Maurer, Wolfson pull upset,

Calabasas voters reject old guard

Bozajian re-elected Calabasas voters reject old guard By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com Calabasas voters rejected two incumbents on the city council Tuesday, a first in the city’s 14-year history. Mayor Michael Harrison and founding city council member Lesley Devine lost their seats to challengers Mary Sue Maurer and Jonathon Wolfson in an election charged with attacks and counter attacks and a […]

A celebration of reading

Your Top 25

We invite you read our March 24 edition of The Acorn as we pay tribute to the Top 25 People of the Conejo Valley/Las Virgenes. It’s the newspaper’s inaugural tribute to the local men and women who help makeour community special. What these volunteers, business people, educators and politicians—the movers and shakers of our community—all have in common is a […]

Las Virgenes wants Carpinteria superintendent

Sandra Smyser is school district

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com The search for a Las Virgenes Unified School District superintendent has been narrowed down to one finalist: Dr. Sandra B. Smyser, the current superintendent of the Carpinteria Unified School District. After an extensive search and interview process, the Las Virgenes board identified Smyser as the best candidate for the job. At Tuesday’s school board meeting it […]

Water district tries new landscaping

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District has signed a five-month, $25,000 contract with Villa Esperanza Services to perform landscaping at four district locations. Villa Esperanza is a nonprofit organization that employs people with disabilities. The water district chose not to renew its contract with Mariposa Landscaping, its previous landscape services provider. District officials say they weren’t […]

Cisco’s Mexican Restaurant is destroyed in early morning fire

Cisco’s Mexican Restaurant at 925 S. Westlake Blvd. in Westlake Village caught fire early Wednesday morning. No one was injured in the blaze, but the restaurant suffered significant structural damage to its roof and will need to be torn down and rebuilt. It may take nearly a month before fire officials determine the cause of the fire, according to fire […]

Adelphia comes under fire at

Agoura Hills council meeting
Discrepancy in rate hike alleged

Agoura Hills council meeting Discrepancy in rate hike alleged By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com What might have been a routine vote at the Feb. 23 Agoura Hills city council meeting turned into a heated discussion about whether the council should offer Adelphia Cable services until December. The city council last April extended Adelphia’s contract to allow the company to reorganize after […]

Land purchased

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted to approve spending $500,000 toward the $1.5 million purchase of the 120-acre Sisson property on Calabasas Peak. The site is a visual landmark known for its striking sandstone outcroppings, abundance of rare species, scenic vistas and ideal recreational opportunities, in the western Santa Monica Mountains. The property is located off Stunt Road near […]

Summer school enrollment begins April 4


Summer school enrollment begins April 4 By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com It’s still winter according to the calendar, but summer school plans already are underway at the Las Virgenes Unified School District. The school district will offer tuition-free summer classes for students who earned a D or F in a class during the school year. The district also will offer a […]

Calabasas landfill causes a stink

Ongoing issues affect Saratoga residents

By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com It’s been more than 40 years since the Calabasas Landfill opened, but friction still exists between the garbage dump and residents who live nearby. Landfill representatives and city officials continue to work with the community to resolve problems. The Calabasas Landfill, located at 5300 Lost Hills Road, just north of the 101 Freeway, has been criticized […]