2008-10-16

New Oak Park school bond draws heated debate

Measure R needed, but it would be the residents' fourth school tax

JANN HENDRY/Acorn Newspapers OLD SCHOOL—Students walk by a dilapidated building on the campus of Oak Park High School. Measure R would raise $29.4 million for repairs and upgrades on the school district’s six campuses. Oak Park school officials hope the third attempt to pass a school facility improvement bond will be successful when voters go to the polls on Nov. […]

Voter registration on the rise



Political experts believe the Nov. 4 election could bring a record turnout. According to the Secretary of State’s latest report, the ranks of registered California voters continue to grow. The state has added an average of 12,000 new voters a month since May. California now has nearly 16.2 million registered voters, close to 550,000 more than it had at this […]

A clarification



The Acorn Newspapers and their publisher, J. Bee NP Publishing, Ltd., are in no way affiliated with ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), which has been involved in recent controversy regarding the upcoming presidential election. ACORN is a political advocacy group. The Acorn Newspapers are named after the seed from which tall oak trees grow. There is no […]

A horse and buggy show



OLD AND NEW—While cars wait, horses and riders cross the intersection of Las Virgenes Canyon Road and Mulholland Highway during the ninth annual Recreation and Equestrian Coalition Ride from Malibu Valley Farms last Sunday. Following the ride, participants enjoyed a barbecue lunch, silent auction and raffle. The event was a fundraiser for REC programs and activities.

Winners recognized for Reyes Adobe Days



The city of Agoura Hills has announced the award winners for the fourth annual Reyes Adobe Days. Trophies and medals were given to individuals, businesses and community organizations who participated in the festival. This year the Community Service Superstar Award category for local students was added. Among the winning entries from the Reyes Adobe Days parade was the Los Angeles […]

Candidate brings community experience to MAC race



Drew Fine’s motivation for running for the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council is a desire to set an example for his 10-year-old daughter, Blake, and to support the community he loves. Fine is running for one of two seats being vacated by longtime MAC members Deena Parry and Todd Haines. Derek Ross and Alon Glickstein are also seeking election to […]

Cities team up against Proposition 7

Renewable energy measure demands more 'green' utilities

Agoura Hills has joined the League of California Cities and Southern California Edison in opposing Proposition 7, the reneweable energy act that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot. Rudy Gonzales, public affairs manager of SCE, told City Council members at a recent meeting that California already has one of the most aggressive renewable energy programs in the nation. The […]

Docents needed



The Cold Creek Docents of the Mountains Restoration Trust are seeking adults to lead nature field trips at the UCLA Stunt Ranch Reserve in Calabasas for the 2008-09 school year. Volunteers are trained to lead trail hikes, nature programs and activities focusing on early local Chumash and Tongva cultures. Docents receive a stipend for each program they teach. Training fee […]

Westlake Village will celebrate

Activities set for Oct. 26

The sixth annual Westlake City Celebration will be from 7 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Sun., Oct. 26 at the city Civic Center, 31200 Oak Crest Drive. •Triunfo YMCA will serve an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. The menu is pancakes, sausage and orange juice for $4 per person. •The Celebration Run has 5K and 10K races as well […]

Original planner returns to Hidden Hills after 50 years away



Although many longtime homeowners and early city planners remember the San Fernando and Conejo valleys when there was little more than range cattle and family ranches, few can say they plotted a community homeby-home and street-by-street. Archie Hanson, 82, says he remembers designing the roads of Hidden Hills with an engineer and a team of mules. The mules slowly pulled […]