Agoura Hills City Council goes business-friendly

Sign ordinance relaxed due to economic slowdown

The economy’s continued downward spiral has prompted the Agoura Hills City Council to temporarily suspend its sign ordinance and allow businesses to display a wider range of advertising banners for the next three months. The City Council also voted to lift banner permit fees until Jan. 22, 2009 to help the businesses. According to Mike Kamino, Agoura Hills director of […]


A LITTLE FRIGHTENING—Above, Kai Hood, 5, gets a big scare from haunted house ghoul Robyn Marks of Oak Park High School during the annual Westlake Village City Celebration last weekend at city hall. See page 17 for story and more photos. Below, 2month-old Charlie Ames finds himself in a land of giants at the Community Garden pumpkin patch in Oak […]

Village development finally okayed

'Where the future of the city will be'

After 10 years of public meetings, workshops and the courts, the Agoura Hills City Council last week adopted the Agoura Village Specific Plan and approved a final environmental impact report for the proposed commercial and residential development on the south side of the 101 Freeway. The unanimous decision provides property owners with a framework to build retail, commercial and residential […]

Water plan sunk

The issue of whether to allow ratepayers to choose their water district representatives arose again during the Triunfo Sanitation District’s meeting on Monday, but a proposal for change was dismissed by the water board in light of next week’s election. Incumbent Ron Stark, who’s running for reelection, suggested changing the board from the current two-elected, three-appointed makeup to two elected […]

Agoura Hills lucky again

Two months later and just a few miles from the place where an $11-million dollar SuperLOTTO Plus ticket was purchased, the California Lottery has struck again. This time, someone who purchased a Fantasy 5 ticket in Agoura Hills hit a prize of $186,389. The grand prize ticket was purchased Oct. 23 from the USA gas station at 5000 Kanan Road […]

Sheila Kuehl’s Senate seat draws challenge

Three candidates are on the Nov. 4 ballot to replace state Sen. Sheila Kuehl in the California Senate’s 23rd District. Kuehl (DSanta Monica) served as state senator for eight years, the term limit for the position. Democrat Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills, Republican Rick Montaine of Winnetka and Libertarian Colin Goldman of Sherman Oaks are competing for the open seat. […]

Brownley seeks reelection to state Assembly

Assemblymember Julia Brownley (D-Woodland Hills) will be challenged in the 41st District in the Nov. 4 election by Republican Mark Bernsley, an attorney and business consultant in Woodland Hills. Locally, the 41st includes Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Oak Park and Calabasas. Brownley, who was elected in 2006 and filled the seat left by Fran Pavley from Agoura Hills, has served […]

The California Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspapers Contest 2008

This year, there were 276 newspapers across California participating with over 4,000 entries in weekly and daily categories. Photographers from The Acorn received several top awards.

UP AND AWAY—An unidentified surfer kicks off the lip of a high wave at Point Dume in Malibu. A pair of large storms that originated north of the Hawaiian Islands produced powerful waves along the West Coast on Dec. 5, 2007. In Ventura County, wave faces reached 15 feet on the biggest sets. We’d also like to congratulate our sister […]

Agoura Hills City Calendar

The city of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services announces its upcoming events. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. For more information, call (818) 597-7361. •A new MamaCare Group for parents and their children ages newborn to 3 will be held from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Fridays […]

Sending help to faraway neighbors

MUDDY WATERS—Children in Gasi Springs, Ethiopia, gather water from the area’s mud hole, formerly the only source of water for the small village. With the help of Brookside Elementary School students and their families, who donated $1,405 to the Charity: Water organization, the toxic mud hole is now gone, replaced by clean, safe drinking water. “This project radically changed the […]