Dole hotel project gets approved in Westlake

Dole hotel project gets approved in Westlake By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer After four hours of deliberations, the Westlake Village City Council last week voted 5-0 to approve a request from Castle & Cooke Properties to begin the next phase in development of the Dole corporate headquarters, a six-story hotel and spa. David Murdock, president of Dole, owns the […]

Design House to benefit New West Symphony

Design House Chapter of the New West Symphony will present its 22nd annual fundraising event, Design House 2004. Kicking off Design House 2004 is the Empty House Party from 1 to 4 p.m. Sun., Feb. 8 at the 12,000-sq.-ft. French Mediterranean-inspired showcase home at 90 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. The villa, shown before it is to be decorated, is located […]

Kids confused over meaning of obesity

There seems to be a disconnect between what’s going on in kids’ heads and what’s going in their mouths, at least as far as nutrition education and childhood obesity are concerned. A recent survey by the Dole Nutrition Institute revealed that most children have a good grasp of nutrition basics. They know they should eat five fruits and vegetables a […]

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Mountain lions deserve to live

Mountain lions deserve to live I would like to respond to the letter sent in by Wm. Felsman regarding mountain lions. Mr. Felsman advocates the hunting down and shooting of mountain lions as an appropriate response to the recent attacks by one lion upon two cyclists in the San Diego Area. I couldn’t disagree more with Mr. Felsman. I wonder […]

Superintendents sound off on Proposition 57

By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn Staff Writer School officials throughout the region are digesting the implications of Gov. Arnold Schwarzen-egger’s $15 billion "Economic Recovery Act" (Proposition 57) and its impact on local school budgets. Prop. 57 would authorize the state to issue up to $15 billion in bonds to finance the existing budget deficit and the expected shortfall for the remainder […]

Entertainer a page from the past

By Michelle Knight Acorn Staff Writer Valerie Day refuses to be stereotyped. The 22-year-old Newbury Park resident is a blend of young and old: a musician and singer on the order of Tori Amos who also keeps glamour shots of 1940’s star Esther Williams on her dresser. Like Amos, Day’s voice bursts at the seams with raw emotion. Not only […]

Classes offered in first aid by city of Calabasas

The city of Calabasas Department of Community Services will offer American Red Cross certification through the course "Community First Aid," with infant and child CPR and adult CPR with AED. Classes will be offered in a number of combinations and will run Feb. 5-19. For more information on these classes, please call (818) 880-6461 or stop by De Anza Park, […]


Agoura During a New Year’s Eve party a laptop computer was stolen from a home in the 28900 block of Crest Drive (a loss of $4,000). A male Hispanic wearing a white beanie, a white jacket and black pants was observed smashing the rear window of a pickup at 9:45 p.m. Jan. 2 at the corner of Rista and Woodbrook […]

Parcel tax isn’t justifiable in LVUSD

Parcel tax isn’t justifiable in LVUSD Is the Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) proposed raise in taxes by $98 a year valid? As a person who successfully ran a high-tech company for many years, I never had the luxury, as government institutions typically do, to go to my customers and raise prices for my products. In today’s global economy, […]

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