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 […]

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 […]

New map changes game

Redrawn districts split the communities

The race is on for the California Assembly and its newly drawn legislative districts. But the local communities have been splintered by the new legislative map. Unlike in the past, Agoura, Calabasas and Westlake Village fall into different districts. Calabasas is in the new 45th District with the West Valley, and Westlake is in the 44th District with Thousand Oaks […]

Cell tower critics are dropping the call What’s

one thing the San Fernando Valley has on the Conejo Valley? Great cellphone coverage. For years, local residents who crisscross the Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys have bemoaned the spotty cell reception in various pockets from Calabasas to Thousand Oaks. People who love their cellphones—sports fans, soccer moms, business men and women, neighborhood gossipers—have taken their frustration to their wireless […]

Farewell to the superintendent

Most in our community already know that our superintendent, Dr. Donald Zimring, will be retiring after 37 years of extraordinary service to our district. For those of us at the district office who have been fortunate enough to work alongside him, it has truly been an honor. With the state budget cuts to education, his job has been a daunting […]

It’s not as bad as it seems

I was somewhat amused by a letter titled “Anthem fallout” that appeared in the March 22 issue of The Acorn. The writer notes: “I just woke up and found my healthcare provider cut off Los Robles as my emergency hospital” and this is “not what I signed up for when I paid thousands of bucks a month.” This apparently is […]

Being independent fraught with issues

I like Linda Parks as a county supervisor for the same reasons that she’d be a disaster in Congress. Her congressional campaign stresses bipartisanship. So did that of Barack Obama in 2008. Once elected, Obama ran straight into the roadblock of partisan obstructionism. As one of 435 members of Congress, Parks’ ability to change Congress’ partisan nature will be far […]

Be a responsible pet owner

This letter is to the person who dropped off her two Pomeranians at the Agoura Animal Shelter on a rainy Saturday night six years ago this month and stated on the relinquishment form that the dogs were “too much for her to care for.” They were 6 and 8 years old, severely neglected, dirty, matted and frightened. I found them […]

The politician’s ego

It is amazing how sanctimonious our public officials have become by proclaiming their self-importance with the practice of placing their names on public works and projects. I would like to know what mindset permits our publicly elected officials to appropriate their names to public facilities that have been paid for by taxpayers. As a tax-paying citizen, I take umbrage of […]