New chamber board has momentum on its side

Acorn Staff Writer

Businesses are joining a local chamber of commerce in record numbers despite the worst recession in years. During a board of directors installation luncheon last week of the Agoura/Oak Park/Las Virgenes Chamber of Commerce, a representative of the 50-year-old organization reported that its membership is now at an all-time high. Officials say the chamber has grown to 600 members, a […]

Reporting bad teen driving encouraged in L.A. County

Reporting bad teen driving encouraged in L.A. County By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer In response to recent vehicle fatalities, sheriff’s department officials from surrounding communities got together last week and discussed a collaborative effort in STTOP (Sheriff’s Teen Traffic Offender Program). The program already exists in Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Westlake Village, Malibu and Hidden Hills. Communities expressing interest in […]

California regulations may force a hike in sewer rates

Acorn Staff Writer

California regulations may force a hike in sewer rates A set of strict new regulations about to be imposed by the state could result in higher sewer rates for customers of Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, LVMWD officials warned last week. The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, a state agency, wants to reduce the amount of harmful nutrients […]

School test results still high, but slipping

Acorn Staff Writer

Oak Park Unified School District turned in the best performance locally in a recent academic ranking that measures schools not only on a statewide basis, but also against campuses with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. The Academic Performance Index (API) gives schools a score between 200 and 1,000 depending on how their students fared in the national Stanford 9 test each spring. […]

Bicycle club has a PR problem

CONFRONTATION––Parents of children who attend Westlake Elementary School, above left, argue with bicyclists, right, about proper behavior during a showdown last Saturday. More than 200 bicyclists who participate in the Simi Valley route, organized by a group from Amgen, a major employer in Thousand Oaks, use the school campus as a scheduled rest stop. Unfortunately, some of the riders have […]

LVMWD appoints new president

Hidden Hills resident Charles Caspary has been appointed the new president of the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) Board of Directors. The 50-year-old Caspary replaces Calabasas resident Vernon Padgett, who resigned abruptly on Jan. 14. Caspary will serve the remainder of Padgett’s two-year term, which expires next January. "I feel like one year is enough," said Padgett, who was […]

Psychologist treats the wounds of 9-11

Acorn Staff Writer

America’s heartbeat stopped on Sept. 11, but thanks to the enormous contributions of people and organizations around the world, the wounds of New York City are slowly healing. Calabasas resident Robert Scott, a doctor who specializes in stress management, traveled to Ground Zero to offer psychological support for the families and victims of the World Trade Center attack. The 51-year-old […]

Booster club recognizes favorite sons Both Yamano and Jacobs have been with Oak Park Unified School District for more than 20 years

Booster club recognizes favorite sons Both Yamano and Jacobs have been with Oak Park Unified School District for more than 20 years The Oak Park High School Athletic Booster Club will host its third annual Hall of Fame Dinner on Sat., Feb. 2 at Sunset Hills Country Club in Thousand Oaks. The inductees this year are longtime Eagle coaches and […]

Firefighters raise funds for ‘families of the fallen’

The Ventura County Professional Firefighters’ Association has raised more than $400,000 in its fundraising efforts on behalf of the 343 families of firefighters who died in the Sept. 11 tragedy at the World Trade Center in New York. The firefighters began collecting money for "their fallen brothers and sisters" immediately after the terrorist attacks. Firefighters "hit the street" doing "Fill […]

Calabasas Chamber making plans for February gala

Honoring the community and the people who make it special will be the theme of the "I Love Calabasas Awards and Recognition Dinner" on Mon., Feb. 25, sponsored by the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce. The black tie event begins at 6 p.m. at Calabasas Inn. Awards by the chamber will be given in three categories: Entrepreneur of the Year, Business […]