2013-10-10

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Agoura’s family weekend



ANNUAL EVENT— Despite the high winds that jangled nerves and the federal shutdown that played havoc with some of the planning, the ninth annual Reyes Adobe Days parade and festival in Agoura Hills last weekend was deemed a success. Above, Boy Scouts from Troop 127 carry the Reyes Adobe Days banner in the Oct. 5 parade. Left,flamenco dancer Paloma Rios […]

Public gets educated at school board debate

Five candidates battle for 3 seats


Candidates for the Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education debated the future of local schools in the face of declining enrollment, the budget, new state standards and other educational issues. The debate was conducted at the Las Virgenes Unified School District board room on Oct. 3. One incumbent and four challengers are running for three open seats on […]

Mountain lion killed near canyon freeway crossing



A mountain lion was hit and killed by a car near the eastbound exit of the 101 Freeway at Liberty Canyon in Agoura Hills earlier this week. Gary Field was on his way to work at 7 a.m. Monday when he saw the animal on the dirt shoulder just past of the on ramp at Liberty Canyon Road. “I’ve never […]

Man convicted in shooting




Jason Alejandro Schumann, 26, of Calabasas was convicted of first-degree murder in last year’s shooting death of a popular El Camino Real High School soccer player. Francisco “Pancho” Rodriguez, 17, was shot and killed in front of his Woodland Hills home on Jan. 11, 2012. Beth Silverman, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney in Van Nuys, said a jury deliberated […]

Westlake Village cracks down on gunfire in the city




To address concerns about hunting and public safety, Westlake Village officials were expected to approve an ordinance that will prohibit the discharge of guns and archery equipment within city limits. But residents can still use firearms to protect themselves and their property, and recreational archery is still allowed on private property as long the arrows stay onsite. “Concerns have been […]

Commission posts available in Calabasas



The City of Calabasas seeks to fill two unscheduled openings on its public safety and environmental commissions. The Calabasas Public Safety Commission advises the council on matters related to public safety, crime and fire prevention, and emergency preparedness and response. The Environmental Commission advocates sound environmental policy and action in the areas of air quality, land use, water quality, waste […]

Education redefined?



Education in California underwent a seismic shift last week when Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 484, which eliminated the STAR testing system used in the state for the past 15 years and opened the door to the new Common Core nationwide standards. So far, 45 states and Washington, D.C. have adopted the standards. But why are we drastically changing what […]

A solution for a problem that doesn’t exist

Guest opinion Three Springs water tank

Las Virgenes Municipal Water District Director Charles Caspary wrote a very misleading, in fact, dishonest recent guest opinion in The Acorn. Mr. Caspary suggested that spending nearly $9 million on an unnecessary water tank would cost ratepayers nothing. I’m confident you can see through this absurdity. Last year, LVMWD funded a formal rate study by the Raftelis Financial Consulting firm. […]

Wheels in motion against cyclists



I couldn’t believe what I was reading when I read last week’s “Eye On The Conejo.” I can’t believe The Acorn allowed Mr. Holt to use his weekly column to spew his personal hatred toward cyclists, which was the sole intent of his column. Filled with lies and personal opinions that were stated as facts such as “Almost every major […]