2011-08-18 E-Edition

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It’s T.H.E. way to give back to schools

A new educational foundation in the Las Virgenes Unified School District is busy raising money that will help lessen the dependency of local schools on the state. T.H.E. (Together Helping Education) Foundation is up and running thanks to founder and president Ziona Friedlander and a posse of like-minded citizens who are worried about how diminished funding from the state will […]

District and its education foundation try to mend ways

Sides disagreed over contract

Parties are working together to try to heal a rift between the Las Virgenes Unified School District and the Las Virgenes Educational Foundation, the district’s summer school support group. The spat occurred when Stuart Selter, LVEF founder and president, said the foundation was unwilling to sign a master agreement with the school district. The district and the foundation argued about […]

Agoura agency disbanded

The City of Agoura Hills abolished its 23-year-old redevelopment agency last week after opting out of the governor’s voluntary RDA program on grounds that the state’s new plan for the agencies was nothing short of “extortion.” Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that abolished California’s redevelopment agencies by Oct. 1 but still allowed cities to participate in a voluntary RDA program—if […]

Western Oak Park to receive much-needed repair work on 14 streets

Residents pleased about the work

Many residential streets in unincorporated Oak Park are getting a makeover. The Ventura County Department of Public Works is paving and repairing 75 surface streets on the west side of the community. Street closures will occur intermittently between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and temporary “no parking” signs will be posted at affected locations at least 48 hours before the […]

Garden gives hope to Wellness Community cancer patients and survivors

Amazon looks for local support

The right to free speech and its corollary, the right to petition in public, carry huge weight in our society. Petitioning, in particular, allows individuals and groups to garner support for causes they want the larger public to vote on. Petitioners seek what is known as a redress of grievances, or a remedy for a complaint. Amazon.com’s so-called grievance is […]


Religious learning

I read with great interest the article by Stephanie Bertholdo titled “No temple affiliation needed at Hebrew school.” In addition to noting that the highlighted teacher in her article is pictured with children who are members of local synagogues, as an ordained congregational rabbi I am the first to admit that a synagogue or temple is not needed to learn […]

Water district is planning ahead

In response to questions posed in last week’s Acorn, several years ago the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District Board of Directors adopted a “pay as you go” policy for all but the largest capital projects. The new pipeline in Agoura Hills and related system improvements are being funded from the district’s capital reserves, which have been accumulated over a period […]