Lupin Hill sex charges ignite community

Psychology of case is complex

By Stephanie Bertholdo  bertholdo@theacorn.com An investigation continues into the case of two 8-year-old boys accused of sexually assaulting several children in the Lupin Hill Elementary School bathrooms two weeks ago, Las Virgenes Unified School District officials said. Superintendent of Schools Donald Zimring said the district cannot release specific information about the incident, but confirmed the boys under investigation will be […]

Help for a fallen comrade

BENEFIT CONCERT– From left, Brian Miller and Brian Iverson check out the silent auction items with longtime friend Glenn Becerra, a Simi Valley City Council member, during a Nov. 11 benefit concert at The Canyon club in Agoura Hills. The event raised funds for the family of LAPD Detective Mike Selleh, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in July.

Energy drinks with alcohol attract teens

Slick marketing conceals product contents

By Sophia Fischer  sfischer@theacorn.com That energy drink your teen is so fond of may contain a potent mix of alcohol and caffeine. Using names such as Tilt, Rockstar 21, Liquid Core, Sparks and Joose, the colorful cans sold in grocery, convenience and liquor stores are marketed to children and young adults. Although it is illegal for minors to purchase the […]

Berniece Bennett, ‘Mother of Westlake,’ dies at 75

Was on first City Council

By Sophia Fischer  sfischer@theacorn.com Westlake Village residents suffered the loss last weekend of a leader credited with the formation of the city. Following a long struggle with liver cancer, Berniece Bennett passed away at her home Sunday morning, Nov. 11. Family members were at her side. Services for the 75-year-old Bennett will be at 3 p.m. on Mon., Nov. 19 […]

Renters fed up with constant cost increases

By Joann Groff joann@theacorn.com After another hefty rent increase was posted on their doors, the residents of Archstone apartments in Calabasas are issuing charges of price gouging and calling for local government intervention. Archstone has been criticized heavily for its frequent rent increases since taking control of the complex in December 2004. Renters at the apartments on Lost Hills Road […]


•The Nov. 6 voter turnout in the Westlake Village City Council election was 35 percent, not 61 percent. •A $5,000, not a $1,000 reward is being offered for information regarding vandalism to the Shelley Riggs automobile at Agoura High School on Oct. 25. Call Detective J.T. Manwell at (818) 878-5543 with information.

Workshop teaches fire prevention

'It's not a question of if the wildland will burn, but when.' - Valerie Barel UC Extension

Residents are invited to attend a free “SAFE Landscapes” workshop this Saturday in Malibu. The program is designed to show people who live near the Santa Monica Mountains how to create sustainable and fire-safe landscaping. It is being hosted by the University of California Cooperative Extension, a Los Angeles County division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The Nov. 17 workshop […]

Leonis Adobe film debuts

Documentary will be part of museum presentation

It wasn’t in Hollywood and there was no red carpet, but the Leonis Adobe Museum boasted quite a premiere party last weekend when “Share the Legend: The Story of Leonis Adobe” opened to a local crowd. Starting next week the 14-minute film can be seen anytime by museum visitors. Susan Eastman, executive director of the Leonis Adobe, said she expects […]

Community gets talking

The Ventura County Community Foundation is hosting “Open Wednesdays,” a series of meetings in each of the county’s 10 cities intended to provide a forum for local nonprofits, donors, community leaders and elected officials to discuss priorities for the foundation’s programs, services and grant making. The next meeting will be 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wed., Dec., 5 in the Elizabeth […]

Gourd artist to host workshop

A free family craft workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sun., Nov. 18 at the Rancho Sierra Vista/ Satwiwa Native American Indian Cultural Center at Lynn Road and Via Goleta in Newbury Park. Nadiya Littlewarrior will lead the workshop, where participants will learn to create an ornament or necklace from a […]