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Candidates get ready for 2020 election

Multiple races are shaping up


The November election is less than 100 days away, and on July 13 candidates for local office began pulling their papers and filing to run for office. They have until Aug. 7 to enter the Nov. 3 race. This year the candidates will be adjusting their campaign strategies for an election in which they cannot engage in the traditional hallmark […]

Group is friend to the mountains



Sometimes Mother Nature needs a little help, and, when nature calls, organizations like the Santa Monica Mountains Fund are there to help. The Thousand Oaks-based nonprofit group, SaMo, reports that it raised $50,000 in a virtual fundraiser July 24 to help pay for programs that benefit ecological causes in the local mountains. SaMo executive director Charlotte Parry said last week’s […]

Staging for the future

Is this how performances will look?

The show must go on, sort of. Life is changing rapidly due to the pandemic, and that includes how live theater performances will be held in the future in accordance with coronavirus safety requirements. Young Artists Ensemble will present its 40th annual Teen Summer Musical production, Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance,” at 8 p.m. Thurs. to Sun., Aug. […]

CIF nixes sports until winter

High school football, volleyball, cross country postponed due to virus


Let the games begin . . . or let the games be postponed. In an unprecedented decision, the CIF-Southern Section, the governing body of high school athletics in Acorn country, announced Monday that the upcoming fall sports season will begin in December due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Football, which typically kicks off in August, has been moved to a […]

Schools are an open-and-shut case

All signs point to distance learning only in the fall


With coronavirus cases on the rise and Gov. Gavin Newsom rolling back a reopening of the economy, school districts are scrapping plans to bring students back on campus. Las Virgenes joined other public school districts last week in announcing a digital-only model for the fall. The district previously said parents could choose between virtual and on-campus instruction when classes resume […]

No mask? Pay up

Calabasas first local city to call for penalty

The City of Calabasas announced July 20 that people within the city limits who are not wearing face masks in public will be subject to a $100 fine. The Calabasas City Council voted at its July 15 meeting to enforce a section of the city code requiring face coverings be worn in public. The order applies to people traveling to […]

Murder-suicide in Agoura




A 57-year-old Thousand Oaks man shot his longtime love interest and then himself Saturday in an Agoura Hills townhome, according to police. The victim of the July 18 murder suicide: 49-year-old Sherry Thomas, a successful business owner and entrepreneur who owned clothing stores she dubbed Blush Boutique. She opened a store in Calabasas in 2009, followed by another in Thousand […]

The comet cometh

OUT OF THIS WORLD—Henri Mondschein took this photo of the NEOWISE comet at 9 p.m. Thurs., July 16. He mounted a tripod at the Pentachaeta trailhead near Triunfo Canyon Park in Westklake Village and snapped photos using a Sony Alpha a7 III camera. Mondschein is a photography hobbyist from Agoura Hills, and he and his wife, Stacey, retail manager at […]

Agoura Hills shooting an apparent murder-suicide



A domestic dispute ended Saturday in Agoura Hills with two people shot dead. The deceased are Sherry Thomas, 49, and John Mann, 57, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office. A neighbor who knew the couple told The Acorn that Mann and Thomas were in a relationship at one point. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is […]

Committee: leave tree, reconfigure playground

Option would cost RSRPD $58,000


Oak Park’s residents care about their open spaces—their parks, hiking trails and especially their trees. The Oak Park Committee of the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, which oversees the community’s open spaces, voted at a July 9 meeting to recommend to the park district board of directors that it save a decades-old ash tree which has become a hazard […]


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