2009-06-11

Grads ready for new world



OH HAPPY DAY—Above, Oaks Christian High School seniors Hanna Crockett, center, and Natalia Dabdoub, give a shout-out after receiving their diplomas during the school’s commencement ceremony June 4 at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village. Right, new grad Cody Goodman sees the coming year in a whole new light. This week’s graduation coverage begins on page 21.

School district consolidation recommended, but idea fails to gain support

Grand jury touts big cost savings

A grand jury report recommends that the 20 public school districts in Ventura County be reduced by almost a third to save millions of dollars in administrative costs at a time when California is insolvent and searching for ways to streamline services. A May 18 Ventura County grand jury report, “School District Administration: Is the Cost Too High?” investigated the […]

Governor in Calabasas for textbook launch

New phase in digital learning announced

Those heavy backpacks students lug around could be getting lighter. On Monday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled a Free Digital Textbook Initiative at Calabasas High School, making California the first state in the nation to use high school math and science textbooks that are on disc or online. The new cyber books are not only lighter and cheaper, but they’re interactive […]

Benson House named as city landmark



When famed architect Frank Gehry was hired to design Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1978, he met a law professor named Robert Benson. The following year, Gehry designed Benson’s home in Calabasas, and now, nearly three decades later, the home has been named a city historical landmark. The Benson House is in the Calabasas Highlands area and consists […]

Real estate leader optimistic



As homeowners and homebuyers in Southern California, including those in the local markets, continue to cope with struggling residential sales, Acorn managing editor John Loesing continues his multipart questionand-answer series with local real estate leaders about the future of the market and possible signs that the worst might be behind us. This week’s discussion involves Bob Majorino, CEO and owner […]

Mountain fire prevention improved



Under a plan recently approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, visitors to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and residents in the Corral Canyon area above Malibu will receive an extra measure of fire protection on days when the wind howls and red flag conditions are in effect. In the early morning hours of Nov. 24, […]

DUI checkpoint



The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint from 8 p.m. Fri., June 12 through 3 a.m. Saturday in Agoura Hills. Checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, and to educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving. Traffic volume and weather permitted, all vehicles may be checked and drivers […]

Be water wise



Las Virgenes Municipal Water District will offer a series of free water-wise landscaping and irrigation management classes for its customers. The programs will feature useful information on how to sustain an attractive and water-efficient garden and smart irrigation management during water budgets. The first class, “Attainable and Sustainable Landscaping,” will be at 9 a.m. Sat., June 20. The second session, […]

Parking will be restricted at Agoura High



When the new school year starts this fall, Agoura High School students will not be allowed to park on either side of Foothill Drive between Driver Avenue and Toth Place. The parking restrictions will be enforced from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., said City Engineer Ramiro Adeva at an Agoura Hills City Council meeting in April. Apparently residents have lodged […]

Chinese language program at Oak Park High School poised for growth



The Chinese language program at Oak Park High School continues to develop, and may get a funding boost if its large federal grant application is approved. The school district and its Chinese Language Program Committee recently applied for the Foreign Language Assistance Program grant, which would provide as much as $300,000 over a threeyear period to expand and strengthen the […]