Landfill, school become new focus of North Area Plan debate

Acorn Staff Writer

The Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation has warned against construction of new homes and an elementary school near the Calabasas Landfill because of concerns about leaking toxins from the 40-year-old dump. Warner Financial, an Agoura Hills developer, plans to build 106 houses at the unincorporated site and provide Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) with at least 10 acres on which […]

Taking a hike to fight breast cancer CHUCK ROGERS/The Acorn

Taking a hike to fight breast cancer CHUCK ROGERS/The Acorn HELPING A WORTHY CAUSE–More than 800 hikers gather at Paramount Ranch early Saturday morning to help raise money to benefit the Revlon/UCLA and USC/Norris Lee Breast Centers and the Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research. The exuberant crowd could choose from a one-, three- or six-mile route that meandered […]

Four candidates vie for two seats on Oak Park board

Acorn Staff Writer

Four candidates will compete for two open seats on the Oak Park Unified School District (OPUSD) Board in the Nov. 7 election. Two—Jan Iceland and Jim Kalember—are incumbents, and two—Kevin Carr and Steve Henning—are first-time contenders. For this article, each candidate was asked the same question—"What do you see as the challenges facing the OPUSD and how would you solve […]

Auto dealer conditionally approved in Calabasas

Acorn Staff Writer

Calabasas, a city with one of the highest concentration of BMW owners in the country, will finally get its own BMW dealership. After several meetings, Calabasas planning commissioners conditionally approved the project last Thursday night. The conditions hinge on final changes that came out of an 11th hour meeting between the project’s architects, city staff members and leaders of the […]

Local drinking water called safe from chromium 6

Acorn Staff Writer

Officials say the harmful chemical hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium 6, hasn’t affected water supplies of Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, the provider of drinking water to more than 65,000 residents from the West San Fernando Valley to Oak Park. "I want to make it clear that Las Virgenes water is safe to drink," said Norm Buehring, the water […]

Candidate wants voices heard on Oak Park MAC

Acorn Staff Writer

Candidate wants voices heard on Oak Park MAC Ronold Rishe has enjoyed the benefits of living in his community for 15 years. Now he wants to give something back. Rishe, 46, is one of four candidates running for two vacant seats on the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) in the November election. A spot on the five-member board takes […]

Acquisition plan finalized

The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy recently adopted its annual program that will guide the agency’s open space purchases in the Santa Monica Mountains and Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor zones. The 2000 work program includes a total of 262 acquisition projects, comprising 119,067 acres. The Conservancy initiated an extensive public outreach program to update and set priorities for the […]

Parents learn about substance abuse

Acorn Staff Writer

Parents trying to stop their kids from using drugs and alcohol is nothing new, but rarely has one community become so galvanized against substance abuse as Oak Park. Nearly 100 parents recently turned out for a drug and alcohol education night at Oak Park High School hosted by Cary Quashen, a nationally-known substance abuse counselor, and Millie Andress, head of […]

Westlake Village accepting nominations for citizen, youth recognition programs

The city of Westlake Village is accepting nominations for the 2000 annual citizen and youth recognition programs. The citizen recognition program identifies and recognizes outstanding individuals who’ve enhanced and improved the quality of life in the city. The youth recognition program identifies and recognizes outstanding youth, both individually and those serving oganizations. It includes elementary to high school ages. Nominees […]

Water board chairman seeks reelection

Acorn Staff Writer

Gordon Knopp, a candidate seeking his second term on the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District Board of Directors, has turned into a voice of reason on the sometimes-bickering five-member panel. Knopp, the 72-year-old board chairman, said he looks to protect the customers first whenever controversy besets the board. With a master’s degree in electrical engineering and 30 years of experience […]