Supervisors approve Ahmanson Ranch, 4-1

Supervisors approve Ahmanson Ranch, 4-1 By John Loesing and Greg Koteles Acorn Staff Writers By John Loesing and Greg Koteles Acorn Staff Writers Ahmanson Ranch got a timely present from politicians last week. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 just before Christmas to approve the first phase of the controversial housing project. But the 715 homes approved just […]

Community mourns loss of Gensley

Longtime resident passes away

The Calabasas community was saddened to hear about the Dec. 15 passing of longtime resident John Gensley, 94. Known for his active participation in local affairs and ready desire to volunteer his time, Gensley will be missed. Gensley purchased his home in rural Calabasas 60 years ago from the children of original homesteaders. Orion Ranch near Mulholland Highway grew from […]

Paying a visit to senior citizens

Loretta Krier of Thousand Oaks was among the members of Assistance League of the San Fernando Valley who visited residents of Wilshire Retirement Center to bring holiday cheer, refreshments and entertainment through the League’s SMILE (Senior Multi-Interest Leisure Enrichment) program. Members provided festive cookies, cider and a box of chocolates for each resident. The Chansonettes Women’s Chorus sang favorite holiday […]

Girls’ tennis team at Calabasas takes championship

Acorn Sports Writer

The Calabasas girls’ tennis team won its fifth California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) championship in school history this season. It was especially impressive because it came after the Coyotes advanced to Division I, and it was all the more special because it came in the final season of the 14-year tenure of coach Bill Bellaty. "It’s always special, but the key […]

Three AHS students are stand-up citizens

I would like to thank three Agoura High School (AHS) students for their ability to listen, understand and take action. At a site council meeting recently, our principal, Mr. (Larry) Misel, and I had the opportunity to explain the crippling effect that the exorbitant cost of Special Education has had on the Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) budget to […]

Agoura Hills gets money to restore Reyes Adobe

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer The long-awaited renovation of the Reyes Adobe landmark in Agoura Hills can move forward thanks to a $400,000 grant the city received last week. Ever since the city acquired the 200-year-old Adobe in 1983, the property on Rainbow Crest Drive has been closed to the public due to lack of funds. But the grant, […]

Tree planting takes root across America

Movement branches out

Trees are branching out all across America, 10 million of them. You’ve probably seen one without realizing it, in a park or along a beautifully landscaped highway. In fact, if the National Tree Trust lined up all the trees it planted since 1990, they would stretch from New York City to Los Angeles and back. To celebrate the National Tree […]

Teen artists sought for Ventura County summer training program

The Ventura County Arts Council’s annual student recruitment drive for the California State Summer School for the Arts has begun. From July 12 through Aug. 9, a group of high school students will receive intensive training from professionals in music, theatre, video and film, visual arts, dance, creative writing and animation at Cal Arts in Valencia. All interested students, their […]

Westlake boys off to fast start with new varsity hoops’ coach

By Wayne Harrison Acorn Staff Writer The Westlake boys’ basketball team has a new head coach in Tom Donahue, who previously coached at Santa Paula for 12 years after having coached in Pennsylvania where Donahue has a junior college championship to his credit. "I saw the opening here and I decided to apply for a new challenge, an interesting new […]

Budget cuts could be disastrous for public education

Budget cuts could be disastrous for public education Huge cuts in education funding would destroy the academic progress of California students and cause an "education recession" that could hurt our public schools and our state for years to come, according to Wayne Johnson, president of the 330,000-member California Teachers Association (CTA). "Recent investments in public education have been paying off," […]