Teams on high alert following recent brush with wildfires

Dry season makes conditions worse

The heat is on, and in one week three brush fires broke out in the local mountains. Two fires started within 10 minutes of each other June 29 in Calabasas and Malibu, but were stopped in their tracks. A third fire scorched the Camarillo Grade on July 4 and spread plumes of smoke across the Conejo Valley just hours before […]

Star-spangled Fourth

IT’S A PARADE—Ilana Pavon, 17, of Agoura Hills comes dressed for the occasion at the ninth annual Liberty Canyon Fourth of July Parade. For photos of July 4 events in Calabasas, please see page 7.

Westlake Village honors citizens who make a difference

Westlake Village city officials recognized residents young and old for their contributions to the betterment of the small municipality nestled between Los Angeles and Ventura counties during a presentation at City Hall last week. Each year since 1999, Westlake Village residents nominate candidates for the citizen and youth of the year awards, and the Los Angeles County Commission for Older […]

Creech guilty of Gavin Smith murder

A jury found convicted drug dealer John Creech guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the May 2012 death of Gavin Smith, a 20th Century Fox executive working in Calabasas. Smith, 57, went missing after a rendezvous with Creech’s estranged wife, Chandrika Cade. He was last seen visiting friends in Oak Park the night he disappeared. Smith and Cade had met in […]

When 3.8 percent unemployment falls short

COMMENTARY /// Labor market report

The California Labor Market Information Division recently released its May 2017 report, showing an improvement in Ventura County’s unemployment rate from 4 percent in April to 3.8 percent in May. Just to be clear, 3.8 percent is a stunningly strong number. Looking back to 2000, we bettered this only twice, at 3.7 percent in May 2006 and in May 2001. […]

Don’t blink or summer will be over

The way time flies, summer will be over before we know it. Will you have made the most of it? Here at The Acorn we reject the notion, advanced by some residents—especially young ones—that there’s “nothing to do here.” The Conejo and Las Virgenes communities are home to a veritable cornucopia of summer activities, both indoors and outdoors, that can […]

Toilet to tap? Say it ain’t so

It concerns me a great deal that you would purposely use recycled effluents as a source of drinking water when the current system is not even safe enough to discharge into Malibu Creek. Even a new commercial treatment system cannot remove enough man-made chemicals from this effluent to allow release to the creek, but you would supply it to the […]

Thoughts on the sanctuary state

I was so sorry to see your editorial board pressing our Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin to publicly oppose SB 54 (sanctuary state bill) in the name of public safety. The Acorn editorial quotes Sheriff Geoff Dean, who is opposed to SB 54. The board might instead have quoted Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, who supports SB 54 and considers it […]


High school favoritism

I’m confused. I was under the impression that Calabasas High was under the umbrella of the Las Virgenes Unified School District and was not a standalone school. And yet, from the article and from the quotes of Superintendent Stepenosky, it’s implied that the superintendent and the district are giving their blessing to deals that enrich and favor only one school […]