2015-09-10 E-Edition

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Agency unveils plans for almost $60-million wildlife bridge in Agoura

Crossing will be ‘not only feasible, but affordable,’ expert says

The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority released a study Sept. 3 that spells out the details of an estimated $60-million wildlife passage across the 101 Freeway near Liberty Canyon Road in Agoura Hills, just five miles east of Thousand Oaks. Commissioned and funded by the MRCA with a grant from the state’s Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the study, which was […]

Author guilty of ‘sexting’

William Heatley, a Christian author who lives in Oak Park, pleaded guilty Sept. 2 to sexual battery and sending harmful material to a minor. The 57-year-old Heatley had been charged with two counts of committing lewd acts on a 15-year-old girl and one count of luring the teen to a prearranged location for the purpose of sexual contact. The incidents […]

Candidates debate issues facing LVUSD schools

Tuesday’s forum hosted by Mulwood HOA

Three candidates vying for two open seats on the Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education, demonstrated their experience and knowledge—and in one case, suspicion—about the issues confronting education during a candidate forum hosted Tuesday night by the Greater Mulwood Homeowners Association of Calabasas. Candidates Mathy Wasserman, Linda Menges and Gary Mittin were introduced by Ed Albrecht, president of […]

Calabasas creek restoration underway

A new trail is also in the works

Plans to build a trail and restore the natural habitat along a 1.5-mile section of Las Virgenes Creek between Agoura and Lost Hills roads in west Calabasas drew mixed responses from residents who attended a public workshop recently at the Agoura/ Calabasas Community Center. About two-dozen people participated in the discussion. Half were officials representing the city, water district and […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A burglar stole a $350 necklace, $150 bracelet and $700 ring, and caused $3,000 in damage shattering a glass door at a home on Woodcreek Court Aug. 29. A thief stole a $500 watch from a home on Fairview Place Aug. 12. A burglar stole a $500 drill from a home on Walford Court Aug. 19. A teacher […]

Photo contest underway

Reader votes will determine the winner

Fall has arrived, school is back and it’s time to judge the winners of the 2015 Take Your Acorn on Vacation Photo Contest. The 10 finalists will be posted Fri., Sept. 11 at www.theacorn­online.com, where you are invited to go and click on your favorite trip pix. The online judging will determine the winners of this year’s contest. The deadline […]

The $60-million mountain lion

With the numbers unleashed, we learn that the cost of the new Liberty Canyon wildlife bridge is now pushing $60 million. We knew pet care was high, but this is a figure that boggles the mind. The breakdown goes like this: $19.2 million for capital outlay—including rightof way acquisition for the wildlife corridor location in Liberty Canyon, Agoura Hills— and […]

Political Cartoon

Is wildlife bridge really needed?

Am I missing something here? There is a wide underpass at Liberty Canyon and the 101 Freeway. It goes right out into the huge open space area. Why would anyone want to build an almost $60-million dollar overpass at this location? The experts even say there is no guarantee it would even be used by the animals. Drive out and […]