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Malibou Lake residents stand strong

Fire-weary homeowners want open space for emergency staging


Two years ago, the residents of Malibou Lake lived through a nightmare. The Woolsey fire was bearing down on the scenic Santa Monica Mountains community, and homeowners and renters were told no one was coming to help. Some residents fled and some stayed behind to fight the flames. But little could be done to halt the eventual onslaught that destroyed […]

‘We didn’t want this to happen to anybody else’

ACORN SPECIAL REPORT /// The Stranger


Part two of a two-part story. If you haven’t read part one, go here. Four years after their frightening brush with a stalker, the Kesslers of Westlake Village were settling into a new routine. Tess, now graduated with a degree, was between apartments and living at home while commuting to a job in the city. Brooke was working abroad, and […]

More scrutiny for Agoura West Village

Public concerned about traffic and building heights


The wheels of government move slowly, and so do plans for new commercial real estate development in cities and towns across Southern California due to the pandemic. One of the most-watched projects in Agoura Hills has been slowed by the pandemic, but plans to build the 7-acre project are proceeding. More details came to light about the West Village mixed-use […]

Outdoor dining taken off the menu



Happy Thanksgiving. Los Angeles County restaurants are back to serving takeout and drive-thru only following an amended public health order that went into effect Nov. 25. The daily average of new coronavirus cases now exceeds 4,000—a threshold that has prompted health officials to order a temporary halt to indoor dining, but not enough to warrant a second Safer At Home […]

What next for troubled community center?

With dwindling finances, repairs are put on hold


There’s no end in sight to the coronavirus pandemic, and gyms and fitness centers are feeling the financial squeeze. Forced to close its doors in May, the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center is running low on funds, a spokesperson for the facility said. The community center on Malibu Hills Road is jointly owned by the two cities it’s named for. The […]

Escapee apprehended

A man who escaped police custody Nov. 18 while still in handcuffs was soon re-apprehended after law enforcement officials found him holed up in a nearby avocado tree, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said. Brett Howard, 32, of Agoura Hills managed to slip away from a deputy who was moving him from a police vehicle into the East Valley Sheriff’s […]

Birthday in the wild

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area turns 42 years old


The Santa Monica Mountains are visible from almost anywhere in the Conejo Valley, but unless someone’s feeling the itch to go hiking, the peaks are just part of the background. That makes it easy to overlook just how significant they are. This month marks the 42nd anniversary of the creation of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. It’s the […]

Oak Park schools superintendent to retire

Tony Knight with district for 39 years


Tony Knight’s 42 years in public education, most of them in Oak Park, will end next July. Knight announced his retirement as superintendent of schools for the five-campus Oak Park Unified School District effective July 1, 2021. He became district leader 17 years ago. Knight said the unprecedented challenge facing OPUSD in a pandemic year is not the reason for […]

Calabasas keeps city manager placeholder strategy in play

City still searching for new chief exec


Calabasas remains without a permanent city manager following the dismissal of Gary Lysik last May. Monday, a second stand-in came aboard to help oversee day-to-day operations of the city while government leaders continue their search for a permanent replacement. Don Penman of Northridge is taking the reins from Ray Taylor, who is stepping down after six months as the Calabasas […]

Unwanted notes became family’s nightmare

ACORN SPECIAL REPORT /// The Stranger


This is part one of a two-part story Families did all sorts of things to pass the time during the first months of the coronavirus lockdowns: played board games, studied genealogy, learned how to make new recipes, posted choreographed dance videos on TikTok. But for the Kesslers of Westlake Village, the early months of the pandemic weren’t spent redecorating the […]


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