Westlake Village mulls over plan to allow housing at former hospital site

By Gregory Koteles Acorn Staff Writer The Westlake City Council agreed to postpone until its Dec. 11 meeting a decision about whether to alter the zoning of the Westlake Outpatient Center to allow "special needs housing" in order to bring the city into compliance with state housing laws. The proposal would change the city’s land use plan to authorize a […]

‘Look at it go, dad!’

‘Look at it go, dad!’

High profile figures to help in fight against Jewish school

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer A high-powered attorney and the consultant who helped defeat Home Depot in Agoura Hills have been retained by the Old Agoura Homeowners’ Association to fight the proposed Heschel West School. Al Abrams, the San Fernando Valley-based consultant who led a successful petition drive and public campaign against Home Depot last March, called the 165,000 […]

Oak Park water found to be tainted again

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer For the second time this year, officials with the California Department of Health Services said that Oak Park drinking water temporarily failed to meet state standards concerning bacteria levels. While the department called the presence of total coliform in the water "a possible health concern," they said there was no public health hazard. One […]

Local, state officials want cleaner water in Malibu Creek

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer The season’s first rain fell two weeks ago. It swelled the local creeks and purged months of stagnated water from the Malibu Creek watershed. In addition to the start of the rainy season, November also marks the beginning of a five-month period each year when the Tapia Water Reclamation Facility in Calabasas is permitted […]

Bogus solicitors collected cash for DARE, cops say

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer You may have given money to the sheriff’s department’s DARE program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and actually fed the pocketbooks of illegal solicitors. The Thousand Oaks Police Department has received several reports of bogus solicitors canvassing local neighborhoods, asking residents to donate money to the program that tries to keep kids off drugs and […]

Westlake holiday boutique raises funds for charity

Special to The Acorn

The sky is clear, the temperature is in the 70s and there are gingerbread men tethered to green and red balloons. It’s November, so this must be Southern California. It certainly was, and the Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club was hosting their annual Holiday Boutique inside Calvary Community Church of Westlake on a pleasantly warm weekend. The boutique was open […]

Holiday season just around the corner

The annual community tree lighting ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 22 at The Promenade shopping center, at the corner of Westlake and Thousand Oaks blvds., Westlake Village. The tree is a 65-ft. white fir from Mt. Shasta that’s been adorned with thousands of lights and ornaments for the holiday season. A special crane was used to settle […]

Decorate galore

A holiday display of 22 different types of decorated Christmas trees, "Christmas Around the World," will be presented from Sat., Nov. 23 through Sun., Jan. 5 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. The trees have been decorated to represent cultures and traditions from around the world, and the display will be accompanied by […]

Medical community views local ophthamologist in high regard

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer When corrective eye surgery first became popular in the 1980s, ophthalmologist Arthur Hurt had a vision for the future and it didn’t include radial keratotomy. The controversial procedure to improve nearsighted vision called for radial cuts to be made into the patient’s cornea, but Hurt, a graduate of Stanford and George Washington University Medical […]