2003-03-27

Debate gets hot over Heschel West School plan



By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer An overflow crowd of more than 300 people listened to passionate testimony Monday on the new Heschel West School in Los Angeles County, a 165,000 square-foot Jewish day school being planned for the vacant hills just east of Old Agoura. The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District headquarters in Calabasas, where the hearing was located, […]

Calabasas, LVUSD join together to seek state library grant



By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer The Calabasas City Council will take another shot at capturing a state library grant in the amount of $8.3 million now that Las Virgenes Unified School District has agreed to participate in a joint-use project. The city of Calabasas initially applied last June for the grant—offered by California’s Office of Library Construction as a […]

Traffic problems continue to plague local schools

Part I of three parts

By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer Part I of three parts For parents who find themselves caught in a web of cars when dropping off or picking up kids at school, here’s a simple tip from a school principal that’s guaranteed to untangle the snare once and for all: Wait 15 minutes. At Westlake Elementary school, parents are encouraged to […]

Local citizens can show their support to troops overseas



By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer As the war with Iraq heads into its third week, local groups and organizations are stepping up their plans to deliver care packages to the troops and sailors abroad. Among the efforts, Conejo Valley Republican Women Federated said it plans to send one package a month to the U.S. forces. The first box to […]

Band dispute causes cacophony at Agoura High School



By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer The recent decision to fire first-year music instructor Brandon Young at Agoura High School has rankled some of the school’s parents, but officials say the move was necessary to make way for further growth in the music program and accommodate a new marching band which could take the field as early as next fall. […]

War cancels CHS music trip to New York



Uncertainty due to war in Iraq forced Calabasas High School to cancel last week’s music trip to New York, but administrators say they’re planning an alternative trip for the music students. A total of 119 members of the Calabasas High Wind Ensemble, Jazz "A" Band and Women’s Choir were scheduled to compete in the prestigious New York Heritage Festival from […]

NPS plays role in protecting environment



As a part of its sustainability program, National Park Service (NPS) has added electrical vehicles to its fleet. Five low-speed vehicles and two pickup trucks will become part of the scientific research, education and maintenance programs at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA). The five "Think" vehicles were donated to NPS by the Ford Motor Corporation in partnership with […]

Due to high costs, seniors seek lower prescription prices

Special to The Acorn

The high price of prescribed medicines is motivating senior citizens to look for cheaper drugs. Seniors on Medicare not covered for prescription drugs do have alternatives. Under provisions of a California Senate bill, California Medicare beneficiaries can use any Medi-Cal participating pharmacy to purchase drugs at the state discounted Medi-Cal rate, plus a 15 cent processing fee for each prescription. […]

Calabasas pays tribute to deputies, volunteers



By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer The moment Joann Piszker observed two men prowling near her neighbor’s home, she knew something was amiss. A short while later Piszker saw one of the men exit the Calabasas residence with what appeared to be stolen goods, but she had already placed a 911 call to the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station and within […]

Officials worry over fragile state budget



By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer California will face a "significant" cash flow problem that will require the government to borrow at least $10 billion by June, the state’s legislative analyst told officials at a briefing in Agoura Hills last week. As they scramble to shore up the state’s $28 billion budget deficit, lawmakers fear they’ll have to turn to […]