Westlake Village City Council says no to Boys, Girls Clubs

By Gregory Koteles Acorn Staff Writer Westlake Village residents will have to wait for a community center and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Conejo Valley/Las Virgenes must wait for a new facility along the 101 Freeway corridor after the Westlake Village City Council turned down a proposed joint venture between the nonprofit organization and the city—at least for now. […]

Scandinavians celebrate Autumnfest

Kids might not like it, but soda, junk food might be leaving local middle schools earlier than expected

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer Several members of the Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) Board of Education say they don’t want to wait until 2004 for the state’s new anti-junk food law to go into effect. They want soda and candy removed from middle schools by next year, if not sooner. Senate Bill 19 prohibits the sale of […]

New technology brings classrooms much closer to home, parents

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer One day last spring, principal Craig Ritter of University Park Elementary School in Irvine learned that an attempted kidnapping had just taken place in his community. Police told the Irvine school district to put students, faculty and staff on immediate alert, and within minutes Ritter had sent a telephone message to the parents of […]

Hand-in-hand for peace

Incentives available to purchasers of vehicles that use alternative fuels or are hybrids

The California Energy Commission, in partnership with the manufacturers of Ford and Honda vehicles and the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) has launched its Efficient Vehicle Incentive Program. It will promote the use of efficient gasoline and alternative fueled vehicles, which emit fewer air pollutants. According to Mike Villegas, air pollution control officer of the Ventura County APCD, […]

White doves bring peace following events of 9-11

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer Janice Lee, a Calabasas City Councilwoman who operates a private dove rental service, took part in ceremonies last week in which 911 of the white birds were released at Lake Hollywood Park near the Hollywood sign. Lee’s contribution to the KIIS FM-sponsored event was 40 doves. Lee has "flown" her birds for about 15 […]

Birds fly locally, too

One day after Sept. 11, doves of peace flew over Las Virgenes. Owner Janice Lee, who operates a local dove rental service, released the birds at a ceremony last week honoring the heroes and victims of 9-11. Lee is a councilwoman in Calabasas. The Agoura/Oak Park/Las Virgenes Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event during a mixer at the Adobe Cantina. […]

Calabasas plans for cultural festival

The second annual Calabasas Cultural Festival at Old Town, presented by the Calabasas Arts Council, will be celebrated from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Oct. 5 at the Leonis Adobe Museum, 23537 Calabasas Road. The free event will feature exhibitions, dance, music and art. Attendees will celebrate the city’s historic past as the "Last of the Old West" on […]

Garden without chemicals

Thousand Oaks resident James Nichols will lead a "Community Forum on Growing Without the Use of Chemicals" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 21 at Soka University, 26800 W. Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. Nichols been engaged in the study of creating a successful, environmentally-friendly agricultural industry without chemicals for 20 years. He has written articles on the subject, personally lobbied […]