Conejo’s house of blues

Residential real estate no longer an easy payday

Home prices up, home prices down: It’s hard to know where the housing market is headed in today’s economic climate. But the experts agree on one thing: Residential real estate isn’t the safe haven it used to be. The median home price in Calabasas gained almost 8 percent last year over 2005–to an areawide record of $1.39 million–but in Thousand […]

Wheels in motion

PRACTICE– Devin Schneider of Oak Park practices a kickflip in the Schneider family garage. As part of his bar mitzvah project, Devin has collected and reconditioned more than 30 skateboards which he will donate to Boarding House Mentors, a nonprofit group that introduces at-risk youth to surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding. See story in Community section.

Styrofoam banned in Calabasas

Approval eliminates damaging food packaging

Approval eliminates damaging food packaging By Joann Groff  joann@theacorn.com Following the lead of cities such as Santa Monica and Malibu, Calabasas officials have voted to ban polystyrene food packaging in the city. The ordinance passed the City Council unanimously and will be officially adopted next week. Effective one year from adoption Feb. 21, the ordinance says food service businesses must […]

One high school play that’s a miracle

TOUCH AND FEEL– Agoura High School actor Aubrey Pevsner, third from left, portraying the deaf and blind Helen Keller, grabs for a plate during a rehearsal for William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker” with fellow actors, from left, Alex Paul, Amanda Tally, Jeff Lyon, Lida Darmian and Alex Budish. The story of teacher Annie Sullivan and her remarkable student opens tonight […]

Last-minute shuffle forces change in election forums

By Joann Groff  joann@theacorn.com Two homeowners associations have canceled their candidate forums for the March 6 Calabasas City Council election, causing some last-minute changes on the city’s calendar. But with the dates now finalized Calabasas residents can look forward to three forums, one of which is tonight. The Calabasas Park Homeowners Association (CPHA) was to host a forum at the […]

Fran Pavley sets sights on Senate

Term limits have forced Fran Pavley to leave her job after six year as the 41st Assembly member, but the Agoura Hills resident says there’s still much work to be done in Sacramento. Although Pavley, who was the first mayor of Agoura Hills in 1982, has left the halls of the state capitol, she feels she’s working harder than ever […]

Four-term mayor wants back on council

A founder of the city of Calabasas, four-term council member and four-time mayor, Dennis Washburn isn’t ready to leave political life yet. He and Councilmember Barry Groveman are being challenged for City Council seats by Toby Keeler and Dale Reicheneder in the March 6 election. “I’ve been able to do that for 16 years, and I think I still can,” […]

Creek cleanup reaches critical stage

Needles now being found

Along with the usual blight of beer cans, paper, bottles and other trash, the Cornell Preservation Organization said illegally dumped hypodermic needles have been found in local creeks. To remedy the growing concern over creek pollution, which threatens the habitat of many species and erodes the ocean’s ecosystem, the organization and the Triunfo Lobo Community Association is staging its eighth […]

Calabasas delivers stern warning on mail service

By Joann Groff  joann@theacorn.com The Calabasas City Council met with representatives of the U.S. Postal Service in an attempt to solve ongoing complaints about mail delivery in the city. After listening to a 15-minute speech from Postal Service representative Stacia Crane regarding 800 numbers and an updated website, council members said they were still concerned about mail service in the […]

Oak Park school district accepting senior exemptions

The Oak Park Unified School District is accepting requests for senior exemptions for the Measure D4 Parcel Tax. The forms are available from the district’s support services office at 5801 E. Conifer St., Oak Park, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call (818) 735-3200. Senior citizens 65 years old or older are eligible to apply. Seniors must […]