2021-10-07 E-Edition

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Public decries school theater fees

At Las Virgenes, setting the stage isn’t cheap

The Performing Arts Education Centers at Calabasas and Agoura high schools aren’t quite a decade old yet, but Las Virgenes officials have recently made changes to the way the district runs the twin facilities, which have operated at an annual deficit between $800,000 and $1 million a year since they opened and have been forced to use general fund monies […]

Housing plan finds backing in Calabasas

Incentives offered for affordable units

A yearslong process to craft incentives for affordable housing is expected to receive approval from the Calabasas City Council when the five-member governing body takes a final vote on the matter Oct. 13. The “affordable housing overlay” amends the Calabasas land use and development code to help the city meet its designated share of affordable housing production through 2029 and […]

Cops clean house on beauty store crooks

Detectives from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station announced they arrested two women in connection with a recent crime spree at the Ulta Beauty store in Calabasas. Blanca Alvin, 36, and Andreas Mancilla, 21, were taken into custody Sept. 5 after deputies recovered $3,000 worth of merchandise from the Calabasas Road store that was in their possession. The suspects also had […]

Mountain pond turtle imperiled by drought

The local drought and extreme heat have been tough on many animals—and currently an effort is underway to save the dwindling southwestern pond turtle population in the Santa Monica Mountains. The southwestern pond turtle is the only turtle native to Southern California. Their populations are in such decline that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a petition to […]

School districts gear up to meet state’s student vaccine mandate

Superintendent says plan a ‘great step’

Once the Food and Drug Administration approves a COVID vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds, Las Virgenes Unified will be among the first school districts in the region to make it available. Superintendent Dan Stepenosky told The Acorn that a vaccination clinic could take place as early as Nov. 13. The location would be the same as the district’s previous six […]

Rauda competency hearing continued

Prosecutors and defense attorneys will be back in court next month to continue a hearing into whether 45-year-old Anthony Rauda is fit to stand trial in the killing of an Irvine father of two during a June 2018 camping trip at Malibu Creek State Park. Tristan Beaudette, 35, was reportedly sleeping in a tent with his daughters, 2 and 4 […]

Attention all writers: Pen your best fiction

Listen up all storytellers: Entries are being accepted in The Acorn’s 2021 Fiction in a Nutshell competition, which calls for complete stories of 100 words or fewer (title not included). All topics are invited. Fiction only (no memoir or real-life tales). This is the contest’s 12th year, and popular genres include science fiction, romance, comedy, adventure and horror. Each year […]


Keeping the faith while organized religion declines


For the first time in the 80 years Gallup has tracked the number of those who attend houses of worship in the U.S., fewer than half of Americans (47%) said they belong to a church, synagogue or mosque—a 20-point drop since 2000. We’re guessing that many people stopped attending services in the past 19 months due to the pandemic, though […]