2009-01-29

Agoura Hills keeps new homes and remodels under check

Laws govern residences

Following a series of public hearings, study sessions and workshops, the city of Agoura Hills has adopted new ordinances and guidelines that address the issue of “residential neighborhood compatibility.” In other words, how to deal with homes that are over the top. Recession nothwithstanding, the new laws discuss what’s permissable in new home design and residential remodels. The question of […]

Caught in beak rush hour



CLOSE FRIENDS—Matt Moreau, the father of a student at Sumac Elementary School in Agoura HIlls, receives a nuzzle from Sans Un Nom (without a name), a 2-year-old Harris’s Hawk that he flies near his home to keep away unwanted birds. The Harris’s Hawk is an easily trained falconry bird, which, unlike most raptors, prefers to hunt in groups. And they’re […]

Bad economy? No problem, one city says

While the recession sends shudders across the state, the city finances of Calabasas remain built on bedrock

The city of Calabasas apparently didn’t see the memo that there’s a recession going on. Mayor Mary Sue Maurer reported in her Jan. 21 state of the city address that the Calabasas finances are weathering the storm nicely. The city budget even has a record $42 million cash balance in case the rainy days get worse “We have prepared our […]

Oak Park school yards getting worn out by dogs



Oak Park school officials are frustrated by dog owners who continue to ignore the fact that their pets are not allowed on campus. With their fenced-in fields and play areas, the Oak Park school yards have recently become the place to go for pet owners who want to let their animals run free. Due to safety and sanitary issues, the […]

Remember falling in love?



Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to win your heart. Do you recall the moment your spouse or loved one walked into your life? Was it love at first sight? Did fireworks go off and Cupid’s arrow find its mark? With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, The Acorn invites you to tell us how you […]

LVMWD lowers water rebates



Las Virgenes Municipal Water District announced a revised rebate schedule for customers who purchase qualifying high-efficiency clothes washers, high efficiency toilets, weather-based irrigation controllers and watersaving sprinkler heads. For a new qualifying washing machine, the buyer may now receive a $135 refund against their purchase. “Our previous program of $300 washer rebates relied on supplemental state grant funding,” said Randal […]

Calabasas Chamber hosts Monte Carlo Night, honors resident for service

Gala event is tomorrow evening

The Calabasas Chamber of Commerce will host a Monte Carlo Night and new officers installation gala tomorrow evening, an annual event that will also honor Arlene Bernholtz as the winner of this year’s Bill Van Gieson Award. Bernholtz is a former marketing director for the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce who directed the Chamber’s membership development for 13 years. She retired […]

Local author to discuss moral values, politics in current ‘age of corruption’



Agoura Hills author Mary Ficalora spent many years of research while producing her candid report on the social, economic and political upheaval in America. She discusses her findings in a new book, “Choosing Honor: An American Woman’s Search for God, Family and Country in an Age of Corruption,” which will be the topic of a Feb. 2 presentation at the […]

At the Library



The Westlake Village Library announces its upcoming events calendar. All programs will be held at the library, 31220 E. Oak Crest Drive, Westlake Village. For more information, call the library at (818) 865-9230. Baby story times are held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Toddler story times are held at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday. Preschool story times are held at 10:30 […]

Good citizenship



WATER WISE—Las Virgenes Municipal Water District representative Deborah Lowe presents Las Virgenes Unified School District Superintendent Donald Zimring with $118,340 in rebates for the school district. Zimring was honored as the water district’s January Citizen of the Month for implementing extensive water conservation measures in 2008, including smart irrigation controllers and synthetic landscaping at local schools.