Water company budget inspires hot debate

Acorn Staff Writer

Customers of Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) can expect stable rates this year, but critics believe water and sewer rates should be lowered because the new budget is said to be flush with reserves. The LVMWD Board of Directors approved a record $46 million budget last week that includes a surplus of $13.7 million earmarked for capital improvements. Boardmember […]

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Proposal for new homes moves ahead

Acorn Staff Writer

The Agoura Hills City Council last week upheld a decision to approve an eight-luxury home development in the environmentally sensitive Palo Comado Creek area of Old Agoura. Save Open Space (SOS), an environmentalist organization, appealed the planning commission’s April 20 approval of Palo Comado Ranch. An SOS representative said the 21-acre development failed to protect oak riparian woodland and didn’t […]

Residents call for strict controls in Calabasas

Acorn Staff Writer

Many homeowners in the Old Topanga area of Calabasas want stronger building codes to preserve their semi-rural community, they said at a recent meeting at Creekside Park. The meeting was called by the city’s Planning and Building Services Director, Mark Persico, "to talk about what the residents want to see in their neighborhood," he said. More than 50 area residents […]

Local couple takes teaching to Thailand

Acorn Staff Writer

Scott Mastroianni, 29, a Thousand Oaks High School math teacher and assistant baseball coach, and his wife, Daisy, 28, an English teacher and associate student body advisor at Oak Park High School, have accepted positions to teach at the International School Eastern Seaboard (ISE) in Thailand. The opportunity and ultimate decision to move was made over one weekend in early […]

Work continues at City Hall/Library

For the record

Responding to a May 22 story in The Acorn, Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) officials said the district has no intentions of seeking another bond issue to pay for district operations and boost reserves. School bonds, such as the $93 million Measure R bond approved by voters in 1997, are used for capital improvements only and $28 million of […]

Trespassers may have been seeking chemicals

Security guards detained three juveniles trespassing on the campus of Agoura High School the early morning hours of last Fri., June 16, and deputies were summoned from Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station. The three suspects, all Agoura Hills residents and students at Agoura High School (two males, 15, and one female, 14) were in possession of knapsacks containing burglary tools and […]

Drunk driving arrests up, according to authorities

Six suspects were arrested for drunk driving after a DUI (driving under the influence) task force was activated in Lost Hills Station last weekend in local areas of Los Angeles County. One suspect had a warrant for his arrest on a previous DUI. Another suspect was also cited for illegal possession of a handgun and a third was charged with […]

Council ups ante for Agoura Hills roads

The Agoura Hills City Council has allocated an additional $500,000 from the new budget toward improving local streets, boosting the total amount for city road repair to $1.5 million during the coming fiscal year. The extra funding followed a debate over whether the city’s $600,000 in budget reserves should go to street repairs or improvements to the Kanan Road-101 Freeway […]