What is being done about the illegal outdoor dining?

GUEST OPINION /// Message from Agoura Hills

As COVID-19 continues to spread across our community, the City of Agoura Hills receives many questions about public health-order violations. I hope to answer a few of them here. What are public agencies doing to enforce the public health orders? First, Agoura Hills does not have its own public health department; we are regulated by the County of Los Angeles […]

Agoura Santa says thank you

Forty-one years of Santa Comes to Agoura and Beyond: This year 370 turkeys were donated by St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, the management and employees of Costco Westlake Village, and Anthony and Beth Zeolla. Of the donations, 190 turkeys went to St. Michael’s School families and 180 turkeys went to food banks. Monetary donations were used to purchase non-perishable food items […]

‘Propagating’ the fear

The student in your Dec. 24 edition clearly states the facts. As a parent of two middle schoolers, I cannot agree more with this student’s comments. School isn’t a digital experience; it’s a gateway in the development of healthy interpersonal adult relationships. Adults, stop propagating excessive fear. Realize the misinformation we are being fed by a tyrannical government paid with […]

Remembering local residents we lost in 2020


The year 2020 took away many lives, whether from the pandemic or other causes. The loss of multiple loved ones taught us much about the importance of community and the preciousness of being. Notable local residents who died during the past year, several with Westlake Village ties, include: Betty DeSantis, 85 DeSantis, a longtime Westlake Village city leader and community […]

The Acorn brought you these cover-to-cover stories in 2020


New Faces, New Places The year saw the departure of several prominent officials from local government. Calabasas City Manager Gary Lysik was forced to step down from his position in May after a turbulent 18 months in office. Lysik had been criticized for excessive spending on several city events, including the city’s 2018 holiday party. The final straw came when […]

Riddle me this: What’s fun to do in lockdown?

Answer: Play a trivia game run by a local man

Keeping busy during the pandemic gets harder the more time passes. With many businesses forced to close as cases rise, people are spending more time at home and trying to stay entertained. A Calabasas resident has taken it upon himself to help local minds stay active and entertained— and to learn a thing or two in the process. Alan Wills […]

Boy Scout delivers the goods

Calling all artists

The Thousand Oaks Art Association will host an online open juried show for artists 18 years of age and older residing in Southern California. About 120 pieces will be posted on the Online Juried Systems website in February. Entry deadline is Fri., Jan. 15. Art can be: oil/acrylic, watercolor, pastel/graphics, mixed media, photography/digital art and 3-D/sculpture. Artists may enter up […]

Dinner on the go

FRIENDLY FEASTS—Chef Moran Xool preps onions and celery for free holiday meals given to needy residents in Agoura Hills, compliments of Tavern 101. The eatery on Roadside Drive donated 350 dinners to area families on Christmas Eve.

James Joseph McGrath

Beloved and respected local rancher, surfer, and cowboy, a man of his faith and fifth generation Californian, was called home to our Heavenly Father on November 12, 2020. James Joseph McGrath, husband, father, brother, cousin and friend will be remembered and missed by all. He is well known for his love of family, farming, surfing, animals, horseback riding, driving mule […]