2015-08-20 E-Edition

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Film documentary decries animal cruelty

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM HER FRIENDS—Actress Kira Reed Lorsch, top left, joins Agnes-Nicole Winter, Devin DeVasquez, Katherine Heigl andfilmmaker Kim Sill on the red carpet during a screening of Sill’s new production, “Saved in America,” Aug. 15 in Agoura Hills. Thefilm documents Sill’s efiorts to rescue animals from puppy mills, hoarders and animal abusers, and recognizes individuals who use […]

Plans unveiled for new Calabasas hotel

Project ‘considerably smaller’ than what General Plan allows

Calabasas residents have until Aug. 24 to submit their comments on the environmental study for the Canyon Oaks development on Agoura and Las Virgenes roads. The project at 4790 Las Virgenes Road comprises a 120- room hotel and 71 homes in a 77-acre valley at the end of Agoura Road. About 60 acres would remain open space. The developer, the […]

Haggen grocery loses appetite for business in the area

Company closes three stores, Westlake spared for now

Haggen’s invasion of Southern California has turned into a full-fledged retreat. Less than four months into its SoCal experiment, the embattled Pacific Northwest based grocery chain announced last Friday that it is closing 16 supermarkets in the state, including three in Ventura County, resulting in the potential for hundreds of layoffs. Haggen executives, who saw the company grow from 18 […]

Candidate jump-starts council race

The campaign for Agoura Hills City Council took an early— and harsh—turn last week as Councilmember John Edelston openly admonished city planning commissioner Chris Anstead for a letter to the editor he wrote to The Acorn. Anstead’s letter, printed July 30, criticized the City Council for not annexing 43 acres of unincorporated Los Angeles County land off Liberty Canyon and […]

Fiction fun

The Acorn’s popular annual fiction writing contest, Fiction in a Nutshell, is now accepting entries in the under-18-year-old and 18-and-over categories. Send your 100-word fiction story to newstip@theacorn.com and include name, age, address and phone number. The deadline is Fri., Aug. 28. A winner will be announced Sept. 10. Remember, 100 words only!

Couple arrested for pointing laser

Two people visiting friends in Agoura Hills were arrested on Aug. 11 for pointing a laser at a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department helicopter. The helicopter’s flight crew, part of a ground-to-air coordination training exercise in Agoura Hills with deputies from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station, reported that a laser had been aimed at the helicopter from the ground at 11:30 […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills Burglars caused $ 1,000 in damage breaking a window to get into the Alliance gas station in the 5200 block of Palo Comado Canyon Road Aug. 5. They stole about 50 cartons of cigarettes valued at $3,500. Shoplifters stole $1,300 worth of liquor from the Vons market in the 5600 block of Kanan Road July 31. A thief […]

Shade balls rolled out

The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District released close to 1 million black plastic balls into a recycled water reservoir in Calabasas to protect the supply from contaminants and to prevent evaporation. The 4- inch plastic balls protect the water against dust, algae growth and other chemical reactions caused by the sun, LVMWD associated engineer Eric Schlageter said. The balls were […]

Campaign season off to exciting start


Acorn readers will be treated to unprecedented election coverage by the newspaper this fall. With the City of Calabasas moving its municipal election from March to November in 2015, voters will decide city council races not only in that city but also in Agoura Hills and Westlake Village. Ballots also will be cast in the Las Virgenes Unified School District […]