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 […]

Bugs are big business for this Hollywood entomologist

Special to The Acorn

In Hollywood, movies are big business, but for Steve Kutcher, motion pictures are "bug business." Since 1976, the Arcadia entomologist has provided all manner of bugs for moviemakers looking for that next set of six to eight perfect legs or that special sparkle of multifaceted eyes. Kutcher’s insects and spiders have been featured in 75 feature films and hundreds of […]

Westlake Women’s Club shows its appreciation

Group says thanks to deputies

Westlake Women’s Club will honor the Thousand Oaks Police Department, East Valley Sheriff’s personnel and volunteers with an appreciation day event at 2 p.m. Mon., May 5 in the community meeting room at East Valley Sheriff’s Station, 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. The dessert reception will be the club’s way of "expressing to them our appreciation for their courage […]

Student to attend People to People Leadership forum

Michael Westerband, 13, a seventh grader at Lindero Canyon Middle School in Agoura Hills, recently attended the People to People World Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. to earn school credit while exploring some of the nation’s most prominent monuments and institutions. He was nominated and accepted for the honor based on outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement and leadership potential. From […]

‘Sidekick’ is title of associate pastor’s message

‘Sidekick’ is title of associate pastor’s message "Sidekick" will be the title of the message Associate Pastor Sunny Pak will give at the 8, 9 and 10:30 a.m. worship services on Sun., May 4 at United Methodist Church, 1049 Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. Special music will be included in each service. Bishop Mary Ann Swenson will speak to the congregation […]

Residents encouraged to reach into their pocketbooks and help LVUSD

Residents encouraged to reach into their pocketbooks and help LVUSD A couple of weeks ago, Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) sent out a letter to all residents in the school district’s boundaries, outlining the budget crisis our schools face and asking for donations to offset the projected $3 million shortfall. Potential cuts include the delay of the opening of […]

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 […]

Sweet fundraiser set for YMCA

The Triunfo YMCA, with the help of Trader Joe’s in Westlake Village, will host its sixth annual Pancake Breakfast Carnival from 7 to 11 a.m. Sat., May 3 at Oak Canyon Park in Oak Park. Tickets may be purchased for $4 either through participants in the YMCA’s Indian Guides & Princesses, Trailblazer, Y-Papoose programs, at the Triunfo YMCA office, or […]

National Women’s

Health Week
promotes service, advice

Health Week promotes service, advice By setting aside a few days to focus on their health, women may find ways to add a few years to their lives. A great time to start is during National Women’s Health Week, observed this year from May 11 to 17. One of the most important steps you can take for better health is […]

LCMS student is an L.A. County History Day winner

LCMS student is an L.A. County History Day winner Lindero Canyon Middle School (LCMS) eighth-grade student Alexandra Shall is a Los Angeles County History Day 2003 winner in the Junior Historical Paper Division. Alexandra’s winning paper is "Patients and Physicians: The Rights and Responsibilities in This Complex Relationship." Shall is one of two students who will represent L. A. County […]