School district okays $85 million budget

Officials still miffed over state cutbacks

By Stephanie Bertholdobertholdo@theacorn.com Saying the education community remains “at war” with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Las Virgenes Unified School District Deputy Superintendent Donald Zimring and the LVUSD board of education rolled out the district’s new $85.3 million budget and discussed how the state’s fiscal problems continue to hurt local education efforts. “The target gets harder and harder to hit,” said Zimring, […]

Measure E parcel tax pulls more than expected

By Stephanie Bertholdobertholdo@theacorn.com Las Virgenes schools received word from the Measure E Oversight Committee that the $98 annual parcel tax approved last year to help compensate for state budget cutbacks has brought in more than $300,000 than expected. The independent community oversight committee was appointed by trustees to ensure that the Measure E tax is spent for the purposes approved […]

A ride in the park

Rattlesnake sightings keep residents on guard

Officials take Kanan issue to Washington

By Stephanie Bertholdobertholdo@theacorn.com Agoura Hills officials traveled to Washington, D.C. last month hoping to secure a portion of the $240 billion federal highway bill for the U.S. 101 Kanan Road interchange project. Preliminary work on the $25 million interchange improvement already is underway. All left hand turns onto the freeway will be eliminated, traffic signals will be relocated and the […]

New Rick Caruso mall almost finished

By Sophia Fischersfischer@theacorn.com A new gathering place where customers will be able to shop, dine, stroll and even ice skate is about to open. The Lakes at Thousand Oaks, a $40-million restaurant and retail complex, is scheduled to open its doors on Aug. 4 on Thousand Oaks Boulevard east of the Civic Arts Plaza. The 15 businesses in the development […]

Park Service offering shuttle service

The National Park Service is providing a new shuttle program called ParkLINK that will take riders to the beach and other stops in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, including Malibu Creek State Park. The charge is $1 for each ride or $5 for a day pass. Officials say riders will enjoy spectacular vistas while riding in comfort. They […]

Upgrades for Mae Boyer

Workers will soon replace the 15-year-old play equipment at Mae Boyer Park in Oak Park. The board of directors for the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District will review the project during the board’s meeting on Thurs., July 21 at the Oak Park Community Center and Gardens, 1000 N. Kanan Road. Residents are encouraged to attend to learn more about […]

Local park earns recognition

Oak Park Community Center and Gardens has been recognized by the California Association of Recreation and Park Districts with the Award of Distinction for “Best New Facility.” The award was presented to the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District. Located at 1000 N. Kanan Road in Oak Park, the facility consists of an 11,500-square-foot community center building with recreation and […]

Boys & Girls Clubs name new personnel

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Conejo and Las Virgenes recently named three new members to its Board of Governors: Matt Morrison of Westlake Village, Shannon Nash of Thousand Oaks and Gary Stephani of Lake Sherwood. Morrison is first vice president of Merrill Lynch in Westlake Village. He has lived in the Conejo Valley all his life. He graduated from […]