2014-11-13 E-Edition

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Read all about it—Acorn Newspaper turns 40

Voice of the community officially founded in 1974, but some believe the publication is closer to 50

Big things come in small packages, and on Fri., Nov. 14, the weekly tabloid-size Acorn newspaper—which sprouted in one community and branched out into eight—will celebrate its 40th year in business. And like the oak tree seed it’s named for, The Acorn is still growing—delivered now to homes, schools, business and government centers in Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Oak […]

Readers recall Acorn fondly

The Acorn is a treasured community resource, and each member of the community who has followed the newspaper over the years sees it through a different lens. Robert Dyer said he’s been reading The Acorn since 1976. “There were short synopses of many AYSO soccer games, and I was always excited when my name was in the paper.” Michael Paule […]

A job that is fun to have

Body found, but questions still remain

Although much of the mystery surrounding Gavin Smith’s disappearance has been solved, investigators still have big questions to answer: Who killed him, and why? Hikers last week found the skeletal remains of Smith—a Calabasas-based 20th Century Fox executive—in a rural area of the Angeles National Forest south of Palmdale near Acton, said Lt. Dave Dolson of the Los Angeles County […]

Fire at El Pollo Loco

An electrical fire that started Nov. 5 in the ceiling of the El Pollo Loco restaurant on Kanan Road in Agoura Hills caused $500,000 worth of damage, a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesperson said. The fire was called in at 5:40 p.m. and at least 15 fire trucks responded, according to Capt. Lance Nielsen with Fire Station 65 in […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A camera and a camera lens valued at $1,200 were stolen from a car on Oak Creek Lane Nov. 4. The back window of the car was broken to gain entry resulting $200 in damage. Two cocktail tables valued at $175 were stolen from an outdoor event at Whizin Market Square Nov. 5. A woman stole about $60 […]

Garza guilty

A former Westlake High School softball and basketball coach charged with having sex with a 15-year-old female student in April has pleaded guilty. Robert Garza, 38, pleaded guilty Nov. 5 to two felonies: performing a lewd act upon a child 14 or 15 years old, and oral copulation of a person under 16. In return for his plea, the Ventura […]

Early deadlines

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday in two weeks, The Acorn will be delivered a day early, Wed., Nov. 26. Real estate advertising reservations are due by noon on Thurs., Nov. 20, and all other advertising is due by noon on Fri., Nov. 21. Editorial submissions must also be received by noon Fri., Nov. 21. Enjoy your Thanksgiving week.

Do the math: District is on the right track

Following several years of revenue shortfalls due to the recession, the Las Virgenes Unified School District is making a financial comeback. Besides breathing new life into the district’s balance sheet—good news for students and teachers—the economic turnaround will benefit local property owners, who ultimately pay for our public schools in the form of taxation. Recently, the school district took advantage […]