2014-07-31

Acorn reporter and daughter witness tense showdown with gunman

Man accused in abduction chased through Calabasas into Malibu


A man driving a car and carrying a weapon used in a reported abduction attempt was chased by law enforcement officers through Calabasas and into Malibu Wednesday evening, leading to a tense standoff that was witnessed by Acorn reporter Sylvie Belmond and her 20-year-old daughter, Teza. The mother and daughter, both from Agoura Hills, along with about two dozen soccer […]

My friend Jenny



I moved to Newbury Park in 1987 and soon after I met Jenny, the homeless lady, sitting on a bench on Wendy Drive. In 1995, my family moved to Westlake Village and I saw her again. One Thanksgiving I approached her and offered food from a local restaurant. She said cash for food, a warm jacket and a blanket would […]

Volunteers sought to help terminally ill patients



Adults from the Greater Conejo Valley, Moorpark and Simi Valley who may be interested in learning more about helping hospice patients in their community can contact Hospice of the Conejo. Hospice of the Conejo, a nonprofit organization serving the community since 1977, will hold its annual hospice volunteer training class starting Wed., Sept. 3. The eight-week course prepares individuals to […]

Scout’s Eagle project enhances state park



Working July 24 through 27, Garrett Burns, along with Boy Scout Troop 127, installed an interpretive deck at Malibu Creek State Park for his Eagle Scout project. Garrett supervised approximately 25 boys and 10 adults in completing the task. The project went through more than two years of planning. Garrett coordinated the work Angel Alba, park maintenance supervisor. Thomas Dore, […]

Double standard



After reading your articles on the drought, I’d love to know why the fountains are still on at the Westlake Village Inn, The Promenade, The Commons and almost all the gated communities that have fountains in front? My homeowners association sent us a notice to turn ours off and it’s been bone dry for a month, so why doesn’t it […]

Ask the Arborist



A dead tree is a dangerous tree I saw a bumper sticker the other day that read, “Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most.” That’s pretty funny. But one thing I sometimes think we truly have lost is our common sense. Either that or it’s in very short supply. On sleeping pill bottles there are […]

Technically minded



New technology helps sheriff fight crime




Major crimes, such as homicides, are rare in the local area. Petty thefts and burglaries are more common occurrences, but they still require ingenuity in order to solve. Using a collaborative criminal fingerprint and DNA processing program—and by broadening its public outreach efforts online— the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station has increased its ability to solve local crimes. Gathering evidence In […]

Movie night reveals a slice of Elvis history



Games, rides, food and music at the county fair



The 139th Ventura County Fair, “A Country Fair with Ocean Air,” runs through Aug. 10 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. New attractions include Cub Country with rides for children under 36 inches tall, a Ten-in- One Carnival Sideshow with old- fashioned “ wonders of the world,” deep-fried baconwrapped jalapeno poppers in the food court, a slider-eating […]