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Third fire victim identified



  The Los Angeles County coroner has released the identity of a third victim of the Woolsey fire, a man discovered at his home in Agoura Hills on Nov. 14. Alfred de Ciutiis Jr., a 73-year-old retired oncologist, died on Nov. 13 from the effects of thermal injuries, the coroner said. De Ciutiis’ body was found in a home in […]

Neighborhood keeps eyes open



With a growing concern over community crime and the availability of new technology to combat it, the Three Springs Homeowners Association said it would like to install surveillance cameras at the community’s main entrances. The HOA met recently with the Westlake Village Public Safety Commission to discuss the plan. The city must give its permission before the HOA can install […]

’72 Hours From Hell’

From Nov. 7, 2018 until Nov. 9, local residents endured three days of unimaginable tragedy. First the Borderline Bar and Grill mass shooting, which cost 12 lives, then the Woolsey fire, which destroyed 1,600 structures and burned 97,000 acres from Oak Park to the sea. One Acorn headline called it: “72 Hours From Hell,” and it was. This is that […]

Best Reader Photos of 2018

MOMENTS—Acorn readers gave us some amazing pictures this year, and these are three of the best. At top, Jeff Roth captured a lone firefighter taking a break in Calabasas during the Woolsey fire. Left, Jennifer Buzza was in good position for the October plane crash on the 101. Above, Kim Barker of the California Wildlife Center shows a cute squirrel […]

November to remember

Woolsey fire, Borderline still painful


A campground murder, a mass shooting, a devastating wildfire and, oh, a stock-market meltdown: These are the things rocked our world in the second half of 2018. But the news from Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village and Oak Park wasn’t all bad as residents showed remarkable resilience. By the end of the year they had come together to support a […]

Mountain man on the run

Major crimes a hallmark of 2018


The November mass shooting in Thousand Oaks capped a year in which residents endured a multitude of crimes not normally associated with the region. Locals were shocked to learn June 22 that an Irvine father of two had been the victim of a murder at Malibu Creek State Park campground. Tristan Beaudette, 35, was sleeping in a tent with his […]

Abandoned cars appear in burned out canyons

Vehicles once covered up are now exposed


The Woolsey fire that denuded much of the Santa Monica Mountains from Oak Park to Malibu has uncovered an interesting secret. Numerous cars that were abandoned over the years are now visible to the naked eye because the brush that once hid them has burned away. Acting on a report earlier this month, four volunteer teams from Malibu Search and […]

Victims’ memorial moved to Borderline



The loving makeshift memorial to the 12 lives lost at Borderline Bar and Grill last month has made the short trip home. Last Sunday, volunteers from the City of Thousand Oaks and the Thousand Oaks Police Department worked in concert with Borderline employees and the victims’ families to relocate the flowers, photographs, candles, balloons, flags, notes, stuffed animals and pieces […]

Protecting the innocent

When animals have to be evacuated


Evacuating from a fire is harrowing. In a frantic rush, people must decide what to take and where to go as the flames approach. And for those that have large pets or livestock, the situation becomes even more stressful. Cats and dogs can travel in a car alongside human belongings, but moving a 1,500-pound horse is a different animal altogether. […]

Year ends on brighter note

Oak Park schools see a silver lining


The reorganization meeting for the Oak Park Unified School District Board of Education on Dec. 11 was more than a perfunctory changing of the guard; it was a time to pay special attention to residents and others whose charitable efforts helped ease the community’s pain following the Woolsey fire. Before celebrating the school community’s outpouring of help, Denise Helfstein was […]


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