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INCUMBENTS RETAIN 4 SEATS IN LAS VIRGENES, AGOURA HILLS.

Byline: - Cecilia Chan

For incumbent Judy Jordan, it'll be business as usual in the Las Virgenes Unified School District, while two new board members will be learning the ropes.

Jordan won a third term in Tuesday's election - the top vote-getter among five candidates. She and newcomers Cindy Iser and Gordon Whitehead will be sworn in Dec. 11.

``I want to just continue what we are doing, especially in the field of finishing the middle school and opening it on time and safely,'' Jordan said. ``And in the academic field, having new strategies so we can help all students reach the high standards we've set for them.''

Whitehead said he believes voters were attracted by his financial background as a certified public accountant.

He said he wants the new board to learn to work well together, particularly as it addresses such issues as the looming budget shortfall that state lawmakers are predicting.

``It will change the financing for the coming period, and we need to get on that as quickly as we can and see how best to respond to that.''

He also wants to work on improving the fractured relationship between the central office and teachers.

Iser, an attorney, said she intends to quickly learn about the district and its issues so she can hit the ground running.

``I've been talking about listening to the community and encouraging more community participation and talking about looking at how the money is spent and trying to make sure we don't spend so much money on legal fees and wasting money,'' she said.

In the race for Agoura Hills City Council, voters opted to retain all three incumbents - Ed Corridori, Jeff Reinhardt and Denis Weber - over five challengers.

Corridori said he'll tackle issues he campaigned on such as Agoura Village and Lindero Creek Park.

``There are a lot of things to do,'' said Corridori, the top vote-getter. ``We've got a good team. I think the voters recognized that.''

Weber, who indicated this will be his final term, said he'll work on finishing projects such as the overhaul of the Kanan Road and the Ventura Freeway interchange, and maintaining open space.

Reinhardt said he intends on carrying out issues he touted in his campaign, such as moving forward on the Agoura Village concept and preserving the Lindero Creek watershed.

``I would like to see us explore taking Reyes Adobe and making that an active learning center,'' he said. And ``I'm still the transportation guru here in Agoura Hills so that is still a high priority.''

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