Just the right touch

CLAY PAWS– Oak Park Neighborhood School student Evan Pessell discovers the properties of clay during a sensory lesson in art class at the school last week.

Internet deals too good to be true usually are

Local residents learn scams the hard way

When Robert Raser’s classified ad to sell bedroom furniture for $125 appeared online, he got much more than he asked for. Raser received a $3,900 cashier’s check from a buyer who wanted the excess funds wired back to him via Western Union. “I smelled a rat,” said the Westlake Village resident who opted not to cash the check, which turned […]

Westlake Village City Council candidates revisit difficult year

Nov. 6 election forum opens old wounds

By Sophia Fischer  sfischer@theacorn.com The four candidates for Westlake Village City Council were given a sample of what’s on voters’ minds during a Sept. 27 candidate forum at the North Ranch Community Center. Much of the discussion concerned growth and business in the city. Hosted by the Westlake Joint Board of Homeowner Associations, the forum attracted about 40 residents who […]

Families who walk to school follow correct path

HAPPY FEET– Matt Gross of Calabasas escorts his sons, Josh and Sam, both 6, to Bay Laurel Elementary School during International Walk to School Day yesterday. The local event, sponsored by the Calabasas Traffic and Transportation Department, School Area Traffic Safety Committee and Las Virgenes Unified School District, encouraged students from Bay Laurel, Lupin Hill and Chaparral elementary schools and […]

Wanted: haunted houses

Halloween is fast approaching and The Acorn is looking for creative families in the community who are working hard to think up and put out special holiday decorations. If you’re going to turn your home or yard into a true Halloween haunt with fun outdoor visuals, alarming sights or colorful decor, please tells us via e-mail at newstip@theacorn.com. We’d love […]

Oak Park death investigated

The death of a 23-year-old Oak Park man is being investigated by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. Daniel Saltzman was pronounced dead at 12:04 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 24. Police said a 911 call was received at 11:25 that morning from someone at the home in the 4000 block of Castella Way. When fire department paramedics arrived at the residence […]

Dog park under consideration

A dog play area could be coming to Oak Park. The Oak Park Recreation and Park Planning Committee will discuss the dog park proposal at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 11 at the Oak Canyon Community Center. The facility could be located at the back of Oak Canyon Park, according to Mike Green, a member of the Oak Park Municipal […]


The story about “skimmers,” which are devices used by thieves to steal bank card information, incorrectly stated that smart card technology is embedded into the magnetic stripes of driver’s licences. A smart card is an integrated circuit computer chip that securely stores information attached to electronic passports and some bank cards. Smart cards are not currently used in any state-issued […]

School tax returns to the ballot

Many favor the tax, but some wonder why it's needed if school enrollment is declining

Measure E, the $98-per-year parcel tax passed by voters in 2004 to preserve a variety of school programs and maintain small classroom sizes on Las Virgenes campuses, is up for renewal in the November election. The pros and cons of the tax are being debated by cities, school officials and residents. Supporters of the tax are making the rounds to […]

Calabasas joins support of Measure E

It’s been several years since the passage of Measure E, a parcel tax benefiting the Las Virgenes Unified School District. Now, the district has support from the city of Calabasas in asking voters to renew the tax for another eight years. The Calabasas City Council voted Sept. 19 to endorse the measure, which brings in about $2 million annually for […]