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Patriotism gets flagged

Old Glory pegged atop Ladyface Mountain sparks debate


It began after the Woolsey fire of 2018. One by one, American flags started appearing on top of local Santa Monica Mountain peaks. Large flags, planted on proud soil, splashes of red, white and blue propped up against open skies from the Simi Hills to Malibu. People saw the flags as a beacon of hope, and their pride swelled. Almost […]

Classmates killed in early morning crash on Westlake Boulevard

FREE Victims, 18 and 20, graduated from Oaks Christian in 2019


Two young men, both members of the Oaks Christian High School Class of 2019, died early Sunday after the Tesla they were in veered off Westlake Boulevard and into a tree, according to police. Ventura County sheriff and fire department personnel arriving on scene around 1:40 a.m. found the vehicle completely engulfed in flames, the sheriff’s office said. The car […]

Cop backlash brings funding cuts, more community engagement

Sheriff’s budget comes under attack


Amid the growing cry to defund police and set new priorities for law enforcement, one local government is wasting little time. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors last month passed a budget that cut more than $145 million from sheriff’s department funding. The county’s general fund revenue is approximately $8.8 billion, of which 42% goes toward law enforcement and […]

Local teams spring into action

Deputies with the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department have been on patrol in Calabasas, not looking for criminals, but connecting with residents to teach them about protection from another insidious foe: COVID-19. Community-based policing is nothing new to local law enforcement, and it’s the kind of program that has taken a higher priority under new L.A. County sheriff’s budget. The sheriff […]

Candidates get ready for 2020 election

Multiple races are shaping up


The November election is less than 100 days away, and on July 13 candidates for local office began pulling their papers and filing to run for office. They have until Aug. 7 to enter the Nov. 3 race. This year the candidates will be adjusting their campaign strategies for an election in which they cannot engage in the traditional hallmark […]

Group is friend to the mountains



Sometimes Mother Nature needs a little help, and, when nature calls, organizations like the Santa Monica Mountains Fund are there to help. The Thousand Oaks-based nonprofit group, SaMo, reports that it raised $50,000 in a virtual fundraiser July 24 to help pay for programs that benefit ecological causes in the local mountains. SaMo executive director Charlotte Parry said last week’s […]

Staging for the future

Is this how performances will look?

The show must go on, sort of. Life is changing rapidly due to the pandemic, and that includes how live theater performances will be held in the future in accordance with coronavirus safety requirements. Young Artists Ensemble will present its 40th annual Teen Summer Musical production, Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance,” at 8 p.m. Thurs. to Sun., Aug. […]

Reporter sees world through police eyes

Acorn tries use-of-force simulator



I died twice this month. I was reluctant to draw my weapon and that’s all it took. That seemed to be the case with most of us who had the rare opportunity as civilians to experience the Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center’s use-of-force simulator the morning of July 9. The simulator, which takes officers through lifelike police calls, is […]

Westlake Village approves city manager raise



The Westlake Village City Council approved a cost-of-living raise for City Manager Rob de Geus, a 3% increase over his current salary of $229,730 a year. In addition to the extra $6,890 he’ll receive, de Geus will get another 80 hours of paid time off tacked on to his current vacation time. The city is also paying medical benefits for […]

Drug dealers, car burglars caught


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