2005-02-23

Storm branches out



Calabasas residents call for rent control

Some say landlords also
overcharged on utilities


Some say landlords also overcharged on utilities By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com Amid concerns about the increasingly high cost of living, Calabasas is contemplating rent control. Local apartment tenants support the action, and say landlords are now trying to charge them higher water bills to compensate. Over the summer, the Calabasas City Council adopted an ordinance requiring registration for all rental […]

Oak Park robbers tied to carjacking



By Sylvie Belmond belmond@theacorn.com Sheriff’s deputies arrested two local men who carjacked an Agoura Hills resident at gunpoint on Feb. 7. The two men also are suspects in the Feb. 2 armed robbery of the Candy Cottage store in Oak Park. "This certainly made me more paranoid," said the carjacking victim, an Agoura Hills real estate agent. At about 7 […]

Library grant is money in the bank



By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com The city of Calabasas last week received the first installment of a $8.2 million grant to build a municipal library at the proposed new Calabasas Civic Center. California State Treasurer Phil Angelides awarded the city a check for $800,000 during a Feb. 18 ceremony inside the city’s current library, which is located across the street from […]

He shoots, he scores



Fire destroys mobile home

No injuries

No injuries— cause not known A Calabasas mother and her teenage son lost their mobile home in a fire last week. The Los Angeles County Fire Department was dispatched Feb. 16 to the Calabasas Mobile Home Park on Mulholland Highway at about 2:20 p.m. But they didn’t arrive in time to save the structure, which was engulfed in flames. The […]

Harrison seeks second council term



By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com He admits that some of his decisions may have been controversial, but Calabasas Mayor Michael Harrison, a lawyer and an arbitrator vying for his second city council term, said he always puts the city’s best interests first. The 53-year-old Harrison, who was elected to the council in 2001, was the first chair of the Calabasas Environmental […]

Sibilia back in race

Former mayor last served
in 2000


Former mayor last served in 2000 By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com Former Calabasas Mayor and City Councilmember Bob Sibilia, 46, ran for city council in 2003 telling voters he wanted Calabasas to be the premier place to raise a family in Southern California. Sibilia, who was on the city council from 1997 to 2000, lost that election, but is back with […]

Parents upset over library’s porn viewers



By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com Parents upset about the men who view Internet pornography at the Oak Park Library came to last week’s Oak Park Unified School District Board of Education meeting to voice their concerns. Some of the 40 parents who attended wanted to be sure students wouldn’t have access to the same computers where the pornographic websites are being […]

Agoura pipe bomb investigation continues



By Sylvie Belmond belmond@theacorn.com Two explosive devices were discovered within two weeks of each other in Old Agoura, but according to authorities, no motive has been established and no one has been arrested for the crimes. In the latest incident, a resident found a pipe bomb Feb. 16 next to an Andy Gump portable toilet. The bomb was placed between […]