Local man allegedly had sex with minors, possessed pornography

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer An Agoura Hills man, Peter Castillo, 44, turned himself in last Thursday morning to police after a local teenager broke his silence about trading sex with Castillo for the use of a cell phone. According to Detective Sgt. Phil Morris of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Castillo surrendered after authorities notified his attorney […]

LVUSD funding approved

The Westlake Village City Council voted unanimously recently to contribute $50,000 to Las Virgenes Unified School District. The money enables the city to use LVUSD facilities for recreational and cultural programming over a 10-year period. In light of the current budget crisis facing the school district, councilmembers received a letter on June 10 from Deputy Superintendent Donald Zimring requesting a […]


THURS., AUG. 7 Reserve Now Today is reservation deadline for Agoura/Oak Park/Las Virgenes Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon honoring deputies of Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station at 11:30 a.m. at The Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. $20. (818) 889-3150 An Assist for Singles One Again, Inc., Thousand Oaks Chapter is a support and social organization for anyone divorced, widowed, separated […]

ACT coming up, time to register

The next ACT Assessment will be administered on Sept. 27. College-bound high school students must register for the exam by Aug. 22—the deadline for having the registration postmarked. There is a late registration postmark deadline of Sept. 5 with an extra fee charged. Students can get registration packets from their high school counselors or register online at www.act.org. ACT scores […]

Fundraiser to take a step back in time

The Commemorative Air Force/Southern California Wing will host a fundraising special event for the museum called "The Hollywood Canteen" on Sat., Aug. 16 at the museum at Camarillo Airport, 455 Aviation Drive, Camarillo. The event will begin at 4 p.m. with the museum open for tours of the more recent additions to the collection of flyable World War II aircraft. […]

Agoura Hills hosts business roundtable

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer If the wheels of government are moving too slowly, as some in the community have complained, then Agoura Hills says it’s time for a tuneup. Meeting with business leaders Tuesday at the annual Agoura Hills Business Roundtable, city officials promised to pay more attention to the needs of its entrepreneurs and meet their demands […]

Smog season started early for Southern California

The Southland’s summer smog season is well underway with 11 unhealthy days recorded in May alone. "Although the long-term air quality trend continues to improve, the summer smog season reminds us that Southern Californians still experience many days each year when air quality exceeds health-based standards," said Barry Wallerstein, Air Quality Management District’s (AQMD) executive officer. "For that reason, residents […]

Free boating safety classes offered

Flotilla 42 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the California Yacht Club will sponsor a "Basic Coastal Navigation" class at 7 p.m. Mondays beginning Aug. 18 at the yacht club, 4463 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Classes and parking are free. There’s an optional $45 fee for text, charts, exam and certificate. The eight-week course will teach participants how […]

Eagles ready for football season

Acorn Sports Writer

Oak Park’s football team went 6-6 last year, finished third in the Tri-Valley League and advanced to the second round of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) playoffs. The Eagles are hoping to improve and longtime head coach Dick Billingsley is confident that he has the personnel to be a better team in 2003. Billingsley will be the OPHS head coach […]

Ballot measure to waive size of store not in the spirit of Measure H

Ballot measure to waive size of store not in the spirit of Measure H Mayor Reinhardt’s letter says that putting developer Selleck’s proposal to a citywide vote at this time is in keeping with the spirit of Measure H. It is not. This proposal by the council is nothing but an "end run" around Measure H. The city council has […]