2012-08-23 E-Edition

Agoura Hills man pleads guilty in $20 million fraud

Ponzi scheme offered returns ‘too good to be true,’ victim says

An Agoura Hills man, once an active volunteer with youth soccer and basketball leagues in the area, will face up to 20 years in prison for his involvement in a $20-million Ponzi scheme that snared investors across the country, including many in the Conejo Valley. On May 31, the United States Attorney’s Office, California Central District, brought criminal charges against […]

Charity Ball

Calabasas mobile home park gets a lift

The gateway to Calabasas Village Mobile Estates will soon look sharp. Calabasas Village and the City of Calabasas hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 8 to celebrate the start of a longawaited landscaping improvement project in the 23700 block of Mulholland Highway. The joint beautification venture between the city and the owner of Calabasas Village will consist of landscaping approximately […]

Former LVUSD superintendent dies

John Fitzpatrick, superintendent of Las Virgenes Unified School District from 1994 to 2004, died on Aug. 17 from complications of colon cancer. He was 68 years old. Fitzpatrick’s influence on LVUSD during his 10 years of tenture was significant. Former LVUSD Superintendent Donald Zimring knew Fitzpatrick well. “John had a major positive impact on LVUSD,” Zimring said. “He advanced our […]

School, water district elections called off

No election will be held this November in the Oak Park Unified School District or Triunfo Sanitation District. The Ventura County Recorder’s office announced this week that it will appoint the five candidates slated to run for the school board and water board in lieu of holding elections because the candidates had no opposition. The filing period for the candidates […]

Don’t pass on high school football

High school football doesn’t just entertain us, it consumes us. From August until December each year, in large cities and small towns across the country, the high school gridiron becomes a mecca for mascots and cheerleaders, dance teams and marching bands, rivals and fans. In America, high school football represents amateur sport at its finest. We love it. Pro fans […]

Old Agoura compromise

Perception becomes reality. The Acorn characterized the proposed housing plan for the corner of Driver and Chesebro as a “backyard brawl” and then editorially asked for Old Agoura to extend the welcome wagon rather than fight. The truth is that no one from the Old Agoura Homeowners has even suggested that there should not be housing on that site. I, […]

Assisted living a better choice

Old Agoura doesn’t oppose development at this corner of Driver, Palo Comado and Canwood. This small, 1-acre parcel is in the Old Agoura Overlay District, which is part of the plan for our city. Compatibility with Old Agoura standards is required by this plan developed by a cross section of residents, business and land owners. Thank goodness for the story […]

Resistance has paid off

The Acorn op-editor would like to see Old Agoura extend the welcome wagon “just once.” I think we would all be more than happy to do that if ever or whenever we see a developer bringing forward a project that is actually appropriate for this community. There have been many proposals since I have lived here. In review: trading Cheeseboro […]