Agoura Village concept goes under the microscope

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer Few people disagree about whether or not to build Agoura Village. Agoura Hills officials say the redevelopment project south of the 101 Freeway should begin as soon as possible, without question. The only uncertainty deals with how the new commercial and residential construction along Agoura Road should look. Planning experts say if nothing else, […]

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Hotel construction gets a wake-up call in 101 Freeway corridor

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer The hotel industry appears to be awakening from its slumber, especially in the local region where almost 1,000 new beds are expected to be added in the next few years. The recession and fear of traveling put the hospitality industry into a deep sleep following Sept. 11 and dropped the occupancy rates at many […]

Peace in the Middle East will be elusive,

Waxman says

By Gregory Koteles Acorn Staff Writer U.S. Rep Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) believes that history is made by individuals. "It’s not inevitable," he said last Sunday before an audience of about 200 in the Renaissance Hotel in Agoura Hills. "The decisions that come about are often because of individuals, the good and the bad. "And I believe that Yasser Arafat […]

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THEY WANT A NEW CAMPUS––From left to right are Bruce Elkins, Brad Ruben, Angela Cutbill and Suzanne Carroll. They’re anxious and excited about opening the new Yerba Buena Elementary School in Agoura Hills. Please see story on the right. MICHAEL COONS/The Acorn

Power line issue sparks debate over new school in Agoura Hills

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer The proximity of high-voltage power lines to the proposed new elementary school in Agoura Hills will delay construction of the school until the transmission lines can be moved, according to officials from Edison International and Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD). The powerful electromagnetic field at the 12-acre school site east of Lindero Canyon […]

Oak Park Unified to open new preschool

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer Oak Park Unified School District (OPUSD) and Neighborhoods for Learning officials will introduce a new Oak Park Neighborhood School for preschoolers this fall. It will be a unique program based on schools in Reggio Emilia and Reggio Romagna, Italy, which were developed and evolved after World War II. The communities that originally founded the […]

101 Freeway corridor a popular destination for business travelers

very little supply," said David Lewin, general manager of the Hyatt Westlake Plaza. "It’s really just simple economics. Big cities like L.A., San Francisco and New York have lots of supply and right now no demand because the economy’s bad. Here the equation is a little different. There’s a lot of big companies that are still doing very well." Gary […]

Fate of Calabasas oak tree uncertain;

neighbors, city at

Fate of Calabasas oak tree uncertain; neighbors, city at odds over what to do By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer It all started last November. An oak tree was growing over the walkways and onto the roof, according to Scott and Carolyn Scharg, of their newly purchased home in Calabasas. They had the tree trimmed to avoid roof damages. But […]

Gardener who trimmed the tree isn’t liable

If a landscaper cuts down or prunes an oak tree without a permit or if he fails to warn his client that laws may prohibit or limit those procedures, is the gardener accountable for some of the costs of mitigating damage to the tree? Apparently not. The incident in which Scott and Carolyn Scharg pruned an oak tree without a […]