2017-10-26 E-Edition

Deputies prepare with active shooter drill

Sheriff’s station strives for readiness

The Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station conducted an active shooter drill last week to see how well deputies would respond in case of a local attack. Lost Hills Station Capt. Josh Thai said the purpose of the drill was to help him assess his station’s readiness—personnel, equipment and coordination with other agencies. Thai said determining the proper response to a gunfire […]

Phone scams increase at alarming rate

Aging population too trusting, experts say

When the phone rings and the caller claims to be from the IRS, most people realize someone is attempting to con them so they hang up. Phone scams, especially the IRS variety, are commonplace now that private information is available to practically anyone who knows where to look. But senior citizens are at a higher risk of falling for scams […]

CHS traffic light requested

Between cars, buses, pedestrians and bicycles, the roads around school can be a nightmare at times. For some parents at Calabasas High School, the twice-daily rush hour has become unbearable. Members of the school’s parent-faculty club spoke to the Calabasas City Council last week to request the installation of a stoplight on Old Topanga Canyon Road where the student parking […]

Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere

BOO—Calabasas is the Spanish word for pumpkin, and each year the city celebrates fall with all things orange. Left, little Jolie Soler finds a few pumpkins just her size at last weekend’s Calabasas Pumpkin Festival in De Anza Park. Right, a pumpkin carver goes to work. For more fall celebration photos in the area, see page 25.

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills An unlocked car parked on Davids Road was burglarized between Oct. 12 and 13. The owner returned to the vehicle and found that someone had stolen a pair of wallets containing, between the two, a Social Security card, a driver’s license and bank cards. The wallets themselves were valued at $105. Another unlocked car parked on Davids Road […]

Write creatively, win a prize

The Acorn’s 10th annual Fiction in a Nutshell contest, the popular storytelling challenge in which writers submit a complete fiction story in 100 words or less, is underway. The stories must have a beginning, middle and end as well as characters, conflict and preferably a plot twist. Writers in two categories, 18-and-over and under-18, can submit stories in any genre, […]

Biden delivers partisan message to CAP

Distinguished speaker series

Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke passionately about his life in politics and the nation’s current state of affairs to a full house Oct. 23 at the kickoff event for the 2017 Distinguished Speaker Series at the Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks. Biden’s folksy but decidedly partisan talk about the political climate in Washington, D.C. was aimed squarely at […]

Landscaping push underway on Agoura streets

Major thoroughfares in the City of Agoura Hills are scheduled for new landscaping that will include colorful trees, groundcover and shrubs. The city’s arterial streets— Agoura, Kanan, Reyes Adobe and Liberty Canyon roads—have been earmarked for the new plants. Thousand Oaks Boulevard, from the westerly city limit to just east of Carell Avenue, will also be replanted. A native plant […]

Keep your trick-or-treaters safe this Halloween

Halloween is Tuesday and costumed kids will spend the evening hunting and gathering their prized bounty of toothsome treats, a variety and abundance of candy to satisfy princesses and supervillains alike. Holidays evolve over time, and Halloween is no exception. How did it come to be that kids tote pillowcases and jacko’ lantern-shaped buckets to collect those Skittles, Snickers and […]