made after […]

Water mandates cause worry in Agoura Hills

Water mandates and the rising cost of law enforcement were among the topics under the microscope at a June 8 budget workshop in Agoura Hills. Officials are bristling at what they believe are unrealistic and unaffordable demands by the state to reduce water pollution. Compliance with federal and state water-quality mandates has cost the city about $2 million since 2011, […]

History shows Dad is loved just as much as Mom

Fits and starts. That’s perhaps the best way to describe how Father’s Day began. The holiday—recognized worldwide, albeit on different days— will be celebrated in the U.S. on Sunday. Like all American holidays, it’s not only about family, but also about the cash. The National Retail Federation says the average shopper will spend about $125 on Dear Old Dad this […]