Forum tape pulled from cable TV in Calabasas

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer The Calabasas City Council last week pulled the Calabasas Park Homeowners’ Association-sponsored forum tape from further CTV broadcasts. It was scheduled to air another six times and it was the first organized debate involving candidates in the Tues., March 4 city council race. CPHA endorsed a candidate, which was interpreted to be against city […]

Young playwright makes her debut

Legislator hopes to increase public awareness on perchlorate

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer The California state Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson, is trying to publicize the hazards of perchlorate contamination in soil and groundwater. Assemblymembers, city officials, water and environmental experts, concerned citizens and others overflowed the Founder’s Room at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Monday night to hear about perchlorate. Many […]

Murder of

Agoura Hills woman, 20, being investigated
in London

Agoura Hills woman, 20, being investigated in London By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer The Don and Joanne Kaplan family of Agoura Hills is dealing with unbearable sadness after they learned about the violent death of their 20-year-old daughter, Alyson Ilene Kaplan, while she was vacationing in England. Kaplan was lured from a train platform in London’s Victoria Station by […]

Winter rains help create rich oases

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California’s nickname, "The Golden State," seems particularly fitting during the rain-deprived summer months when the native landscape—including fields, meadows and hills—dries out to a muted golden brown. But with recent and earlier rainstorms, there’s a wee bit o’ Ireland to be found at parks within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA). This is the perfect time of year […]

Local high school hosts meeting on sexual assault, rape drugs

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"The Consequences of Sexual Assault and Rape Drugs," a recent program presented jointly by the Oxnard Police Department and the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office at Oak Park High School, attracted students, but few parents. The presentation, which consisted of slides and narration by representatives of the D.A.’s office and police officers, covered everything from statistics to definitions. Sex With […]

Retired LAPD officer tells CHS parents about drugs

By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer Retired LAPD officer Trinka Parrata is now a consultant who visits schools, hospitals and police departments throughout the U.S. He came to Calabasas High School recently to educate parents on the types of drugs that kids are using today and on the potential dangers generated by using drugs. "It all starts at home," Parrata […]

Peace rally set for tomorrow

Sue Blumenthal, who turned 90 years old yesterday, has seen enough war to last a lifetime. Blumenthal, who says she’s been a staunch anti-war advocate all her life, is organizing a peace rally tomorrow in Agoura Hills to protest the looming conflict with Iraq. The peace demonstration is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Agoura Hills Senior Retreat, where Blumenthal […]

Veteran to address GOP women

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Jeff Gorell, a deputy district attorney for Ventura County, will present an illustrated talk about his experiences as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve during "Operation Enduring Freedom" at the luncheon meeting of the Conejo Valley Republican Women Federated at 11:30 a.m. Fri., Feb. 21 at the Clarion Palm Garden Hotel, 495 N. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. The […]

Attorney of man convicted in local murder case seeks a new trial

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer A lawyer for one of the five men found guilty in the 1995 stabbing death of Agoura Hills teenager Jimmy Farris said she will seek a new trial for her client in United States Federal Court. Tony Miliotti, now 25, was given life without parole along with two other teens in a fight that […]