Foundation discusses Borderline disbursements

The deadline is approaching for victims of the Borderline Bar and Grill shooting to apply for help from the Conejo Valley Victims Fund. The entirety of the fund, administered by the Ventura County Community Foundation and established in conjunction with the City of Thousand Oaks and other entities, will be used to assist the families who lost loved ones, the […]


Group says environmental policy
putting residents at risk

In the stack of papers inside the notebook that geologist Lynn Gray Jensen carries to interviews are maps from a 2009 fire plan that she says illustrates the influence environmentalists have on public policy. She points to one of the main recommendations in the 50-page Fire Management Plan created by the Ventura County Fire Protection District calling for firefighters to […]

Students wow with major award

TRUSTY FRIEND— Officer Doug Kohno of the Santa Monica Police Department and also a White Oak Elementary School parent, gives student Charlie Robison a WOW ( White Oak Wonders) award during a Dec. 12 ceremony. The theme of the award, which was given to 50 students at the Westlake Village school, is “ trustworthiness.” Principal Laila Jorns holds a certificate […]

’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 […]

Best reader photos 2018

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