New planning commissioners take seat in Agoura Hills

Two new planning commissioners joined Agoura Hills city government last week, sworn into office along with three other longtime members. Kate Anderson was appointed by Councilmember Illece Buckley Weber to replace Commissioner Chris Anstead, who left the commission last fall to run for the City Council. “Kate Anderson shares my vision for the future of Agoura Hills,” Buckley Weber said […]

Residents rally against Las Virgenes Road hotel

Building’s height is the main issue

Developers are entitled to put new buildings on their property, but they should do it with deference to the community, said leaders of a new coalition that opposes a hotel development on Las Virgenes Road in western Calabasas. More than two dozen hikers, bicyclists and equestrians joined Calabasas Coalition leaders at a vacant parcel just south of the 101 Freeway […]

TV journalist to speak at Cal Lutheran

Television journalist Catherine Crier, a former judge, will discuss the power of the Supreme Court and the role of politics during a free presentation at 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 4 at Cal Lutheran University’s Samuelson Chapel, 165 Chapel Lane on the Thousand Oaks campus. The talk is part of the university’s Artists and Speakers Series. Crier will reveal backstage maneuvering, […]

Eavesdropping on coyote gossip

You have to wonder whether coyotes hang around in their spare time griping about humans as much as we gripe about them. How did this peculiar notion arise, that these canine cousins to our pet dogs might gather in the hills in the evening and, between howling choir practice sessions, rag on us? Recently every dog walker I encountered in […]

Appointees jockey for lead

Two Agoura Hills planning commissioners last week had to come to a gentlemen’s agreement on who would serve as chair of the panel in 2016 and who would serve as vice chair. Planning commissioners John O’Meara and Curtis Zacuto both vied for the top spot. O’Meara argued that he gave up the chair post last year so Linda Northrup, now […]

Tanning salon owner goes to trial

The case of a Thousand Oaks tanning salon owner accused of sexual molestation will finally go to trial—three years after his arrest. Gary Alan Haw, 52, of Agoura Hills was in Ventura County Superior Court Jan. 14 to hear a judge rule on a motion to dismiss all eight charges he is facing. Haw’s former defense attorney, David Lehr, had […]

A. Fred LaPorte

September 25, 1922 - January 20, 2016

Freedom from the chains that bind

Roots of Faith

During my seminary studies, I’d be off campus on Fridays and return in the evening to say, “I just got out of jail!” That was true, because my field work experience was serving as the chaplain intern at DuPage County Jail in Illinois. My duties consisted of delivering copies of the Bible and Quran to the inmates, leading Bible studies, […]


Agoura Hills A shoplifter stole a glass water bong valued at $120 from a cigar and cigarette store in the 5600 block of Kanan Road Jan. 14. A resident on Lewis Road reported Jan. 12 that a $14,900 engagement ring was stolen from a bedroom dresser. A burglar stole a $300 drill and caused $500 in damage cutting a hole […]

Make a note of this

Since Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for sharing your love, why not let the community’s most-read news source help you do it? This year you can let your Valentine know just how special they are by purchasing a $10 personalized Love Note that will appear in the Feb. 11 issue of The Acorn in print and online. Not to […]