Calabasas may build park for children with disabilities

By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com Kids love playgrounds, but not all children can play on standard playground equipment—especially kids with disabilities. The city of Calabasas may build a universally accessible playground at Gates Canyon Park in Calabasas. The city council identified the site last week and city staff was instructed to complete the planning. "This is a city project, but it […]

Council members endorse both Props. 1A, 65


Council members endorse both Props. 1A, 65 By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com Voters can choose between two ballot measures on Tuesday that would prevent the state from raiding city revenues.The League of California Cities (LCC) supports Proposition 1A, a bipartisan measure that is Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s compromise initiative in response to Proposition 65. However, several local council members have recently called […]

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Oak Park committee to oversee how new revenue will be spent

By Sylvie Belmond belmond@theacorn.com Committee members have been appointed to oversee the proceeds of a new parcel tax in Oak Park Unified School District. In response to dwindling state funding for public education, voters in Oak Park passed a parcel tax last spring to support OPUSD. The measure will bring in $197 per parcel annually for five years. Members of […]

Superintendent wants bar raised in OPUSD

Superintendent wants bar raised in OPUSD Now that the academic year is well underway, Oak Park Unified School District wants to get stronger. During a recent school board meeting, Superintendent Anthony Knight described his goals. The curriculum, he said, should enable all students to learn. Paying attention to depth, complexity and novelty, said Knight, are important considerations. "We truly want our students […]

Bike lanes move forward in Calabasas

By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com After about eight years, the city of Calabasas is a step closer to installing a bike lane on Mureau Road between Calabasas and Las Virgenes roads. Construction could begin as early as February. The Calabasas City Council recently approved a report on the environmental impacts of its bikeway project. The plans regarding Los Angeles County, Hidden […]

Murdock’s son killed in freeway accident

The son of David Murdock, owner and CEO of Westlake Village-based Dole Food Co., was killed in a vehicle crash over the weekend. David Howard Murdock II, 36, died in a car accident on Saturday morning at about 2:30 a.m. while driving his 2003 Ferrari on the Santa Monica Freeway. According to the California Highway Patrol, Murdock was driving at […]

Jewish school to host two open houses

The New Community Jewish High School is hosting open houses beginning at 10:30 a.m. on two Sundays, Nov. 7 and Dec. 12, at its new campus, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd. in West Hills. The facility, now entering its third year with grades nine, 10 and 11, offers a college preparatory program with smaller class sizes, a first-rate faculty, athletic teams, […]

As Election Day approaches, debate heats up for two Triunfo candidates

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com As Election Day draws closer, the race for the member-at-large seat on the Triunfo Sanitation District (TSD) Board of Directors has two of the four candidates in a tizzy. Opponent Wayne Blasman accused TSD Chairman Ron Stark in a letter to The Acorn of being an appointed board member rather than an elected official who purposely […]

Calabasas, school district to make play fields available for kids

By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com Calabasas residents can now use the park grounds at Chaparral Elementary School during specified hours for free play. The city of Calabasas and Las Virgenes Unified School District have joined in a five-year partnership to make the campus play area accessible to residents. "The parks master plan notes that there’s a shortage of parks on the […]