Primer on fatherhood not so easy to follow


“The first mistake most new parents make is to take the baby home, leaving behind a hospital full of professionals.” So begins Chris Erskine’s book “Daditude: The Joys & Absurdities of Modern Fatherhood.” Doing our research for this editorial, we checked out titles on Amazon by searching “books about fatherhood.” Our query yielded thousands of choices. There are those that […]

About that Starbucks

The Agoura Hills Planning Commission needs to say “no” to any furthering of traffic congestion added by the proposed Starbucks drive-thru on Kanan Road in Agoura Hills. For those who need that convenience, the Starbucks at Kanan and Lindero already provides that feature. Currently the traffic at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. backs up from Thousand Oaks Boulevard to almost […]

Argument fueled by caffeine

We are completely opposed to the proposed drive-thru at the Agoura Hills Starbucks on Kanan Road, which will destroy three large heritage valley oak trees and two magnificent old sycamore trees. Doesn’t the city of Agoura Hills have an oak tree ordinance to protect and preserve them? Why would any of Agoura’s oaks ever be allowed to be destroyed? After […]

The $50,000 holiday party

Almost $50,000 for a Calabasas holiday party is ludicrous and insulting to taxpayers. City Manager Lysik is spending my money and yours to have a ridiculously lavish party. He even invited outside agencies to the party to, again, have a great night on my dime. Lysik does not even have good excuses for his overspending. He paid his sister-in-law $300 […]

Price pumping

From June 1 to June 7, I was working on Kahului, Maui. Each day I purchased gas at Costco. When I arrived, the price of top tier gas was $3.19. The price then dropped to $3.13. When I left, it was $3.09. I was told that this price is still above their cost. Look at the price you are paying […]

Silly water balloon fights come to an end

Bravo to the Westlake Lake Management Association for protecting the lake and the wildlife. After my letter appeared in the April 25 Acorn expressing concern about balloons ending up in the lake during July 4 festivities, there was overwhelming support from the community and WLMA. The association will be enforcing its no-water-balloons rule on the Fourth of July and every […]

Two tales about helpful people

My wife and I were recently driving home from Malibu on Kanan Road. Just past Mulholland Drive we had a flat tire. I was starting to change the tire when a man and wife in a pickup truck stop and offered assistance. The driver turned out to be a recently retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy. The gentleman’s name was […]

Nowhere to turn around

It is possible to ride a horse or hike or bike the trails from Simi Valley all the way to the Santa Monica Mountains and the 67- mile long Backbone Trail. However, within this trail system that meanders from Simi Valley through the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve (formerly the Ahmanson Ranch) and continues south past Juan Bautista […]

Care for critters

Why do we allow tree trimming in the spring and summer time when we all know baby squirrels, all types of birds, racoons and other animals are living in the trees? Spring trimming should be banned until the winter when the animals have matured and the nests are empty. Agoura Hills should not allow residences, business or any other entity […]

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