July 23, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

FLAME OF HOPE

Torch runners carry the message for Special Olympics World Games

FINAL LEG—Jennifer Riley, an officer with the Delaware Department of Corrections, and athlete Joshua Norris lead the torch run at Calabasas City Hall on July 17. More...

Agoura tightens landscaping rules for new development

The continued drought has prompted the City of Agoura Hills to amend its landscaping and irrigation code for new developments. More...

Health & Wellness

Fry now, pay later

A new, summertime social media trend that involves getting a temporary tattoo-like sunburn has doctors concerned about a potential increase in skin cancer causes. More...

Business

Calleguas defends punitive actions against actor

Tom Selleck has agreed to pay nearly $22,000 to settle a dispute with the Calleguas Municipal Water District, which sued the actor for unlawfully taking its water to his 60-acre ranch in the Hidden Valley area of Thousand Oaks. More...

Hidden Valley residents opposed annexation to Calleguas water district

The case of Tom Selleck versus Calleguas Municipal Water District is just the latest in a long history of disputes between Hidden Valley residents and the water companies. More...

Chamber names chair elect

Angel Robertson, general manager of Dallas Capital, will be chair elect in 2016 for the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce. She will assume the board chairmanship in 2017. More...

Sports

Outlaws get ready for puck to drop

Local ice hockey prep squad will play its first game in September

Traditional sports, including football, basketball and baseball, dominate the Acorn country landscape. The Los Angeles Kings want to give area athletes another option with the creation of the Los Angeles Kings High School Hockey League. More...

Chargers tab boys’ soccer head coach

Jayro Martinez is the new head coach of the Agoura High boys’ soccer team. Martinez played NCAA Division II soccer at Cal State University Los Angeles, where he also earned a degree in criminal justice. He recently assisted at Westlake High. More...

Standouts make a racket

ANYONE FOR TENNIS?—The Westlake Athletic Club boys’ U-14 intermediate team advanced to the Southern California Junior Team Tennis Sectional playoffs. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Agoura Hills A burglar stole a $1,500 thirdrow car seat and a $500 pair of glasses from a vehicle parked near the Hampton Inn in the 30200 block of Agoura Road July 10. More...

Family

Going native: a lesson in leaving lawns behind

Mandated water cutbacks caused by the state’s ongoing drought have many residents looking for creative ways to conserve, especially when it comes to landscaping. More...

New transit company to operate Dial-A-Ride service

The City of Agoura Hills has contracted with a new transit service, MV Transportation, to operate the city’s Dial-A-Ride program. Founded in 1975 to provide public transportation for people with disabilities, MV Transportation Inc. More...

Getting into the swing of things

JUST HANGIN’ AROUND—Jax Gillett, 4, son of Agoura Boxing Gym owner Martin Gillett, has his own idea how to use an upper cut bag at the gym in Agoura Hills on July 14. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., JULY 23 Channel Islands Chapter Embroiderers’ Guild More...

Letters

Kudos to deputies

I wanted to send “stars” to many of the deputies who were involved in week one of STAR Camp 2015: Jake Merrifield, Jeff Donohoo and Millicent (Mille) Scott of the STAR Unit, Rodolfo Torrontegui and Dave Diestel of the Lost Hills Juvenile More...

Vaccine debate continues

Legislators rushed the mandatory vaccination bill through. Pavley and Irwin both voted yes. Gov. Brown rushed to sign. They don’t care. More...

Are vaccines safe for newborns?

Autism and SIDS are now listed by the FDA as frequent and serious side-effects on vaccine package inserts. And despite those dangers, not only California but the UK is now planning to give the pertussis vaccine to newborns. More...

Traffic fatality in Westlake Village

A man was killed Sunday in a suspected drunk-driving accident on Lindero Canyon Road in the city of Westlake Village, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said. More...

