Southland endures strongest brushfires in 10 years

By Saria Kraft Acorn Staff Writer Following the worst wildfires in a decade, area residents began taking stock of the damage and looking at what could be a long road to recovery. Crews from the U.S. Forestry Service and other mop-up teams continued to put out embers and ensure against flare-ups in Simi Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday, said John […]

Smoke clouds make an eerie sight

Poll says parcel tax might pass in Oak Park

By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer A recent poll of Oak Park taxpayers revealed that voters might go along with a parcel tax to generate money for public schools. Charles Heath, a representative from Tramutola Public Mobilization (TPM), a political consulting firm that assists school districts with campaign strategies, presented poll results to the board of education during last week’s […]

Affordable housing hard to find in Agoura Hills

By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn Staff Writer Affordable housing––or the lack of it––in Agoura Hills was a focal point at last week’s Agoura Hills City Council meeting. To address the shortage of affordable housing for low to moderate income households in the city, the council contracted with MDG Associates earlier in the year to prepare an exhaustive study examining the problems […]

Calabasas celebrates preservation of Ahmanson Ranch

T.O. Acorn Editor

As the smell of ritual sage wafted through the air and voices sang traditional Native American songs, members of the Chumash Indian tribe performed a special blessing ceremony last weekend at Ahmanson Ranch near Calabasas. They gave thanks that the ranch will be left undisturbed and open to the public. Dressed in full Indian regalia and speaking in somber tones, […]

Red Cross was ready in Thousand Oaks

By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer When the Simi Valley fire was forcing families from their homes and threatening areas including Moorpark and Thousand Oaks, the Red Cross set up a shelter Saturday at the Thousand Oaks Community Center next to Thousand Oaks High School. It was ready to stay open indefinitely. The T.O. shelter was to have handled potential […]


Calabasas to get three more traffic cops

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer The city of Calabasas has declared war on traffic congestion and reckless driving. Calabasas traffic has gotten worse since the city incorporated in 1991. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the number of traffic enforcement officers, according Calabasas City Councilman Barry Groveman. But that’s changing. The city council recently decided to add three […]

Ventura County recycles by using discards

The fall VCMAX catalog has been released. Categories for ads include: construction, containers, electronics, durable goods, glass, metal, organics, pallets, paper, plastic, textiles and wood. Most items are free and no listing can exceed a cost of $100. VCMAX, a subset of the state’s CalMAX program, is a project of Ventura County’s Environmental and Energy Resources Department. The Website is […]

New Millennium Trail to connect more of Calabasas

New Millennium Trail to connect more of Calabasas By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer The Calabasas City Council last week discussed a loop trail that will connect more of Calabasas. New Millennium Homes, a growing development in Calabasas, plans to build the trail in phases. It will traverse mostly parcels of open space. New Millennium is funding the trail. The […]