One family’s story about life at the bottom

Teens vs. drugs

Sandy began to experiment with drugs at the age of 12. Soon she was initiated into the Conejo Valley drug culture, trying everything from marijuana and crystal methamphetamines to alcohol and prescription drugs. Sandy, 19, is now a recovering heroin addict. Due to the sensitive nature of this article, Sandy and her mother, Carol, agreed to speak with The Acorn […]

Fun for all ages at Leonis Adobe

HOME ON THE RANGE- Above, Leonis Adobe Museum volunteer Jim Stehlik shows off Texas longhorn and Adobe farm resident, Fred, to visitors on Tuesday in Calabasas. At right, Calabasas resident Hannah Bowman, 2, sits perfectly still as she is painted by Camarillo High School student Anisa Ramadon, 15, during “How the West was Sung,” part of the Leonis Adobe Museum’s […]

Former Westlake prosecutor used fraud to buy home

Julie Marie Sergojan, a 50year-old former Westlake Village resident who once was a Los Angeles County prosecutor, pleaded guilty to six felony charges including multiple counts of grand theft, identity theft and forgerythe Ventura County district attorney’s office said. Beginning in 2002, Sergojan concocted a series of frauds that allowed her to purchase a $500,000 home in Westlake Village. While […]

The great fluoride debate

Tastes great, less fillings, advocates say

Ed Flanagan was shocked to learn that fluoride, a common toothpaste additive that is believed to protect teeth from decay, will soon be added to tap water throughout Southern California. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and its board of directors voted in favor of fluoridating tap water by 2007. Flanagan is among those who share the longstanding belief […]

Israel-Lebanon war hits close to home

'We pray every day,' one man says

The recent bombings between Israel and Hezbollah militants gave rise to questions about which side is to blame and how the crisis might be resolved. One continent and an ocean away, members of the Jewish and Islamic faiths in the Conejo Valley and nearby areas had their own opinions concerning the conflict in the Middle East. “So many people died […]

Edison accepting electrical claims

Residents who lost perishables or had electrical equipment damaged during the recent power outages are being encouraged by the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council to visit the Southern California Edison claims website. According to the Oak Park council, Edison will pay for any damage to electrical property or any food that perished due to the black outs. Claim forms can […]

Secretary of State McPherson visits Westlake

California is better equipped to deal with the coming general election than at any other time in the state’s history, Secretary of State Bruce McPherson told local government and business leaders Monday in Westlake Village. McPherson, the state’s chief elections officer, said he’s spent much of his year and a half in office visiting all 58 county registrars in California […]

Lake Sherwood kidnapper found guilty

A Ventura County jury found Dennis Elliot Shellhouse, 46, guilty of kidnap for ransom, criminal threats and residential burglary, all with the special allegation that he used a fireman and resisted arrest with a firearm. Authorities said the crimes occurred on June 7, 2005, after Shellhouse traveled from Phenix City, Ala. to Los Angeles to carry out a kidnap-for-ransom plan […]

Agoura officials express air quality concerns

Polluted air contributes to higher rates of asthma and could cause underdevelopment of children’s lungs, according to studies being supported by state air quality officials. Jan Perry, a Los Angeles city councilmember for District 9, presented information on local air quality to the Agoura Hills City Council earlier this month. Perry is a representative for the South Coast Air Quality […]

Calabasas council approves senior condos

Planned for Malibu Hills Road

Senior housing in Calabasas is scarce, officials say, and a condominium development proposed for 26705 Malibu Hills Road is the only project being planned to address the demand. Last week, the Calabasas City Council reviewed the plan and gave the developer, Withee Malcolm Architects of Torrance, Calif., the go-ahead to begin construction. “We are anticipating-for price ranges for these units-a […]