Westlake needs new roads, not dog parks

The outstanding 25- year Westlake Village City Manager Ray Taylor and level-headed, outgoing five-time Westlake Mayor Mark Rutherford have timed it just right, leaving behind the new $1-million canine Shangri La dog park, the debt-laden community park, the curious Agoura/Lindero corner crosswalks and the projected Lindero channel parkway. It is hoped that revived blood on the WLV City Council this […]

Fly fishing fun

Rods provided for those needing one

The Sespe Fly fishers of Ventura will conduct an introductory class on fly fishing and casting the fly rod from 9 to 11 a.m. Sat., Aug. 4 at Chumash Park, Petit and Waco, Ventura (off Telephone Road). There is no charge and all skill levels are welcome. Rods are available for those who do not have one. For more information, […]

A gem of a show

The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services and the Acorn Newspapers will present the next show in the free Summer Concerts in the Park series at 6 p.m. Sun., Aug. 5 at Chumash Park, 5550 Medea Valley Drive, Agoura Hills. The featured artist will be Fantastic Diamond, a tribute to Neil Diamond. For more information, call the Agoura […]

Yes, term limits

Agoura Hills Councilmember Denis Weber thinks there should be term limits for City Council— except for him. In an Oct. 28, 1999 letter to The Acorn, he urged residents to vote against the incumbents, saying, “After being in public office for these past years, I now see the need to invite new blood into the process and not have to […]

Pet of the week

FELINE FUN-Playful Cali can be found in the animal shelter Habikat room where she zooms through tunnels and bats at toys. If you would like to adopt Cali, ask for ID NO. A5185853 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control before visiting […]

Musical commemorates Bernstein centenary

play review /// ‘West Side Story’

Of all the works from famed American composer Leonard Bernstein, none is as revered as the 1957 Broadway musical “West Side Story.” Jerome Robbins’ updating of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” depicts a turf battle between two Manhattan street gangs and won Tony awards for its choreography and scenic design. Its frank, often brutal depiction of racism in an urban jungle […]

Time for change on City Council

After an excessive 25 year tenure on the Agoura Hills City Council, Denis Weber should be replaced with a modern candidate who has a contemporary vision of the challenges we face. Weber’s protracted tenure has enabled him to consolidate power in a way that allows him to manipulate city staff and compromise the independence of other council members. A quarter […]

With turtles, put age before beauty

CRITTER TAILS /// Pets and their peeps

Although they are not considered the most cute-and-cuddly type of critters, when I was a kid I was delighted by numerous pairs of pet turtles. As an only child, I always wanted two of them at a time because I didn’t want them to be lonely. And my parents loved them because they were cheap to buy and maintain, and, […]

VAN HALEN FANS Dance the Night Away

JUMP!—At top from left, Brian Nussle, Ernie Berru and Derek Fuller of Fan Halen channel the legendary band Van Halen on July 28 at Oak Canyon Community Park in Oak Park. Bottom left, lead singer and guitarist Ernie Berru serves up a tasty rendition of the song “Ice Cream Man.” Above, the fans approve.

Not happy with Cornerstone

It’s interesting that Bill Koehler is not running for City Council again and that he hopes “that the next City Council continues to seek solutions to the Kanan Road traffic problems,” when he and the other City Council members are the ones who voted for Cornerstone and Agoura Village, getting us into the mess we’re in now. Nothing will ever […]