2003-05-29

Budget to balance in Agoura Hills, but future isn’t rosy



By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer Agoura Hills presented a balanced budget to the city council last week, but officials warned that trouble for the city could lie ahead if the state’s financial woes continue. Agoura Hills will be able to increase general fund spending by $1 million to $12.38 million, according to the preliminary budget—without tapping into the city’s […]

American servicemen, women remembered



Calabasas councilmembers discuss process for selecting city’s planning commissioners



By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer A new Calabasas Planning Commission is forming and the city council last week discussed the process. According to City Councilman Barry Groveman, he wants the selection process to involve discussion among his peers and he wants it more open to the public. Councilmembers recently approved an initiative that said all library and planning commissioners […]

National Charity League’s debutantes



101 Freeway expansion put on hold



By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer A government steering committee working on plans to reduce congestion on the 101 Freeway shelved a $3.4 billion proposal last week to add new lanes from Thousand Oaks to Studio City and instead will recommend a series of cheaper, short-term projects that would improve the streets and ramps surrounding the freeway. At its June […]

James Henderson memorial service set for Saturday



By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer "Dapper gentleman" and devoted founder of the city, James Henderson will be remembered this Saturday in a memorial service at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Westlake Village. Henderson passed way last week following a long respiratory illness. He was 88. The May 31 service begins at 2 p.m. and the church is at 32111 Watergate […]

Bill to reduce identity theft clears Assembly



Consumers will have added identity theft protection under a bill passed recently by the California Assembly. It was introduced by state Assemblywoman Fran Pavley (D-Woodland Hills). AB-1610 would require credit lenders to verify that information on credit applications, such as name and Social Security number, matches what’s in the consumers’ credit report. Current law only requires that the address be […]

Businesses are sick over escalating healthcare costs



By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer The high cost of prescription medicines? Fear of malpractice suits? Out-of-control managed care? —Maybe just good old-fashioned price gouging by insurance companies. Whatever the explanation, the cost of healthcare in America has spiked sharply in recent years. Insurance premiums rose at a 13 percent clip last year compared to worker salaries (which were up […]

Portion of 101 Freeway might be named after 101st Airborne



The California Assembly has approved state Assemblyman Tony Strickland’s (R-Westlake Village) resolution to dedicate a portion of the 101 Freeway through Ventura County in honor of the U.S. Army’s historic 101st Airborne Division. Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 54 (ACR-54) passed on a 68-0 vote and now moves to the state Senate. The resolution would rename the thoroughfare in Ventura County […]

Turning restrictions at Bay Laurel Elementary to get a trial period



By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer A vehicle accident near Bay Laurel Elementary School in Calabasas that left a fourth-grade boy with severe injuries last year motivated many residents to call for traffic measures. The Calabasas City Council last week approved new turning restrictions at the Parkway Calabasas and Paseo Primario intersection. The new laws are in effect during peak […]