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BUILDING ROUTED TO CITIES OPEN SPACE STILL DRAWS MORE RESIDENTS.

Byline: - Daily News

Ventura County, known for its sprawling fields and commitment to open space, is both a home for agriculture and an area that is coping with booming population growth that began in the 1990s.

The county faces the challenge of preserving the qualities that have drawn residents there while allowing for growth: The county had a population of 791,000 in 2003 and grew 11 percent between 1990 and 2000.

``We're protecting our open space while channeling growth into our cities,'' said William Fulton, a Ventura-based author and urban planner. ``We're becoming more urban within city boundaries.''

Agriculture remains a top industry, with strawberries and lemons generating millions in sales every year. Celery, avocados, lettuce and cut flowers also add to the bottom line.

Two major improvement projects along the 101 Freeway in Ventura County have snarled traffic for motorists, but they promise better commutes once construction is complete.

In Camarillo, the $34 million Lewis Road interchange improvements should ease the crush at the popular Camarillo Premium Outlets. A $100 million project between Oxnard and Ventura will create a diamond interchange with Highway 1 and will replace the two Santa Clara River bridges with a single structure.

East County residents have finally gotten their long-awaited mall - the Simi Valley Town Center, a Mediterranean-style shopping center long planned for 129 acres north of the 118 Freeway between First Street and Erringer Road, opened in October.

Everything you need to know about living in the Conejo Valley

POPULATION

Thousand Oaks: 117,005

Westlake Village: 8,368

Agoura Hills: 20,537

Calabasas: 20,033

WEATHER

Average annual rainfall: Thousand Oaks, 14 inches; Agoura Hills, 19 inches; Calabasas 13.6 inches

Average high temperature: 70s

Average low temperature: Upper 40s

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village: General-law cities with a council/manager form of government

City Hall locations

Thousand Oaks, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., (805) 449-2100

Agoura Hills, 30001 Ladyface Court, (818) 597-7300

Westlake Village, 31200 Oakcrest Drive, (818) 706-1613

Calabasas, 26135 Mureau Road, (818) 878-4225

City Web sites:

Thousand Oaks: www.ci.thousand-oaks.ca.us

Agoura Hills: www.ci.agoura-hills.ca.us

Westlake Village: www.wlv.org

Calabasas: www.cityofcalabasas.com

Local government officials

Thousand Oaks: Mayor Dennis C. Gillette, (805) 449-2105; Mayor Pro Tem Andrew P. Fox, (805) 449-2101; council members Thomas P. Glancy, (805) 449-2102; Claudia Bill-de la Pena, (805) 449-2103; Jacqui Irwin, (805) 449-2104

Agoura Hills: Mayor Denis Weber, (818) 597-7371; Mayor Pro Tem Dan Kuperberg, (818) 597-7372; council members William Koehler, (818) 597-7373; John Edelston, (818) 597-7374; Harry Schwartz, (818) 597-7375

Westlake Village: Mayor Susan McSweeney, Mayor Pro Tem Jim Bruno, council members Mark Rutherford, Philipa Klessig, Robert Slavin (818) 706-1613

Calabasas: Mayor Barry Groveman, Mayor Pro Tem Dennis Washburn, council members Mary Sue Maurer, James Bozajian, Jonathon Wolfson (818) 878-4225

Ventura County Board of Supervisors: Steve Bennett, (805) 654-2703; John Flynn, (805) 487-6331; Kathy Long, (805) 654-2276; Judy Mikels, (805) 582-8010; Linda Parks, (805) 373-2564

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors: Michael D. Antonovich, (213) 974-5555; Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, (213) 974-2222; Don Knabe, (213) 974-4444; Gloria Molina, (213) 974-4111; Zev Yaroslavsky, (213) 974-3333

COURTHOUSES

Thousand Oaks: East County Division, Superior Court, 3855-F Alamo St., Simi Valley, (805) 654-2963; Ventura County Hall of Justice, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, (805) 654-2963

Agoura Hills, Calabasas Highlands: Malibu Courthouse, 23525 Civic Center Way

TRANSIT

General information: Ventura County Transportation Commission (800) 438-1112

Bus service

Thousand Oaks Transit: (805) 375-5473

Greyhound: (800) 231-2222

Senior/disabled services

Thousand Oaks Transit Dial-A-Ride: (805) 375-5467

Calabasas Dial-A-Ride: (866) 878-2242

Rail service

Metrolink (800) 371-LINK; Amtrak (800) 872-7245

UTILITIES

Water

Thousand Oaks: City offices, (805) 449-2400; California American Water Co., (805) 498-6770; California Water Service, (805) 497-2757

Agoura Hills, Calabasas: Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, (818) 251-2100

Power

Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Calabasas: Southern California Edison, (800) 655-4555, (800) 684-8123, repairs/outages (800) 611-1911

Gas

Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Calabasas: Southern California Gas Co., (800) 427-2200

