2014-04-24 E-Edition

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New vineyards prohibited following approval of Santa Monica Mountains land-use plan

Environmentalists see the recent approval of the Santa Monica Mountains Local Coastal Program as a milestone. For Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, the April 10 vote in favor of the new land-use plan was a personal victory. Yaroslavsky had championed the California Coastal Commission’s landmark LCP for more than a decade. The plan guides future development in the 80-square-mile […]

Westlake coach accused of sex with student

Alleged contact was off-campus

A Westlake High School junior varsity softball and boys’ basketball coach will appear in a Ventura County courtroom today to answer to charges that he had sex with a 15-year-old female student during the spring recess last week. Robert Garza, 37, of Newbury Park was arrested April 17 on suspicion of sexual assault on a minor. The Thousand Oaks Police […]

Vote-by-mail response on the upswing

About half of the ballots cast in Ventura County elections are submitted by mail, and the rush to vote early has prompted some candidates to get their message out well before citizens head to the polls. The number of mail-in votes in the county increased from the 2010 election to the 2012 election, and the trend is expected to continue […]

Acorn, CLU political forum will be streamed live

Candidates vying to represent Ventura and L.A. counties in the California Assembly and U.S. House of Representatives will participate in a public forum on Sat., May 10 at California Lutheran University. The event, presented by the Acorn Newspapers and CLU, will run from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, 130 Overton Court on the Thousand […]

Dababneh campaigns in West Valley race

Matt Dababneh’s political goals are ambitious but straightforward. The state Assembly member running for re-election in the 45th District wants to make higher education more accessible, to keep the film and TV industry local, and to improve the state’s business climate in order to spur job growth. About a dozen people attended a town hall gathering in Calabasas on April […]

Earthquake preparation

The recent series of earthquakes in Southern California are a reminder that we live an area where temblors aren’t just a possibility but a fact of life. An “Earthquake Threat in Southern California” presentation will be given from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mon., April 28 at Calabasas City Hall. The event is open to the public. Call Debbie Larson […]

Local grape growers feeling crushed

We love our homes in the Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys, nestled neatly against the pristine Santa Monica Mountains. There aren’t many places we’d rather live. But the beauty of the urban parkland doesn’t come by accident. Were it not for the many protections put into place by agencies and politicians—the mountains ridgeline ordinance and North Area Plan, for example—the […]

Birds of a feather

I usually stuff The Acorn in my backpack and if I get to it, that’s great, if not I switch it out the next week. But stuck in a courtesy vehicle for an hour after dropping off my car at the dealership, I got a chance to read almost the entire paper and just loved your Critter Corner column on […]

Not all dog owners know the scoop

I’m looking for some wellmeaning and constructive suggestions for a problem that I can’t seem to reconcile in my own mind. During walks with my daughter and her dog, we carry our “disposal” bags with us, and we actually use them and then take the remains home to our trash or use the trash cans provided by the park. I […]