A wing and a prayer

Water and sewer rates will go up

LVMWD cites higher costs, regulatory issues

By Stephanie Bertholdo  bertholdo@theacorn.com The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District announced potable water rates and sewage costs will increase over a five-year period starting Nov. 1. Sewer charges for single-family dwellings will rise about 47 percent during the first year and will double by year five. The increase in the cost of drinking water is the first in 12 years […]

Calabasas stoplight gets the go-ahead

By Joann Groff  joann@theacorn.com While the Calabasas city manager approved installing a traffic signal at Old Topanga Canyon Road and Mulholland Highway, community members came out to show both support and opposition. The project, awarded to TDS Engineering to install the light, will cost $162,000. After much testimony, the council voted unanimously to appropriate $185,000 for the signal. Robert Yalda, […]

Oaks Christian football coach killed in airplane crash

By Daniel Wolowicz  camarillo@theacorn.com John Mitchell McKittrick, a 42-year-old Thousand Oaks resident, was killed at around 8 a.m. Sun., July 15 when his WWII-era plane, a P-51D Mustang, crashed at the Camarillo Airport. An autopsy is pending. McKittrick was senior vice president of capital markets for Countrywide Home Loans and for the past two years had been an assistant football […]

Triunfo board moves toward full elections

Triunfo Sanitation District Board of Directors took a major step this week toward becoming an all-elected body. Previous motions by Triunfo board members Linda Parks and Janna Orkney to have all five members of the panel be elected were defeated by the three other board members, Ron Stark, Tom Glancy and Jim Acosta. At the board’s July 16 meeting, however, […]

Gaines runs for school board, Schulz out

Two seats are opening up at the Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education, but only one incumbent has filed papers for reelection. Board President Terilyn Finders is seeking her third term on the education panel, while Pat Schulz is stepping down after eight years in office. Schulz said she was ready to “take a breather” from the school […]


DuBose Heyward wrote the lyrics for the classic tune “Summertime,” from the 1934 folk opera “Porgy and Bess,” with his wife, Dorothy, and Ira Gershwin. George Gershwin wrote the music. The musical was based on DuBose Heyward’s novel “Porgy.” Gershwin’s surname was misspelled last week on The Acorn opinion page.

Don’t steer the wrong direction

Boudreau wins action with Coastal Commission

Landowner Brian Boudreau has won a lengthy battle with the California Coastal Commission to rebuild his Malibu Valley Farms. A fire a decade ago burned much of the equestrian facility. The Coastal Commission voted 75 to award Boudreau afterthefact permits for structures already rebuilt on his farm, as well as permits for further development. The 31acre property at the corner […]

Agoura Hills incumbents run for council

Residents who want to serve on the Agoura Hills City Council can vie for one of two seats open in the November election. Application papers are available at city hall. Councilmembers Dan Kuperberg and John Edelston are at the end of their four-year terms. Both have pulled filing papers with the intent to run for reelection. To run for a […]