Agoura Hills to discuss big box ballot measure

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer The Agoura Hills City Council will review a ballot measure on Wed., Aug. 6 that would change the zoning on Agoura Road, west of Kanan, to allow for a retail fashion center and department store. The 24-acre site owned by Westlake Village developer Dan Selleck was originally slated for a 140,000 square-foot Home Depot […]

Maintaining his accuracy

Application process begins for Agoura Hills, Westlake council candidates

Now that two city council-women, Louise Rishoff of Agoura Hills and Betty DeSantis of Westlake Village, won’t be seeking reelection this November, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village candidates will get an extra week to submit their application documents. Mon., July 14 was the first day for hopeful challengers to take out nomination papers in both council races. Mayor Chris Mann […]

Family Skate Night

Acorn photographer wins state award for photo page essay

Michael Coons, staff photographer for The Acorn, took second place in a recent California Newspaper Publishers Association award. The recognition came in San Francisco. Coons’ photo page essay took a look at a boot camp for youngsters at risk for joining gangs or of abusing drugs and alcohol. Law enforcement officers acted as drill instructors. The photo page ran last […]

Calabasas cable-TV channel gets first place in three programming categories

Acorn staff writer
also gets honored

Calabasas cable-TV channel gets first place in three programming categories Acorn staff writer also gets honored By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer Calabasas TV, the city’s public access station, recently won the "Overall Excellence" award at the annual Star Awards for SCAN NATOA (Stars of California and Nevada of the National Association of Telecommunications and Advisors). The city brought home […]

Young people learn about helping others

By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer To expose middle and high school students to philanthropy and community involvement, Oak Park residents Brian Johnson and his wife, Mi Sun Cho, along with their daughter, Whitney Cho-Johnson, 16, launched Conejo Student Outreach (CSO) a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization designed specifically to benefit organizations that assist needy children. Their passion for helping others, coupled […]

City councilman isn’t finished with his reforms

Calabasas City Councilman Barry Groveman is continuing his call for reform in city hall. Groveman’s original list of initiatives were mostly approved by fellow councilmembers in April. The city has made several changes, including how it conducts council meetings. Searches are underway for a new city manager and city attorney, and a new planning commission is in place. And Groveman […]

High school exit exam shelved for now

Time, costs
cited as reasons

Time, costs cited as reasons By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer Juniors and seniors in the Oak Park and Las Virgenes unified school districts won’t have to take the California High School Exit Exam after all. The state Board of Education voted last week to delay the controversial exit exam until 2006 because fewer students were passing the test than […]

City of Agoura Hills employees to get raises, better benefits

The Agoura Hills City Council approved a resolution last week to increase the salaries and benefits of city employees. The move implements the second of a two-year agreement with city staff to provide pay raises and improve medical benefits. Employees received a 4 percent salary hike last year. Under the new resolution, they’ll receive an additional 3 percent raise this […]