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Lowe’s gets the axe in Westlake

City council

After more than a year of meetings, scoping sessions, town hall discussions and volumes of environmental and economic analysis, the 227,000-squarefoot Lowe’s development was voted down by the Westlake Village City Council by a 2-2 vote last week at city hall. One council member had recused himself. The project needed a majority vote to pass. In the end, it was […]

New Calabasas law to snuff out smoking

Many outdoor areas affected

The city of Calabasas reviewed its secondhand smoke ordinance again at last week’s council meeting and will likely put the law into effect by March, officials said. The purpose of the ordinance is to protect Calabasas residents from the well-documented dangers of secondhand smoke by prohibiting smoking in all public places in Calabasas, including indoor and outdoor businesses, hotels, parks, […]

Playground receives $1 million donation

Prostitution ring includes local woman

After a six-month-long investigation, the Ventura County Sheriff ’s Department announced last week the arrests of Agoura Hills resident Bonnie Weiss, 49, and Thousand Oaks resident Craig Fawcett, 74, for pimping, pandering and conspiracy to solicit prostitution. The two were arrested without incident, said Dana Trottier, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s department. Weiss and Fawcett used their homes and a […]

Pup returns

When The Acorn recently reported that a Chihuahua puppy worth $1,000 was stolen from Healthy Pets in Agoura Hills, a conscientious citizen saw the story and helped store owner Darren Perlmutter find the dog one week after it was taken. Perlmutter received calls from many concerned readers, but he was surprised when one anonymous caller told him of the dog’s […]

Lowe’s denied – what next?

Now that Lowe’s has been defeated, the future of the 22acre property on Russell Ranch Road in Westlake Village has come under question. According to John Schafer, a senior vice president with Newport Beach-based Richland Investments, it’s only a matter of time before his firm presents plans to the city council for a 376,000square-foot office complex on the vacant lot. […]


•In the Jan. 12 article on Lowe’s, local resident Jonathan Greenspan was described as Agoura Hillsbased. His business is in Agoura Hills, but he lives in Westlake Village. •In the Jan. 19 “Mothers of the Year” article, it was written that Rebecca Dubowe runs a book club and a shelter for transitional families. Dubowe is a participant only. The Acorn […]

Federation questions park management policies

Proposed changes to the National Park Service (NPS) management policies that would allow for fewer conservation measures and more recreational usage of parks throughout the country have raised the alarm of the Las Virgenes Homeowner’s Federation and other environmental groups. The proposed changes would impact the way the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area operates. At last week’s Las Virgenes […]

Richman speaks to Chambe

BUSINESS SAVVY— State Assemblyman Keith Richman, a candidate for state treasurer, will be the guest speaker at the Agoura/Oak Park/ Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Feb. 14 at Terri’s Cafe in Agoura Hills. Richman, who joined politics after building a successful medical practice in the area, will offer tips for business people operating in California.