Countrywide confirms job reductions

Local offices not impacted, company says

By Nancy Needham  nancy@theacorn.com Countrywide Financial Corp., the nation’s largest mortgage lender, has begun laying off staff. According to a report released by the company, about 500 positions have been eliminated across the country. Although the company’s headquarters are in Calabasas, it has offices in surrounding cities including Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. The Calabasas and Ventura County offices were […]

Sayonara to summer

BALI HIGH– Jeremy Goldberg jumps effortlessly into the tropical waters at sunset during a Thai dive excursion. The Agoura Hills resident recently returned from a four-month trip to Southeast Asia. Please see the Community section for more of his travel story. Closer to home, children are returning to school as another summer in suburban paradise draws to a close. For a […]

Bottled vs. tap water debate filters down to the schools

Many love the bottle, others see glass half-full

Americans are bonkers over bottled water, so enamored with the stuff that they are willing to pay many times more than they do for tap water. According to one estimate, if the cost of tap water equaled the cost of even the cheapest 5-gallon jug of water, a typical monthly water bill would run $9,000. Americans reportedly spent more than […]

Public learns about water issues

WATER WORLD– Left, Deborah Lowe describes wastewater recycling procedures at the Tapia Water Reclamation Facility in Calabasas. Members of the public were invited to take a tour of the water plant last weekend. Below, Samantha Tsai, 10, of Westlake Village leans over a large tank full of koi. The fish are placed in recycled wastewater to demonstrate its cleanliness. Recycled […]

Area hospitals keep eye out for St. John’s

By Michelle Knight  knight@theacorn.com Area hospital administrators say none of the local facilities have been inundated with patients since St. John’s Regional Medical Center of Oxnard closed on Aug. 8 for mold fumigation. State regulators are expected to give the 265-bed hospital the go-ahead to reopen. At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, President Jim Sherman said […]

Helicopter will keep eye out

As the driest summer reported on record continues to ignite fires throughout Santa Barbara, Orange County and Griffith Park, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is stepping up precautionary measures for possible outbreaks. The department, which recently received a helicopter from the sheriff ‘s facility at Long Beach Airport, is now patrolling the skies for Calabasas and surrounding areas. “After consideration […]

Write on

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 […]

Amgen layoffs reverberate thoughout community

By Nancy Needham  nancy@theacorn.com Using a variety of procedures, including laser technology, Dr. Franz Michel helps his patients to see. But Michel’s future, as well as the future of his many patients from Amgen, is now unclear. The biotech giant announced last week it will restructure by reducing staff 12 to 14 percent– that’s 2,200 to 2,600 workers–and making other […]

Amgen restructuring includes buyout packages

By Nancy Needham  nancy@theacorn.com Amgen, having announced it will restructure by reducing staff by 2,200 to 2,600 workers and making other cutbacks, is offering some employees a package to voluntarily leave the company. Those employees have been notified they are eligible for a Voluntary Transition Program, which includes a sum of money and, possibly, other incentives. A combination that includes […]

Calabasas residents take their recycling seriously

Next year's goal is 70 tons of TVs and computer monitors

By Joann Groff  joann@theacorn.com Batteries, paint, eyeglasses–Calabasas residents stay resolute to the need to recycle different kinds of waste in the city, and the end-of-the-year numbers prove it. In recent years the city has amplified its program, which includes local roundups and the placement of distribution bins to help residents recycle a wide range of trash. More bins are being […]