Agency gives final OK to Soka purchase

Agency gives final OK to Soka purchase By Stephanie Bertholdo Bertholdo@theacorn.com After 30 years of failed attempts to place Soka University near Calabasas into public ownership, the State Public Works Board approved a $35 million purchase of the Japanese college last Friday and cleared the way toward preserving the 588-acre site as permanent open space. "This is truly a momentous […]

Weather brings out the best

Simon’s campaign trail includes stop in Agoura

By John Loesing newstip@theacorn.com Southern California’s housing crisis will continue to deteriorate unless state officials take immediate action to reduce the cost of development and smooth the way for new construction starts, former gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon told the local Chamber of Commerce last week. Simon, who lost by 5 percentage points to Gray Davis in the 2002 election and […]

Your Top 25

We invite you to 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 make our community special. What these volunteers, business people, educators and politicians—the movers and shakers of our community—all have in common […]

Added bed tax helps Westlake rest easy

Added bed tax helps Westlake rest easy By Daniel Wolowicz Danielw@theacorn.com With more than 400 new hotel rooms soon to open, Westlake Village officials are forecasting a sizeable increase in bed tax revenue during the next two years. City Manager Raymond Taylor presented a Westlake midyear budget report during a March 9 city council meeting and said more hotel rooms […]

Learning about public safety

Cisco’s fire investigation continues

By Daniel Wolowicz danielw@theacorn.com The Thousand Oaks Police and Ventura County Fire Departments continue their investigations into the Wed., March 10, fire that destroyed Cisco’s Mexican Restaurant located on the 900 block of Westlake Boulevard. Extensive structural damage to the building has forced city officials to fence off the restaurant and pronounce the area a crime scene. The cause of […]

Vehicle license fees transported home

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com Agoura Hills City Council members are gnashing teeth over midyear budget concerns, but got some relief after accepting the state’s proposed Vehicle License Gap Program. The state program will allow cities to recoup between 90 to 96 percent of the money taken by the state in recent years to help bridge California’s budget shortfall. Agoura Hills […]


• Donna Lane of Purple Pacific Pictures in Calabasas was incorrectly identified in a photo caption last week as Donna Rae. • The Friends of Oak Park Schools annual golf fundraiser is March 21 at North Ranch Country Club, not Lake Lindero Golf Course.

Agoura Hills weighs senior housing project

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com Agoura Hills city council members recently reviewed an informal proposal for a senior housing project along the south side of Agoura Road. The developer, Carlos Khantzis, wants permission from the city council to proceed with plans to develop the 7.1-acre property. If approved, Khantzis would need an amendment to the Ladyface Mountain Specific Plan, which doesn’t […]