2021-01-14 E-Edition

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Loved ones mourned

Vic Lepisto, a family friend once said, was a man of a thousand lives. He survived diabetes, strokes, hemorrhages and multiple illnesses, and he never complained, not once. The longtime Agoura Hills resident—a UCLA football legend and revered figure in The Acorn’s youth sports community— confronted his last battle valiantly, fighting the COVID-19 virus for 21 days before he died […]

Virus takes toll in community

Oak Park lost two of its first residents to the coronavirus last week. Jerry and Shirley Pirozzi, who moved to the community in 1967, died on the same day, Jan. 3. They had been married for 57 years. Jerry Pirozzi, 85, was diagnosed with COVID-19—which has claimed the lives of more than 380,000 Americans—on Dec. 4 and was hospitalized five […]

Deadly dispute at Westlake apartment

Husband arrested after allegedly shooting wife

A man accused of shooting his wife early Monday morning after a fight in their Westlake apartment has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Religious film producer and writer Tim Gautier, 55, was being held on $500,000 bail in the death of Gina Gautier, 57, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday. According to police, the shooting happened just before […]

Prosecutor: Grossman failed to stop following accident

The woman charged with running over and killing two Westlake Village pedestrians Sept. 29 did not pull over willingly following the collision, but instead came to a stop a quarter-mile away only when the engine in her Mercedes-Benz quit working, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said. Rebecca Grossman, the 57-year-old co-founder of the well-known charity Grossman Burn Foundation, […]

Calabasas announces new city manager

After an almost yearlong search, the City of Calabasas has a new city manager. Officials announced Jan. 7 that Kindon Meik will take over leadership at City Hall on March 15. Meik has been serving as the city manager of Corcoran, Calif. for nearly a decade, during which time he focused on fiscal stability for the city and improving and […]

Guitar Center back in play following bankruptcy

Westlake Village-based Guitar Center, one of the largest musical retailers in the country, announced late last month that the company has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy by eliminating $800 million of corporate debt. The company filed for bankruptcy in November, but since then has reorganized its finances, wiping a significant portion of debt from its books—the company had amassed about […]

Oak Park schools are an open-and-shut case

Parents in the Oak Park Unified School District were getting ready to send their kids back to the classroom in this month, but with cases of COVID-19 reaching record levels throughout Southern California, they can expect distance learning in the district to continue for the time being. Oak Park’s elementary-age kids were scheduled to return to the classroom on Jan. […]

Colorful Calabasas grade

TRAVELOGUE—Until more rain comes and the hills turn green, the brown will have to do. Here, vehicles streak ribbons of light as they head east on the 101 Freeway into Calabasas. Mureau Road is on the left. Sunny skies and temps in the mid-80s are expected for the weekend. No precipitation is in the forecast, a repeat of last year’s […]


Devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Anthony Donadio, 96, passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Anthony was born January 28, 1924, in Clifton, NJ. He was married to his wife, Marian, for 71years before her passing. He and his wife were one of the first families to reside in “The First Neighborhood” of Westlake Village, 53 years ago. As a […]