Sale of Dole Food Co. gets chopped following break in negotiations

Deal with Belgian buyer falls through

Greenyard, a fresh and frozen foods company based in Belgium, announced that talks to acquire Westlake Village-based Dole Food Company have broken off. Negotiations last month involving Greenyard’s purchase of the world’s largest fruits and vegetables company ended without a deal, the company said in a Jan. 5 statement. “We pursued all efforts to realize a transaction with financial and […]

New rule governs the killing of mountain lions

State depredation permit is revised

Mountain lions that kill livestock no longer face an immediate death sentence. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has updated its policy for issuing depredation (right to kill) permits to residents of the Santa Monica and Santa Ana mountains. Jordan Traverso, deputy media director for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said that in the past a kill […]

Teen robbers nabbed in OP

Two teenagers, ages 15 and 16, were arrested Jan. 2 in connection with a string of burglaries that occurred on Conifer Street in Oak Park. Around 2 a.m. last Tuesday, deputies answered a call of a residential burglary in progress. The caller said someone was trying to enter his home through a rear slider door. Several patrol deputies searched the […]

Bed, crash and beyond

Jan. 3 started off as a routine day for the staff of Thousand Oaks’ Bed Bath & Beyond. But things soon took a dramatic turn when the driver of a tractor-trailer making a delivery to the store had a heart attack behind the wheel. Andrea Gallagher, Acorn columnist and president of nonprofit Senior Concerns, noticed the big rig parked at […]

Agoura firefighter copes with hazards of the job

Steve Wallace serves asfire chief in San Gabriel

The Thomas Fire is now the single largest wildfire in California history. Following its start on Dec. 4, it burned 281,900 acres, destroyed 1,063 structures and claimed the life of one firefighter. Crews from surrounding communities poured into the area to help fight the blaze. Among them was Agoura Hills resident Steve Wallace, who serves as the division chief of […]

Force-fed personal positions whether we like it or not

The Acorn published a story last week that received equal parts praise and criticism from readers. The subject matter is timely, controversial and certainly worth revisiting. At the Dec. 5 Agoura Hills City Council meeting, outspoken critic and local resident Larry Brown made a public speech calling for the resignation of then-mayor Denis Weber due to what he characterized as […]


Coffee tomorrow?

Happy New Year, and please save the date and join me for my next constituent coffee or, as I like to call it, Coffee with Alicia, at 9 a.m. Fri., Jan. 12 at the Corner Bakery at the Commons. My last coffee was a great opportunity for me to hear from you in an informal environment and, as a result […]

Impressed with local dog park

I have never been to a dog park before. But now that we have a new puppy, we wanted to give it a try. We want him to be comfortable around and play nice with other dogs. So my daughter and I took our 7-month-old mini Australian shepherd to the Oak Park dog park on Jan. 7. All three of […]

Not impressed with Acorn’s Calabasas coverage

I was very disappointed with your article on Calabasas in 2017 by Ian Bradley. I have also talked with others who felt the same way. Compared to the Agoura Hills article, it was mean-spirited and full of errors. I would respectfully request that you, at least, require that your contributors fully investigate what they write about and not just print […]