Calabasas middle school dispute heads to court

Acorn Staff Writer

Final settlement talks failed to produce a deal last week in the disputed purchase of 31 acres of land for the new middle school near Calabasas. The yearlong stalemate between Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) and Calabasas Estates, owners of the property, appears to be headed for a jury trial beginning next month. Construction on the 35-classroom school at […]

Judge orders changes on wording for big-box store ballot measure

Acorn Staff Writer

Judge orders changes on wording for big-box store ballot measure A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled last week that the impartial analysis of Agoura Hill’s anti-Home Depot referendum was biased and ordered city officials to delete a 19-word sentence in the voter guide that was described as "highly questionable and probably wrong." The voter guide that went to press […]

Rocky Oaks artists

SCENIC—Sandy Glover of Malibu paints the rolling green hills of Rocky Oaks Park in rural Malibu on Saturday. Glover and a handful of other artists are part of the Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore, Inc. Every month they visit scenic locations in the Santa Monica Mountains as subjects of their artwork. For more information, call Pat […]

President’s education plan shouldn’t affect Oak Park

Acorn Staff Writer

President George W. Bush signed his education bill last week. It will leave "no child left behind," Bush said, and Oak Park officials said it shouldn’t affect their operations. Bush wants to close the education gap between rich and poor, and white and minority students, and raise teacher standards. The new law will require that all students, as well as […]

City of Westlake denies lawsuit

Acorn Staff Writer

Marie Walters of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Rick Elenes of Cardiff, Calif. made a claim against the city of Westlake Village for negligence and wrongful death. The city staff denied it last week. Walters and Elenes are heirs of Sam Walters, 88, who on June 25 died from injuries suffered in a collision with an automobile on Townsgate Road while crossing […]

Disney to honor Teacher of the Year

Acorn Staff Writer

The Disney American Teacher Awards is moving into its 13th year and Oak Park Unified School District (OPUSD) is spreading the word to school staff, students, parents and community members to nominate educators beginning in February. Nominees’ applications must be submitted by May 25. The program was developed to honor outstanding teachers whose talent, commitment and creativity have a profound […]

Padgett resigns as LVMWD president

Acorn Staff Writer

In a move that caught the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District by surprise on Monday, Vernon Padgett resigned as president of the LVMWD Board of Directors. The 72-year-old Calabasas resident was elected to the board in 1998 and became president last year. Padgett will remain on the board and a new president will be elected at the director’s meeting next […]

New management team named for Westlake business firm

Acorn Staff Writer

Homestore.com, the Westlake Village online real estate company at 30700 Russell Ranch Road, installed a new management team last week after it allegedly overstated revenue up to as much as $95 million for the first three quarters of last year. And while its stock has dropped from January 2000’s high of $138 per share to yesterday’s $2.57 price, Homestore is […]

New church planned for Mulholland in rural Agoura

Acorn Staff Writer

A Catholic group known as the Holy Family Chapel wants to build a new church in rural Agoura. If approved by the Los Angeles Department of Regional Planning, the 9,310 square-foot, two-story church would be constructed at 30188 W. Mulholland Highway, between Sierra Creek and Kanan roads. Also located on the 17-acre site in the scenic Santa Monica hills is […]

Housing rehabilitation plan adopted in Westlake

Acorn Staff Writer

The city of Westlake Village adopted a consultant firm’s housing rehabilitation program last week. Homeowners and mobile homeowners living in unsafe or unhealthy conditions will be given an opportunity to apply for housing assistance from the city through the consultant’s program. Willdan, the consulting firm, was established in 1964. It’s an engineering, planning and financial management firm that serves cities, […]