2017-01-19

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Village missteps



This letter is related to the planning commission meeting held Jan. 5. Suffice to say, this plan does not properly address combined traffic, safety and environmental issues inherent in the overall plan. In general, the parcels designated for development reduce a geographical landmark to a jumble of retail, residential and commercial enterprises not representative of surrounding rural areas. Residents are […]

Clever raccoons can’t outsmart homeowners

COMMENTARY /// Local wildlife


As 31-year Oak Park residents, my family and I have had our fair share of critter visits to our property. Opossum families have periodically traversed the backyard brick wall. Mama ducks and their ducklings have waddled around the back lawn. Mockingbirds have bellowed all night long, and squirrels frolic daily in our front and back yards. A bear once ventured […]

Spirit team says, ‘Be our guest’



HOST WITH THE MOST—The 15-time national champion Agoura High Spirit Team will host the United Spirit Association Regional USA Nationals Qualifier in the AHS gym at 10 a.m. Sat., Jan. 21. Many Southern California cheer, song and pep flag teams will perform throughout the day.

Change the plan



The scenic beauty of our area needs to be preserved. The Agoura Village conceptual plan is not legally set in stone. The market has changed and retail at this site will not be viable. The Cornerstone development, which is part of the Agoura Village plan, can be changed to meet the new market needs. Instead of retail on this hillside, […]

Art show taking student work



Malibu-area students in grades K-12 can submit artwork for the eighth annual Malibu Student Art Show from Jan. 30 through Feb. 7. Students may bring in artwork of any medium between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to Malibu City Hall at 23825 Stuart Ranch Road or Michael Landon Center at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 PCH. Artwork should be framed or […]

Flea market



A flea market to raise funds for Mariposa School of Global Education in Agoura Hills will be held in Sumac Elementary School’s multipurpose room from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sun., Jan. 22 at 6050 Calmfield Ave., Agoura Hills. Rachel Russell, chair of the market, said parents are bringing a wide variety of treasures for the community to purchase, including […]

Local similarities



Last week’s article about the proposed Agoura Village could easily have been written for the proposed Calabasas Canyon Oaks development with many of the same arguments. Fortunately, that plan was defeated at the polls last November. I think that Ms. Ahmad missed on the Camino Real Mission Road—the LA-Ventura Highway— however, I believe that it did closely parallel the 101. […]

Community supports kids at risk




The seventh annual Coats for Casa Pacifica clothes drive collected more than 2,500 articles of clothing for at-risk youths who are waiting for placement in kinship care or a foster home. “The first year we collected 100, so we are thrilled with this year’s response from the community,” said Rick Winters, cofounder of the collection drive along with Lydia Gable. […]

Grant used to fight teacher shortage




Responding to a statewide teacher shortage, Cal State Channel Islands administrators are using a nearly $250,000 grant to develop a fast-track curriculum aimed at getting aspiring teachers into classrooms a full year earlier than normal. Facing a void of teachers with credentials in bilingual education, special education, and science and mathematics, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing awarded $8 million […]


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