2017-06-22 E-Edition

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Topanga route named state Scenic Highway

Topanga residents are an eclectic, private group who like to take the road less traveled, but lately they’re happy to go with the flow and join the others who are heaping praise on Topanga Canyon Boulevard, the main thoroughfare that runs through their community. State Route 27 is a popular, scenic byway that connects the Valley to the sea, and […]

Path to pure water

Agoura Hills likely site for new sewer-to-tap plant

The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District said it has received a permit renewal for its Tapia water reclamation plant in Malibu Canyon, a move that will open the door to construction of a $100-million water purification facility designed to turn Tapia’s reclaimed sewer water into drinking water. Negotiations are underway to build the new plant in Agoura Hills. Since 1997, […]

Agoura site is the front-runner

Water district officials have their eyes on a 7-acre site in Agoura Hills for construction of their new Pure Water treatment plant that would turn reclaimed sewer water into drinking water. The Las Virgenes-Triunfo water district joint powers authority paid $100,000 to a landowner at 30800 Agoura Road for an option to buy the property within the next nine months […]

Lawmakers extend controversial District of Choice Program

Oak Park officials are much relieved

Despite opposition from school districts across the state, Sacramento legislators have opted to preserve the District of Choice program for another five years. The program allows public school districts to operate outside the normal restrictions for accepting transfer students. Language extending DOC past its July sunset date was included in the state’s $183.2-billion budget. Both houses of the California Legislature […]

Beach report a mixed bag

The much-needed winter storms last season put an end to California’s historic drought, but all that rain came at a cost—poor beach water quality during the winter months. Bacterial pollution at some of California’s most popular beaches spiked dramatically in 2016-17, according to Heal the Bay’s 27th annual Beach Report Card released June 15. The report assigned A-to-F letter grades […]

Hotel deal is finalized in Calabasas

Malibu developer Richard Weintraub announced he will build a Cambria Hotel at the vacant corner lot where Las Virgenes Road meets the 101 Freeway in Calabasas. The three-story, 121-room hotel at 26300 Rondell Road is expected to break ground in early 2018 and open in 2019. Weintraub signed an agreement with Choice Hotels International, one of the world’s largest hotel […]

Iceland steps down from Triunfo board

The Triunfo Sanitation District board of directors is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy that was created by the recent resignation of board director Steve Iceland, who stepped down after seven years of service on the panel. Triunfo board members manage a $15-million annual budget and oversee sanitation services for Oak Park, North Ranch, Bell Canyon, Lake Sherwood and eastern […]

Irwin needs to tip her hand regarding sanctuary state bill

In her two successful campaigns for state office, Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin (D-Camarillo) has frequently cited public safety as a top priority, pointing voters to her 10 years as a city council member of one of the nation’s safest cities, Thousand Oaks. While many in her party were coming out in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana, Irwin was citing studies out […]