Beware: Back to school means back to traffic

Here at The Acorn we couldn’t be more excited about the return of students to class. The end of summer is bittersweet, but a relief to many parents, especially those with younger children who’ve been underfoot since June, complaining about nothing to do. Let’s face it, classrooms can be a great home away from home for the little ones. No, […]


Got a couple of hours? Let’s talk DMV

Long lines at the DMV? Yes, really. We’ve all experienced the giant time suck that is the California Department of Motor Vehicles. You could plan your whole day around a visit to the Thousand Oaks DMV. Walk through the front door at the Avenida de Los Arboles office and you immediately cringe at the sight of people stacked in multiple […]


Thousands beat the heat at summer coastal bash

GUEST Opinion /// Ventura County Fair

The Ventura County Fair reports another successful summer celebration. Celebrating the diverse traditions of Ventura County, the 143rd edition, “A Country Fair With Ocean Air,” closed with thousands having come out to enjoy the 12-day event. Many returned for the first time since making the fairgrounds their home during the December Thomas fire evacuations. The fair’s mission is to preserve, […]

It happens ‘in the blink of an eye’

The drowning of a child in a swimming pool is every parent’s worst nightmare. Seven weeks ago, Olympic ski champion Bode Miller and his wife lost their 19-month-old daughter in a Southern California drowning accident. In the aftermath of the Miller tragedy— and as summer temperatures rise and swimming pools become the go-to place to cool off—the conversation about pool […]


Cellphones, distractions, booze—a deadly combination

The news is mixed when it comes to roadway safety numbers. Since the 1980s, drunk driving deaths in the U.S. have decreased by 51 percent overall and by over 80 percent for those 21 and younger. But the bad news is that distracted driving, especially among teens, accounts for 60 percent of all accidents on the road despite laws aimed […]


Maturity the payoff for teens who hold summer jobs

The summertime job has long been a rite of passage. Stocking shelves, delivering pizzas, bussing tables and folding clothes have put some extra cash in the pockets of teens for generations. But something has happened in recent decades, and fewer high schoolers are getting their first workplace experience over the summer break, according to a study performed by Drexel University’s […]

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