Oak Park Unified may call for a parcel tax to offset state budget cuts

By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer Recognizing that to make money, you sometimes must spend money, Oak Park Unified School District’s budget committee recently decided unanimously to hire a professional service firm to explore the possibility of calling for a parcel tax in Oak Park. OPUSD has begun soliciting proposals to various qualified research firms which specialize in surveying communities. […]

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New Calabasas middle school could open on time —if the city decides to help

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer The Calabasas City Council will decide on Wed., April 30 at its regular meeting if the city will provide $375,000 up front as part of a joint-use agreement with Las Virgenes Unified School District to complete construction of Alice C. Stelle Middle School in Calabasas so it can open as planned this fall. LVUSD […]

Community responds to police shooting of 19-year-old man

By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer Lutheran Social Services (LSS) called together a community forum Monday night at United Methodist Church in Thousand Oaks to discuss the recent shooting of a 19-year-old homeless man, James McDonough Daniels. The purpose was to reduce the chances of a similar incident recurring. On April 8, Ventura County deputies were summoned to the vicinity […]

Black student at CHS a victim of racism

Black student at CHS a victim of racism By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer Ferrari Brown, an African-American student at Calabasas High School, thought it was ironic that Americans should be sacrificing their lives to prevent oppression in Iraq when hatred and racism are still alive and well in the U.S. She speaks from experience, having been a recent victim […]

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‘No Child Left Behind’ a priority in LVUSD

‘No Child Left Behind’ a priority in LVUSD By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer The federal "No Child Left Behind" Education Act of 2001—with its demand for greater school accountability, more effective teaching and better opportunity for disadvantaged students—is starting to make inroads at Las Virgenes Unified School District, according to officials. Administrators will submit a detailed plan June 1 […]

Bid for basketball league sparks resentment

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer Youth sports leagues in Conejo Valley/Las Virgenes have struggled for years to find adequate practice facilities. Some sports have it easier than others. In a pinch, baseball and soccer teams can always practice on the nearest open field. Basketball, on the other hand, requires courts, backboards and hoops. Representatives of AYBA (Agoura Youth Basketball […]

Moorpark College a viable option for some high school seniors

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Stress began for high school seniors in December and it will continue until May 1, which is "D" day for college decisions. Students who applied on Nov.1 for "early acceptance" to one university (who also agreed to attend, if accepted) were notified Dec. 15. Their worries are over. Those who applied after Nov. 1 for "early decision" applied to a […]

Committees need T.O. residents

Committees need T.O. residents The city of Thousand Oaks is seeking residents interested in contributing their talents toward shaping their community by serving on the following committees. Applicants must be city residents. Four vacancies are on the Community Funding Review Committee, which meets as needed to review endowment funding requests (community events, sports facilities and community enhancement) and make recommendations […]