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Neighbors get the treatment

special report /// Agoura halfway house


As the opioid epidemic persists, the market for treatment options grows, a trend that has led to an increased number of sober-living facilities, halfway houses and addiction centers across the region. The facilities aren’t always what they seem. Many treatment centers operate out of single-family homes in residential neighborhoods. Often there’s no sign there’s even a business there. Some of […]

Joy returns to Paramount Ranch

FESTIVE DAY—It’s been six months since the Woolsey fire destroyed most of Paramount Ranch near Agoura Hills—and last weekend the iconic ranch and movie set hosted its first large public event since the disaster. The Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival, which began in 1961 and has been held at Paramount Ranch each year since 1990, returned to the popular […]

Manager kept on payroll



A top department head for the City of Calabasas who moved to Northern California 14 months ago continues to collect her almost $200,000-a-year salary while working from home, The Acorn has learned. City officials said they were remiss in not replacing her sooner. Deborah Steller moved to Petaluma, Calif. near Sonoma in March 2018. The city delayed finding her replacement, […]

Contract cities concerned about sheriff

Villanueva meets town hall constituents in Agoura


Issues such as local crime and the recent dispute over deputies who were fired but then given their jobs back were addressed at a May 9 Agoura Hills town hall meeting led by Alex Villanueva, Los Angeles County Sheriff. Villanueva spoke to a crowd of about 150 people at the Agoura Hills Event Center—his first major local appearance since being […]

California Strong makes second Woolsey fire distribution

California Strong, a nonprofit organization created by California professional athletes to provide financial support to victims after disasters, distributed its second round of funding to over 60 families who were impacted by the Woolsey fire. More than $250,000 was distributed May 10 at the Yarrow Family YMCA in Westlake Village. Two of California Strong founders, Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams […]

Deputies put ‘wrench’ on Oak Park robbery gang

Burglary crew said to be from Chile


The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office announced that deputies made several arrests in connection with a string of home robberies that have plagued the Oak Park community since the beginning of the year. Five individuals associated with a gang that’s been responsible for the crimes were recently taken into custody, Senior Dep. John Chiaramonte said. “A group from Chile was responsible […]

Police say adults encouraged teen assault

Girl fight leads to multiple arrests

Four people were arrested this month in connection with a public beatdown that occurred March 29 in Thousand Oaks. The fight, police said, began with an argument between 42-year-old Bridgette Salas of Simi Valley and a 13-year-old girl in the 100 block of W. Hillcrest Drive. Salas allegedly left the verbal confrontation and returned a short while later with a […]

What did the duck say when it crossed the road?

‘I HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY’—Crossing guard David Kissel attends to a few unexpected customers on April 26 at Kanan Road and Smoke Tree Avenue near Brookside Elementary School in Oak Park. Parent Stephanie Boggs had just dropped off her fifth-grade daughter, Avery, at school and took the photo. She reports another man was able to gather up the momma […]

Assembly bill steps up war against rat poison

Legislation follows death of cougar due to rodenticide


A new bill that expands the prohibition of pesticide poisons in California passed the Assembly on Monday, days after the National Park Service announced a local mountain lion died in March due to ingestion of rat poison. Assembly Bill 1788, introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) bans the use of second generation anticoagulant rodenticides, which are used in rat […]


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