2005-08-11

Summer at Peter Strauss



NATURAL BEAUTY—A canopy of mature trees provides deep shade to hikers exploring the Peter Strauss Ranch in rural Agoura. Below right, docent Stephanie Westfall leads the group on a hike through the grounds while, left, a stately peacock living at the ranch stands guard. The property, known for its oak woodlands, was home to the Chumash people for thousands of […]

Woman fights to keep food pantry open



Barbara Ausburn is known among her friends as the woman who loves golf and cherishes the work that she performs at a San Fernando Valley food pantry. Ausburn is the volunteer executive director of Loaves & Fishes in Van Nuys, a distribution center that gives free food and clothing to the Valley’s poor and homeless. She recently helped secure a […]

Sierra Club will explore backyard wildlife



At the next meeting of the San Fernando Valley Group/ Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club at 7 p.m. Tues., Aug. 16, Alan Pollak, M.D., will give a slide presentation on “Backyard Wildlife Habitat Stewardship.” The meeting, which will include refreshments, will be held in the recreation hall at Reseda Park, 18411 Victory Blvd., Reseda. Pollak is a long-time member […]

Mayor’s Corner Kanan interchange funding has been a long and winding road



A number of people have asked me how the city of Agoura Hills was able to get $4 million dollars in federal funds for the Kanan interchange. Of the 153 projects funded in Los Angeles County, our project was number 10 on the list in the amount of funding received. We are very gratified that the importance of our project […]

Diantha Shaffer



Local Oak Park area specialist, Diantha Shaffer of Troop Real Estate recently filmed a special TV commercial for Troop.com TV, featuring her newest Oak Park listing. Troop Real Estate has teamed with Bragg Media to produce a monthly television segment featuring Ventura County homes for sale. The show airs over 20 times per month on cable and network television and […]

Remembering the gentleman



It took a battle with cancer— and ultimately death—to finally move Frank Farmer out of Old Town Calabasas. A resident of the area since the 1920s, Farmer passed away on Aug. 3 at the age of 81. He and his wife Betty-Jeanne had lived in the same house longer than anyone can remember. “Where would I go?” Frank used to […]

Parents need to focus on vision as a key to learning



According to health experts, certain types of vision problems can undermine even the brightest student’s ability to succeed in school. Unfortunately, children with vision problems are often misdiagnosed as being lazy, or having learning disabilities, dyslexia, and even attention deficient disorder. As a result, many students are unnecessarily prescribed drugs for attention problems or placed in resource rooms where they […]

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Calabasas unkind toward renters



I was appalled by Paul Hustad’s letter in the July 28 Acorn. While I respect his opinion about rent control, as I hardly support such control myself, I was more than offended by his suggestion and ultimate conclusion for the “poor renters” to simply “move to a community where they can (afford the rent)” because Calabasas is a “small-scale, upper-income […]

Teri Pacitto



Teri Pacitto, an estates director at Paramount Rodeo Realty has been congratulated by broker/president Syd Leibovitch for her recent production of over $4.5 million in the past 30 days. Year-to-date she has sold over $15 million worth of real estate. Pacitto is a President Elite club member at Paramount Rodeo, a designation given to agents whose sales production place them […]


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