Fashion mall will be considered for Agoura Hills

Former rivals join forces to give the city a high-end retail center

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer A 24-acre site in Agoura Hills, once the battleground for a proposed Home Depot store, could be the location for a new upscale fashion mall with Neiman Marcus as a possible anchor, according to the project’s developer. Last year, voters passed a ballot measure that limited "big box" retail stores in Agoura Hills to […]

Calabasas to get a new city manager by January

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer Calabasas will have a new city manager by January. Calabasas Mayor Pro Tem Michael Harrison made that announcement during last week’s city council meeting. In a follow-up interview last week, Harrison said he couldn’t give details for legal reasons. Councilmembers—excluding City Councilwoman Lesley Devine who was absent that day—discussed the issue in closed session […]


State asks about buying Ahmanson, developer says talks are premature

State asks about buying Ahmanson, developer says talks are premature Washington Mutual confirmed Tuesday that talks are underway with state officials regarding a possible sale of the Ahmanson Ranch development. The state would convert the property into protected open space or use it for the public good. Washington Mutual and former ranch owner Home Savings of America have maintained for […]

Voters will be asked to reach into their billfolds in November

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer The budget crunch in Sacramento has prompted local officials to consider several new tax measures for the ballot this fall. Taxpayers will be paying not only an increase in their vehicle license fee, but also local homeowners will face the prospects of two new parcel taxes to help cover the cost of schools and […]

Soka hosts annual folk music festival

City councilwoman won’t seek reelection, but her brother will run

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer Longtime Agoura Hills City Councilwoman Louise Rishoff has announced she’ll not seek reelection this November, but Steve Rishoff, her brother, plans to run instead. Rishoff spent 16 years on the city council and retires as the longest-serving member in Agoura Hills’ 20-year history. Having a family member succeed her would be a first for […]

New Dial-A-Ride service starts next week

Effective Tues., July 1, Laidlaw Transit Services, Inc. will provide Dial-A-Ride service for the city of Agoura Hills. Hours of operation will continue to be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Fares will remain the same. Dial-A-Ride will cover the same service area. The only noticeable difference will be the new 2003 […]

Calabasas cuts budget by $4 million

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer Last June, when the Calabasas City Council approved the city’s budget for this fiscal year ending June 30, the balance of the general fund, the city’s primary account, was expected to be up $1.5 million. Instead, the city is short $3 million, according to Calabasas Mayor Pro Tem Michael Harrison and City Councilman Barry […]

Oak Park man arrested for bouncing checks

Ventura County District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced recently the arrest of Alexander William Cooperman, 51, of Oak Park on charges of passing checks with nonsufficient funds (NSF) and violating the terms of his probation on a previous conviction for passing bad checks. The charges were initiated following the completion of a six-month investigation by the District Attorney’s Bureau of […]