Rutherford says farewell to Westlake

Five-time mayor announces retirement

Westlake Village Mayor Mark Rutherford announced last week that voters won’t see his name on the ballot this November. Rutherford is the longest-serving member of the City Council—he took office in 1997 and has been reelected every four years since then. “Everything seems to be good with the city, and I just think it’s a good time to step down,” […]

Local troop celebrates 100 Eagle Scouts

Agoura Hills unit has big percentage of high-achievers

A Boy Scout uniform often becomes a forgotten childhood artifact, shoved deep in a closet alongside barely used karate gear and a guitar that only made it through a handful of lessons. According to Scouting Magazine, only about 6 percent of kids who join the Scouts stick with it long enough to attain the highest rank of Eagle Scout. But […]

Evening serenade

The San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra will host its Mid-Summer Night’s Eve Concert Under the Stars and fundraiser at 8 p.m. Sat., July 28 in Founders Hall Amphitheater, 100 Civic Center Way, Calabasas. The Esterhazy Chamber Orchestra of Calabasas will perform with James Domine conducting and Lois Steinberg singing. The program will include Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmuzik Serenade;” Bach’s Violin […]

Public input wanted for general plan

The public can attend and provide input at the joint Ventura County Board of Supervisors/ Planning Commission work session regarding its General Plan Update Alternatives Report. The meeting is 1:30 p.m. Tues., July 31 at the County Government Center, Hall of Administration, Board of Supervisors’ hearing room, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. This will be the first of two work […]

Dog park unleashed on public

Everything just ‘pawfect,’ visitors say

Speeches were made, a ribbon was cut and the gates to the new Westlake Village Dog Park opened at 10:30 a.m. on July 21. Dozens of rambunctious canines both large a small got to sniff, snoop and snarl for the first time at the recently completed 1.2-acre park at Oak Crest Drive and Agoura Road. Separate play areas accommodate big […]

Long-time Oak Park leader steps down

After 26 years of service to the community, public official Mike Paule announced last week that he’ll be retiring. The chair of the Triunfo Sanitation District said he will move to Austin, Tex. after he steps down Aug. 31. Paule is also a realtor and the president and CEO of MobileVideo360, a video production company he founded in 2011. “I […]

A musical homecoming for Susan Egan

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Beauty and the Beast’

It was both a homecoming and a farewell for Susan Egan on July 19 when, for the first time in 22 years, she took to the stage as Belle in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Five-Star Theatricals’ production, running through Sun., July 29 at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, is under the direction of Yvette Lawrence, who succeeded Egan as […]


Mae Boyar will get partial face-lift

The recent shake-up in afterschool programming for Oak Park students threw a wrench into plans to construct a new community center at Mae Boyar Park. But it looks like the 50-year-old park building will at least get a face-lift. The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, which oversees the community parks in Oak Park, had planned for a major $2-million […]

Mulberry tree is both magic and menace

On the Trail

In parking lots on scorching days, I and my fellow motorists circle like hungry sharks. We’re not after fleshy prey, only waiting to pounce on a precious parking space shrouded by shade. We’re as ruthless as sharks, cutting one another off for an isolated morsel of sun-less-ness. So it came as a big surprise on an afternoon’s walkabout along Avenida […]

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