Construction starts on new Agoura Hills fire station

Fire Station No. 89 has broken ground in Agoura Hills on Canwood Street. Occupancy is planned for next summer. Marie Givertz, L.A. County project manager, said that grading on the project began on July 13. The fire station will sit on a three-acre lot and span 11,000 square feet. Givertz said that the facility will include one engine company, one […]

Public urged to prepare for fire season

By Michelle Knight knight@theacorn.com Three major fires charred thousands of acres in northern Los Angeles County last month, and fire officials warn that more danger is on the way because of the extremely dry brush conditions created by lower than average rainfall. Referring to the fires that burned nearly 40,000 acres in Lake Hughes, Acton and Santa Clarita in July, […]

Signal synchronization hits red light in Oak Park

By Lori Porter porter@theacorn.com The Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) put the brakes on the Kanan Road synchronized traffic light system last week after hearing complaints from residents who were fed up with long delays at side street traffic signals. The recently installed synchronization system, which included traffic lights from Conifer to Churchwood on Kanan, will be deactivated until […]

Reyes Adobe renovation underway in Agoura Hills

By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com The Reyes Adobe in Agoura Hills will host a grand opening on Sat., Oct. 16. The historic adobe home and adjacent barn on Rainbow Crest Drive are undergoing a long-awaited renovation that began in December. The city acquired the 200-year-old adobe in 1983. For many years the five-acre site remained closed to the public due to […]

Air quality concerns getting attention

Pierce College will host an air quality workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon Fri., Aug. 6

Pierce College will host an air quality workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon Fri., Aug. 6 By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com Air quality—or the lack of it—was the topic of an informal "town hall breakfast" meeting attended by Agoura Hills City Councilman John Edelston, City Councilwoman Jan Perry of Los Angeles and other city and state officials. Perry represents L.A. as […]

Cooperative project helping the environment, officials say

In a joint venture with Triunfo Sanitation District, the Rancho Las Virgenes Composting Facility uses a small percentage of biosolids from the Tapia reclamation facility to fertilize crops on 91 acres of farmland. Most of the biosolids are transformed into a rich soil additive, which is available free to residents each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the […]

Multiple industries try for cleaner air

Hybrid cars, including Toyota’s popular Prius, aren’t the only ways to improve the air in Southern California. The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) has offered incentive programs in the past for cleaner air, including a lawn mower exchange program. Residents could trade their older, gas-powered mowers for zero-pollution electric models and get a rebate. The AQMD last year […]

Investigation into cause of fire in Agoura Hills continues

Investigators are still trying to find the cause of the fire that completely destroyed a three-story office building at 28047 Dorothy Drive in Agoura Hills in June. An electrical engineer is examining the site for possible electrical malfunction, according to investigators. Detective Harry Spencer of the Los Angeles County Bomb Squad said that the incident was investigated for arson but […]

City of Westlake Village to get new signs

Design will feature a sailboat

Design will feature a sailboat––it will be used on street signs and entryway monuments By Lori Porter porter@theacorn.com The Westlake Village City Council recently approved a new design for the city’s street signs and entryway monuments as part of a beautification project. The roadway signs are those that appear in advance of the actual street. The proposal was met by […]

Bioengineering program gets grant at

Cal Lutheran

California Lutheran University (CLU) has been awarded a $200,000 challenge grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to enhance its bioengineering program. The grant will provide funds for state-of-the-art equipment used in the new major’s mechano-biology concentration. The bioengineering program at CLU was approved during the 2002-2003 academic year and is centered on a mechanistic understanding of the life sciences. The […]