2021-12-09 E-Edition

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Iskander crosswalk underway in Westlake

Case update: Lawyer quits, sets back timeline

New safety features are being added to a Triunfo Canyon Road crosswalk in Westlake Village where two young brothers were struck by a motorist and killed a year ago. Resembling a traffic signal with lights that flash yellow and red when pedestrians are crossing, the $151,000 fixture at Triunfo and Saddle Mountain Drive is unlike any other crosswalk signal in […]

L.A. County’s push toward 100% green power applauded, and criticized

In the wake of growing efforts to ensure Los Angeles County electricity customers use power that comes entirely from green sources, the county board of supervisors this week set the default purchase level for all users in the unincorporated county and those in government buildings at 100% renewable energy only. The county’s long term Our County Sustainability Plan calls for […]

Lopez sets bold agenda in Agoura Hills

Fighting climate change. Saving mountain lions. Giving women a lift. Ensuring there’s not another Thanksgiving Day power outage. Deborah Klein Lopez has a lot on her plate for her first term as mayor of Agoura Hills. But she’s also planning a party— and the entire community is invited. Agoura Hills turns 40 in 2022, and Lopez, sworn in Dec. 2 […]

Agencies complete 325-acre Triangle Ranch open space purchase

Was a ‘long and uncertain process during unprecedentedly difficult times’

Officials have announced that a 325-acre Santa Monica Mountains property once earmarked for the construction of luxury homes will be saved as permanent open space, a move cheered by local and state conservationists who feared the impact of development on the pristine rocky, woodland property just south of Agoura Hills. Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) announced Dec. 1 that […]

Halpern new Westlake mayor

Downplaying any accolades attached to serving five terms as mayor, Susan McSweeney handed over the leadership reins in Westlake Village to Brad Halpern on Dec. 1 at the City Council’s annual government reorganization meeting. First elected to a four-year term on the council in November 2001, McSweeney has served the community for 20 years. Her latest term ends next year. […]

Museum worries over rash of dead bobcats

Poison suspected, advocates say

The sightings started at the end of May. Every month or two for the past six months, a sick, dead or dying bobcat has been found at or near the Chumash Indian Museum in Thousand Oaks, museum staff told The Acorn. Each cat has been covered in mange, a telltale sign of rodenticide poisoning. “It’s heartbreaking,” said Dayle Bingham, a […]

Local water districts urge reduction in usage

This week’s mild rain did little to allay fears about the ongoing drought in the region. A group of local public water districts, including Las Virgenes, Triunfo, and Calleguas, is urging a “significant reduction” in water use by customers on the heels of a Dec. 1 announcement by the California Department of Water Resources that none of the normal supply […]


Agoura Hills Two men pulled off a smash and grab burglary Nov. 24 at the Closet Trading Company on Kanan Road, making off with $110,000 in designer bags and wallets. Security video shows them break in through the glass front door. From there, one used a stick to smash a display case and grab merchandise. The other took goods off […]

Land purchase makes sure animals no longer cut off at the pass


Because so much of the acreage in our community has been ruled off-limits to builders—the work of political activists, conservationists, and concerned citizens united against unwanted development—it’s hard to get excited when yet another open space acquisition is announced to the public. Fully one-third of all the land in the Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys has been marked as protected […]