2020-11-25 E-Edition

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Malibou Lake residents stand strong

Fire-weary homeowners want open space for emergency staging

Two years ago, the residents of Malibou Lake lived through a nightmare. The Woolsey fire was bearing down on the scenic Santa Monica Mountains community, and homeowners and renters were told no one was coming to help. Some residents fled and some stayed behind to fight the flames. But little could be done to halt the eventual onslaught that destroyed […]

‘We didn’t want this to happen to anybody else’


Part two of a two-part story. If you haven’t read part one, go here. Four years after their frightening brush with a stalker, the Kesslers of Westlake Village were settling into a new routine. Tess, now graduated with a degree, was between apartments and living at home while commuting to a job in the city. Brooke was working abroad, and […]

More scrutiny for Agoura West Village

Public concerned about traffic and building heights

The wheels of government move slowly, and so do plans for new commercial real estate development in cities and towns across Southern California due to the pandemic. One of the most-watched projects in Agoura Hills has been slowed by the pandemic, but plans to build the 7-acre project are proceeding. More details came to light about the West Village mixed-use […]

Outdoor dining taken off the menu

Happy Thanksgiving. Los Angeles County restaurants are back to serving takeout and drive-thru only following an amended public health order that went into effect Nov. 25. The daily average of new coronavirus cases now exceeds 4,000—a threshold that has prompted health officials to order a temporary halt to indoor dining, but not enough to warrant a second Safer At Home […]

What next for troubled community center?

With dwindling finances, repairs are put on hold

There’s no end in sight to the coronavirus pandemic, and gyms and fitness centers are feeling the financial squeeze. Forced to close its doors in May, the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center is running low on funds, a spokesperson for the facility said. The community center on Malibu Hills Road is jointly owned by the two cities it’s named for. The […]


Seeking comfort as the holidays begin


Thanksgiving 2020 arrives with little of the usual warm, fuzzy glow. This year’s holiday has been marked by unprecedented warnings against travel and large group gatherings. The Centers for Disease Control and county health officials say stay at home, don’t go to the airport. Eat here, don’t eat there—by now we’ve all had our fill of coronavirus rules. Eight months […]

Bicyclists as super-spreaders

Today I witnessed a large group of bicyclists, all unmasked. There were 20 to 30 of them riding close together, yelling to one another and breathing hard as they cycled up Kanan Road through Oak Park. These packs of cyclists have always been a road hazard for drivers. Now, these large, unmasked groups of cyclists are potentially a moving super-spreader […]

Says Promenade forgets the Jews

It saddens me year after year, local publication after local publication in our area make various mentions of “the holidays.” On page 15 of the last issue of The Acorn (Nov. 19), there is an article, “It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays,” referencing the Westlake Promenade. Where at The Promenade is there any mention or anything visible […]