2020-10-08 E-Edition

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Tragedy, heartbreak and loss

Community mourns death of two children; DUI suspect in court Oct. 21

An Oct. 21 court date has been set for Rebecca Grossman, the driver of an automobile who allegedly struck and killed two boys at a crosswalk in Westlake Village last week Grossman, 57, was arrested Sept. 29 on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of an accident. The charges against her will be announced […]


Vote-by-mail ballots began arriving in homes this week. Information about the candidates in local races can be seen at theacorn.com/election-2020. The Acorn and City of Calabasas will host a candidates forum for Las Virgenes Unified School District Oct. 13. See the forum link at cityofcalabasas.com prior to the 7 p.m. start. More election coverage can be found on Page 14.

State says free rent won’t last forever

Partial payments due starting February 2021

A statewide renter-protection program for residents who fell behind in their monthly payments expired last month. But action by the California Legislature will ensure that tenants facing a mountain of unpaid rent have until February 2021 to begin paying back their landlords. When the economy collapsed in March, Gov. Gavin Newsom imposed a moratorium on evictions that lasted through the […]


Agoura Hills On Sept. 17 a thief broke into a car parked on Las Virgenes Road and stole a $3,800 electric bicycle from the back seat of the car. The owner said he believed the vehicle had been locked when he left to go hiking, but there were no signs of forced entry. Westlake Village On Sept. 26 person stole […]

Coroner identifies Agoura Road victim

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner has identified the body of a man found on Agoura Road on Sept. 24 as 58-year-old Vrezh Bazikyan of Glendale. The man died of stab wounds to the neck, the coroner said. Bazikyan’s body was discovered lying 15 yards into the brush on Agoura Road near Vendell Place just west of the Liberty Canyon […]

Longtime Agoura Hills, Westlake Village public administrator retiring

Westlake Village is bidding goodbye to one of its longest serving employees. Audrey Brown, the assistant to the city manager since 2000, retired from her position last month. She had planned to step down in July but delayed her departure after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March. “My philosophy is you should always leave something better than when […]

Political Commentary

The race is on, and locals are at the epicenter


With less than a month to go before the big day in November, ballots are already in the hands of local voters who’ve been tasked with making decisions about one of the most important elections of a lifetime. “All politics is local,” former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill is rumored to have said once. Almost 50 years later, […]

Prop. 15 makes a dire situation even worse

GUEST OPINION /// Election 2020

Voters this election will have to decide the fate of a multitude of ballot propositions on a variety of issues ranging from affirmative action, to the gig economy, to cash bail. Of the ballot propositions, however, there is one that stands out that will fundamentally transform the business community in the state of California forever: Proposition 15. Prop. 15 is […]