2011-02-24 E-Edition

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Schools want governor ’s tax extension

If taxes die, so will classes, officials say

Even in a best case scenario, Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget is going to be painful for schools. The economic realities of the state’s $27-billion deficit are expected to hurt every sector, and perhaps public education the most. But how hard schools are hit depends on whether Brown can muster support to extend a variety of state tax increases for five […]

A Yankee Doodle day at Yerba Buena

Westlake considers retail for Russell Ranch

Offices and a Lowe’s store failed in the past

Westlake Village officials recently gave the goahead for an environmental study on a proposed commercial development in the 30800 block of Russell Ranch Road. The city will pay Rincon Consultants $95,300 to prepare the report. Selleck Development Group wants to build a retail center on the vacant 21.5-acre commercial parcel north of the 101 Freeway. The proposed Shoppes at Westlake […]

Residents desire more pedestrian safety on Lost Hills bridge

Some drivers are accused of breaking the law

Major improvements to the Lost Hills freeway bridge and interchange in Calabasas won’t come soon enough for some. Residents waiting for the new $25-million project say current conditions are dangerous for pedestrians who use the bridge, and that Caltrans and the city should take immediate action to implement better safety measures. “Many children and adults walk to and from our […]

Make affordable housing open to all

What’s the definition of affordable housing, anyway? A joint plan by the city and the school district to build affordable homes near the Agoura High School baseball field seems to be getting more jeers than cheers. Clearly, the Agoura Hills Redevelopment Agency—which is partnering in the affordable housing deal with the Las Virgenes Unified School District—has a legal mandate to […]


Heal the Bay likes plastic bag ban

Heal the Bay wholeheartedly supports Calabasas’ ban on plastic bans. Plastic bags make our neighborhoods and beaches look like trash dumps, entangle and kill marine life, and are an unnecessary environmental scourge. With this ban, Calabasas joins a growing list of forward-thinking California cities that are working to save the environment, save landfill space, and save taxpayer dollars that would […]

Clarification on Oak Park tank

The final paragraph in the story, “Bank to fund Oak Park water tank,” in the Feb. 17 Acorn is incorrect. Mike McReynolds is a new Triunfo Sanitation District board member who was not on the board when the Conifer tank site was tested geologically around 2006 and 2007. The results of that geological testing was that the Conifer tank could […]

Agoura is in for tough fight over Heschel purchase

The city of Agoura Hills purchased land east of Old Agoura at a foreclosure sale for something in excess of $650,000 as I remember. They were the only bidders at this sale. What they did not understand, but other potential buyers did, was that they were buying a property subject to a superior note secured with a deed of trust […]