Dangerous fire season likely, authorities warn

The Ventura County Fire Department has declared that fire season starts this week. Ventura County and other Southland fire departments have already begun gearing up for what’s expected to be a dangerous fire season. The greater alert level helps add more fire engines, handcrews, dozers and helicopters if a brushfire is reported. Aggressive response can keep many wildfires from burning […]

Reward offered for tree vandal(s) in Calabasas

Acorn Staff Writer

Discovered early Sunday morning on April 6, willow trees near McCoy Creek and the Oak Park Condominiums on Park Granada in Calabasas were sawed down and left on the ground. CPHA (Calabasas Park Homeowners Association) officials don’t know if it was isolated vandalism or if someone was trying to create a better view from his or her home. But a […]

History, ingenuity help bring water to parched Southland

Acorn Staff Writer

Part I of two parts Southern California would be a thirsty place if it weren’t for Frieda, the Colorado River lady of the night. Story has it that during the construction of the Colorado River Aqueduct in the 1930s, Frieda befriended many of the males working on the project and sold them frequent favors to boost their morale. After the […]

Indian Hills a model high school

Acorn Staff Writer

Indian Hills in Calabasas recently won an award as a Model Continuation High School, the state’s highest accolade for an alternative school. The California Department of Education, which announced the award earlier this month, recognized Indian Hills for its achievement in curriculum, school management, guidance and counseling, instructional strategy and educational climate. Indian Hills submitted its application last December and […]

Research group likes local assemblywoman

The California Public Interest Research Group (CalPIRG) and the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse scored state Assemblywoman Fran Pavley (D-Woodland Hills) at 100 percent for eight important privacy and identity theft protection bills introduced in the first half of this legislative session. "Protecting people’s privacy should be a top priority for every legislator," said Jennette Gayer, CalPIRG’s Consumer Associate. "This report card […]

Nominees being accepted for Educator of the Year awards

Acorn Staff Writer

The Agoura/Oak Park/Las Virgenes Chamber of Commerce in Agoura Hills has previously honored educators in the community who have inspired, encouraged and challenged students to excel. Annual Outstanding Educator Awards will be given for a third year at 5 p.m. on Thurs., June 6 at The Canyon in Agoura Hills. You can nominate a deserving teacher of the award from […]

J.D. Power moving to Westlake Village

J.D. Power moving to Westlake Village portion of T.O. By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer Customer satisfaction and marketing firm J.D. Power and Associates is leaving Agoura Hills after a 14-year stint and moving to larger offices in the Westlake Village portion of T.O., company officials announced last week. The relocation of 250 employees from Agoura Hills was completed Monday. […]

Clearinghouse for discards opens

The spring edition of Ventura County’s materials exchange catalog, "VCMAX—Discards Available and Wanted," has been released. VCMAX, a free matchmaking service for discards, was designed to encourage businesses, schools, nonprofits and residents to place free "Wanted" or "Available" ads for things they don’t have and need, or things they have and don’t need. Categories in these "ReUse Want-Ads" include Construction, […]

Westlake Village VIPs join fight for public safety

Special to The Acorn

Ten city of Westlake Village residents have joined an effort to promote public safety. They’re members of the Volunteer In Policing (VIP) program, spearheaded by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to recruit residents to be the eyes and ears of law enforcement. The VIP program, according to city of Westlake Village officials, consists of a core group of volunteers, […]

Waxman pitches Las Virgenes Federation

Acorn Staff Writer

U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) told the area’s largest homeowner group last week that if reelected to Congress in November he would continue to push for environmental protection in the Santa Monica Mountains and oppose the Ahmanson Ranch development. Speaking before the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation at the group’s 35th annual installation banquet, Waxman said he looked forward to […]