2019-12-26 E-Edition

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The Acorn Man of the Year

He isn’t a major CEO, he doesn’t run a Hollywood studio—and he’s probably a person you never even heard of, until his story appeared in the Nov. 14 issue of The Acorn. Jerry Cadish, who turned 90 last month, found a higher calling in his golden years: school crossing guard. The Agoura Hills resident is a popular fixture at the […]

The year we bounced back

If 2018 was the year of the big fire, 2019 was the year of the big comeback. The challenges were steep and the costs prohibitive, but communities from Calabasas to Oak Park to Malibu rebounded with a renewed sense of cooperation and determination. While 75 homes from Calabasas to Thousand Oaks were destroyed in the fire, only some were being […]

Stage set for affordable housing showdown

Struggles with growth and development seem to be a yearly theme in Calabasas. This year, affordable housing entered into the equation. Virginia-based apartment landlord AvalonBay Communities introduced a voter initiative in 2019 to allow the development of 161 new units on its property at Lost Hills and Las Virgenes road, a deal that would ensure the 80 affordable units at […]

Crime and punishment

The normally quiet Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys saw more than just a modicum of mayhem in 2019. The bullies, purse-snatchers and other crooks weren’t shy about horning their way into the neighborhoods. Illicit sex also reared its ugly head. A wild freeway chase ended with a man shot to death Jan. 12 on the 101. Involved in a Camarillo […]


Calabasas On Dec. 16 burglar entered an unlocked car parked on Lupine Lane. The thief stole a laptop, two phone chargers, a coin purse, 20 gift cards to various stores, a speaker, a Bible and an opera script. The items were worth $1,635. A shoplifter stole 10 strawberry flavored Puff Bar disposable electric cigarettes from the Shell gas station on […]

2019 a milestone for Westlake Village—50 years on the lake

It was a year of big change for the city of Westlake Village, with the departure of one longtime city employee, the addition of a new city manager—and a birthday party for the community’s treasured lake. Personnel changes Early in the year, Westlake Village announced the hiring of new city manager Rob de Geus. Before coming to Westlake Village, 49-year-old […]

Local journalism alive and well in the 2020s

Like most people this year, Acorn readers stood divided on the many key political issues that dominated local and national headlines. As it turns out, what we learned in 2019 is that often there is more that unites us than divides us. Residents have and will continue to come together to celebrate milestones—such as the advent of a new decade—and […]


Oak Park event a big success

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 20th annual Oak Park Regatta. The kids loved it, and it’s a great excuse to invite friends and family over during the holidays. We appreciate the effort, especially this year with the rain. Amanda TaftOak Park