Acorn's Fiction in a Nutshell contest begins

The dog days of summer are upon us, and if minds must wander, why not take advantage and turn those thoughts into creative forces? The Acorn’s Fiction in a Nutshell contest returns for its eighth season, and you’re invited to take part. More...

Woman with autism to cover Special Olympics

Reporter is paving the way for others

The opportunity to report on the 2015 Special Olympics in Los Angeles—the largest event to hit the city since the Summer Games of 1984—is the thrill of a lifetime for Westlake Village resident Robin Borakove. More...

Pot 2.0

Use of concentrated marijuana is growing in popularity

The crime scene was blanketed in the water firefighters had used to extinguish a flash fire that burned portions of a nondescript warehouse tucked in a Newbury Park industrial area just blocks from the Amgen campus and the 101 Freeway. More...

Community

NASA takes note of online petition

A movement asking President Barack Obama to designate a portion of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory as a national monument has the attention of NASA, which has deferred the impending demolition of a historic rocket test stand at the site in the hill More...

Workshop on creek restoration

A public workshop on phase two of the Las Virgenes Creek Restoration Project will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 6 in the Calabasas Community Center, 27040 Malibu Hills Road. More...

Don’t be fooled by this scam

Local residents should beware of new scams in which victims are receiving threatening phone calls from crooks who are using scare tactics in an attempt to steal their money, the Lost Hills Sheriff’s station reports. More...

Schools

Study rates school district as among the ‘Best for Your Buck’

Most graduates of Oak Park High School go on to college

Families looking to settle in an affordable community with good schools would do well to move to Thousand Oaks, Oak Park, Moorpark or Simi Valley. More...

Restaurant owner to receive honorary degree

Ann Graham Ehringer, chief executive officer of Saddle Peak Lodge in Calabasas, will receive an honorary Doctor of Business from Pepperdine University in Malibu on Sat., Aug. 8. More...

Pets

Mystery dog discovers ‘mucky ball’ bliss

Stray pet seems haunted by his past

It’s been 18 months now, sharing my life with someone’s castoff middle-aged dog. I remain haunted by his past. More...

Pet of the week

SNUGGLE BUDDY—Bacon is a female brown tabby, domestic shorthair. She is approximately 4 years old and loves affection. If you would like to adopt Bacon, ask for ID NO. More...

Hundreds of animals available for adoption

Find a pet this weekend at the Camarillo shelter

Ventura County Animal Services will hold its 11th annual Adopt-athon from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., July 26 at the Camarillo Adoption Center, 600 Aviation Drive. More...

Faith

Shabbat service is under the stars

The Jewish community gathered to celebrate Shabbat Under the Stars at Oak Canyon Community Park in Oak Park on July 10. More...

Obituaries

Salomon Martinez

May 31, 1956 – June 27, 2015 Salomon Martinez, youngest son of David & Lydia Martinez, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 59 in San Diego, CA. More...

On the Town

Song, dance, acting shine in production

If there is one word that best describes Cabrillo Music Theatre’s current production of “Oklahoma!” it’s the word that punctuates the title song of the show: “YEOW!!!” The rip-roaring, musically luxuriant tribute t More...

Winery hosts anniversary event

Music, food and wine planned

Sunland Vintage Winery Tasting Room will host its two-year anniversary celebration from 1 to 6 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Aug. 1 and 2 at 1321 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Ste A-108, in the Northstar Plaza in Thousand Oaks. More...

Malibu gets artsy in weekend festival

City library to offer children’s programming July 25 and 26

The Malibu Chamber of Commerce’s 44th annual Arts Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat. and Sun., July 25 and 26 in front of the Civic Center, 23555 Civic Center Way. More...

Editorials

It’s high time we take stoned driving seriously

As hard as it may be for some of our more conservative readers to grasp, many in the state—law enforcement included— have already come to grips with the fact that it’s not a matter of if, but when, California will decriminalize the More...

Cartoon

“If this is a smart TV, then why does it show reality shows?” More...