New farmers market sprouts in Oak Park

State budget on the brink as May 19 election approaches

Six propositions would raise taxes and redistribute funds—large deficit remains

On May 19, voters will go to the polls to decide on a series of budget initiatives that attempt to solve the state’s financial crisis. Win or lose, California’s budget outlook remains dim. Five of the measures involve some combination of raising taxes and reallocating existing funds. A sixth proposition freezes politicians’ salaries in years when the state runs a […]

Expand the open space frontier

Calabasas has 3,500 acres of protected land, wants more

Calabasas says it wants to add more open space to its inventory of undeveloped land, one of the main goals of the city’s newly approved General Plan. The city currently has 3,500 acres zoned as open space, areas that are not permitted for commercial development. “When you put that into perspective, what that means is you are at a great […]

Contest puts spotlight on Agoura High student

Luke Suzumoto, a senior at Agoura High School, has won first place in the visual arts category at the Music Center Spotlight Awards competition. Suzumoto’s endearing portrait of a ballerina earned him a $5,000 cash award. The Spotlight awards program is a national recognition and scholarship program for Southern California high school students in the visual and performing arts. The […]

Memorial Day early deadlines

Memorial Day will be observed on Mon., May 25 and deadlines will be moved forward for the Acorn editions of May 28 and 29 because of the holiday. The deadline for letters to the editor and press releases will be noon Thurs., May 21, which is also the deadline for reserving real estate ads. The deadline for display ads will […]

Westlake Rotary hosts Day of Giving

Close encounter of the wild kind

A helping hand for students

Parents who postpone enrolling their children in kindergarten because of late birthdays or for developmental reasons will have another option in the Las Virgenes Unified School District next year. Carol Martino, principal of Sumac Elementary School in Agoura Hills, said a new program called “Journeys—A First Step Kindergarten Program” was developed by the district for young students who might need […]

Reach Out to Your Local School District

Las Virgenes USD

District Office Switchboard: (818) 8804000 Administration Donald Zimring, superintendent: 878-5225 Mary Schillinger, assistant superintendent of education: (818) 878-5218 Dan Stepenosky, assistant superintendent of personnel: (818) 878-5212 Karen Kimmel, chief business official: (818) 878-5203 Rose Dunn, director of elementary education: (818) 878-5219 Susan Curtis, director of pupil services: (818) 878-5216 Robbie Amodio, director of classified personnel: (818) 878-5212

Karen Hansen retires from school district

Bay Laurel Elementary School Principal Karen Hansen has announced she will retire from public education at the end of the school year. Hansen has been with the district for 28 years. She started her career at Chaparral Elementary School in Calabasas as a fifthgrade teacher and taught at Willow Elementary School in Agoura Hills for 16 years, teaching all grade […]