Testing kids’ patience during pandemic


Even with the apparent flexibility school districts received from the state Department of Education to choose the type of test they’d like to administer, the requirement that students take standardized tests this year makes about as much sense as an inflatable dartboard. (See story on Page 17). There’s not much our school leaders can do, though, as the mandate comes […]

Reeds and trees are both harmed

Trees are not the only victims. I read The Acorn articles about the excessive tree trimming in Medea Creek. A few months ago the creek, especially next to the Conifer Street bridge, was full of beautiful reeds. The reeds gave the creek a wonderful natural look. A few days later I walked by, and they were completely gone. Whoever is […]

Why Village was earlier denied

The Resolution of Denial (ROD) that resulted from the planning commission decision to deny approval for the West Village at Calabasas has just been made public. For over a year, multiple inquiries asking staff about the status of the ROD were not answered in a straight-forward manner. Then, in October 2020 it was disclosed that the ROD had not been […]

Stakeholder concern is ‘real’

I attended several Calabasas public hearings on the property at 4790 Las Virgenes Road, known currently as West Village at Calabasas. I was present when the planning commission denied their proposal in 2019, and I voted against the project known as Canyon Oaks in the Measure F ballot initiative in 2016. One would think the developer would understand that what […]

Decries biased litigation article

While reporting on the settlement of litigation against the City of Calabasas may be newsworthy, the tone and slant of the article was unfair and biased. The article was more like a continuation of the plaintiff’s allegations and animus against the City of Calabasas, which specifically targets our long serving and dedicated council member and past mayor, David Shapiro. The […]

Correct blame on Wuhan, China

In Keith Cornell’s letter to the editor, “Not Chinese, but Americans” (April 8), he writes, “In February, Trump announced the threat of an epidemic, a hoax.” Mr. Cornell is spreading disinformation. Let the record be known that on Jan. 31, President Trump declared the Wuhan virus a health emergency and banned all travel from China. In response, Biden called President […]

Put loud leaf blowers on mute

A week ago, my friend mentioned that gas-powered leaf blowers are not only annoying, but dangerous to health. I spent some time on the internet researching it. What I learned was disturbing. In addition to the smoke from burned fuel, emissions include a considerable amount of unburned toxic material; up to 1/3 of the weight of the fuel comes back […]


New housing brings difficult choices


One sure-fire way to keep pace with the red-hot demand for housing in the Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys is to build more homes. But achieving equilibrium in the never-ending tug of war of supply versus demand is easier said than done. City planners can set the stage for home construction with land use decisions and zoning changes that make […]

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