2015-12-30 E-Edition

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Best reader photos of 2015

EYES ON THE COMMUNITY— Photo submissions are a big part of The Acorn’s content each week. Pictured here is our choice for top reader photos of the past year. In 2016, keep those cards and letters coming! TOP TO BOTTOM—The drought and El Nino were major stories this year, and Acorn reader Daniel Park captured an October moment in Agoura […]

CALABASAS Year in Review

People, places and events that shaped 2015

With Calabasas preparing to celebrate 25 years of cityhood in 2016, the question of whether or not the community is being overdeveloped continues to dominate the civic conversation. In the past year, a pair of new hotels proposed for Las Virgenes Road and other residential and commercial developments in the city caused some residents to fret. But the discord took […]


2015 Year in Review

Agoura Hills ushered in 2015 with the January opening of its new $13.4-million recreation and event center. First-time mayor Illece Buckley Weber hailed the new facility as she delivered her State of the City address later in the year. A major Agoura Road widening project also got underway during the past year. The project will add an additional lane in […]


2015 Year in Review

The City of Westlake Village experienced a bountiful 2015 and is looking ahead to its 35th anniversary of incorporation in 2016. During the past year, the city built an award-winning freeway overpass at Lindero Canyon Road, a new sidewalk along Agoura Road and two ball fields and a skateboard park at the new community park overlooking Thousand Oaks Boulevard. The […]


2015 Year in Review

When the New Year arrives, Oak Park will celebrate its 50th year in existence. The first housing developments came to the unincorporated eastern Ventura County community in 1966. Among the events of the past year, Chris Chapman joined the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council to fill a seat that was vacated by former Councilmember Mike Green. And the community lost […]

Year of progress in local public schools

EDUCATION 2015 Year in Review

The year in local education began with a focus on health. With concerns that a reemergence of measles could turn into an epidemic, Las Virgenes Unified School District took a hard look at vaccination rates at local schools and found that 42 percent of students at Mariposa School of Global Education in Agoura Hills had not been vaccinated for measles, […]


Agoura Hills A burglar stole a $1,000 laptop computer and a $30 sweater from a car parked in the valet lot of Padri’s restaurant in the 29000 block of Agoura Road Dec. 19. An attempted theft was reported on Chesebro Road Dec. 19. A woman wearing green hospital scrubs and gloves tried to take items from an unlocked vehicle parked […]

Mountain lions are the 2015 Citizens of the Year

The mountain lions that call the Santa Monica Mountains home were the talk of the town in the year past. For more than 20 years, National Park Service biologists have been tracking over two dozen cougars that live in the region. Five animals that were part of the study died this year: P-32, P-34, P-36, P-37 and P-43. The death […]

Looking back, looking ahead

As the clock winds down on 2015, it’s time to reflect on some of the year’s top stories—and look ahead toward a fresh new year when we have yet another chance to get it right. It’s easy to get stuck on old ideas and thoughts, but as inspirational speaker and business maven Colleen Ferrary has said, “You’ll never move forward […]