Local legislator accused as sex-abuse scandal hits Sacramento

Matt Dababneh named by woman in bathroom assault

At a Dec. 4 news conference in Sacramento, two women accused Assemblymember Matt Dababneh, whose 45th District includes the City of Calabasas, of sexual misconduct. One of the women, 36-year-old lobbyist Pamela Lopez, said that in 2016 the Democratic legislator followed her into a Las Vegas bathroom and masturbated in front of her. “I went to the bathroom and heard […]

Black-belt granny is an inspiration at age 80

The schoolyard debate of “my dad can beat your dad” is a hard one to settle, but Connor and Cole Astaire can say their grandmother could probably beat any of their friends’. This week, Gale Trumbeaux received her third-degree black belt, which she tested for as a celebration of her 80th birthday. The Agoura Hills resident has been practicing karate […]

AMA Waterways up for USA Today Best 10 awards

Readers can cast their vote online

AMA Waterways, the Calabasas-based international river cruise line, has been nominated in the latest USA Today 10 Best Reader’s choice travel awards contest. An expert panel from USA today selected AMA Waterways as a contender for Best River Cruise Line and Best Cruise Line for Solo Travelers. Voting ends Mon., Dec. 18. To vote, go to 10best.com/awards/travel.

Agoura opens season on strong note

Poirier is league MVP candidate; three young guards propel backcourt

Joseph Poirier loves classic movies. His favorite film is “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” The Agoura High boys’ basketball player is starring in his own masterpiece on the hardwood. In the season opener, Poirier, who is called “Jojo” by family and friends, dropped 25 points on Simi Valley in Agoura’s 57-49 win on Nov. 20. He scored a career-high […]

Westlake’s Parade of Lights a delight

DEAR SANTA—Agoura Hills resident Gianluca Adduocchio, 5, shares his Christmas wish list with Santa Claus at the Parade of Lights boat outing Dec. 3 at the Westlake Yacht Club. The annual event included a parade followed by an awards ceremony for boat decorations. There was also food and live music. Boat decorations were judged for most unusual, most creative and […]

Cannabis aids in youth’s cancer recovery

When he received a cancer diagnosis one month before his 11th birthday, Chico Ryder didn’t know that while one door closed, another opened. Now 16 and cancer-free, Chico has decided to dedicate himself to spreading the word about the benefits of medical cannabis, which he used to ease the effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Originally from England, Chico and […]

Jobs available, but Ventura County labor force still lagging

Young workers are leaving the area

The California Labor Market Information Division released its October 2017 report in November, showing extraordinary improvement in the unemployment rate. Last month Ventura County reported the best September since 2006, at 4.7 percent and second-best going all the way back to the year 2000. This month beats that as, at 4.2 percent, the county just had its best October on […]

Lions stuff Vikings for CIF title

Oaks Christian racks up 12 sacks in dominating defensive effort Ezekial Bishop was overwhelmed by the weight of it all. Bishop, a junior cornerback for the Oaks Christian High football team, stood in the middle of Valencia’s field and cried. He was thinking of his father, Diijon Bishop, who died in a car crash in January 2015. “The last time […]

Vote set on Triangle Ranch

Groups press Agoura for $2 million toward purchase

An effort to stop the Triangle Ranch development in the shadow of Ladyface Mountain lands before the Agoura Hills City Council on Dec. 13 when the panel is expected to decide whether the city should pony up $2 million toward purchasing the land as open space. The 320-acre swath of land just north and east of Cornell Road in an […]

Acorn columnist publishes short story

Moorpark resident also writes books

Sally Carpenter of Moorpark has published “The Puzzling Puppet Show Caper” in the new anthology “Cozy Cat Shorts,” a collection of 25 mystery short stories written by authors associated with Cozy Cat Press. Carpenter is the “Roots of Faith” columnist for the Acorn Newspapers. In the story, former 1970s teen idol Sandy Fairfax is a guest star on a children’s […]

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