L.A. mayor announces his opposition to Ahmanson

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn has joined the battle against the Ahmanson Ranch project north of Calabasas in Ventura County. He criticized Washington Mutual’s 3,050-unit development at a town hall meeting at Taft High School in Woodland Hills last Saturday. The anti-Ahmanson rally was to begin at 11 a.m., but most people didn’t show […]

Steady as he goes

Residents of Agoura Hills may face a tougher law on eyesores, landscaping

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer Tired of scruffy homes and sloppy yards, Agoura Hills officials drafted a new property maintenance ordinance they hope will keep the city’s neighborhoods looking consistently sharp. If approved by the planning commission and city council, the ordinance would streamline existing laws and make prosecution easier against those who neglect their property. "We have to […]

Calabasas council may be showing signs of progress, facilitator says

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer The Calabasas City Council met as a group on Monday with facilitators to enhance its organizational performance. Delia and Arnie Horwitz of Business Relationship Consultants in Beverly Hills said the council is making progress. The Acorn reported last week that the meeting would take place on Tuesday at city hall. The meeting instead took […]

Riding high

Target date set for Oak Park Library

Oak Park could have its new library by early April, according to Cindy Vinson, a member of the Oak Park Unified School District School Board. Bids for completing the unfinished structure have been solicited from four contractors with experience in "pick up" construction projects, and the bidding period is scheduled to close at the end of October. Officials from the […]

State Water Project visitors confront wildlife, other important issues

Two-day tour examines water delivery system

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer Sound water management practices will be needed to prevent another salmon die-off like the one that occurred recently at the Klamath River in Northern California, environmentalists and public officials warn. Critics blame the death of more than 20,000 Chinook salmon on low river flows caused by the federal government’s policy of diverting water to […]

Calabasas carves out Pumpkin Festival plans

Salute to the

Salute to the ‘Calabaza’ will be Oct. 19, 20 The Calabasas Chamber of Commerce Pumpkin Festival returns to Paramount Ranch, a site in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. Oct. 19 and Sun., Oct. 20. The ranch’s well-known Western town movie set will be home to such activities as pumpkin seed-spitting and […]

Painted Turtle builds for kids’ futures

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer Construction on The Painted Turtle, the sixth of Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camps for seriously ill children, is now underway at Lake Hughes, Calif., veteran record producer and project spokesperson Lou Adler said. Adler and his wife, Page, say that by building one of the camps locally they’ll continue Newman’s longstanding […]

Fundraiser to help OPHS hoops

The Oak Park Girls Basketball Program will present "Hoops ‘N Motion," a fundraising event to secure a shooting machine for the Oak Park High School girls’ and boys’ basketball programs, from 4 to 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 13 in the school gymnasium, 899 N. Kanan Road, Oak Park. The event will feature "the Singing Basketball Coach" Lindsay Strothers, the Oak […]