Rescue team ready and waiting

TRAINING OPS-Below, Reserve Training Sgt. Dave Katz briefs Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and fire emergency personnel during recent training exercises held on Kanan Road near the Newton Canyon parking lot. Right, Lost Hills/Malibu Search and Rescue Team personnel Scot Sand, Rocky Morton and Erik Franco use a litter and ropes to bring volunteer “victim” Melanie Pisciotta to the top […]

Funding for Community Center called into question

Who foots the bill?

A recent report that the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center is operating in the red has forced a debate over whether the 30,000-square-foot center on Malibu Hills Road in Calabasas should be a money-making facility, or a community service operation that the two cities will have to continue subsidizing. The Agoura Hills City Council recently called for an audit, and a […]

Oak Park school bonds come under scrutiny

Homes could be taxed $1,600 a year

In June, the Oak Park Unified School District will present to voters two bond measures that will enable the district to give itself a $115-million face-lift, but some community members are questioning if the increase in taxes will serve the intended purpose. The seven-year project–the Facilities Master Plan–calls for an update at all six school district campuses. Planned improvements include […]

‘Eggs-ellent’ weekend coming up

LOOK, MOM-James Wong proudly displays his Easter egg treasures. Area kids are invited to join the annual egg hunt at Mae Boyar Park at 130 N. Kanan Road in Oak Park this Sat., April 15 beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Easter egg hunt will be followed by an arts and crafts fair, along with food, games and giveaways. For more […]

Thorsen leaveAgoura Hills

Jim Thorsen, Agoura Hills’ assistant city manager and a longtime employee of the city, has accepted the post of city manager for Malibu. He is scheduled to start his new job on May 1. Thorsen launched his nineyear career with Agoura Hills as an engineer, but quickly moved into other responsibilities and positions, including director of public works. He was […]

Everyday heroes Young men recognized for freeway rescu

With a grateful handshake and an expression of thanks, 21year-old Eric Reuel met three of the four young men who helped save his life. “If they hadn’t been there that night, I wouldn’t be here today,” Reuel said. The emotional reunion was overdue for Agoura Hills residents Carl Brocket, 18, Damon Michaels, 19, and Ivan Robles, 21, who were honored […]

Help the sheriff fight reckless driving

The Sheriff’s Teenage Traffic Offender Program (STTOP) wants you to be the eyes and ears of the community. If you witness a case of reckless driving, call STTOP at (818) 8805420. To learn more, visit www.sttop.net.

Party hosts will pay price

In response to growing concerns over underage alcohol consumption, Ventura County officials have passed a social host ordinance that would allow authorities to cite party hosts with a $1,000 fine. The Board of Supervisors approved a first reading of the ordinance on April 4. The law should be finalized on April 18, if all goes according to plan. The law […]

Mom worth at least 100 words

Mother’s Day is May 14 and The Acorn wants your mom to receive the recognition she deserves. In 100 words or less, please write and tell us why your mother is special. Whether it’s a poignant memory that you have, a small story you’d like to tell, or just some kind words for the mom that you love, your thoughts […]


A story on the Las Virgenes Unified School District budget in the March 30 Acorn incorrectly stated that teachers’ salaries are mandated by the governor. The cost of living raises are adjustments tied to the overall increased cost of goods and services.