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September 11, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
The city of Agoura Hills has joined the legions of small cities launching sites on the Internet, with a World Wide Web site that will allow residents to access information about city services from home. The new site, which is to debut online Monday, will have information about polling places in the next election, classes and activities available through the city's recreation department and information about public services, officials said Wednesday.
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July 15, 2006 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
The immigrants soliciting work along a dusty roadway in Agoura Hills are taking a chance -- one that could significantly boost their pay or cost them jobs. They are refusing to work for less than $15 an hour, more than double the California minimum wage of $6.75. "We deserve it," said Daniel Lopez, 31, who works primarily in construction and landscaping and regularly sends money home to his wife and three children in Mexico. "They are tough jobs."
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December 17, 2000 | GRACE E. JANG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The tale of two neighboring cities in the west San Fernando Valley won't change much, if the newly elected leaders have their way. The mayors of Agoura Hills and Westlake Village, who both took office this month, share similar visions for their respective cities: Keep them prestigious. Mark Rutherford, the Westlake Village mayor, said his goal is to "keep Westlake Village Westlake Village." "Let's be honest," said Rutherford, 46, an attorney who has served on the City Council for three years.
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January 2, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sheriff's deputies arrested a 44-year-old woman Friday on suspicion of fatally shooting her husband. Michelle Soma was arrested at the couple's home in the 28000 block of Via Amistosa, authorities said. Police believe she shot her husband, Michael, 34, during an argument.
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May 16, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
The city of Agoura Hills is looking for residents with an eye for design, or experience in architecture or engineering to fill a vacancy on the Architectural Review Board. The City Council will appoint one person to serve on the board until June 30, 1998, when the terms of all board seats expire. The board is an advisory body to the Planning Commission on matters concerning architecture and design standards.
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August 6, 1996 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
The city will file a second appeal to the Federal Emergency Management Agency after being officially notified that its request for reimbursement of a hillside-stabilization project was denied. City officials said they were notified this week of FEMA's decision through a letter from Rep. Anthony Beilenson (D-Woodland Hills). "It made official what we had heard FEMA was going to do," City Manager Dave Adams said Monday. "But we'll continue to fight it through whatever resources we have."
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February 24, 1996 | FRANK MANNING
Saying it wants to foster good relations with the city's business community, Agoura Hills has established a recognition program for new businesses. The first businesses to be recognized, State Farm Insurance, Wood Ranch Barbecue and KS Jewelers, were honored at a ceremony this week at City Hall. "We recognize that these people are coming here and making a contribution," said Mayor Ed Corridori.
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June 24, 1995 | FRANK MANNING
Alarmed over the fatal stabbing of an Agoura Hills teen-ager last month, city officials and a homeowners group have scheduled a community meeting to discuss ways to help troubled youth. "Kids killing kids with knives in Old Agoura? What the hell is going on here?" said Jess Thomas, president of the Old Agoura Homeowners Assn. He and other community leaders are urging parents to take more responsibility for their children's behavior. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m.
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February 17, 1995 | FRANK MANNING
The city of Agoura Hills is considering hiring a public relations firm to help counter perceptions that it is unfriendly to business. The plan includes creation of a brochure stressing the "positive aspects of doing business with the city," said City Councilman Ed Corridori, chairman of the city's economic development committee. The city has interviewed representatives of two public relations firms so far, he said.
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August 23, 1994 | FRANK MANNING
Leaders of a movement to recall the Agoura Hills City Council have asked the district attorney to investigate whether the city broke the law by mailing flyers to residents explaining why the council passed a controversial utility tax. The city's mailing of the flyers appears to have been an illegal use of taxpayers' money to prevent the recall, the group maintained.
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December 8, 2004 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
Half a century later, a motorist's kindness to a hitchhiker is remembered beneath a shady grove of oaks, alders and sycamores next to a rock-strewn streambed and roaring waterfall. The tiny slice of wilderness in Agoura Hills is marked with a hand-hewn wooden sign that proclaims it to be the "Lee Haines Garden of Native Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains." "Lee changed my life," says Edward Gripp. "I owe so much to him."
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April 5, 2004 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
Nearly 200 adults and children -- including many Boy Scouts -- trudged up hiking trails, combed dense brush and motored across rural roadways in all-terrain vehicles this weekend searching for a missing Agoura Hills man. Timothy Verne Perryman, 53, was last seen by a neighbor on the afternoon of March 28, walking away from his house.
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November 14, 2003 | Stephanie Stassel, Times Staff Writer
The historic Reyes Adobe in Agoura Hills has survived earthquakes, centuries of exposure to the elements and extensive remodeling, yet there never seemed to be enough money to make it accessible to the community -- until now. Despite the state's financial crisis and the city's tight budget, officials have found $1.2 million to prepare the old house and barn for public tours. Citrus and oak trees, shrubs and a creek will be added to the 4.
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November 13, 2003 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Dave Adams, Agoura Hills' longtime city manager, has been chosen for the same position in San Juan Capistrano. Adams, 48, would replace George Scarborough, San Juan Capistrano's top administrator for 15 years who left in August for a similar job in San Clemente. San Juan Councilman Wyatt T. Hart said that Adams' eight years in Agoura Hills, a community of 21,000 in western Los Angeles County, should help him deal with the issues facing a city of about 35,000 in south Orange County.
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December 18, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Restoration of the historic Reyes Adobe in Agoura Hills moved a step closer to reality with the announcement Tuesday of a $400,000 grant approved by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. The funding, from voter-approved Proposition 40, will likely be combined with city funds to cover the estimated $500,000 needed to fix up the 1820 adobe residence and barn, said Agoura Hills City Councilwoman Louise Rishoff. "We'll find a way to make it happen.
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May 19, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A horse running loose in the street ran into an oncoming car and died, authorities said. The animal had thrown its rider and leaped out of its corral about 9 p.m. Friday. A deputy on patrol in the area saw the horse running away at high speed, Sheriff's Sgt. Philip Brooks said. Almost immediately, the horse ran into a car in the 28000 block of Driver Avenue. The motorist was uninjured but the car appeared to be totaled, authorities said.
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June 25, 1994 | KURT PITZER
The Agoura Hills City Council has postponed final approval of a controversial tax on the use of utilities to clear up technical language in the ordinance. By a unanimous vote Wednesday, the council reaffirmed its approval earlier this month of a tax on the use of electricity, gas and telephone service and added to the measure "definitions of residential and commercial" users, said City Manager Terry Matz.
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September 24, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
Heeding the adage that the way to someone's heart is through the stomach, the Las Virgenes Public Library will have a Cultural Diversity Tea today in an effort to bring the community together. Drawing on the culinary talents of a diverse library staff as well as donations of pastries and food from local bakeries and restaurants, the library will host an informal tea from 4 to 6 p.m. for area residents.
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February 11, 2002 | ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite claims that a proposed retail development in Agoura Hills would not cost the city any money, it could cost $1.5 million in city funds before it is built and millions more in road improvements afterward, according to an unsigned agreement reviewed by the city attorney. The draft agreement to build a shopping center anchored by a Home Depot calls for the city to help pay for site upgrades and relocation of a county animal shelter and for developer Dan Selleck to widen Agoura Road.
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