LVUSD fails yearly progress criteria because of low student participation

By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn Staff Writer Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) failed to meet the 95 percent participation benchmark for the 2003 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program, resulting in a "no pass" grade in this year’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Phase I Report. Although all of the schools within LVUSD far surpassed the minimum academic standards, the participation […]

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Calabasas landscape districts out of cash–again

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer The upkeep of greenbelts and common areas in Calabasas faces an uncertain future. Portions of property owners’ tax dollars in Calabasas are earmarked for landscape districts, which help maintain greenbelts in the city. But the landscape districts will soon run out of money—again. In the past, city staff has transferred funds from the general […]

Local districts react to Woodland Hills school shooting

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer The recent gang-related shooting in front of Taft High School in nearby Woodland Hills that left three students critically wounded has put local school and law enforcement officials on their toes. Gang-related shootings don’t happen in Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Oak Park and Westlake Village, according to local authorities, but the area isn’t immune to […]

School district forced into budget revision

By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn Staff Writer Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) has dipped below its 3 percent required reserve to 2.9 percent, with current projections showing deficit spending of $1.2 million. Ordinarily, a drop below the required reserve could open the door to state oversight, but with California having its own budget nightmare, legislators have waived the 3 percent […]

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Foundation hands $575,000 to LVUSD

By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn Staff Writer Las Virgenes Education Foundation presented a $575,000 check to Las Virgenes Unified School District’s Board of Education at last week’s board meeting. It brought to fruition 10 months of dedication, sacrifice and hard work to help maintain programs and educational services that were threatened by a state budget crisis that’s taking a toll on […]

Hazardous waste should be disposed of properly—but how?

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Hazardous waste should be disposed of properly—but how? By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer Some local residents have asked where to drop off hazardous waste, including motor oil, oil-based paints, car batteries, propane tanks, pesticides and other items. Very few locations accept such toxics—most of these items must be disposed of at various roundup events that move from city to […]

Youths to learn about television production

The city of Westlake Village and the Agoura Hills Department of Community Services are currently accepting registrations for a television production program open to youth ages 11 through 17 that will be offered twice per week beginning in October. Participants can learn production skills through assignments and hands-on training. Skills will include acting for the camera, shooting a camera, editing, […]

Candidate says he has what it takes to help Westlake Village

By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer A candidate for Westlake Village City Council is ready, he said, for the job. On Tues., Nov. 4, Westlake Village voters will decide the fate of two open seats. One of the candidates is Michael Edelstein. In 1998, Edelstein and his wife, Julianne Newsome–Edelstein, moved to Westlake Village. "I’ve never lived in a place […]