2012-03-29 E-Edition

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Agencies mishandled Richardson case

After a yearlong investigation, the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review has determined that both the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and coroner’s office made mistakes during the recovery of Mitrice Richardson’s remains in the Santa Monica Mountains. Richardson, a 24-year-old Los Angeles woman, was arrested at Geoffrey’s restaurant in Malibu in September 2009 for allegedly failing to pay […]

Art fundraiser features work of local artists

The Greater Conejo Valley Community Foundation will host an art auction from 6 to 8 p.m. Thurs., March 29 at the Best Western Plus Thousand Oaks Inn, 75 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd. The free event will feature both live and silent auctions. The live auction will include works by: Sister Lisa Megaffin, La Reina High School; Nancy Dillon, Thousand Oaks […]

Bobcat visits Agoura Hills home

The doozy dozen wildflower sampler

With a quirky winter/spring weather pattern of sporadic soaking rains, intense wind activity and withering heat waves, wildflower displays in the Santa Monica Mountains may occur at staggered intervals—not following any customary timeline for their appearance. It may be a good year for them or not—in truth, our native flora’s most predictable spectacles are produced post-fire. “Fire rejuvenates plants by […]

Calabasas weighs public versus private need in cell tower debate

After almost a year of study, the Calabasas Communications and Technology Commission adopted a new ordinance governing the placement of wireless communication facilities in the city. If approved by the City Council on April 25, the ordinance will revise city zoning standards for cell towers located on private property and within the public right-of-way. According to a city report, the […]

Expenditures by water boards called into question

Municipal water agencies operating under increasing public scrutiny are endeavoring to strike a balance between the salary and benefits their elected leaders enjoy, and what’s deemed suitable compensation by the recession weary customers who must pay for the expense in the form the higher water rates. Are water district perks driving up rates? Possibly, one report says. Last year, ratepayers […]

Oak Park Community garden preps for the growing season

SPRING CLEANING—Adrian Weills, 8, of Calabasas and Fiona McDonald, 10, of Oak Park gather weeds during Spring Clean Up Day at The Oak Park Community Garden on Sat., March 10. Below, Bob DeLeo of Oak Park prepares a vacant plot. It’s just about time to plant for summer harvest. The garden was established in 2003 with the goal of promoting […]

Let’s hear your ‘tails’

The Acorn invites you to send your fav orite pet story for publication on the Critter Corner page. Not to exceed 300 words, your story can be about an interesting occurrence, or an inspirational moment involving your pet. Maybe there was a close call with danger, and perhaps your pet became a hero. Or maybe you just want to tell […]

‘Kitchen and Cooks’ tour to benet kids in need

The Assistance League of Conejo Valley will host its annual fundraiser, Kitchens and Cooks Tour and Boutiques and Bites, on Sun., April 22. The tour of five kitchens in private homes will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The boutique will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in O’Reilly Hall, St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, 5801 Kanan Road, […]