2014-04-10 E-Edition

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Area sees commercial real estate rebound

Vacancy rates vastly improved

Workers are putting final touches on the new Shoppes at Westlake Village retail center on Russell Ranch Road, one of several new commercial real estate projects being introduced to the Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys. The area’s commercial real estate market is reportedly heating back up. Located on the north side of the 101 Freeway at the Lindero Canyon Road […]

Coast plan ready to go

Approval on land-use program expected today

The Local Coastal Program to be voted on today by the California Coastal Commission carries the support of many environmental groups, but the sweeping land use plan puts the local equestrian community on edge. Some property owners are also angry because it prohibits new agricultural uses such as vineyards. The LCP outlines the future of the 52,000-acre Santa Monica Mountains […]

Acorn, CLU present candidates

Candidates running for state Assembly and U.S. Congress will attend a May 10 public forum hosted by the Acorn Newspapers and Cal Lutheran University. Appearing at the Gilbert Sports Arena on the campus of CLU, three candidates from each race will answer questions posed by moderators John Loesing, Acorn managing editor, and Kyle Jorrey, Thousand Oaks Acorn editor. Running in […]

Denim and Diamonds for St. Jude

State’s critical water issues discussed at April 3 summit in Calabasas

Climate change is a ‘game-changer,’ official says

Sacramento is “alive with water issues” such as drought mitigation, protection of the Bay Delta and a possible water bond that would go on the November ballot, said state Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Calabasas) during a regional water summit hosted by the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District on April 3. About 80 local community leaders and invited guests attended the Calabasas […]

Acorn candidates’ forum is May 10

The National Weather Service is predicting an avalanche will hit the area any day now—an avalanche of political mail. With campaign coffers filling at a record-breaking pace and the June 3 primary less than two months away, conditions are ripe for the kind of candidate carpet-bombing California voters have come to abhor. In just a matter of weeks, residents can […]

Wood shop chop

Regarding the April 3 story “Another nail in the coffin for traditional wood shop classes,” I was saddened to hear about Bob Coryell’s retirement from teaching and the end of wood shop class at Lindero Middle School. My sons Mike and Matthew, now in their 20s, were both students of his during their time at Lindero. To this day, Bob’s […]

Good for Gaines

City Councilmember Fred Gaines has just finished his first term as mayor of Calabasas, and we wish to applaud his diligent efforts throughout the year and thank him for making our city a better place. During his tenure, it was clear that the entire City Council set a very high standard for its own conduct, both during meetings and while […]

Is coastal plan anti-agricultural?

Given the evidence in support of sustainable farming processes, why does the proposed Malibu Local Coast Plan contain an outright prohibition on all new agricultural uses in the Santa Monica Mountains? The ban would abolish any chances for new organic farms, orchards and vineyards, affecting the long-term sustainable potential of the area. Locally grown organic foods and wines are often […]