2014-08-07 E-Edition

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Judge rules in favor of public pensions

Effort that tried to reduce payouts dismissed in court

An effort to change Ventura County’s pension system for future employees was derailed this week after a judge ruled that a measure introduced by taxpayer advocates is illegal and cannot go before the voters. Monday’s ruling by Ventura Superior Court Judge Kent Kellegrew delivered a blow to supporters of the proposal and a victory for local public employee unions, which […]

Reporter witnesses showdown with gunman

‘He’s going to shoot me,’ says daughter of Sylvie Belmond

A man driving a car and carrying a weapon used in a reported abduction attempt was chased by law enforcement officers through Calabasas and into Malibu July 30, leading to a tense standoff that was witnessed by Acorn reporter Sylvie Belmond and her 20-year-old daughter, Teza. The mother and daughter, both from Agoura Hills, along with about two dozen soccer […]

Agoura nixes charter school

Agoura Hills will not change its zoning laws to allow a charter school at one of the city’s shopping centers. But the City Council said the school might be able to open its doors if it was classified as an educational program rather than a public school. At its July meeting, the council met with representatives of Options For Youth […]

Report highlights impact of mountains national park area

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area generated $26 million in local economic impact during 2013, a recent National Park Service report showed. The more than 600,000 visitors to Santa Monica Mountains last year helped support 332 jobs in the local area, according to the report. The visitor spending analysis was conducted by U. S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane […]

Plaza reveals its revised plans

City, Regency reach agreement about landscaping

Westlake Plaza owner Regency Centers has revised its landscaping plan at the shopping center in the Westlake portion of Thousand Oaks to save trees along Agoura Road that had been slated for removal as part of a $25-million renovation. Revised plans for the plaza’s expansion went back and forth between Regency and the city for weeks before the city approved […]

Fire safety in Monte Nido

The Monte Nido Fire Safe Council will present a fire risk information fair at 11 a.m. Sat., Aug. 16 at the end of Camino Colibri, in open space managed by Mountains Restoration Trust. Vendors will offer products designed to reduce fire risk in homes. Booths will also be set up by local fire-safe councils, Mountains Restoration Trust and other agencies, […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A burglar broke into a hair salon in the 5800 block of Kanan Road and made a hole in a wall to get into a neighboring pharmacy to steal pain medication. The value of the loss was not declared. Calabasas A person tried to carjack a vehicle at the Chevron Gas station on Ventura Boulevard July 27. A […]

All aboard for Acorn Vacation Photo Contest


Summer is in full swing and that means the annual Take Your Acorn on Vacation photo contest isn’t far off. Soon you can vote for this year’s winning picture by taking part in our special online poll. But first, remember the date Fri., Sept. 5. That’s the deadline to submit your vacation photo. Send us a picture from your recent […]