2014-03-20 E-Edition

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Low on riders, Calabasas trolley to discontinue Sunday service

The red-and-green trolley that provides free public transportation in Calabasas is popular with residents, but not enough people take advantage of the ride on Sundays to continue service on that day, the City Council announced at its meeting last week. The Calabasas Trolley, which was introduced in 1999, travels on a one directional loop throughout the city. After an initial […]

New water billing plan raises question of fairness

Use more, you pay more

Between 1999 and 2008, each customer of the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District used about 300 gallons of potable water a day. By 2020 they’ll have to do with 50 gallons less to achieve a state requirement aimed at water conservation. The mandate to reduce water consumption by 20 percent spurred discussion about at a new billing system during a […]

Making public schools safer

READY IN CASE—Ventura County Sheriff ’s S.W.A.T. members search classrooms at Oak Park High School during a training exercise on March 17. The maneuvers allow the S.W.A.T. team to become familiar with the campus in case it is needed there. Students were not at school because it was a teacher work day.

Annexation on the fast track

The pending relocation of a local high-tech company to a building in unincorporated Los Angeles County has spurred the City of Calabasas to step up its annexation efforts in the area. Spirent Communications, a U.K.-based telecommunications company with an office at 26750 Agoura Road, Calabasas, told the city in late February that it plans to move its Calabasas operations to […]

Glass half full

Ask people what California’s most precious resource is and not all will say water. Under-loved and under-appreciated until there isn’t any, water is often taken for granted. We know there’s an epic drought going on but still trust that when the tap turns on, the wet stuff will come out. And it always does. It’s an absolute marvel of planning […]

Use common sense in spending

Ten million dollars or common sense? From time to time, I read in The Acorn about wild animals getting ear tags or radio collars. Wouldn’t it make sense that, when tagging young mountain lions, to transport some of them south of the freeway so they could populate the Santa Monica Mountains? I think there are $10-million ideas more beneficial to […]

No tank-you

Recently, Doug Rumbaugh asked questions of those opposing the Las Virgenes Water Tank project. He deserves answers. Would Three Springs residents oppose the project if it were somewhere other than their neighborhood? In short, absolutely, just as so many outside the neighborhood already do. Certainly, planning massive projects through a neighborhood like Three Springs is irresponsible because of unique safety […]

More water storage needed

In 2007 the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District determined that a “backbone” improvement program was needed to provide Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village and some areas of Los Angeles County with a stable, adequate and reliable supply of exceptional quality water from the Sierras in northern California. California fortunately has a vast network of canals and aqueducts, including the California […]

Blasted tank

As a resident of Three Springs, I am vehemently opposed to the water tank construction due to the possible negative impact on my neighborhood. The blasting in the area of the dam and this major construction could create disastrous effects, present and future, in the stability of the dam and terrain. Blasting near a dam in an area with constant […]