Winter rains help create rich oases

Special to The Acorn

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 […]

Have a heart for veterans

Food drive helps Manna food bank

Stage Door’s ‘Dead Guilty’ is dead on

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer A mysterious light appears from a stairwell, a broken vase becomes unbroken; the new Stage Door production, "Dead Guilty," is guilty of drawing us in. The Stage Door Theater in Agoura Hills is now presenting the psychological thriller, written by Richard Harris, about a woman named Julia whose life changes after an automobile collision. […]

For the record

Agoura Hills officials say the campaign mailer with a false address that led to a recent revision in the city’s campaign ordinance was distributed in the 2001 city council election, not in the 2002 Measure H referendum as suggested in a Jan. 30 Acorn article. A city official provided original information that was erroneous. Calabasas Mayor Lesley Devine’s first name […]

Local high school hosts meeting on sexual assault, rape drugs

Special to the Acorn

"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 […]


Air Force Airman George Cornejo has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Tex. He’s the son of Jorge and Bernaldina Cornejo of Westlake Village. Cornejo is a 2002 graduate of Agoura High School. Air Force Airman Neal J. Kaufman has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Tex. He’s […]

Local chef is certified

Roger Pigozzi of Oak Park, assistant director/executive chef for dining and catering services at UCLA, earned the Certified Executive Chef (CEC) designation from the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Pigozzi is a member of ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of California. Certified chefs have extensive training in sanitation, nutrition and supervisory management. ACF operates the only comprehensive certification program for chefs […]

Former councilman signs copies of his book

Accuracy of article questioned

Accuracy of article questioned Your reporter scrambles his facts. In the Jan. 23 article "Standby fees kept alive . . ." he writes that the parcel tax by the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) was passed unanimously this year and probably passed in several previous years. I have not voted for this tax in any of my five votes […]

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