Calabasas inn and spa stirs controversy

Council puts development to a vote

By Michael Picarellapic@theacorn.com The Calabasas City Council is in a quandary over whether or noto annex the proposed Malibu Valley Inn and Spa, a commerciadevelopment that would be builon unincorporated Los AngeleCounty land at the northwest corner of Mulholland Highway and Stokes Canyon Road. In a 3-2 vote last week, the council approved placing an advisory measure on the Nov. […]

Water-wise garden grows in popularity

Westlake Village home leads the way

By Stephanie Bertholdobertholdo@theacorn.com Water-wise landscaping has moved far beyond the barren, drought-resistant desert gardens where cactus and other succulents previously reigned supreme. Philippa Klessig, a landscape designer and Westlake Village City Council member, should know. Her stunning Three Springs home sits on a sprawling one-acre lot and is a testament to xeriscaping, a method of gardening that involves choosing drought-tolerant […]

Three Westlake incumbents plan to run for reelection

By Daniel Wolowiczdanielw@theacorn.com All three Westlake Village City Council members up for reelection this November plan to run for another term. Candidate application paperwork is now available at city hall. The three incumbents running for reelection are Mayor Mark Rutherford, Mayor Pro Tem Susan McSweeney and Councilmember Robert Slavin. The candidate nomination period will be open until 5 p.m. on […]

Summertime blues

Local residents not immune to the dangers of methamphetamine


By Daniel Wolowiczand Julie LittmanAcorn Newspapers “Ice,” “crystal,” “glass,” “tina,” “bikerdope,” “white ink” —no matter what you call it, methamphetamine, commonly known as meth, continues to rise in popularity throughout the United States. Cheaper than cocaine and easier to manufacture than heroin, the long-lasting stimulant commonly associated with truckers and bikers is now turning up in the hands of drug […]

Jewel thief arrested in Agoura Hills, second suspect gets away

Authorities arrested Burbank resident August Burnes, 22, in connection with an armed robbery last week at Estate Diamond Exchange, a jewelry store south of the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills. Burnes was on parole for armed robbery already, authorities said. A second suspect escaped authorities despite an intense search, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Smith said. No one was […]

Blueprint serves as a guide to water policy

Las Virgenes Water District takes heed

By Stephanie Bertholdobertholdo@theacorn.com The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) recently endorsed a statewide plan that addresses California’s ongoing water supply needs. The Association of California Water Agencies document titled “No Time To Waste, A Blueprint for California Water” has been widely circulated to state officials, including Gov. Arnold Schwarz-enegger, members of Congress, the Bush administration and state and federal […]

Ballot measure will give voters say on open space

By Michael Picarellapic@theacorn.com On Nov. 8, Calabasas voters will be asked just how much they value the city’s open space. Last week, the Calabasas City Council approved placing a measure on the November ballot that asks city residents whether or not a change in open space designation should require two-thirds voter approval. “(The city council) considers open space so important […]

Survey will gauge public opinion about city’s needs

By Stephanie Bertholdobertholdo@theacorn.com Residents of Agoura Hills have the opportunity to help officials shape the community’s future by participating in the city’s General Plan Update Survey. The plan is a document that will guide the physical development of Agoura Hills over the next 10 years. The plan outlines a pattern of land uses, including residential, commercial and industrial, and establishes […]

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