Barbecue benefits NYC firefighters, cops MICHAEL COONS/The Acorn

Barbecue benefits NYC firefighters, cops MICHAEL COONS/The Acorn FEELING A SURGE OF PATRIOTISM—Pearl Fleming of Westlake Village listens to her sister, Norma Johnson, sing the national anthem at a benefit picnic for New York City firefighters and police. The fundraiser was last Sunday at Calamigos Ranch. See related photo on page 14.

Calabasas to keep utility tax

Acorn Staff Writer

Calabasas won’t abolish or lower its utility user’s tax for now, as some councilmembers had previously proposed. The city council made its decision at a recent meeting. Citing a down-turned economy and possible loss of income from the state, council-members said that utility taxes are needed to pay part of the costs of running the city. "We are facing uncertain […]

Waste reduction statistics in Westlake to be audited

Acorn Staff Writer

After years of what’s assumed to be inaccurate reporting, the city of Westlake Village has begun to check the state’s solid waste monitoring system. Polis Associates, Inc. was contracted to study and report landfill trash tonnage numbers said to be erroneously given by haulers. Such negligence prevents the city from meeting a state mandate and from gaining recognition for a […]

High court nixes Soka University expansion

Acorn Staff Writer

The California Supreme Court has ruled on the side of environmentalists in the 10-year-old battle over Soka University expansion. As a result of last month’s decision by the high court, Soka announced it would put its controversial growth project on hold indefinitely. Last July, the Second Court of Appeals reversed a trial court decision and issued a ruling that struck […]

Dangerous combination: Vehicles, rainfall MICHAEL COONS/The Acorn

Dangerous combination: Vehicles, rainfall MICHAEL COONS/The Acorn CLOSE CALL—The California Highway Patrol and firefighters look over a Ford Explorer that went airborne off the 101 Freeway near Hampshire Road and flew over rescue workers attending to another accident. The SUV came to a stop after hitting the ambulance. The driver, Timothy Beard of Monterey, was transported to Los Robles Regional […]

Two new faces to join LVUSD Board

Acorn Staff Writer

Judy Jordan, the Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education president who was reelected Nov. 6, said she hasn’t made a decision on whether her fourth term in office will be her last. Longtime school board members Charlotte Meyer and Amy Berns decided not to seek reelection this year, and veteran Agoura Hills city councilmen Ed Corridori and Denis […]

New political action organization forming Conejo Valley-Las Virgenes

New political action organization forming Conejo Valley-Las Virgenes George Thomas, a challenger in the recent Agoura Hills City Council election, has announced the formation of a citizens’ activist group that he hopes will make an impact. Called the Conejo Las Virgenes Citizens Alliance (CLVCA), the organization’s broad goals include reducing traffic, improving quality of life, building additional community facilities and […]

Applications now available for Agoura Hills Planning Commission

Applications now available for Agoura Hills Planning Commission Applications for the planning commission in the city of Agoura Hills are available at City Hall, 30001 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills. The terms of current commissioners expire on Jan. 10. Any resident of the city interested in being considered for the commission should call the city clerk’s office at (818) 597-7303 or […]

District hosts farewell party for incumbents Meyer, Berns

Acorn Staff Writer

Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) hosted a gala farewell last week for longtime boardmembers Amy Berns and Charlotte Meyer, both of whom are retiring next month. A parade of songs, speeches, videos and anecdotes greeted the outgoing board members as admirers thanked them for a combined 22 years of service. "Amy and Charlotte have dedicated so many hours. It […]

Grant application process begins in Westlake

The city of Westlake Village is presently accepting applications for their 2002 Community Services Grant Program. Grants will be awarded in amounts of not less than $250, and a total of $50,000 has been set aside to support the program. Not-for-profit organizations that serve Westlake Village residents and provide specialized social services and cultural programs benefiting the citizenry are eligible […]