Outdoor baptism

DEEPER MEANING—Members of this Los Angeles congregation could be seen on the Saturday before Easter performing baptismal rites at Malibu Creek State Park. Outdoor baptisms are common and usually include singing, dancing, praying—and the immersion.

Hike to nowhere

Man gets lost in Santa Monicas and takes four days to reach safety

The outcome could have been much worse for a 30-year-old hiker who became lost and injured in the Santa Monica Mountains and wandered for four days before reaching safety. Marcelo Santos of Hawthorne went hiking with friends in Corral Canyon on Sat., March 31. Dep. Dave Katz, operations leader of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station Search and Rescue Team, said […]

Westlake Village connecting with the future


Westlake Village is serving the city of tomorrow, one byte at a time. Officials are working on a plan with developer American Dark Fiber and internet provider Race Communications to install a municipal fiber-optic cable-network that will deliver super-high-speed internet in the city’s First Neighborhood. The homes will be the first in the city to receive the new service, and […]

Oaks dorm conversion receives pushback

Oaks Christian’s plan to turn an office building near its Westlake Village campus into a dormitory was well-received by the school, the community and city officials when the move was announced last month, but some of the tenants who will be affected by the dorm conversion aren’t so happy. They say they’ve been kept in the dark about the plans […]

AG blames sanctuary law in flight of sexual-assault suspect

The ongoing debate over immigration reform has thrown the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office—and Senate Bill 54—into the national spotlight. In a speech last month to the California Peace Officers’ Association, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the bill prompted the local sheriff’s department to reject a request by the Immigration Control Enforcement in January to hold an undocumented immigrant who had […]

10 years later, ’hands-free’ problems persist

Distracted driving accidents are down overall

Motorists are using their cellphones less often while on the road—10 years after “hands-free” became the law—but distracted driving still remains a safety challenge in California, officials say. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and safety advocates are promoting education and enforcement efforts statewide. Local police departments and law agencies from north to south will step up their enforcement efforts […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills Someone broke into a car parked on Liberty Canyon Road between March 31 and April 4. The victim left the vehicle locked and returned to find the front and rear passenger windows smashed. The thief stole a plastic bag containing 20 gift cards, worth $400. The damage to the vehicle cost $300. On March 30, two bottles of […]

Online discourse can be civil, if we try

Like it or not, Facebook has become the epicenter of social media discourse. In the early days of the various Acorn Facebook pages we loved seeing readers react to our reporting in real time—a breath of fresh air for a publication that has a 45-year history of going to print only once a week. Overnight we were given a free […]


On grounds to oppose Cornerstone

In response to the March 14 letter written by David Lebowitz regarding the lawsuit filed against the city and developer over the Cornerstone project—if one were to read the lawsuit they would find that the developer has not done their homework and that the project does not comply with the Agoura Village Specific Plan. This is, in fact, the grounds […]