2008-07-31

Arsenal found in Calabasas

Resident arrested for bombs, weapons

A Calabasas man is being held on $5 million bail after deputies discovered a large collection of weapons and explosives in his home. Michael Bruce O’Connell, a 57-year-old resident of Calabasas Highlands, was arrested July 14 on eight felony counts of possessing weapons, destructive devices and ingredients to make destructive devices, according to Det. F. Bausmith of the Lost Hills […]

Summer scene includes Movies in the Park



IT’S SHOWTIME—Movies in the Park have become a popular summer pastime in the local communities. Above, 5-year-old Mollie Joseph plays on the jungle gym at Three Springs Park in Westlake Village while waiting for the sun to go down and the movie “Superman” to begin. Below, a girl sits under the stars at Reyes Adobe Park in Agoura Hills where […]

Pot law ignites new debate



Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 that decriminalizes medical marijuana, might be the law in California, but dispensaries that are used for selling the weed will be against the law in Agoura Hills if city officials have their way. According to California law, cities have the right to prohibit the operation of certain businesses under their general plan […]

Commissioner Stu Sobol dies



Stu Sobol, 50, a longtime member of the Calabasas Traffic and Transportation Commission and volunteer in the community, died on July 10 due to complications from pneumonia. Sobol was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1958 and moved to Los Angeles with his wife, Julie, in 1981 where he became one of the top artist managers in the music industry. He […]

Writers, mark down that date



If you think you have a knack for writing, put your creative juices to work this summer in The Acorn contest, “Fiction in a Nutshell.” Here’s how it works: In 100 words or less, write a fiction story and e-mail it to newstip@theacorn.com. You may also send it by mail to the address on page 4. Include your name, address, […]

Local grads picked for scholarship



Two area high school graduates—one from Westlake High School and the other from Moorpark High—are among a group of young people spending the summer engulfed in scientific research through a top scholar program. Sattar Khoshkhoo and Milana PeBenito were chosen to participate in the Amgen Scholars Program, a $25-million, eight-year commitment by the Amgen Foundation to provide undergraduates the opportunity […]

Keep tabs on your annual Social Security earnings



The Social Security statement is an important document that helps American workers plan for their retirement. The statement includes an annual record of earnings for each individual. The document provides retirement benefit estimates using different retirement scenarios and gives estimates of disability and survivors benefits in the event that employees become disabled or die. Most workers who pay Social Security […]

Westlake Village advisory board seeks applicants



The city of Westlake Village is seeking applications from city residents interested in serving on the city’s Cultural Recreation Advisory Board. The board consists of 10 adults and one youth member, and usually meets every other month at 7 p.m. The board was established in 2003 to advise City Council on cultural, recreational and special events, parks, and the operation […]

Water demand spikes despite pleas from local agencies to conserve



Demand for water in May and June this year was 5 percent higher than during the same period last year, dropping key reservoirs throughout California to their lowest levels since 1994, officials said. Mandatory restrictions are likely to be enforced next year if the demand doesn’t slow, said Eric Bergh, manager of resources for Calleguas Municipal Water District, which serves […]

District finds ’50 ways to save water’



Las Virgenes Municipal Water District introduced a new water conservation campaign called “50 Ways to Save Water.” The community outreach effort wants to build awareness about the need for every home and business to reduce water consumtpion in light of the statewide drought. LVMWD general manager John Mundy said the campaign is intended to educate the community on water-wise practices […]