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Los Angeles County reaches vaunted yellow tier

By John Loesing | May 04, 2021

Los Angeles County continued its extraordinary transformation as one of the nation’s hardest hit areas during the pandemic to one of the safest following an announcement Tuesday by health officials that the area is moving into the least restrictive yellow tier for business reopenings. A move from orange to yellow tiers in the state’s pandemic recovery blueprint means capacity will […]

Hot temps fuel pair of local fires

By John Loesing | April 30, 2021

The week’s hot temperatures fueled a pair of fires in the Conejo/Las Virgenes region Thursday. Firefighters received a call at approximately 3:30 p.m. on April 29 about a blaze near Country Valley Road and Westlake High School in the Westlake portion of Thousand Oaks. Personnel from both Ventura and Los Angeles counties responded. The Country fire burned approximately 28 acres […]

Stern hints at run for L.A. County supervisor seat

By John Loesing | April 23, 2021

The suitors are lining up for Sheila Kuehl’s Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors seat. Kuehl, who recently turned 80, said she would not not seek a third term in office in 2022. While at least two challengers are committed to running, one well-known name remains on the sidelines—although he told The Acorn in this week’s “Branching Out” podcast that […]

Oak Park names Davis new superintendent

By John Loesing | April 22, 2021

The Oak Park Unified School district will be under new leadership starting in July, and the new boss is local. Jeff Davis, a resident of Thousand Oaks, was announced as the new superintendent during an April 20 OPUSD Board of Education meeting. Davis is an assistant superintendent at the Ventura Unified School District, a position he’s held since 2017. Prior […]

Guns taken off the street

By John Loesing | April 20, 2021

Deputies with the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station arrested a man April 11 for carrying and concealing multiple firearms, including handguns, rifles and several hundred rounds of ammunition. Deputies were called to Zuma Beach in Malibu after receiving reports of a suspicious man harassing women on the beach. One woman reported on Facebook that the man, later identified as Kyle Kiddy […]

Grossman booking pic won’t be released

By John Loesing | April 20, 2021

Police booking photos make good grist for social media conversation, but not all mug shots can be released for public viewing. Despite pressure on law enforcement and the media to release the booking photo for Rebecca Grossman—the Hidden Hills resident who is facing murder charges in the 2020 hit-and-run death of two juvenile pedestrians in Westlake Village—the Los Angeles County […]

Closed during pandemic, local community center reopens for vaccine clinic

By John Loesing | April 13, 2021

The expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone over the age of 16 is expected to place new pressure on local distribution centers. The nearest government-run vaccine hubs are in Ventura County and the San Fernando Valley, and supplies at local retail clinics such as CVS and Rite Aid have been limited, but a facility closer to Las Virgenes area […]

Another big cat killed on SoCal highway

By John Loesing | March 31, 2021

Rare it seems is the mountain lion that dies of old age. If it’s not a lack of food, a fight with a rival cougar or a wildfire that gets them, it might be a deadly encounter with a car on one of the many roads that have carved up their natural habitat, or the rat poison they ingested when […]

Target store shoplifters arrested

By John Loesing | March 25, 2021

The Moorpark Police Department arrested two people last week allegedly responsible for nearly 50 thefts at Target stores across Southern California. Deputies were alerted around 2:30 p.m. March 16 about a theft in progress at Moorpark’s Target store on 800 E. Los Angeles Ave., police said. According to the store’s loss prevention team, two male suspects stole over-the-counter medication and […]

Las Virgenes becomes county’s first school district to bring back all grades

By John Loesing | March 24, 2021

Middle school and high school students returned Mon., March 22 to five campuses in the Las Virgenes Unified School District for the first time in over 365 days as restrictions across the county continue to relax and a wider reopening of the economy takes root. What was supposed to be only a temporary two-week break from LVUSD classes last March […]