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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 […]

MUSCLE MAN

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.

District alignment could mean splitsville for local cities

Boundaries get
‘sliced and diced’


Its process of dividing California into relatively equal population areas to provide fair representation for citizens was flawed out of the gate because the federal government failed to conduct a broad, in-person outreach as it prepared its 2020 census count. The pandemic had a little something to do with that. Still, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission— established by voters in […]

Agoura Hills sued over Ave project denial

City, developer hope to reconcile


Hoping to avert a trial, attorneys for the City of Agoura Hills and the hopeful developer of the Agoura Village East mixed-use project have agreed to meet next month to try to settle their differences. Thousand Oaks-based California Commercial Investment Group Inc. sued the city in October, claiming unlawful denial of a development permit submitted Sept. 30, 2015, and misuse […]

Schools administer child vaccine


More than 700 students were vaccinated against COVID-19 Nov. 13 at a clinic sponsored by the Las Virgenes Unified School District and Albertsons. The clinic, held for ages 5 to 11 at White Oak Elementary School in Westlake Village, “was amazing,” Superintendent Dan Stepenosky told The Acorn. “So many grateful parents and students.” As a way to help ease any […]

Tainted Kool-Aid pulled at Westlake Costco



Two popular drink mixes are being recalled by Costco and Stater Bros. stores after third-party examiners reported finding foreign material in the products, “specifically very small pieces of metal or glass,” to use the manufacturer’s words. The affected units are Kool- Aid Tropical Punch and Country Time lemonade with “Best When Used By” dates—found on the bottom of the container—between […]

Campaign spending limits can’t keep big-money backers away

Rules allow PACs into local politics


Campaign spending rules are intended to help level the playing field for candidates seeking local office, but some say expenditure limits are also about public perception. While the rules work to ensure an individual contributor can’t buy a candidate’s way into office, the candidates themselves, as well as deep-pocketed outside interest groups, don’t have to abide by limits. Common in […]


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