Election in Calabasas begins to take shape

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer It’s a New Year and several candidates are challenging for seats on the Calabasas City Council. Voters will also decide the fate of the city’s utility tax. The upcoming Tues. March 4 election will decide two open city council seats for registered Calabasas voters to fill and a measure that will retain or repeal […]

Santa Ana gusts impede firefighters


WINTER WINDS FUEL FLAMES––Flames engulf a sports utility vehicle that was parked on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) during Monday’s Malibu fire. The blaze was driven by Santa Ana winds and it caused road closures on Kanan and PCH. It was eventully brought under control.

Glut of office space now exists in Conejo/Las Virgenes

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer The vacancy rate for Conejo Valley office buildings reached multi-year highs as 2002 came to an end, but with less new construction in the pipeline and a little luck with the economy, the area’s sagging commercial real estate market could improve next year, local experts say. Vacancies—the main barometer for real estate health—increased to […]

Housing services for senior citizens a big business here

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer Assisted living for the elderly has become big business in Conejo Valley/Las Virgenes. Sunrise Assisted Living recently announced an 85-suite senior home will be built this year in Westlake Village. Just over a year ago, Agoura Hills Senior Retreat opened a facility for elderly residents, including many with Alzheimer’s disease. According to medical reports, […]

Ready for WAGS

Chamber to swear in new board members

New officers for the Agoura/Oak Park/Las Virgenes Chamber of Commerce will be sworn in at the group’s annual installation luncheon on Tues., Jan. 28. The 11:30 a.m. event at the Renaissance Hotel in Agoura Hills will feature the notable Erin Brockovich as guest speaker. The cost is $25 per person and reservations must be made by 5 p.m. Thurs., Jan. […]

You can take steps to reduce vulnerability to identify theft

Experts estimate that more than a half-million Americans have their identities stolen by thieves each year. In many cases victims are left with ruined credit histories, angry creditors and a sense of being violated. To help consumers protect themselves from identity theft, a company called PrivacyGuard (www.privacyguard.com) offers this list of tips. •Review credit reports from each of the three […]

New guide tries to prevent abuse of senior citizens

The California Attorney General’s Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse (BMFEA) and Crime and Violence Prevention Center (CVPC) and the American Association of Retired People (AARP) recently announced the release of a comprehensive consumer guide to help Californians protect their elderly relatives and friends. The booklet, "A Citizen’s Guide to Preventing and Reporting Elder Abuse," provides helpful hints on […]

Santa Ana winds hit the Southland

GONE WITH THE WIND––This eucalyptus tree was uprooted at 4:30 a.m. during the raging Santa Ana winds Monday on Hillrise Drive in Agoura Hills. While the tree damaged the house and won’t be providing any future shade, it left a large supply of firewood. Some parts of Southern California lost electricity as power lines were grounded by the strong gusts. […]

Calabasas offers sites for safe disposal of batteries

Household batteries contain heavy metals, which can be harmful to the environment. Recycling batteries saves natural resources, diverts heavy metals from entering local landfills and protects the environment for future generations. Here are locations for Calabasas residents to drop off used household batteries: City Hall, 26135 Mureau Road; Calabasas/Agoura Hills Community Center, 27040 Malibu Hills Road; and Calabasas Tennis and […]