2017-08-03 E-Edition

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Some Agoura rec center fees go up

Because of rising demand, the Agoura Hills City Council is raising fees for groups that want to rent space in the city’s sleek recreation and event center. The center is often used for weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and other events. The facility use fees were established in December 2014 based on going rates in the area. The fee structure […]

Colorful world of animals

New art puts a happy face on Agoura shelter

There used to just be a simple wooden sign advertising the Animal Care Center on Agoura Road. Now the driveway to the animal shelter is flanked by a kaleidoscopic cat and dog images. The eye-catching designs are part of the facility’s new look as brightly colored murals adorn the buildings, and stylized silhouettes of horses, rabbits and household pets line […]

A perfect local spot for a lovely sunset stroll


This summer series sheds light on some of the Conejo Valley’s lesser-known trails/hikes. Sunsets in Rancho Potrero are a brilliant affair with glowing hues of red, orange and yellow blazing against a backdrop of ancient volcanic peaks. Because it is bordered on the west by the Conejo hills, which form an east-west ridgeline, every sunset in Rancho Potrero is framed […]


Why toilet-to-tap when there’s water aplenty?

On a recent family trip to Northern California, Whiskeytown Lake and reservoir and Shasta Lake are full to the max, up from record low levels. The water flowing from the eastern Sierras is like flood conditions, with the Owens River at the top of its banks, and even the historically dry Owens Lake is at a level that we have […]

Misinformed about shopping centers

Last week, Chris Anstead wrote a letter asking citizens to write to the City Council so that they could urge the Agoura Hills shopping centers to upgrade their appearance. I think upgrading the centers would be wonderful, if it were only up to the city to make those changes. But Mr. Anstead needs a real education. The city has been […]

In defense of the animal shelter

I applaud Rebecca Arvizu’s compassion for animals, but not her judgment in throwing around wild, unsubstantiated charges. Perhaps she had a bad experience at the Agoura Animal Shelter; that is no excuse for name-calling and broad generalizations that have no merit. Here is what I know: My family and I have had a long and personal relationship with the shelter. […]

New principal

I’m so pleased to learn that Eric Anhalt will be stepping up to the plate at Lindero Canyon Middle School. He appears to be highly regarded and well equipped to mentor our young Agourans. His predecessor, Abbe Irshay, will hopefully step aside with grace. This change is long overdue. Ms. Irshay was principal at LCMS many years ago when my […]

Sign clutter

Real estate sandwich signs are unsightly, dangerous and unnecessary. Today I observed 11 such signs on a single Agoura Road corner in Thousand Oaks. What a mess. Sooner or later some senior citizen will trip over one of these signs and perhaps break some bones or teeth. Houses have been sold long before these sandwich signs came along. Sidewalks are […]