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MSAR volunteers to the rescue

People who work in a high-risk job—soldiers, firefighters, police—will often say they do it because it’s work that has to be done, not because they want recognition or medals. But sometimes they get them anyway. Members of the Malibu Search and Rescue team, an all-volunteer organization, recently won eight awards at the Reserve Peace Officers Conference in Sacramento, which is […]

Fish kill spoils Malibu Lagoon

Warm water temps to blame

Since it was restored in 2013, Malibu Lagoon has stood as a model of Southern California environmental excellence. The serene waters and lush shoreline that make up the more than 30-acre estuary at the end of the Malibu Creek watershed— which got new life thanks to the $7-million rehabilitation project—have become home to hundreds of different plant and animal species. […]

Priestly pedophilia scorned by local Catholics

Sex abuses have a long and sordid past

The mid-August release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report that documents how more than 1,000 children were sexually abused by hundreds of priests over a 70-year period is prompting archdioceses across the country to assure parishioners that, despite widespread scorn and skepticism, new church safeguards are in place and are being rigorously enforced. “We, the members of this grand jury, […]

Candidates all set in Westlake, Calabasas

The candidates are set for the Calabasas and Westlake Village city council elections, and in each race there is newcomer challenging the field. The candidates in both cities have just over nine weeks to rally supporters behind them, which may be easier for some than others. Incumbents, whose faces and track records are familiar to their constituents, have an inherent […]


A letter to the editor in the Aug. 23 Acorn incorrectly stated that the next Agoura Hills City Council meeting is Wed., Sept. 12. While that is the regular date, the meeting was changed to 6 p.m. Tues., Sept. 11. We regret the error.

Remembering Kolostian

Calabasas is 27 years old, and many residents still remember how the city came to be. The City Council adjourned its Aug. 8 meeting in memory of one of the key players in the Calabasas cityhood movement, Richard Kolostian Sr., who died on June 9. He was 86. Kolostian’s son, Richard Kolostian Jr., spoke to the council about his father’s […]

State’s new bail-bond law makes for uncertain future

Add Senate Bill 10 to the list of headscratching laws coming out of Sacramento these days. Our state’s supposedly well-meaning Legislature is once again determined to prove California should set the course for the rest of the U.S., whether it comes to economic stewardship, carbon emissions, treatment of immigrants or now, bail reform. Signed this week by Gov. Jerry Brown, […]


Speeding on Lindero

Lindero Canyon Road between Hedgewall and Rockfield Lindero Canyon has become a freeway, and it’s pedal to the metal. Deputies park down Lindero almost to Thousand Oaks Boulevard, so between Rockfield and Hedgewall cars are going 60 to 80 mph. I have asked the City of Thousand Oaks to install walking paths off the street in a safe zone, but […]

Worried about Agoura growth

Harry Schwarz said that traffic on Kanan Road remains a problem and, “I want to continue the work initiated by Mayor Bill Koehler to see if we can alleviate some of the heavy traffic on Kanan Road by working with the school districts, by changing pickup and drop-off times and perhaps creating a regional traffic task force.” It was Schwarz […]