2016-09-01 E-Edition

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Ridgeline predicament

Calabasas officials tackle dated maps and costly regulations affecting some property owners

Some residents whose homes are on city-designated “significant” ridgelines in Calabasas say the rules go too far, forcing them to spend thousands of dollars for even minor backyard projects. In response to these concerns, Calabasas officials agreed during a meeting Aug. 24 that it is time to update their official ridgeline maps and ease restrictions for homeowners looking to build […]

Farewell to summer

Accused VC sheriff’s deputy will face criminal charges

Veteran cop, an Agoura Hills resident, allegedly took Rx drugs from drop-off bin

Three misdemeanor charges have been filed against a veteran Ventura County sheriff’s deputy accused of stealing drugs from one of the department’s pharmaceutical disposal bins. Last week the county district attorney’s office charged Senior Dep. Matthew Volpe with one count of petty theft and two counts of possessing a controlled substance. If convicted, Volpe, a member of the department since […]

Agoura native named city manager of Hidden Hills

Kerry Kallman, an Agoura High School graduate who has led community programs in Westlake Village for more than a decade, was recently chosen to be the new city manager for Hidden Hills. A gated municipality comprising 1,900 residents— including many high-profile celebrities (Kanye West, Drake, Miley Cyrus)—Hidden Hills sits between the western foothills of the San Fernando Valley in Los […]


Agoura Hills A vandal caused $10,000 in damage to a home on Foothill Drive Aug. 17. The home was undergoing renovation. A real estate representative told police that he heard water running from inside the home when he arrived at the site. He then saw water dripping from the ceiling, soaking the carpets and wood floors. The report states a […]

Life sentence for child molester

A former welfare case worker from Los Angeles will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting five children from Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Luis Gonzalez, 64, was sentenced Aug. 15 to 75 years to life in prison. He changed his plea to guilty during the jury selection process in June. “I believe […]

Fiction in a Nutshell contest returns

The Acorn’s Fiction in a Nutshell contest returns for its ninth season this fall, and if you have a knack for good storytelling, you’re invited to take part. Here’s how the newspaper’s popular storytelling competition works: Write a 100-word fiction tale using sci-fi, drama, adventure, romance or any other genre and email it to newstip@theacorn.com. Only one entry per person […]

Election timing changes for second time in less than two years in Calabasas

All five members of the Calabasas City Council will serve an extra year in office due to a new law that aligns municipal elections in California with the state and federal election in order to boost civic involvement. The law that passed last year requires all cities in which voter turnout has been low—at least 25 percent less than the […]

Jam-packed ballot puts voters to the test

Voting in California in 2016 will be an exercise in endurance. A whopping 17 propositions have qualified for the November ballot, the most since 2000. Drawing the greatest amount of attention is Proposition 64, which would see our state become the fifth in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. […]