Oak Park hires new superintendent

Oak Park hires new superintendent By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer The Board of Education of Oak Park Unified School District (OPUSD) conducted a special meeting Monday night to announce its unanimous vote to hire Gary G. Richards, Ed.D, as OPUSD superintendent. Richards was chosen as the finalist of 24 applicants, four of which were interviewed on April 19 by […]

Improvement of Kanan interchange will hurt profits of eateries, business owners say

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer The city of Agoura Hills recently completed its environmental impact study for the $25 million Kanan Road interchange improvement, and while nobody has spoken out in direct opposition to the much-needed project, several local merchants continue to complain that the new configuration of on-ramps and off-ramps will hurt their businesses. The three-year construction project […]

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Acorn reporter wins writing award

Acorn reporter wins writing award Acorn staff writer John Loesing has won a California Teachers Association John Swett Media Excellence Merit Award for his 2002 story about autistic students in Las Virgenes Unified School District. Loesing’s story dealt with the challenges facing students and administrators as special education demands continue to grow in public schools. Named after John Swett, the […]

Calabasas looks at future transportation needs

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer The Calabasas Traffic and Transportation Commission discussed at a recent meeting the future of public transportation in the city. Calabasas was awarded in August a grant of about $795,000, according to Calabasas Assistant Transportation Planner Tom Gdala, and the city is starting to use it. "We’re looking to get some new buses to replace […]

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Local residents taught to live in harmony with nature

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer Residents who live close to woods or open space expect special visitors from time to time: rattlesnakes, possums, even coyotes. Some people have even reported bobcats and mountain lions. To help Southern Californians live in harmony with the wild animals, a coalition of public wildlife agencies announced a program last week called "Living on […]

Compromise sought in local water bill dispute

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer Just about every homeowner thinks that he or she is drowning in utilities, but Peter Grossman of Hidden Hills has a $3,700 water bill to show for his troubles. The large bill stems from a leak in one of the high-pressure pipes below his home, but Grossman complained to Las Virgenes Municipal Water District […]

Ventura County CEO discusses budget woes

By Heather Milo Acorn Staff Writer The county budget was the subject when Johnny Johnston, Ventura County CEO, recently visited the Thousand Oaks/Westlake Chamber of Commerce during its monthly government relations committee meeting. Johnston said the state deficit is about $40 billion, about one-third of the state budget. "Until the state speaks, we don’t really know where we are," he […]

To alleviate traffic at Calabasas High School, the drop-off, loading zone will be expanded

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer Calabasas will extend a drop-off and loading zone in front of Calabasas High School on Mulholland Highway to stop a double-parking problem. The larger zone might also reduce incidents of students congregating and littering in nearby neighborhoods while waiting to be picked up from school. Local neighbors had complained about the situation. The traffic […]