2011-06-23 E-Edition

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Water district increases rates second time this year

But hike in sewer rates is postponed

The board of directors of Las Virgenes Municipal Water District adopted a $61-million budget last week that includes increases for both drinking and recycled water. The higher rates will take effect July 1. Water revenues dropped significantly during the recent drought, and with the wetter than normal winter, water sales remained low. The latest price increases will allow LVMWD to […]

Calabasas: File civil, not criminal cases against pot dispensaries

Ordinance revision

The Calabasas Planning Commission said last week it would reinforce regulations against marijuana dispensaries in an attempt to prevent lawsuits against the city. Medical marijuana dispensaries are prohibited in Calabasas. Dispensing cannabis as a home occupation also is illegal. But criminal charges that are filed against medical marijuana users run counter to the California Compassionate Use Act of 1996, which […]

Concert in the park . . .

Agoura Hills puts old recreation center on shelf in favor of new one

‘We listened to the community and this is the ideal property’

The city of Agoura Hills announced it has purchased property with an existing building adjacent to the Agoura Hills Civic Center to become the city’s new recreation center. The 7-acre parcel at Ladyface Court directly above and to the south of Agoura Hills City Hall will cost $4.4 million. But how much it will cost to convert the 15,000-square-foot building […]

Water rates on the rise again

As reported on Page 1 of this week’s Acorn, the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District is raising rates for the second time this year. It’s the last in a series of increases adopted by the water board in 2007, just before the economy crashed. The latest rate increase will help the district maintain its service level for customers because, after […]


The language trap

I enjoyed Alyson Kessler’s on-the-mark article on the abuse and misuse of the word “like” in a recent issue of The Acorn. In a like vein, my pet peeve is the abuse, misuse and overuse of the phrase “you know,” and not by teenagers but by so-called intelligent journalists and TV personalities who should know better. I invited Alyson to […]

Uptick in crime

Have you noticed the increase in the amount crime reported in the Sheriff’s Blotter lately in both Los Angeles and Ventura counties? Most of the reports seem to be automobile break-ins, followed by residential break-ins. Now this is just a thought, no knock against local law enforcement, but maybe it is time to pull a few deputies off of traffic […]

Farewell from a longtime principal

Leading Lindero for 21 years has been a distinct honor, and I am immeasurably proud of our accomplishments. I celebrated a birthday on Saturday to be once again reminded that we cannot stop time. The truth is that while I have been contemplating retirement, the challenge of construction has energized me. The major work now has been completed, and our […]