2011-09-29 E-Edition

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Las Virgenes school tax gains financial backing

Almost $60,000 raised in support of the measure, but opposition looms

A citizen group raising money to pass Measure K, the $95-peryear parcel tax measure to support Las Virgenes schools, received a $25,000 boost from the Las Virgenes Educational Foundation last week. The annual parcel tax will generate an additional $17.6 million over eight years if passed by voters in November. Las Virgenes passed a $98 per year parcel tax in […]

Globetrotter C.H.E.E.R.

Backbone Trail nearly complete

The National Park Service announced that it has acquired one of the three remaining pieces of land necessary to complete the 65-mile Backbone Trail. The trail stretches from Will Rogers State Park in Los Angeles to Point Mugu State Park in Ventura County. The 5-acre property acquired from Helen Kee lies along the Etz Meloy Motorway near the Los Angeles-Ventura […]

Obscure development contract catches some by surprise

Residents might have to chip in for water line

Calabasas officials are trying to mediate a problem that, if unresolved, could cost some rural property owners in the Highlands neighborhood thousands of dollars in unwanted fees. The issue began late last year when the Los Angeles County Fire Department required a landowner on Clover Trail to install a new fire hydrant before building a home on his parcel. But […]

Let’s play heads up this fall

High school football season is in full swing. It’s a fantastic time of year as hundreds of young men at Calabasas, Agoura and Oak Park high schools hit the turf not to play for a paycheck, but to play for pride and gridiron glory. It’s the season of Friday night lights and all the red, white and blue sparkle that […]


STAR test from a student’s view

In response to the criticism of the STAR testing incentives, as a former Agoura High School student I will attempt to reveal a student’s perspective on the issue. First of all, it is important to understand that standardized test results do have an effect on students to an extent. Most students plan to go to college after they graduate, and […]

Online voting in photo contest

Online voting is now open for the winners of the 2011 Take Your Acorn on Vacation Photo Contest. From Tucson to Timbuktu, our vacationers have seen it all, and have the pictures to prove it. Now it’s up to you pick the top photos of the year. Visit www.theacorn.com to cast your vote in each of the five Acorn newspapers: […]

Taking the handicap too far

It is hard to have a child who has a disability. One of my good friends has a child that is severely disabled. However, I disagree with the many letters addressing the school policy rewarding students who perform well on their STAR tests. Disabled students who did not score high enough receive the same treatment as students without disabilities who […]