New school superintendent brings fresh outlook to district

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com Dr. Sandra Smyser will take the helm as superintendent of the Las Virgenes Unified School District on July 1. The LVUSD Board of Education unanimously approved Smyser’s three-year contract last week. Smyser, who plans to move closer to the school district office from Solvang this summer, will be paid $175,000 per year. "We will keep moving […]

Weekends are made for families

Resentment building over water rate increase

Board accountability
is questioned

Board accountability is questioned By Daniel Wolowicz and Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn staff writers Facing a recent 10 percent increase in water rates, residents living within the Triunfo Sanitation District have only one course of action—they must pay. But because ratepayers don’t have a fully elected board of directors representing them, critics have begun questioning the board’s accountability. The Triunfo board […]

City council gets makeover

Calabasas group
takes on
different look

Calabasas group takes on different look By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com It’s spring and the the Calabasas City Council has a new lineup. During a series of reorganizational meetings last week and this week, Barry Groveman took his seat as mayor, Dennis Washburn became mayor pro tem, and newcomers Mary Sue Maurer and Jonathon Wolfson joined the panel for the first […]

Expert goes to bat

Rains bring new concern over West Nile

By Sophia Fischer sfischer@theacorn.com The standing water left behind by the wet winter weather is resulting in an earlier outbreak of West Nile virus throughout California. As of last week, 32 dead birds in 19 of the state’s 58 counties, including L.A. County, tested positive for West Nile Virus. Ventura County was not among the counties in the study. The […]

Area’s tallest building delayed by rain

By Daniel Wolowicz danielw@theacorn.com Due to the recent rains, construction on the Dole Wellness Center located off Lindero Canyon Road near Via Colinas and Via Rocas has been delayed for a month, Freya Maneki, a spokesperson for Dole Food Company said. Dole broke ground for the project on March 12, 2004. Dole said construction on the Wellness Center will be […]

Musical extremes

GOP luncheon features Gillette

GOP luncheon features Gillette Dennis Gillette, mayor pro tem of Thousand Oaks, is featured speaker at the 11:30 a.m. meeting of the Conejo Valley Republican Women on Fri., April 15 at the Plug Nickel Restaurant, 717 Lakefield Road, Westlake Village. Gillette will discuss local issues including the renovation of The Oaks Mall, which will involve a number of major changes […]

Not too soon to weigh summer school options

Kindergarten classes offered for the first time

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com Kindergarten students in Las Virgenes Unified School District will have the opportunity to hone their skills in summer school if they are deemed "at risk" by their teachers. Ann Eklund, school district director of elementary education, said that for the first time the district is offering summer school to kindergarteners. Eklund explained that many programs used […]