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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rules top publisher in state

When they set out in 1996 to buy what was then a single weekly newspaper based in Agoura Hills, Jim and Lisa Rule had no designs on professional acclaim. The husband and wife simply saw a product they believed in and thought they knew how to make it successful. Today the Acorn Newspapers comprises five editions and nearly 50 employees […]

Coalition says teens, reefer don’t mix

‘It’s legal, now what?’

Even before the recreational use of marijuana was legalized in California last year, the drug was readily available. Easy-to-obtain medical cannabis cards and the proliferation of dispensaries throughout the Los Angeles area made the substance as commonplace as beer and cigarettes. But as use of the drug becomes more socially acceptable, some parents fear that adolescents and teens will lose […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A burglar broke into Hatch Cafe at 30651 Thousand Oaks Blvd. the night of Nov. 25. The thief smashed the glass front door, stole a $300 cash register and caused $1,500 in damage. A vandal slashed two tires on a car parked on Yankee Drive on Nov. 16, causing $200 in damage. On Nov. 16 a man came […]


An article last week incorrectly stated that the Westlake Meals on Wheels program is the oldest in the country. It is only the oldest in the region. Visit www.westlakemealsonwheels.org for info about the group.

Time to put this giant sex scandal to bed

We suppose it was bound to happen. For the first time, a prominent politician whose jurisdiction includes local communities has been accused of inappropriate sexual behavior. Accused, we say, because despite the seemingly valid complaints filed in recent months by so many women who say they’ve been harassed—or worse— citizens of this country are still assumed to be innocent until […]


It may be sweet, but needs to stand out

Many people are happy that a See’s Candies store has opened in the Commons. I mean, where else can you get a free piece of candy? But in contrast to every other See’s Candies store, the exterior of this one is not painted white with black lettering. The current exterior color and signage, along with its setback setting, makes the […]