Local schools seek share of federal stimulus

Funds aimed at protecting jobs and programs

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced last week that California public schools and universities can apply immediately for $3.1 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars, but the move brought mixed reviews from one local school district. The governor and the U.S. Department of Education announced April 17 that California was the first state in the nation to be approved for […]

Spears stalker in Calabasas

Tozier-Robbins A 26-year-old Inglewood woman was arrested April 16 after a security guard reportedly caught her peeping into the home of singer Britney Spears in Calabasas. Miranda Tozier-Robbins was seen looking into a window at Spears’ exclusive estate in The Oaks neighborhood around noon, a sheriff’s spokesperson said. The woman was dressed in camouflaged fatigues and carried a backpack and […]

Get involved with Mom’s Day

Mother’s Day is Sun., May 10, and The Acorn wants your mom to receive the recognition she deserves. In 100 words or less, please write and tell us why your mother is special. Whether it’s a poignant memory you have, a small story you’d like to tell or just a few kind words for Mom, your thoughts are important. Even […]

Kids on the GO

Oak Park worries about cancer cases

A group of Oak Park residents is speaking out about what they feel is a spike in the number of cancer cases recently diagnosed in their community, but cancer clusters are difficult to prove, experts say, and fears that the disease might be linked to the former rocket engine and nuclear testing site at the nearby Santa Susana Field Lab […]

Ready behind the wheel

A free traffic safety seminar for teens preparing to obtain a driver’s license and their parents will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m. Mon., April 27 in the theater at Calabasas High School, 22855 W. Mulholland Hwy. The program “Is Your Teen Road Ready?” is sponsored by the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station and Calabasas High. The program will feature […]

Former Agoura man stole from employees

Michael Joseph Pearns, 58, a former Agoura Hills resident, was sentenced to three years in state prison for stealing more than $97,000 from his employees and business partners. According to police reports, from 1995 to 2000, Pearns and two partners ran MJP Financial, also called Mountain View Financial, a real estate loan firm in Westlake Village. The firm closed in […]

Oak Park shapes finances

Last year at this time the financial situation for the Oak Park Unified School District looked dire. Responding to a state education funding reduction, OPUSD made $1.5 million in budget cuts, and although the same amount must be cut this year, Superintendent of Schools Tony Knight says he is optimistic for several reasons. Knight hopes federal stimulus money will help […]

Residents complete emergency training

Story of black settler inspires student poetry

  A movement to rename a peak in the Santa Monica Mountains after the first black man to settle there has inspired poetry by several Moorpark College students. Students enrolled in a history and English class taught by Ranford Hopkins and Beth Gillis-Smith became enthralled by the tale of John Ballard, a former slave who built a cabin in 1888 […]