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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 […]

Las Virgenes communities might land in new districts



A commission charged with redrawing boundaries for California’s congressional, Assembly, state Senate and Board of Equalization districts last week issued a set of preliminary maps that could leave the area’s political neighborhoods looking much different than they do now. The commission—comprised of five Republicans, five Democrats and four people not affiliated with either party—works at the state level to redraw […]

How about a little rain please?

Metropolitan declares drought emergency


Despite the pre-Halloween atmospheric river that dumped nearly 8 trillion gallons of rain in Northern and Central California, reservoirs feeding the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District saw relatively little precipitation. Local communities received less than 1 inch of rain, and water agency officials are worried. As the state endures a second year of a drought that’s brought below-average snowpack, record […]

Remember the 12

Event pays tribute to Borderline victims


Gray skies gave way to sunshine Sunday afternoon as the Thousand Oaks community gathered to remember 12 bright lives cut short at the Borderline Bar and Grill three years ago. Lives which were, said T.O. Mayor Claudia Bill-de la Peña, “full of hope, dreams, promise.” Around 11:20 p.m. Nov. 7, 2018, a gunman entered the Borderline and began shooting patrons […]

Agoura sees return of farmers market

They’re back at Whizin center

Following a years-long hiatus, the farmers market has returned to Agoura Hills. Shoppers by the score came to Whizin Market Square on Nov. 6 for the city’s first market in more than five years. The market opened briefly at the end of 2010, but soon closed. Attempted venues at both Whizin and the Agoura Hills City Mall proved unsuccessful. Organizers […]

Boyer’s Borderline lawsuit



First, he sued unsuccessfully for a chance to run for sheriff of Ventura County. Now Agoura Hills resident Bruce Boyer is suing the very entity he aspired to lead with regard to a 2019 arrest at a Borderline Bar and Grill memorial that he says violated his constitutional rights. In papers filed Nov. 2 in Los Angeles federal court and […]


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