2011-02-03 E-Edition

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Message of hope and prosperity in Calabasas

Groveman bids farewell in State of the City address

The city of Calabasas last year found the wherewithal to cope with the deep economic downturn while continuing to take seriously its role as steward of the environment, Mayor Barry Groveman said in his State of the City speech Monday at city hall. Calabasas is the owner of almost $100 million in assets, $16 million in general fund reserves— and […]

Agoura Hills loses Heschel land purchase

The Agoura Hills land purchase deal that some people thought was too good to be true turned out to be just that. Los Angeles Superior Court ruled that the 71 acres just east of Agoura Hills that the city purchased during a foreclosure sale in March 2010 was an improper transaction and will not be allowed. According to the court, […]

Deputies release Oak Park murder suspect

23-year-old set free after no charges are filed

A 23-year-old Oak Park man is out of jail and back at home after spending the weekend in custody on suspicion of murder. Bikram Otal was released from Ventura County Main Jail on Monday after prosecutors decided not to file charges against him in the death of Donald Barnes, Jr., 41, also from Oak Park. Officials said there was evidence […]

Free speech versus hate speech

Humans don’t like to admit they have prejudices, but they all do. Prejudices often come to The Acorn in the form of letters to the editor—weekly judgmental rants directed at different groups and individuals in the community. The hottest topic for letters over the past 12 months has been whether or not to allow the expansion of the Jewish Chabad […]


Letter about Israel draws response from readers

I’m compelled to respond to the letter “Bring Israel home.” I’m sure Mr. Wilcox‘s heart is in the right place, but it’s somewhat depressing to think that this type of ignorance exists in the neighborhood. Is it not clear to Mr. Wilcox that the radical Islamic element hates the Western world and the freedom and democracy we represent? Israel is […]

Agoura townhome project said to be an eye-opener

At a recent meeting of the Agoura Hills City Council we had a chance to see just how far the city has gone regarding the spending of taxpayer money and the planning of the townhouse project behind the high school. Old Agoura is about to find out what the rest of the city’s residents have been experiencing for decades: When […]

Opposes teachers’ affordable homes

We are writing this letter concerning the proposed Fountain Place Villas. The most pressing issue at this time at the high school is the lack of adequate parking and traffic problems. Many parking spaces were taken away when the construction of the Performance Arts Center began. Indian Hills High school was also moved to the Agoura High campus, causing the […]

Housing issue invites hypocrisy

Land use policy and change always seem to bring out both the best and the worst in people. Currently, we are in the middle of such an event. In my opinion, the homes next to the high school should go forward. I have formed this view solely based on what I think is hypocrisy on the part of some of […]