Families grieve loss of loved ones

Survival amid the tragedy

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers REMEMBERING—Above, Paulina Freidl, Emily Malley and Whitney Hall look at photographs of Alanna Moorman, the 12year-old Agoura Hills girl who died recently in Italy. Below, Alanna’s father Dave Moorman speaks at last week’s memorial while her mother Kristy and brother Ryan stand by his side. Alessandra Amati, a 12-year-old Westlake Village girl, is expected to fully recover […]

Local schools opposed to grand jury request for unification

Superintendents prefer local autonomy

Area school districts have turned a cold shoulder to the recent Ventura County grand jury recommendation that some of the districts consolidate their facilities and services in order to save taxpayer dollars. In its May report, “School District Administration: Is the Cost Too High?” the grand jury recommended the 20 public school districts in Ventura County be reduced to just […]

Oak Park water tank awash in legal issues

Construction remains on hold

Triunfo Sanitation District has hit a snag in its quest to build a new water tank in Oak Park. The problem involves a complex history of deed restrictions on the open space where the tank would be built. Officials from Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, which owns the proposed water tank site in the hills above Oak Canyon Park […]

Quiet Hidden Hills rocked by wild partygoers

Neighborhood focus

By Stephanie Bertholdo  bertholdo@theacorn.com Between 2,500 and 3,000 people came to the quiet equestrian community of Hidden Hills on Sun., July 19 for the second annual "P.L.A.Y. (Providing Laughter and Amusement for Youth) in the Jungle" party at the multimillion-dollar home of businessman Larry Pollack. The adults-only, jungle-themed party had everything wild and crazy guys (and gals) could ask for—booze, […]

Wachtel named principal at Bay Laurel

Susan Wachtel, a longtime teacher in the Las Virgenes Unified School District, was named principal of Bay Laurel Elementary School in Calabasas. Dan Stepenosky, LVUSD assistant superintendent of personnel, welcomed Wachtel to the school district’s management team during a recent board of education meeting. Wachtel was a speech and language pathologist at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute, Northridge Hospital and in private […]

Attention all fiction writers

If you think you have a knack for good storytelling, we invite you to put your creative juices to work in the annual Acorn contest, “Fiction in a Nutshell.” Here’s how it works: In 100 words or less, write a fiction story and e-mail it to newstip@theacorn.com.You may also send it by mail to the address on page 4. Include […]

Workers pave way for new parking lot

Constitutional reform discussed

A public workshop on the effort to reform California’s Constitution will take place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mon., Aug. 3, in the Lundring Events Center at California Lutheran University, Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard, Thousand Oaks. Jim Wunderman, president and CEO of the Bay Area Council, will make a presentation on the movement to place measures on the 2010 […]

City invites public input on new General Plan

The city of Agoura Hills will host a community information meeting on the city’s General Plan update at 6 p.m. Tues., July 28 in the City Council Chambers, 30001 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills. The meeting is an opportunity to hear the latest about the update to the city’s General Plan. For more information, call (818) 597-7310 or visit www .ci.agoura-hills.ca.us […]

New stores at the Design Center