2015-09-24 E-Edition

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City’s growth under the microscope

Hotel development a campaign issue

With three candidates vying for two City Council seats, Fred Gaines, 56, doesn’t take reelection for granted even though he has the advantage of incumbency. “I think you have to respect the voters and not think you’re entitled. We’re going to have a full campaign,” said the attorney whose firm specializes in land use, zoning and environmental law. Gaines said […]


Foundation’s ‘10x10’ speaker event looks at region down the road

Ten speakers—each with 10 minutes to share their vision on the future of the region—will be featured at the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation’s 10×10 event at 10 a.m. Sat., Oct. 10. The inaugural program will look into the future of education, the environment and economic development, as well as medicine and healthcare, housing and development, water issues and public safety. […]

Campus supervisor arraigned next month in molestation case

An Oak Park High School campus supervisor was charged last week with 76 counts of sexual assault stemming from a relationship he had with an underage girl. The charges against 50-yearold Edward Morgan Rote include lewd acts, sodomy, oral copulation and intercourse with a minor who was 14 when the two began having contact in 2004, the Ventura County district […]

Vote for your favorite photo

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 have been posted online at www.theacornonline.com, where you can go and click on your favorite trip pix. The online judging will determine the winner of this year’s contest. First-, second- and third-place finishers will […]

Conservation better, but still lagging

Water conservation in the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District fell to 30 percent in August when compared to the same month in 2013. Combined with the June and July data submitted to the State Water Resources Control Board, LVMWD’s cumulative reduction level is 33 percent, still below the state’s mandated 36 percent decrease for June 2015 through February 2016. “With […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A resident reported that someone tried to make fraudulent purchases with her bank card. The victim believes her card was stolen while she was at a location on Ladyface Court Sept. 10. Someone stole two car seats, worth $1,000 each, from a vehicle parked in the 30200 block of Agoura Road Sept. 6. The culprit also caused $500 […]

At school, safety always comes first


With students getting settled in at school, now is a good time to remind everyone that child safety comes first, even before the first bell rings. Coming to and from campus, always expect traffic. Take it slow as you head through school zones, especially when approaching crosswalks. We all know that kids—still getting used to the new school year—aren’t very […]


A bridge too far

I was amazed to see last week’s front page rendering of a proposed overpass for wildlife crossing the 101. At age 76, I thought I was losing my eyesight when a figure of $60 million was proposed for this insane idea. Does Sen. Pavley and others supporting this insanity know that there are people sleeping on the streets and people […]