Las Virgenes School District sets goals for coming year

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer Keeping students in synch as they go from grade to grade isn’t as easy as it sounds, but California’s four-year-old movement toward a standardized curriculum makes the task easier, according to local school officials . The statewide content standards put into place in 1998 spell out in detail the subject matter that students need […]

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Red Ribbon Week arrives in Oak Park Unified Schools

Red Ribbon Week arrives in Oak Park Unified Schools By Gregory Koteles Acorn Staff Writer Seventeen years ago, Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, an undercover agent working for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Mexico, was brutally tortured and murdered when he got too close to identifying the kingpins of the Mexican drug cartel. In memory of the slain Camarena, people of […]

Don’t forget to change clocks on Sunday

Daylight-saving time officially ends at 2 a.m. this Sun., Oct. 27 when all clocks should be turned back one hour. Standard time will remain in effect until the first Sunday in April. Computers and newer TVs, VCRs and some appliances make the change automatically. But many don’t. The adjustment seems easier in the fall because of the "extra hour" of […]


Newly planted palm trees line the freeway greenbelts near Parkway Calabasas. MICHAEL COONS/The Acorn

101 Freeway landscaping project begins in Calabasas

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer Since 1998, Calabasas has planned to improve its appearance along the 101 Freeway. Shooting for eye-catching esthetics, the city recently launched its Gateway Calabasas Landscaping Project by installing trees along the freeway greenbelts. The Gateway Landscaping Project will cost about $750,000. But the city of Calabasas only spent about $200,000. The New Millennium project […]

Candidate wants to keep water rates down

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) reduced water rates by 10 percent last year, but other charges are in danger of going up unless the district’s board of directors keeps its no-rate-increase majority in place, according to board candidate Marcus Allen Frishman. Frishman, a Calabasas resident, is running against longtime incumbent Glen Peterson in […]

Pumpkin Fest is a smash

Calabasas event returns to Paramount Ranch
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Calabasas event returns to Paramount Ranch By Gregory Koteles Acorn Staff Writer Paramount Ranch was decked out in orange this weekend for the 10th anniversary Calabasas Pumpkin Festival. After being canceled in 2001 because of inadequate funding, the two-day event returned this year in full force. Organized by the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce, the festival featured games, music, shows, special […]


Miah Pungrchar, 8, of Simi Valley competes in the pie eating contest during the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival over the weekend at Paramount Ranch in rural Agoura. It was a fundraiser for the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce and other organizations. More than 11,000 attended. MICHAEL COONS/The Acorn

Senior group celebrates 20 years

By Gregory Koteles Acorn Staff Writer OASIS, the national education organization for older adults, founded by Marylen Mann and Margie Wolcott May of the May Co., celebrated its 20th anniversary on Saturday with an event at Pierce College in Woodland Hills. About 75 people turned out to talk about the organization and its future and just to gather and socialize. […]