2014-02-20 E-Edition

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Water tank cost overrun was avoidable

Recently, an Acorn reader asserted that “NIMBY” residents led to the cost increases for construction of the Three Springs water tank. Nothing could be further from the truth. In my opinion, as a LVMWD board member, the water district is wholly responsible for these cost increases. They come in a few different forms: change of project scope, not accurately representing […]

On the Trail

A leaf’s journey With a whoosh, an “oomph” and a thud, a 20-foot-long branch unexpectedly sheared off the trunk of a sycamore growing on a slope above my rural Agoura backyard. At the top of the slope is a walking path around our community’s little lake. Noticing the commotion, a passer-by peered from the path down into my backyard. She […]

The loud, proud, fabulous falcon

Some days seem dull and dreary beyond redemption, when the Earth itself appears to cringe beneath a ponderous mass of ashcolored clouds. All luminosity is absent. Hillsides look funereal, garbed in thirsty, exhausted chaparral. Suddenly amid all the drabness in the rural Agoura countryside, an unusual bird with a distinctive profi le materializes to perch fearlessly on a chain-link fence […]

Agoura girls’ soccer team finds second-half touch

Late-season surge propels Chargers into postseason

The Agoura High girls’ soccer team was ready to implode after a 0-4-1 start against Marmonte League competition. The Chargers’ frustrations reached a boiling point Jan. 15 during a 5-2 home setback against Simi Valley. First-year head coach Geoff Raives called for a team meeting following the loss. Raives, who recently coached at Thousand Oaks, introduced a set of goals […]

Take Your Acorn on Vacation

Conservation instead of tank

I agree with director Steinhardt’s letter in The Acorn last week. We are clearly in a drought. Maybe the water tank made sense at one time, but times are different now and likely in our long-term future as well. We have for many years put our heads in the sand about drought conditions in our area. This is a wake-up […]

The taxing thing about Social Security

Wise taxpayers may want to take advantage of winter months indoors to prepare for tax filing season this spring. Whether you are a small-business owner, a retiree or a new parent, here are some Social Security tax tips that may help. Q: Are Social Security benefi ts taxable? A: Yes, for some people with higher incomes. About one-third of those […]

Pet of the Week

Tennis team seizes sectional title