Multiple power outages on Thanksgiving menu

Southern California Edison shut off power to more than 30,000 customers in Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley on Thanksgiving Day because of the fire risk related to Thursday’s high winds and blustery conditions. Additional outages are possible through Friday, Southern California Edison officials said. SCE commenced the so-called PSPS (public safety power shutoffs) in response to the […]

Holiday a time for family

TOO CUTE—Piper Widmyer, 2, and Ezra Jasso, 4, both from Agoura Hills, dig into their Hawaiian ice cups Nov. 13 at the newly opened Agoura Hills Farmers Market at Whizin Market Square shopping center. Today, the good treats are all about Thanksgiving as family members visit one another and enjoy their holiday meals together. Happy T-Day, from The Acorn.

Leaf blowers out of gas

Westlake Village outlawing all small, off-road engines

How dirty are those small off-road engines that power leaf blowers, lawnmowers, and some generators? If used for an hour, as dirty as a 2016 Toyota Camry driven 1,100 miles, according to the California Air Resources Board. With nearly 3 million in California, those gas-powered engines outnumber light-duty passenger cars in the state, 16.5 million versus 13.7 million. Fed up […]

‘Jewel’ of Oak Park returns

Repairs at Oak Canyon Park ready to begin

Its luster temporarily tarnished by the Woolsey fire, the Oak Canyon Community Park lagoon—described by some as “the jewel of Oak Park”—could be back to pre-fire luster by July 2022. Officials with the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District announced Nov. 11 that bids for the nearly $2-million project could go out in February, with construction starting in April and […]

Ex-deputy admits to hiding evidence

Barrios tossed negative drug test in trash

A former Ventura County sheriff’s deputy has admitted to concealing a negative drug test that would have proven a woman’s innocence. Richard Barrios, 29, pleaded guilty, Nov. 15 to one count of destroying physical matter with the intent of producing a false charge, a felony, stemming from a Nov. 12, 2019, drug arrest in Camarillo. He was outed by a fellow […]

Oak Park to remain with T.O. on new map

After reading 890 pages of public comment and looking over more than 90 community-submitted redistricting proposals, Ventura County’s supervisors have narrowed their choice down to one map. The map, approved after a five-hour meeting on Nov. 16 meets all of the supervisors’ demands and most of constituents’ wants, said Supervisor Kelly Long after submitting map 82042 for consideration. The map […]

Man accused of setting fire to two people inside tent

Two people living in the wash between the 101 Freeway and The Oaks mall had to scramble for their lives last week when another homeless person doused them with gas inside their tent and tried to light them on fire, police said. “He opens the tent, throws a flammable liquid on the two inside and then lights it,” Sgt. Tim […]

Gallegly lawsuit targets CLU

A dispute between a longtime U.S. congressman and the university he chose to archive his papers and host his fellowship program may be headed to court. Attorneys representing retired U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly have filed a complaint in Ventura Superior Court seeking unspecified damages against Cal Lutheran University for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. The complaint, which […]

Wind damage

CRASH LANDING— Last Sunday’s big wind event created a bit of havoc in the region. Besides the numerous trees that took a beating, these two signs at the Ford dealership at the Thousand Oaks auto mall apparently blew over during the Nov. 21 Santa Ana blast. Acorn reader Stan Berkowitz of Westlake was passing by and photographed the damage.


YOU GO, ‘BRO—David Tuyo flips a large tire and tackles obstacles during the Muddy Warriors Xperience fitness fair and trail run on Nov.14 at Corriganville Park in Simi Valley. The overall first-place 5K winner, Tuyo represented the Hardcore Fitness gym of Agoura Hills. The competition tested strength, overall fitness and will to succeed. Not for the faint of heart.

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