Oak Park MAC recommends yes vote on parcel tax

By Billie Owens Acorn Staff Writer A parcel tax to help Oak Park schools facing state budget cuts received unanimous support last week from the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council (MAC), the community’s governing body. The tax would be $197 per parcel for five years if approved by two-thirds of the voters on March 2. It would raise about $950,000 […]

Affordable housing needed in city of Calabasas

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer The Calabasas Education Commission recently discussed the lack of affordable housing in the city, and the commissioners—along with the city and Las Virgenes Unified School District officials—worry that good teachers might be difficult to keep or attract if local housing isn’t available at a reasonable price. The city can subsidize affordable housing programs, even […]

Disabled adults perform landscaping duties

By Billie Owens Acorn Staff Writer A plan to have developmentally disabled adults perform landscaping and park maintenance in Westlake Village jumped its first hurdle after getting the thumbs up from the city’s environmental committee last week. The city council is expected to consider the matter soon. Under a proposal from the non-profit Villa Esperanza Services of Thousand Oaks, three […]

Series of infertility seminars offered free

Pacific Reproductive Center will host seminars for couples struggling with infertility. Seminar topics will include the causes and treatment of infertility, in vitro fertilization (IVF), artificial insemination, alternative solutions to tubal and vasectomy reversals, pre-implantation genetic testing, donor programs and more. A question-and-answer session will follow. All seminar attendees will receive a complimentary new patient consultation and may be eligible […]

Traveling with pets should be safe

Many of America’s 64 million pet owners who take their four-legged friends along on trips, may not be familiar with the best ways to keep them safe and secure along the way. The Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge Service specialists provide the following quiz to test your knowledge of pet vehicle safety and to ensure a trouble-free road trip. Questions: 1. […]

Jazz performers featured in photo exhibit

Jazz performers featured in photo exhibit Photographer Joe La Russo will have a display of his images titled "Feel the Music," portraying "moody, atmospheric images of acclaimed jazz performers," in the lobbies of the Madrid Theatre from Fri., Feb. 6 through March. To open the exhibit, La Russo will present a lecture at 7 p.m. tomorrow night, Fri., Feb. 6, […]

Whale Watching Made Fun

It is a peculiarly Southern California phenomenon that one can whale watch from a moving vehicle along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, especially the stretch between Guernsey Avenue and Busch Drive, which affords a wide unbroken view of Zuma Beach. The whale mamas and their calves, returning to the Bering Sea from their winter home in the Baja Lagoon, […]

A hundred smiles per hour

Calabasas expects a shortfall from state, but all’s not bleak

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer In the upcoming fiscal year beginning on July 1, the city of Calabasas must accommodate an additional shortfall of local property tax revenues in the amount of $46,800, according to Calabasas chief financial officer Gary Lysik. But the city will also be short $375,600 this year, he said. ERAF In 1992, the state of […]

Salon’s grand opening will benefit needy children

In honor of its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sat., Feb. 7, Savvy Salon & Day Spa will donate a percentage of all retail sales from that day’s business to Support for the Kids, a Ventura County-based nonprofit organization that helps foster and underprivileged children and women by providing food, clothing, shelter, educational tutoring and supplies. […]