Telephone

Thousand Oaks: Verizon Communications, (800) 483-4000 for residential service, (800) 483-5000 for businesses

Agoura Hills, Calabasas: SBC Pacific Bell, (800) 310-2355

Cable TV

Adelphia (888) 683-1000, Charter Communications (866) 499-8080

TRASH/RECYCLING

Thousand Oaks: Harrison Industries/Newbury Disposal, (800) 418-7274; G.I. Rubbish, (805) 522-9400

Agoura Hills: G.I. Rubbish Co., (818) 782-2474; Consolidated Disposal Services, (818) 889-9400

Calabasas: G.I. Rubbish Co., (818) 782-2474; Consolidated Disposal Services, (818) 889-9400

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Thousand Oaks: Thousand Oaks/east county station of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, 2101 E. Olsen Road, (805) 494-8200

Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Calabasas: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Lost Hills station, 27050 Agoura Road, (818) 878-1808

Emergency: 911

FIRE

Thousand Oaks: Ventura County Fire Department operates Stations 30-37 in the area: the Civic Center station, Westlake Village station, Potrero station, Lake Sherwood station, Arboles station, Newbury Park station, Oak Park station, North Ranch station.

Westlake Village, Agoura Hills: Los Angeles County Fire Department operates battalion headquarters at Station 70, 3970 Carbon Canyon Road, Malibu, as well as Station 144 on Foxfield Drive in Westlake Village and Station 65 on Cornell Road in Agoura Hills.

Calabasas: Los Angeles County Fire Department operates Station 68, 24130 Calabasas Road; Station 125, 5215 N. Las Virgenes Road; and Station 67, 25801 Piuma Road.

AMBULANCE

American Medical Response provides ambulance services throughout the region. (818) 808-2100

ANIMAL LICENSES

Thousand Oaks: Dog licenses are sold at the Agoura Hills Shelter and City Hall Finance Department. Cats may be licensed through a voluntary program.

Agoura Hills Animal Control Center, 29525 W. Agoura Road, (818) 991-0071

BUSINESS LICENSES

Thousand Oaks: City Hall, Finance Department, (805) 449-2201

Agoura Hills: The city does not require a business license but requires businesses to register with the city. Los Angeles County issues business licenses for some types of businesses. Call the city at (818) 597-7313 or the county at (213) 974-2011.

Calabasas: Los Angeles County, (213) 974-2011

DRIVER'S LICENSES

Department of Motor Vehicles, 1810 E. Avenida de los Arboles, Thousand Oaks (800) 777-0133

TV STATIONS

Thousand Oaks: TOTV Channel 10

Westlake: WVTV Channel 10

Agoura Hills: Channel 8 (Adelphia)

LIBRARIES

Thousand Oaks: Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, (805) 449-2660; Newbury Park Branch Library, 2331 Borchard Road, (805) 498-2139

Agoura Hills: Agoura Hills Library, 29901 Ladyface Court, (818) 889-2278

Calabasas: Agoura Hills Library, (818) 889-2278; Woodland Hills Library, 22200 Ventura Boulevard, (818) 226-0017

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Thousand Oaks Conejo Valley Historical Society, 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320

Stagecoach Inn Museum Complex, 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320, (805) 498-9441

HOSPITALS

Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, 215 W. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, (805) 497-2727

West Hills Hospital and Medical Center, 7300 Medical Center Drive, West Hills, (818) 676-4000

POSTAL SERVICE

Agoura Hills main office, 5158 Clareton Drive, (818) 889-8392

Thousand Oaks main office, 3435 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., (805) 497-1641

Conejo Valley station, 235 N. Moorpark Road, Suite A, (805) 778-1058

Newbury Park post office, 1602 Newbury Road, (805) 480-9214

Calabasas Branch, 4774 Park Granada, Suite 10. Call (818) 348-3226 for Woodland Hills office

For additional postal services, call: (800) 275-8777

VOTER REGISTRATION

City halls: Ventura County Elections Division, (805) 654-2782

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Voter Registration Request Line (800) 481-VOTE

SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICES

Agoura Hills, Calabasas: (800) 772-1213

Thousand Oaks: 80 E. Hillcrest Drive, Suite 200, (805) 379-3427

Simi Valley: Social Security office representatives at City Hall from 9 a.m. to noon, first and third Thursdays of each month. (805) 583-6700

BIRTH, DEATH & MARRIAGE RECORDS

Thousand Oaks: Ventura County Recorder's Office, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, (805) 654-2295

Agoura Hills: Los Angeles County residents, call the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk in Norwalk at (800) 201-8999 or go to www.lavote.net

MAJOR SHOPPING MALLS

Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Calabasas: The Oaks in Thousand Oaks, Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks, The Lakes at Thousand Oaks, The Promenade at Westlake Village, The Commons at Calabasas

Camarillo: Premium Outlets, 740 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo

ANIMAL SHELTERS

Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills: Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road, (818) 991-0071

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