2013-09-05 E-Edition

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Board gives preliminary approval to disputed Westlake water tank

Polan says his vote a ‘mistake’

Las Virgenes Municipal Water District officials have taken a step closer to approving an $8.5-million potable water tank slated to be built next to the Las Virgenes Reservoir above the Three Springs community of Westlake Village. At a meeting on Aug. 27 the board voted 4-1, with Barry Steinhardt dissenting, to approve a design for the 5-million-gallon tank and to […]

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Field wide open in school board election

At LVUSD, only 1 of 3 incumbents is running

Ray Pearl, a volunteer for Las Virgenes Unified School District who lives in Westlake Village, is the final candidate to enter the race for school board in the Nov. 5 election. Six candidates, including Pearl, will vie for three open seats at the polls. Board President Lesli Stein hopes to win a second term on the dais. Other candidates are […]

A big cat’s big appetite

It’s not something you see every day in suburban Los Angeles, not even in the remote Santa Monica Mountains south of the Conejo Valley. P-23, a young female mountain lion recently fitted with a tracking collar by the National Park Service, was spotted by a motorcyclist on Sun., Aug. 25 feeding on a deer at the side of Mulholland Highway […]

Calabasas council considers strict rules for door-to-door solicitors

City alarmed over increase in home burglaries

During a pair of meetings last month the Calabasas City Council considered an ordinance aimed at regulating door-to-door solicitation in the city. Among other things, the Public Safety Commission recommended that solicitors should register with the city. It also suggesting limiting hours for canvassers from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Individuals seeking money or goods, and commercial and nonprofit groups […]

Acorn contest has all the write stuff

Today The Acorn reveals the winners of its sixth annual Fiction in a Nutshell contest. It’s not easy to write poignant prose in just 100 words, but the talented men, women and children who entered the contest proved they were equal to the task. We received more than 70 submissions to this year’s contest; they were stories that piqued our […]

Board director’s strange vote

An agenda item came before the Las Virgenes water board to approve the plans, specifications and prequalification packages for the 5-million-gallon storage tank in Westlake Village. This approval would be necessary for the staff to start preparing materials for bid. I voted to approve it, and that was wrong. I voted, in part, knowing that it would pass regardless of […]

City made a ‘panic’ purchase

The city’s sale of the 71-acre Chesebro Meadow in Old Agoura has been quite controversial. One argument for the sale was that the $630,000 it spent plus legal expenses could possibly grow to almost $3 million if the courts decided that the city “should have known better” that the bank offered it for too little. This land is worth much […]

Lake dredging wasn’t enough

I was pleased to read of the dredging done at Lake Lindero in the Aug. 22 Acorn; however, I spotted an appreciable numerical error in one of the statements. The very localized spot dredging was done to remove buildups of earth immediately downstream of the inlet spillway and immediately upstream of the dam. The rest of the lake was left […]