Overhaul needed at LVMWD compost plant

Acorn Staff Writer

A Los Angeles consultant is recommending a $2 million upgrade at Rancho Las Virgenes, the environmentally friendly but sometimes odorous composting plant in Calabasas. A study released last week by Black & Veatch says the plant needs an overhaul of its biofilter, a giant air freshener about the size of a football field. Rancho, which serves the 65,000 residents of […]

Calabasas cultivates new oak tree ordinance

Acorn Staff Writer

Calabasas cultivates new oak tree ordinance Homeowners will soon find it easier and less expensive to obtain an oak tree permit in Calabasas, thanks to the City Council’s approval of a new oak tree ordinance last week. The original oak tree ordinance was adopted in August of 1992 and has not been changed since. In the beginning of 1999, an […]


Oak tree ordinance provides clarification

Permits are required for pruning any live limbs greater than two inches in diameter. They are also required if someone wants to build something in the tree’s protective zone—to encroach on it’s "drip line," in tree lingo. For example, if an oak tree is close to the front yard and the homeowner wants to put in a fence, that’s encroaching, […]

Unknown disease killing trees

A hard-hitting disease has been killing oak trees in Northern California and has spread as close as Santa Barbara County. So far no cases have been reported in Ventura or Los Angeles counties. The disease reportedly can wipe out an oak tree within two weeks. "It’s an imminent threat—we must face that," said Janice Lee, Calabasas Mayor Pro Tem. "This […]

County to pump up plant

Plans are in the works to upgrade the Ulmus Drive sewage pump station in Calabasas. L.A. County Supervisor Yaroslavsky said county officials plan to renovate the pump station to increase its efficiency in delivering raw sewage over the mountains to the treatment plant. The renovation project is expected to take ninety working days, beginning in November and ending in March, […]

Westlake joins Conejo program

The city of Westlake Village has formed a partnership with Conejo Recreation and Parks District to provide year-round activities for the city’s young children. The district has been in charge of Westlake’s summer youth recreation classes for the past 15 years. The new programs target children ages 2 through 9. "This will take that summer program and turn it into […]

Cool kids learn to beat the heat

No challengers yet in water district race

With only one day left before the filing deadline, no candidates have come forward to challenge incumbents Gordon Knopp and Ken Rufener on the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District Board of Directors. Knopp, the board chairman who is completing his first, four-year term in office, filed for reelection to the district’s Division I region. Rufener, seeking a second term also, […]