City, county play politics with affordable housing

“Affordable housing” is mostly a myth in the Conejo/Las Virgenes valleys. There was a time in Calabasas when builders and governments worked together to provide inexpensive apartment homes for qualified families. Sadly, the arrangement has come to an end. In 1988, before the incorporation of Calabasas, the County of Los Angeles granted Lincoln Malibu Meadows permission to build an apartment […]


Units at Avalon Calabasas should be preserved

GUEST OPINION /// Affordable housing impasse

Dozens of hard-working Calabasas residents may soon face eviction and displacement. Time is short. Calabasas has very little affordable housing and one of the few developments where there is affordable housing, Avalon Calabasas, is losing the covenants that require that these homes remain affordable. That means that nearly 80 families may lose their homes. Many have been a part of […]

Contest limits words, not imagination

What do Charles Dickens, J.K. Rowling, Mark Twain, Jane Austen, James Joyce and Virginia Woolf have in common? Yes, they’re some of the greatest storytellers ever and their books have sold millions of copies. And, yes, their works have stood—and will continue to stand—the test of time. Literary lions though they may be, none of these famed authors were ever […]


Bold move by school district applauded

Social media response to The Acorn’s Aug. 1 front page article about gender diversity education starting this fall for elementary-age students in Oak Park came swift and hard. “This is criminal. Schools need to stay out of sex, period,” says one reader. “It’s not healthy to sexualize children,” writes another. “Kids can’t handle this at a young age.” “Madness.” And, […]


Agency’s rising costs explained

GUEST OPINION /// Local water rates

A letter in the Aug. 1 Acorn mischaracterizes the reason for the increases in water rates for Triunfo Water and Sanitation District in Oak Park. The writer pointed to an almost doubling of the water meter charge in three years from around $15 to almost $30. This fixed monthly rate was increased based on Triunfo board’s decision to stabilize rates […]

From printing press to podcast, The Acorn finds a way

Here at The Acorn we think there’s something to be said for consistency, for familiarity. When our readers head to the driveway on Thursday, we want them to know they can count on their regular collection of writers and stories covering all facets of the community. At the same time, we’re aware that the future depends on our ability to […]


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