2010-12-23 E-Edition

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Christmas approaching, local communities sleighed by rain

Chabad appeal unsuccessful

Synagogue still seeking Oak Park expansion

The Ventura County Planning Commission voted 4-1 last week to reject a claim that the county infringed on religious freedoms when it denied Chabad of Oak Park’s request to more than double its occupancy. Chabad has operated a synagogue inside a residential home in the 5900 block of Conifer Street since 1994. The synagogue wanted to increase occupancy from 70 […]

Hidden Hills City Council vacancy spurs the competition

Quiet enclave gears up for March election

Three seats are up for election in the March 8 Hidden Hills City Council election and two incumbents and three newcomers will be in the running. The gated enclave nestled between the western foothills of the San Fernando Valley and the Ventura County line has about 2,000 residents who enjoy a country way of life that has nearly vanished from […]

Calabasas man smoked by feds

A federal jury in Los Angeles convicted a 46- year- old Calabasas man, Abdurrahman Yousuf, of 23 counts of interstate commerce fraud and trafficking in contraband tobacco. According to the U. S. Attorney’s office, Yousuf was a licensed wholesaler of tobacco products other than cigarettes, such as cigars, chewing tobacco and leaf tobacco. Trial evidence showed that he purchased untaxed […]

This holiday season, put your gadgets down and pick your heads up

As the holiday season begins to wind down, many of us are giddy over the prospect of receiving the latest, coolest electronic gadget underneath the tree. The lucky ones have already received their high-tech gifts for Hanukkah. We all love presents that come from the heart, but let’s face it, most of us prefer getting the newest smart phone, flat-screen […]


Can have plastic bag awareness without being told

An article last week discussed Sacramento’s failure to pass a law banning plastic grocery bags. Do we really need a law? Can’t we do it ourselves? For the past decade my wife and I have used our cloth bags at grocery and other stores. I’ve only seen two other people use cloth bags in the past 10 years. Recent surveys […]

Cycling plan failed

It’s interesting that everyone talks about cyclist’s riding indiscretions, driver’s adherence to mandated rules and regulations, about sharing the road and common courtesy when that is postmortem discussion. The purpose of bike lanes was to reduce the number of vehicles by encouraging drivers to short distance commute and run errands by bicycle. The concept has been a dismal failure in […]

Calling president a ‘terrorist’ crosses the line

Shame on reader Larry Brown and shame on The Acorn for posting this nut’s latest salvo on the Wiki-leaks “data dump” (Dec. 9). Brown calls the U.S. president and the U.S. secretary of state terrorists. Treason is defined as a crime that undermines the offender’s government, disloyalty by virtue of subversive behavior and an act of deliberate betrayal. Mr. Brown […]