2012-11-01 E-Edition

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Edison brings to light reasons behind smart meter dissatisfaction

Heat to blame for high bills, not the new technology

Southern California Edison says its new smart meters are delivering accurate readings despite a rash of claims from customers who insist the new technology has caused their bills to increase inordinately. The Acorn Newspapers received more than a dozen letters from readers who said they received excessively high electric bills after the installation of automated meters at their homes. Southern […]

Republican-turned Independent Bloomfield challenges Waxman in 30th Congressional District

Bill Bloomfield will face off at the polls on Nov. 6 against U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, a career politician who has served in California’s 30th Congressional District since 1975. Waxman and Bloomfield are vying for a term in the newly formed 33rd Congressional District. The 33rd district covers most of the Los Angeles County coast and includes Agoura Hills, Calabasas, […]

Calabasas team gets the boot

. PYFL Raiders kicked out of youth league for rough play

The Calabasas Raiders, a senior team in the Pacific Youth Football League, was banned from the league playoffs this year as the result of overly aggressive play—including the delivery of “cheap shots,” in the words of one angry parent. The PYFL is a Southern California football organization with more than 3,500 children between ages 7 and 14. Established in 1993, […]

Oak Park pumpkin patch in fall bloom

Opportunistic thieves target Oak Park homes

Between late August and October of this year, Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies responded to five residential thefts in Oak Park and one in Casa Conejo. The thieves mainly stole jewelry and, in one instance, an unloaded gun. None of the stolen property was locked or secured in the home. Some of the jewelry was hidden in drawers or under clothing, […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A thief stole a $150 headset and power supply from a Bank of America employee in the 29800 block of Agoura Road Oct. 16. Calabasas A burglar stole a $1,600 laptop computer and $ 300 watch from a home on Parkmor Road Oct. 18. A resident on Live Oak Circle Drive reported that someone stole his mail Oct. […]

Did Edison fall asleep at the switch, or did customers just overreact?

This summer, Edison installed its new smart meters in homes and businesses throughout the Conejo Valley, Camarillo, Moorpark and Simi Valley. The new devices, which replace analog meters, detect customer electrical use digitally without the need for human meter readers. The devices also let the utility company connect and disconnect service remotely. Edison says the meters enhance system reliability and […]

Were meters a smart choice?

After reading the letters in this week’s Acorn, I realized that we are not alone in our concerns about these “smart” meters. After the meter was installed, our bill for one month rose to $630. When we complained to SCE, they said it was because of the hot weather. We have lived in our home for 32 years and have […]

Both sides guilty of sign theft

Two weeks ago I purchased two lawn signs in support of President Obama’s reelection campaign from the Ventura Democratic Party. I placed them in the median strip on Lindero Canyon Road. When I drove past the next day, they’d both been removed, though signs for the Republican candidate remained in place. Later, I saw another Obama/ Biden sign in the […]