2013-09-12 E-Edition

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9/11, 12 Years On

NEVER FORGET—Above, Pepperdine Univ. displays almost 3,000 flags in memory of the 9/11 victims. Left, firefighter Peter Botz raises the flag to half staff at the Oak Parkfire station on the morning of Sept. 11. Below, residents observe the ceremony. The flag-raising was held at 32 county fire stations.

Hilton Foundation gives $2.3 million to rec center

Agoura Hills offcials pleased

Agoura Hills City Manager Greg Ramirez announced the Hilton Foundation has given the city $2.3 million towards construction of a new recreation center to be built near city hall on Ladyface Court. City officials knew for some time that the foundation was considering donating money for the project, but became overjoyed when the group contributed about twice as much as […]

Common Core a game-changer for schools

New standards to replace STAR sooner than expected

California education officials propose to scrap STAR testing and implement the new Common Core State Standards earlier than expected. The Standard Testing and Reporting system, known as STAR, has been assessing student achievement in reading, math, science and social studies in California since the late 1990s. The superintendents of the Las Virgenes and Oak Park unified school districts hope Gov. […]

Protesters say no to Syria

Back in the black, Calabasas city budget ready for better times ahead

More money available for altruistic projects

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenges and controversy.” — Martin Luther King Jr. Calabasas Mayor Fred Gaines commemorated the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at a recent meeting of the City Council, saying the famous civil […]

Cast your vote for top vacation photos

Attention all travelers: Voting begins Fri., Sept. 13 for the 2013 Take Your Acorn on Vacation Photo Contest. The Acorn Newspapers’ oldest and most popular reader participation contest is back, and starting tomorrow you can name your favorites among the top 10 finalists for each Acorn publication. Cast your vote online by visiting www.theacorn.com and clicking on the photo contest […]

Appreciates high school scores

Thank you for putting the weekly high school football scores on the Sports page. In years past, it had been impossible to get results at a glance. Keep up all the good work you do for The Acorn. Glen Wilcox Oak Park

Nonprofits are well-intentioned, but sometimes miss the mark

I’m sure that Andrea Gallagher, author of The Acorn’s “Other Side of 50” column, has seen both the good and bad of nonprofit leadership. I know I did as an employee of a nonprofit for 14 years. Nonprofits sometimes make the same mistakes as public forprofit companies. They hire senior staff and management without completely vetting them and then fail […]

Water board director goes back on word

Len Polan ran for the Las Virgenes Municipal Water Board on a platform with a major plank of opposition to building a water tank in the Three Springs district of Westlake Village. The strong support he received from residents of that community contributed greatly to his winning the election over incumbent Joe Bowman. At the Aug. 27 water board meeting, […]