Plane crash due to pilot error, report says

Calabasas father
and son killed in Santa Rosa Valley

Low flying and a resulting hard, upward turn may have played a factor in a June 4 plane crash in Ventura County that killed a Calabasas man and his son, according to a preliminary report released last week by the National Transportation Safety Board. James Harlan’s Piper Cherokee was spotted flying just a few hundred feet off the ground moments […]

Hiker perishes in Westlake

Man found in ravine near Pentachaeta Trail

Nearly a week after a man’s body was found in a ravine in Triunfo Creek Park, the overworked Los Angeles Medical Examiner’s office had yet to announce a positive ID. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office believes the body to be that of Clyde Miller, 65, of Newbury Park. The body was found just over the county line last Friday, leaving […]

Cities get a boost from strong economy

Like the rest of the nation, the cities of Calabasas, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village are riding the coattails of a strong economy. The new fiscal year begins July 1, and officials in each city have been holding budget workshops to ensure their spending priorities are in line with the anticipated revenues. The municipalities operate on a two-year budget cycle […]


A poignant dog park story

It was heartwarming to read “The Dogfather and friends” in The Acorn’s last issue. How wonderful that the many friends Stan made at the Bark Park on Las Virgenes Road are coming together to help him as he faces serious health concerns. Stan, who hasn’t been a dog owner for years, stated that, “The dog park is the highlight of […]

A very close call

On June 20 my daughter was involved in a car accident on Kanan and Hollytree in Oak Park. I was driving by about one minute after it happened and saw my daughter standing beside her car. All parties were, thankfully, OK. Many people drove by before I got there but did not stop. But to those who did help, I […]

Leave GOP alone

In light of the recent attempted massacre of Republican lawmakers in Washington, D.C., by a leftist Bernie Sanders supporters, Larry Brown’s continuous demonization of Republicans in numerous letters to the editor throughout the years is particularly repugnant. He and his ilk continue to inflame an already divided populace by portraying Republicans as bigots, racists, homophobes and misogynists ready to destroy […]

Kanan jumper survives

RESCUED—Paramedics load a 24-year- old man into an ambulance after he was found on the shoulder of the northbound 101 Freeway underneath the Kanan Road bridge in Agoura Hills. The Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department identified the man as an Agoura Hills resident, but did not give his name. He jumped from the bridge in an apparent suicide attempt, a sheriff’s […]

Many magical miles

Boyhood memories of former Lake Enchanto amusement park

Richard Alba first laid eyes on Lake Enchanto in 1957 when he and his family attended a picnic at the popular playground in the Santa Monica Mountains. Only 9 years old at the time, the boy from Van Nuys was awed by the sight of the mountains, but it was the distinctive, 64-acre amusement park with its variety of rides, […]

Dating does not mean mating

Single Files

For readers who have been following my column for a while, you might notice that there’s been a pattern to my dating life. I tend go in spurts. Sometimes for months at a time I don’t bother dating at all. Then there are times I go out on lots of dates. That means lots of adventures and lots of fun. […]