Seeking comfort as the holidays begin


Thanksgiving 2020 arrives with little of the usual warm, fuzzy glow. This year’s holiday has been marked by unprecedented warnings against travel and large group gatherings. The Centers for Disease Control and county health officials say stay at home, don’t go to the airport. Eat here, don’t eat there—by now we’ve all had our fill of coronavirus rules. Eight months […]

Bicyclists as super-spreaders

Today I witnessed a large group of bicyclists, all unmasked. There were 20 to 30 of them riding close together, yelling to one another and breathing hard as they cycled up Kanan Road through Oak Park. These packs of cyclists have always been a road hazard for drivers. Now, these large, unmasked groups of cyclists are potentially a moving super-spreader […]

Says Promenade forgets the Jews

It saddens me year after year, local publication after local publication in our area make various mentions of “the holidays.” On page 15 of the last issue of The Acorn (Nov. 19), there is an article, “It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays,” referencing the Westlake Promenade. Where at The Promenade is there any mention or anything visible […]

Agoura leader delivers strong message about healing

GUEST OPINION /// COVID and cancer

Some of you know me as a member of the Agoura Hills City Council and former mayor; some of you were my classmates at Agoura High School almost 50 years ago; many of you are business colleagues and friends. What you may not know is that during my recent reelection campaign, I joined the one in eight women diagnosed with […]

Don’t close the farmers market

Calabasas, whatever we need to shut down for the pandemic, do not close our farmers market. There is no where else to get fresh food outside with everyone masked and distanced, which we now know is the safest way to be in public. Equally important, we are supporting our small businesses and farms, which provide us with unique and outstanding […]

Farewell to Tony Knight

It’s bittersweet, the retirement of OPUSD’s Tony Knight, in that our schools will miss him terribly, but also knowing his talents will continue to serve toward a better tomorrow. My family first met Dr. Knight shortly after moving to the district in 2015. Our oldest, a reserved, reticent sixth-grader, had hopes of creating a club at Medea Creek Middle School […]

Get their goats

We love open space. So in that respect, it is shown that goats do not damage native plants, but they do clear away the dry, incendiary brush that causes dangerous fires, like the Woolsey fire in 2018. In addition, the clearance of 100 feet of defensible space is outdated. Both Los Angeles County and Los Angeles City have increased clearance […]


The Acorn airs it out, within reason


To say we’ve just come through the most divisive election in a lifetime is probably an understatement. In the days before and after the election, The Acorn opened up this Letters to the Editor page to readers with strong opinions about the presidential race. We did this in order to give a voice to local residents whose passion for politics […]

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