May 22, 2020

Message from the Mayor 5-22-2020

Dear Agoura Hills Community,

I wanted to update you on the latest City news. First, although the cases of COVID-19 have grown only slightly in Agoura Hills, Los Angeles County confirmed cases continues to rise. However, the curve has officially flattened. Our thoughts are with the individuals and their families who are victims of the virus and want them to know they are forever with us.

We are now in Phase 2 of L.A. County’s Roadmap to Recovery (www.covid19.lacounty.gov) and there is some confusion as to what applies in Agoura Hills. All retail establishments in Agoura Hills are now open for curbside pick-up and delivery. Restaurants continue to be open for delivery and pick-up only. All parks and trails are open (www.trails.lacounty.gov). Beaches are also open for certain types of recreation only with beach parking lots remaining closed.
As of May 21, 2020, the State has issued a variance to the County of Ventura allowing the County to continue its Phase 2 reopening at an accelerated pace. Ventura County was able to meet specific criteria required for such a variance. Of note, inside malls and shopping centers, as well as inside and outside dining may start reopening with restrictions. Los Angeles County does not meet the criteria for a variance at this time. Many of our businesses in Agoura Hills are interested in joining Westlake Village to approach Los Angeles County regarding reopening similar to Ventura County. Our City Council will discuss this issue at our meeting scheduled for May 27, 2020 starting at 6:00 pm. Your comments are encouraged and welcomed on this issue or any other items on the agenda and may be provided by sending an email to comments@ci.agoura-hills.ca.us

If you decide to go to Ventura County this week, we ask that you continue to practice infection control protocols. Continue with frequent hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, physically distance yourself and please wear face coverings. These protocols are in place for your safety and those around you. It is more important than ever to ensure our essential workers stay well.

In news unrelated to COVID-19, our City Manager, Greg Ramirez, has accepted an offer from the City of Camarillo to become their next City Manager. Mr. Ramirez has served our city for 22 years and has helped create the amazing community we live in today. We wish him well. No decisions have been made about his successor.

Finally, I would like to thank our City Councilmembers and City staff for all of the countless hours they have spent addressing the issues caused by COVID-19 and serving this community.

As always, please contact me or any of the City Council with any questions or concerns.

Mayor Illece Buckley Weber 


March 26, 2020

City Restaurants Open for Take Out Dining

The following information is taken from the City of Agoura Hills Website. Click Here to See the Page on the City Website.

(List is subject to change without notice.)

 

 Restaurant Information

Pursuant to County and State orders, restaurants are required to close their doors to dine-in customers until further notice. Many restaurants in the City of Agoura Hills are still offering take-away and delivery options. The City urges residents to continue to make use of these options during what is a very difficult time for our community's restaurants. Please remember to use social distancing and proper health care practices when getting take-away or accepting deliveries.

Below is a list of restaurants in the City that are currently offering modified services such as take-away and delivery options or that have notified the City of their closures. This is not an exhaustive list.
  • The Latigo Kid Tel. (818) 889-1195 Take-Out and Delivery thru Grubhub
  • Jinky’s Café, Tel. 818-575-4216, Take-Out and Delivery thru Door Dash
  • Italia Deli, Tel. 818-991-4838, Take-Out
  • Wood Ranch BBQ, Tel. 818-597-8900, Take-Out and Delivery thru Door Dash
  • Lal Mirch Indian Restaurant, Tel. 818-532-7532, Take-Out
  • The Yard Thai Cuisine, Tel. 818-582-7272, Take-Out
  • Cuckoo Rooster, Tel. 818-851-9566, Take-Out
  • Uncle Af’s, Tel. 818-584-3556, Take-Out
  • Twisted Oak Tavern, Tel. 818-735-0091, Take-Out and Personal Delivery
  • Basta Restaurant, Tel. 818-865-2019, Open Wednesday thru Sunday, 10% off Orders; Take-Out and Delivery thru Door Dash
  • Szechuan Place, Tel. 818-597-8888, Take-Out
  • Plata Taqueria & Cantina, CLOSED
  • Wildflour Bakery & Café, Tel. 818-597-8774, Take-Out and Personal Delivery
  • Currying Flavors (Indian), Tel. 818-532-7108, Take-Out
  • Maral Cuisine (Persian/Iranian), Tel. 818-889-9495, Take-Out and Delivery
  • Urbane Café, Tel. 818-597-9000, Take-Out
  • Mandarin Lotus, CLOSED
  • Vincitore Italian Restaurant, Tel. 818-706-2200, Take-Out
  • Tavern 101 Grill & Tap House, Tel. 818-991-7227, Take-Out and Delivery thru Door Dash
  • Village Bakery & Café, Tel. 818-736-9898, Take-Out
  • Café Bizou, Tel. 818-991-9560, Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Take-Out
  • Agoura Famous Deli, Tel. 818-889-9113, Take-Out
  • Sushi & Wasabi (Japanese), Tel. 818-889-9334, Take-Out
  • Islands Restaurant, Tel. 818-879-8550, Take-Out and Delivery thru Door Dash.
  • Ma Dukes, Tel. 818-309-3919.  Open 11 – 8:30,  In addition to their pizza and salads, during these times, they are offering daily dinners for 2, with choices of salmon, steak and chicken; changing the sides and sauces daily.  These dinners are at an affordable price; and pre-orders can be made online thru their website, or by phone, with curbside pick-up offered.
  • Grassini’s Restaurant, Tel. 818-735-9711, Open 4 – 8 PM for Dinner Only.  Full menu offered.  Take-Out and Delivery thru Grub-Hub and Door Dash.
  • Hatch Café and Market, Tel. 818-575-9000; Open Tuesday – Friday 11:30 AM – 6 PM; Saturday and Sunday 10 AM – 6:00 PM.  
  • Pizza Nosh, Tel. 818-991-3000, Pizza and Sandwiches; Kosher; Open for Curbside Pick-up and Delivery thru Door Dash.  Open 12 – 7 – Sunday – Thursday; Until 2 PM on Friday; Closed Saturday.
  • Emil’s Bake House, Tel. 818-532-7663, Open Tuesday – Saturday 8 AM – 6 PM; Sunday 9 AM – 3 PM, breads, pastries, coffees, cakes.
  • Tifa Chocolate & Gelato, Tel. 818-879-0685, Open only Thursday – Sunday, Hours:  Noon – 8:00 PM; for Take-Out and Curbside Only.
  • Popped Fresh Gourmet Popcorn, Tel. 818-707-7200, Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM; Sunday 11 AM – 3 PM
  •  Carrara Bakery, CLOSED"
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March 13, 2020

