2012-04-12 E-Edition

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School district becomes tax collector following billing error by county

2,400 property owners could face penalties

Local property owner Ofer Bick received a tax bill from the Las Virgenes Unified School District that made him wonder if he might be a victim of some nefarious email scam. Bick, who owns two parcels in the unincorporated area of Calabasas, and about 2,400 other property owners who are paying the $98-per-year school parcel tax, received an invoice from […]

Rock Store founder Ed Savko dead at 86

Edward J. Savko, owner of the legendary Rock Store motorcycle mecca nestled in the local Santa Monica Mountains died April 2 from heart disease. He was 86. The Thousand Oaks resident was born on Sept. 28, 1925, the same year the Rock Store was converted to a country grocery store following its beginnings in 1909 as a stage coach stop […]

Senior housing proposed at former Westlake hospital site

A plan to build a senior housing complex on the site that once housed the Westlake Medical Center in Westlake Village received a lukewarm reception by the City Council. One Eighty, the parent company of Leisure Care Retirement Communities, proposed building 124 attached residential units for senior citizens on a 6.2-acre site at 4415 Lakeview Canyon Road. The property belongs […]

Canines that care

Luxury senior apartments and condos proceed in Calabasas

Stalled by economy, but now ready to build

After six years of planning, the developer of Calabasas’s first market-rate, seniors-only luxury apartment and condominium community is ready to begin construction. The city approved the 98,500-square-foot development in 2006. The project will be built on a vacant 2.7-acre parcel with an unused asphalt parking lot at 26705 Malibu Hills Road. Progress for the development was stalled when the economy […]

Residents eliminate parasitic mistletoe

BRANCH OFFICE—Residents of the Cornell community in rural Agoura went to work recently and had parasitic mistletoe removed from 13 native sycamore trees near Peter Strauss Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains. In the top photo, clumps of the invasive plant are visible in the trees. The infestation had weakened limbs and robbed the trees of valuable nutrients. Linda Armijo […]

Best wishes for Mom

Sun., May 13, is Mother’s Day, and in our community it’s one of the most important days of the year. Think that’s an overstatement? Not if you count everything Mom does for us. There are at least 365 reasons to love her, and here are just a few: love, nourishment, warmth, understanding, good advice, bad advice, tenderness and touch. Your […]

Library sets the record straight

In response to Thomas Mc- Govern’s letter to the editor (“Autistic needs”) in the April 5 issue of The Acorn, the Calabasas Library is highly sensitive to people with special needs. We are proud to be one of the few libraries in the country to provide programming for children on the autism spectrum. Along with providing services and programs for […]

Animal advocate

I must add my endorsement to the eloquent words of Lisa Friedman and Craige Story in support of shelter animals. Their love for these “surrendered” animals reminds us that we must be responsible and caring owners for them just as we should be responsible and caring parents for our children. Let me share our family’s joy. In June of 2009, […]