2012-09-13 E-Edition

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Pension reform hits close to home

Employees now must pay half

Local governments and agencies are taking a close look at the new pension reform law from Sacramento that requires public employees to pay a greater share of their retirement benefits. Legislators said the Public Employee Pensions Reform Act of 2012, or AB 340, will save billions of taxpayer dollars by capping benefits, increasing the age of retirement and eliminating the […]


COOKING UP SOMETHING GOOD—Above, Principal Susan Wachtel from Bay Laurel Elementary School aims for Roxanna Barahman’s pancake dish at the Sept. 9 Pancake Palooza breakfast on the Calabasas campus. Left, Calabasas Mayor Mary Sue Maurer takes her turn at the griddle. The event was not a fundraiser. It was free of charge, a way to say thank you to the […]

Traveling from afar to attend Oak Park classrooms

Open enrollment rankles some

Traffic has increased along with student enrollment in the Oak Park Unified School District, much to the dismay of some residents. Janna Orkney, an Oak Park resident since 1999 and chair of the Triunfo Sanitation District, said she is peeved that Kanan Road is once again clogged by traffic in the morning and afternoons now with school is back in […]

Woman’s body found in local Santa Monica Mountains

The body of a woman presumed homeless was found inside an overturned vehicle at the bottom of a canyon near Calabasas. On Sept. 2, the Malibu Search and Rescue Team, part of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, was scouting for locations for an upcoming training exercise on Mulholland Highway. About two miles east of Las Virgenes Road, a team member […]

Friends come to coach’s defense

Friends and colleagues have rallied in defense of a local youth soccer coach accused of punching a teen player in the face during a post-game melee. Westlake Village resident Bart Allan, 48, is facing charges of battery and corporal injury to a child as the result of a Labor Day incident at a Simi Valley park. According to the Simi […]

Feeding at the public trough

Finally, they get it. The state’s much anticipated pension reform act was signed into law this week, hopefully saving taxpayers billions of dollars by capping benefits, increasing contributions, raising retirement ages and, in general, eliminating some of the fiscally irresponsible policies that have allowed more than a few public employees ride off into the sunset with six-figure retirements. Although seen […]

Feeling blue about Brown

Reading Larry Brown’s letter (Sept. 6) was frankly depressing. Blaming and belittling half the country does little to elevate thoughtful political discourse. Can we please stop with the extreme projections of the GOP and focus on the fundamental platforms and ideals of the party majority? It is apparent throughout history that both parties have candidates with varying concepts of the […]

Sticking up for the soccer coach

As a longtime local resident, local businessman, supporter of The Acorn and friend of the accused, I was extremely disappointed in your coverage of the Simi Valley soccer incident involving Westlake Village resident Bart Allan. Since moving his family to WLV in 2000, Bart has served as a frequent and well-respected volunteer in our community. He has donated countless hours […]

Orkney endorsed for water board

I have known Janna Orkney for many years and have worked closely with her on projects. I believe she is the best candidate for the Calleguas Board of Directors for several reasons: Exceptional commitment to the well-being of our region, Intelligence and deep understanding of the issues due to her long tenure as a board member at Triunfo Sanitation District, […]