2016-11-10 E-Edition

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SOAR extends to 2050: Measure C passes, F fails

Supporters of Save Openspace and Agricultural Resources, otherwise known as SOAR, scored a resounding victory Tuesday, one they say will preserve the county’s precious natural spaces for decades to come. Measure C extends the current countywide SOAR law—which requires a public vote before agricultural land or open space can be rezoned—through 2050. The measure passed with 59 percent in favor, […]

Calabasas wins America in Bloom competition

The City of Calabasas recently won the Circle of Champions Award at the America in Bloom competition held in Arroyo Grande, Calif. The award honors communities that have won a combination of at least three awards with various criteria over recent years. The city has participated for four years and received various awards, including the highest recognition for excellence in […]

Patriotism in the workplace

Lisa Barron, director of the Morton Boys & Girls Club, received a Patriot Award on Sept. 28 in recognition of extraordinary support of her employee serving in the National Guard and Reserve. Ernest Cowell, California Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve volunteer, made the presentation. Barron’s employee, Cpl. Carlos Portillo of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, nominated his supervisor […]

Kudos for community service

California State University Channel Islands was recently named to the president’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognition for its community service, civic engagement and service-learning. The university has received the honor for six consecutive years and, for the first time, was recognized “with distinction” for making effective use of federal funding and demonstrating that the campus projects had […]

Yes on parks

Nearly three-quarters of L.A. County voters (73.5 percent) approved Measure A, the 1.5-cent-per-square-foot parcel tax to upgrade the county’s parks and recreation programs. The measure required a two-thirds majority to pass. It will impose a 1.5-cent per square foot levy on all residential and commercial properties within unincorporated L.A. County and its 88 cities. The tax will run about $22.50 […]

In war and peace

Westlake woman served the nation

Doris Rufener of Westlake Village has seen the world go round. In World War II she fought for her country overseas and, as one of the original residents of Westlake Village, served her community at home. At 92 years old, she’s still going strong. Rufener’s lifetime of achievement will be honored by the Westlake Women’s Club Fri., Nov. 11 during […]

Foodies get Taste of Conejo sample

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce will present its eighth annual Taste of Conejo event from 5 to 8 p.m. Fri., Nov. 11 at the Four Seasons Hotel, 2 Dole Drive, Westlake Village. The all-inclusive evening of food, wine, beer and spirit tastings from over 50 local restaurants, breweries and wineries will also have live entertainment from SoulCirque, an […]

Student runs the good race

BRAVO—Jonathan Pilnick earns a medal for individual achievement in the boys’varsity race at the recent Mt. Sac cross country competition in Walnut. He and 58 other athletes from Medea Creek Middle School in Oak Park trained three times a week for two months to prepare for the races.

Transit tax wins strong L.A. County approval

Los Angeles County voters, including those in Calabasas, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village, approved Measure M by a resounding 70-30 margin on Tuesday, ushering in a permanent one-cent sales tax for transportation improvements in the area. The measure creates a half-cent sales tax for street and highway repairs and bus and rail improvements, and eliminates the sunset clause on the […]