Water usage down, bill is up

Like most people, I have been watching my water consumption. So, after cutting back in several ways, I was very upset when I received my May water bill from Las Virgenes Water District and my bill had gone up. I went into the LVMWD office to question it and was basically brushed off. So I decided to take matters into […]

Pocket paradise

Sometimes, our point of origin will shape us forever. I didn’t grow up in a safe or green environment. The only available park was built near a grimy derelict factory building in the shadow of an abandoned elevated line. It was a bleak place comprised of cracked concrete, shattered beer bottles and loitering young thugs looking to swipe a little […]

Auditions open for youth show

The Agoura Community Theater, in cooperation with Curtain Call Youth Theatre sponsored by the City of Agoura Hills, will hold auditions for Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Aug. 29 and from 4 to 7 p.m. Sun., Aug. 30 at the Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 29900 Ladyface Court. The director is Jeff Wallach. This […]

Discussion on Iran nuclear deal

The Jewish Federation will host Jonathan Adelman, an expert on the Middle East and professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, in a program on the Iran nuclear deal at 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 2 at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Jay Sanderson, president and CEO of The Jewish […]

About that Calabasas hotel

I read in the last issue of The Acorn that Calabasas plans to construct a new hotel and 71 new homes. This project, called Canyon Oaks, would use 38,300 gallons of water per day or about 14 million gallons a year. Although they insist this is half of what existing developments of this size use, the fact is we are […]

How not to become a victim of identity theft

Tax-return fraud

For the past several years, the IRS has been cracking down on identity-theft schemes that are aimed at stealing taxpayers’ refunds. When this type of fraud occurs, an individual’s refund can be delayed for months or longer. Here’s how tax-identity theft works, along with steps citizens can take to keep from becoming a victim and what to do if their […]


THURS., AUG. 27 PVHS Speaker Series 6:30 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Historical Society Museum gazebo, 720 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. Rick Dierksin presents free talk on “History of water in Camarillo.” Phone: 805.482.3660. Email: pvhs@pvhsonline.org. FRI., AUG. 28 Bella Vita Italian- American Social Club 6 p.m. at St. Jude Church hall, 32032 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. “Indoor picnic” with […]

Navigating the many seasons of life

Roots of faith

Bible verses are seldom used in Top 40 pop songs, but in 1965 The Byrds scored a No. 1 hit with “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season).” The lyrics are straight from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (Pete Seeger wrote six new words for the song). These verses incorporate 14 pairs of opposites: “A time to give birth, a time […]