Reporter heading to the polls

commentary /// Voting in 2018

In this three-part series, Acorn reporter Becca Whitnall will provide a first-person account of Ventura County’s election process. As the November midterm elections approach, the Ventura County clerk-recorder/registrar of voters’ office is kicking into high gear. The department has to administer voter registration, maintain the master voter file, process vote-by-mail requests, perform layout and proofing of voter information material, establish […]

Fall is here but you wouldn’t know it

You may have missed it, but that’s OK; there wasn’t much to indicate the change. We’re talking about the end of summer—Sept. 22 on the calendar—and the beginning of fall. Other parts of the country have seasons. Leaves turn into bright autumn colors. Grass is actually green. Alas, our neck of the woods in western Los Angeles and eastern Ventura […]


Deconstructing our local streams

It’s bone dry out there, nary a drop of water in sight, but that doesn’t mean our local streams should be ignored and left unprotected. Locally, Medea and Las Virgenes creeks trickle valiantly despite the scorching sun and remain a key part of the Malibu Creek watershed, the riparian habitat that feeds the ocean. As our cities grew over the […]


Voting can be ugly, but not in this contest

Let’s talk politics. OK . . . but first, did you feel that? It was everyone’s collective blood pressure rising with the thought of the ugly mid-term election coming up. We don’t blame you for your apprehension. Sharing political views in this day and age—no matter where you stand on the issues—has become more combat sport than civil chat. Which […]


Senate Bill 998 has good intentions, bad consequences

GUEST OPInion /// Water bill payment

Las Virgenes Municipal Water District Board of Directors and staff are proud of the fact that water rates for customers in our service area are among the lowest in the region. We focus on providing high-quality water and long-term reliability in a cost effective and environmentally conscientious manner. We develop and implement policies with oversight and approval by our locally […]

Is this how we should teach our children?

The photo at right was taken by Acorn photo editor Rick Gillard at this week’s 9/11 tribute at Mesa Verde Middle School in Moorpark. The picture wasn’t taken at a shooting range or a police station. It was the scene Tuesday at a middle school in our own community—and it is at the middle schools, high schools and elementary schools […]

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