State Senator Henry Stern and Assembly Member Richard Bloom Request Budget Item to Save the Triangle Ranch


Our State Senator, Henry Stern, and our Assembly Member, Richard Bloom, are hard at work trying to get the state to provide funding to acquire the last remaining parcels of the Triangle Ranch. (See the map below.) They have put in a budget request for $14,500,000 from the State's General Fund to enable the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy to purchase Phase 4, the last remaining part of the Triangle Ranch not already in public hands.


"Phase 4" includes two sections, shown in red on the map.

This last part of the Triangle Ranch was slated for up to 34 homes by Los Angeles County. That development would effectively block east/west connectivity to the Liberty Canyon wildlife crossing as well as adding scores of automobile trips to the already impacted Kanan Road fire evacuation route from Cornell and Malibu.  (See plot plan below.)



As former mayors of Agoura Hills, we have unanimously endorsed Senator Stern's and Assembly Member Bloom's efforts to protect this property. Our letter of support is reproduced below. If you value the uniqueness of the Santa Monica Mountains, and our city's historical role as the Gateway, you can help make this happen. Join us in writing a letter of support.   


Send letters or emails of support to:

Wade Crowfoot
Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency
California Natural Resources Agency
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311
Sacramento, CA 95814 

 Via email to: secretary@resources.ca.gov

CC: Senator Henry Stern, 5016 N. Parkway Drive, #222, Calabasas, CA  91302

Via email to:


 
 Our letter:


RE: Triangle Ranch 



Dear Senator Stern and Assembly Member Bloom


We are ten former mayors of the City of Agoura Hills. Together, we represent a continuity of service from our City’s founding in 1983, to the last city election in 2018. We are writing to express our support for your request for a General Fund Budget Item of $14,500,000 to enable the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy to acquire the last phase of the Triangle Ranch.

This last remaining parcel of the Triangle Ranch is a key block of habitat linkage in the Santa Monica Mountains. It provides a critical East - West corridor for wild life migration to and from the Liberty Canyon wildlife crossing, currently planned by Caltrans. It contains blue line streams and significant undisturbed native vegetation. It is prime habitat for mule deer, bobcats, and mountain lions, as well as all of the other myriad species native to the Santa Monica Mountains. The genetic diversity of mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains is already in jeopardy from habitat fragmentation. Without the habitat linkages allowing for migration, we are in danger of losing this apex predator and with it the overall health of the ecosystem of the mountains.

This last parcel of the Triangle Ranch is within the jurisdiction of L.A. County and is currently slated for 34 ranch style homes on the east slope of Ladyface Mountain. If completed, the development will constitute a formidable barrier to migration of animals to and from the Liberty Canyon wildlife connector.  Not only will this step-out development destroy acres of undisturbed habitat and migratory pathways, it is situated at what is already a choke point in fire escape routes for residents of Malibu and Cornell. This is a very high fire severity zone. It is also a route taken by millions of people to access the beaches and the many entertainment venues in the mountains. In the event of a fire emergency, evacuees could include not only residents, but vehicles towing livestock trailers and tourists uncertain of their direction, a potential lethal mix.

In addition, this portion of Triangle Ranch is all within the Malibu Creek watershed. Any development on the east slope of Ladyface Mountain will drain directly into Malibu Creek and its tributary, Lindero Creek, adding to the existing problem of contaminants in the Creek and on the beaches of Santa Monica Bay. Those Malibu beaches are one of the prime recreational resources for all of Southern California, as well as a vital part of the state’s tourism industry. Our city is working hard to improve water quality by adding water filtration devises for surface runoff within the city. These efforts are funded in part by state bond money. Putting suburbanized ranchettes downstream from us defeats the purpose intended by the bond funding.

In our time as decision makers, we did our best to plan for smart development that would occur within the boundaries of our city, capable of being served by existing infrastructure. Preservation of the unique character of the Santa Monica Mountains and its beleaguered wildlife was always an important consideration. The Triangle Ranch development makes all of our planning efforts in vain. It is the very definition of sprawl. It will further fragment sensitive habitat, impede wildlife migration, unnecessarily endanger people who are fleeing from fire, and contribute to additional contamination of Malibu Creek and the beaches of Santa Monica Bay.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter. We whole heartily support your efforts to preserve this property and its wildlife for future generations of Californians to enjoy.


Sincerely,

Ed Corridori
Bill Koehler
Jack Koenig
Dan Kuperberg
Louise Rishoff
Darlene McBane
Fran Pavley
Jeff Reinhardt
Harry Schwarz
Joan Yacovone

March 1, 2020

L.A. County Vote Centers


 Former Mayors of Agoura Hills Urge You to Vote Yes on Measure V - Keep Our Schools the Best in California
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Middle School

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91302
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91302
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Hidden Hills
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