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 […]

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 […]

School districts see a silver lining in 2018

YEAR IN REVIEW /// Public education

While the Woolsey fire spared the classrooms of Oak Park and Virgenes, both school districts remained closed for two weeks in early November to rid the smoke and ash that permeated all corners. Students from 90 families in the Las Virgenes district lost their homes in the Woolsey fire, and in Oak Park 34 students were displaced. Following the fire […]

Sheriff offers New Year’s Eve ‘special’ rate

On Dec. 31, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department placed this tongue-in-cheek post along with photo on the Next- Door social media app, hoping to deter drunk drivers. The humorous post read as follows: New Year’s Eve Special: Exclusive private and semi-private rooms with stainless steel toilets available tonight (sorry, shower not included). Each room is 6-feet by 9-feet and […]

Fire assistance deadline rapidly approaching

As the clock ticked away on 2018, the office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl hosted a pair of town hall meetings to keep locals informed about the latest in Woolsey fire recovery efforts. The meetings in mid-December at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas and Pepperdine University in Malibu invited county, state and federal officials to answer questions posed […]

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 […]

’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 […]

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