Need for parcel tax in LVUSD is genuine, officials say

By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn Staff Writer Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) is looking ahead to the 2004/2005 academic year with trepidation. Without a $98 per year parcel tax, the district will face the daunting task of shaving off $3 million from an already lean budget, according to administrators. Last spring, the district faced a similar scenario but was spared […]

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Superintendent in Oak Park says parcel tax is justified

By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer With expenditures exceeding revenues by $1.1 million, Oak Park Unified School District board members looked closely at the budget before they voted last week to place a parcel tax measure on the March election ballot. The parcel tax of $197 per year would expire in five years. It requires a two-thirds majority to pass. […]

Westlake man arrested for embezzlement

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer Los Angeles FBI agents have arrested a Westlake Village man, Charles Riedy Jr., 63, on two charges of federal security fraud. Riedy, a certified public accountant, allegedly embezzled about $3 million from a former client, John F. Milius. Milius, a screenwriter and movie director who co-wrote "Apocalypse Now" and wrote and directed "Red Dawn" […]

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Council members take oaths in Westlake

By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer During an annual reorganization meeting on Saturday for the Westlake Village City Council, many residents came to say goodbye to Mayor Chris Mann and City Councilwoman Betty De Santis. The farewells were shared before swearing-in ceremonies were administered to new council members and a new mayor took the gavel. The special meeting began with […]

Shell pipeline runs near a portion of Oak Park

By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer A concerned Oak Park resident who lives in the vicinity of Doubletree and Indian Oak Trail contacted The Acorn after receiving a letter from Shell Pipeline Company that said her home is located in close proximity to a petroleum pipeline operated by Shell. After investigating, The Acorn learned that the agency that governs pipelines […]

Holiday season to change deadlines, office hours at The Acorn

The holiday season will create early deadlines and fewer office hours at The Acorn Newspapers. For the Christmas Day issue on Dec. 25, real estate advertising must be reserved by noon Thurs., Dec. 18. Display advertising must be reserved by noon on Fri., Dec. 19. All editorial items, including letters to the editor for the Dec. 25 edition, must also […]

Lake Sherwood Fire Station to stay put, be renovated

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer A relocation of Lake Sherwood Fire Station No. 33 located on Lake Sherwood Drive, just south of Potrero Road, has been under consideration for about two years because some officials have said the 50-year-old facility isn’t fit for contemporary firefighting. But Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks, who represents the Lake Sherwood and Hidden Valley […]

Teen programs available

The Agoura Hills "Winter Teen Newsletter" is currently available at the Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., or the Agoura Hills Library or at city hall, 30001 Ladyface Court. A wide variety of winter recreation programs, ski trips and after- school enrichment classes are available for teenagers. Mail-in/fax-in registration will begin Mon, Jan. 5. Walk-in/phone-in registration will begin […]