Assessed property values among highest in county

Statistics tell only part of the story

Calabasas and Westlake Village are listed among the top 10 cities in Los Angeles County that had the greatest assessed property value increase last year. But looks can be deceiving. Real market values continue to wane. According to the Los Angeles County Assessor’s annual report, Calabasas property values increased 13.1 percent in 2006, while the assessed valuation of homes, condos […]

Creek restoration underway

Acorn contest calls for the best

If you think you have a knack for writing, put your creative juices to work this summer in The Acorn’s newest contest, “Fiction in a Nutshell.” Here’s how it works: In 100 words or less, write a short fiction story and e-mail it to newstip@theacorn.com. You may also send it by mail to the address on page 4A. Include your […]

Try as it might, Calabasas not quite an All-America City

Many consider Calabasas one of the country’s most desirable cities in which to live, but according to the National Civic League, it’s not quite top-10 caliber. Now in its 58th year, the NCL has honored more than 500 neighborhoods, communities, towns and cities with the All-America City Award. Calabasas was named a top-20 finalist in May, but was not one […]

Treasure of the Santa Monica Mountains

Summer programs are now underway at King Gillette Ranch, formerly Soka University, near Calabasas. Originally the estate of razor magnate King C. Gillette, the property is rich with natural beauty and vestiges of California’s golden past. Under the jurisdiction of The Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority, the 588-acre park is open to visitors. For information call (310) 454-1395, ext. 106 […]

Oak Park climber Michael Reardon remembered for daring feats

Rock climbers live on life’s edge, consumed by a passion steeped in danger. One local climber pursued his deep love for the sport all the way across the Atlantic Ocean and paid with his life. Oak Park resident and worldrenowned climber Michael Reardon, 42, was presumed dead after being knocked off the side of a cliff in Ireland by a […]

Cops go to class

Area residents invited to learn about wildfire safety

The Ventura County Fire Departmentw illconduct community meetings in Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Ojai, and Simi Valley to inform the public and answer questions on the “Ventura County Wildfire Action Plan: Evacuate Early or Stay and Defend.” The plan also affects the unincorporated Ventura County homes in Oak Park. The meeting schedule is as follows: •Camarillo- 6:30 p.m. Thurs., July 26, […]


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Agoura Hills rolls out mission statement

In the midst of celebrating the city’s 25th anniversary, officials in Agoura Hills have developed a mission statement. Louis Celaya, assistant to the city manager, recently reported to the City Council that the “time has come” for a clear city mission. The mission statement will be a guiding document for years to come, Celaya said. All city employees are contributing […]