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Los Angeles County gets lion’s share of fire payout

By John Loesing | November 20, 2019

Southern California Edison announced it will pay $360 million to some two-dozen public entities related to the fires of 2018 that were caused by SCE equipment, a settlement that includes a $210 million payout to Los Angeles County for the Woolsey fire. Cities, park districts and other public agencies sued the utility company for starting the fire that burned more […]

Brandon Hein granted parole

By John Loesing | November 20, 2019

A man imprisoned for 24 years following the slaying of a fellow teen in a backyard drug brawl that destroyed lives and rocked a community was granted parole late last month. Originally sentenced to life without parole at 18 years old, Brandon Hein, now 42, is expected to be released from prison by summer 2020. Hein and three other boys ranging […]

Borderline, Woolsey, remembered one year later

By John Loesing | October 30, 2019

As the calendar turns, it’s hard to believe it’s been one year since the twin tragedies of Borderline and Woolsey rocked our community. Be sure to read our commemorative articles about the events in the Nov. 7, 2019 Acorn and Thousand Oaks Acorn newspapers, but also take a look at this extraordinary video for a look back at those “72 Hours […]

Report details shortcomings in Woolsey fire response

By John Loesing | October 23, 2019

                    More than 250,000 people had to be evacuated in the face of the Woolsey fire, which started in Simi Valley on Nov. 8 and reached Malibu within a matter of hours. The disaster, the largest in Los Angeles County’s history, overwhelmed Los Angeles County emergency management officials, who were unprepared […]

Mountain lion shooter sentenced to jail

By John Loesing | October 04, 2019

Simi Valley resident Alfredo Gonzalez was sentenced to 30 days in Ventura County Jail for the July killing of a mountain lion on the Brandeis-Bardin campus of the American Jewish University in the Santa Susana foothills. Judge David Hirsch also ordered the 60-year-old Gonzalez to join a 30-day work release program and perform 240 hours of community service at an […]

Pedestrian from Calabasas killed on PCH

By John Loesing | September 30, 2019

A Calabasas resident died Sunday night when he attempted to cross the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu and was hit by a vehicle. Ronald Fuote, 76, was crossing PCH around 7:15 p.m. on Sept. 29 when an oncoming car struck and killed him, the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station said. Fuote was crossing the roadway outside of a crosswalk, deputies said. […]

New Calabasas shopping center up and running

By John Loesing | September 19, 2019

Las Virgenes Village Shopping Center, located on the west side of Calabasas, is giving shoppers throughout the Conejo Valley, Malibu and San Fernando Valley a variety of retail stores and services from which to choose. Tenants include Bungalow 21 Premier Salon & Spa, Dig Indoor Cycling and Strength Training, Angel’s Gymnastics Place, Peachwave Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream, and Inner […]

Bud Marley, beloved Las Virgenes educator, dies

By John Loesing | September 09, 2019

Albert “Bud” Marley, an educational pioneer in the Las Virgenes community who nurtured a lifelong love for kids in the classroom, died on Sept. 4. The former Agoura Hills resident who moved to Thousand Oaks in his later years was 87. With his homespun style and personal connection to students, parents and teachers, Marley helped make the local public school […]