Permit process may delay Ahmanson

Acorn Staff Writer

Although developers want a 2003 groundbreaking for the first phase of Ahmanson Ranch construction, at least one regulatory agency is saying the Ventura County mini-city might not receive its required permits for several more years. The 3,050-home development in eastern Ventura County needs permits from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, the California Regional Water […]

Entertaining education

Health-minded hotel OK’d in city of Westlake Village

Special to The Acorn

In a continued fast-track style that favors commercial development, the Westlake Village City Council last week approved a new 253-room hotel. It will serve with upscale amenities, proponents said, a growing business faction of the 101 Freeway technology corridor. The proposal, nicknamed the Dole Hotel, will feature facilities and services to pamper weary corporate travelers who come to this area […]

Calabasas residents mount an 11th hour attack on housing development

Acorn Staff Writer

Last week, many homeowners in Calabasas learned of a development that might affect their way of life. And they were angry about it. New Millennium Homes is developing a housing project called The Oaks and part of the plans call for grading. In 1994, Calabasas resident and frequent hiker Kathy Berkowitz was hiking near the Stokes Canyon when she discovered […]

Young people ‘Take A Stand for Christ’

Road race kills Canoga Park teenager

An 18-year-old Canoga Park man died last week when his car rammed into a power pole on Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas, the result of a high speed road race to the beach, according to sheriff’s deputies. Oscar Valdez, a senior at Canoga Park High School, died instantly in the May 10 crash. According to reports, Valdez and a passenger […]

Holiday to force early deadlines

Memorial Day on Mon., May 27 will cause early deadlines for the Acorn Newspapers for the issues of Thurs., May 30. All deadlines will advance by 24 hours. Real estate and editorial deadlines will be noon, Thurs., May 23. Space for display ads must be reserved by noon Fri., May 24. Thank you for your cooperation.

Local deputies outrun competing peace officers

Acorn Staff Writer

Sheriff’s deputies from the Lost Hills Station in Calabasas found out recently how important good conditioning is—and not just for law enforcement. Running in the recent 120-mile Baker to Vegas Relay Road Race against law enforcement agencies nationwide, Lost Hills deputies finished fifth in their division. The group’s overall placement of 31st out of 207 teams proved remarkable, said a […]

Young people discuss ‘Teen Invincibility: Myths, Realities’

Acorn Staff Writer

The traffic death last December of two Westlake High School students served as a sobering reminder—at least for one group of civic-minded young people—that teens are not "invincible." Not long after the Westlake tragedy, a former Oak Park high student died in a traffic accident in Lake Sherwood. Because of the deaths, the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation hosted its 18th […]

Special education bill advances

The California State Assembly Committee on Education has passed AB-2600 by state Assemblywoman Fran Pavley (D-Woodland Hills). The bill would require alternate assessments to be developed to the California High School Exit Examination for special education students who cannot participate in the exam regardless of accommodations or modifications. An alternate test may include an interview or oral presentation, teacher observations, […]