2017-03-02 E-Edition

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Battle heats up over where kids should attend

The Oak Park Unified School District’s economic life support system known as the District of Choice (DOC) program is under fire for being discriminatory and taking crucial funding away from neighboring districts. The program allows students in any public school to transfer into a school district designated by the state as a District of Choice—without being officially released from their […]

Agoura Hills targets annexation in the east

Properties lie in Liberty Canyon

Jeremy Wolf grew up in the Liberty Canyon area of Agoura Hills. When the 2011 Agoura Hills City Council election arrived, Wolf went to his polling place to cast his vote, but he was surprised to learn that he didn’t live in the city after all. His place of residence officially lay in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County. […]

First Westlake then T.O., music fest can’t get a break

The production company behind last year’s highly attended but widely panned Blue Sun Music and Wine Festival in Westlake Village won’t get a shot at redemption in Thousand Oaks. On Feb. 16, the board of directors of the Conejo Recreation and Park District voted 3-1 to deny Aditya Festival Productions’ application to stage a large music festival at Conejo Creek […]

‘M’ is for Mary

GRATITUDE—Mary Solis, above left with friend Dana Bergman, holds a photo with an M shape given to her last month by students and supporters at Chaparral Elementary School in Calabasas. At right, a drone photo by Aiden Thall shows the Chaparral students in alignment. The M photograph was the idea of Bergman’s 13-year-old son. Solis suffers from metastatic cancer as […]

LVUSD to offer in-house credentialing

New mentoring program approved

The Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education voted Feb. 7 to allow the school district to open its own credentialing school. The new in-house teacher credential program called LVUSD Center for Excellence in Education is expected to save the district money and offer new teachers and up-and-coming administrators an individualized program that matches LVUSD goals. Educators currently receive […]

Westlake volunteers get their just rewards

For more than two decades, Debby Gustafson, a founding member of the Disaster Response Team in Westlake Village, has been helping others help themselves and their neighbors. She recently retired from the all-volunteer emergency preparedness group but continues to assist the city as a community preservation officer and the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station as a member of the Disaster Communications […]


Susan Allen, a teacher at Oak View High School in Oak Park, provided the following comment in an article last week about the recent hate crimes in the community, but the final three words in the quote were left out. We apologize for the omission. “Our students were very disturbed by the hateful messages left at the houses and Chabad […]

Preserve District of Choice, but make it equitable


In an imperfect system that pits school district against school district, Oak Park Unified has, by all measures, been a model of success. Steady enrollment. Small class sizes. High test scores. Piles of college acceptance letters. Now representatives of some neighboring districts say that’s because it’s cheating, stacking the deck with high-achieving students and turning away those who require special […]

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