2003-06-05

Las Virgenes Unified School District begins to make budget cutbacks



By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer Gov. Gray Davis hopes that a combination of higher cigarette, vehicle and retail sales taxes in the revised state budget will help prevent massive cuts in education, but Las Virgenes school officials said they’ve still been forced to lop more than $2.8 million from local classrooms to make ends meet. "People are feeling these […]

Jumping for fun



Oak Park High School called 95th best in U.S. by Newsweek magazine

Acorn Staff Writer

Oak Park High School called 95th best in U.S. by Newsweek magazine By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer Oak Park High School (OPHS) should be full of pride after being ranked No. 95 in last week’s issue of Newsweek magazine on its list of the 100 best high schools in America. Jay Matthews, who wrote the Newsweek article, is an […]

Young artists know how to save water



Motorist arrested in connection with fatal car wreck



By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer Police arrested Diane Shakov at her Agoura Hills home on Monday in connection with the May 1 traffic accident that took the life of a Westlake High School student. Shakov, 31, was booked at the main jail in Ventura for gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Both charges […]

July 4 mishap last year causes more precautions for Calabasas fireworks



By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer Two pyrotechnic operators were injured last year during the Calabasas Independence Day fireworks display at Calabasas High School. While there was no evidence of negligence, the city has taken additional safety measures for this year’s event, according to city officials. Last year’s show was cut short when one firework detonated prematurely near the ground […]

Two take posts with Boys and Girls Clubs



Boys and Girls Clubs of Conejo and Las Virgenes has announced the appointment of two new members of the board of governors, Jim Cathcart and John Scardino. Cathcart serves on the board of the Global Energy Network Institute, is co-founder of MentorU.com and CEO of Cathcart Institute, Inc., a research and education firm specializing in sales training and executive development. […]

Pavley to host Prop. 40 workshop tomorrow in Agoura Hills



Pavley to host Prop. 40 workshop tomorrow in Agoura Hills State Assemblywoman Fran Pavley (D-Woodland Hills) will host a Prop. 40 workshop for cities, school districts and non-profits (501c3) that provide recreational services from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. tomorrow, Fri., June 6 at Agoura Hills City Hall, 30001 Ladyface Ct., Agoura Hills. A state parks representative will discuss eligibility […]

Pacific Coast Highway safety bill approved



Pacific Coast Highway safety bill approved by state Assembly The California state Assembly recently approved AB-1009, a bill authored by state Assemblywoman Fran Pavley (D-Woodland Hills) that designates a stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) through Malibu as a Safety Enhancement Double-Fine Zone. The bill also requires Caltrans to consider various roadway conditions when determining the speed limit for […]

District fundraising getting close to $1 million



District fundraising getting close to $1 million The Las Virgenes Educational Foundation announced that nearly $900,000 has been raised as of June 1, 2003 toward mitigating the $2.8 million dollar budget crisis facing the Las Virgenes Unified School District for the 2003/04 school year. Nearly $500,000 has come in from direct donations from parents, administrators, elected officials, teachers, companies, homeowners […]