Poignant Borderline memorial just the beginning

It began with three candles and a few cellophane-wrapped flower bouquets on a wall, but little by little, a makeshift tribute to the 12 people killed at the Borderline Bar and Grill has taken over an entire street corner in Thousand Oaks. Now, T.O. city leaders are examining where and how to establish a permanent memorial for Sgt. Ron Helus, […]

Fine community shows its true colors

There was a certain incongruity to be found at Conejo Creek Park South in Thousand Oaks last Saturday morning. Along the dirt lots at the northern edge of the playing fields, insurance companies had set up mobile offices to assist those whose homes had been damaged or destroyed by the Woolsey and Hill fires. Though the Hill fire had recently […]


Stories that hit close to home

I have no doubt that thousands of readers like myself across the Conejo Valley are finally breaking down and crying their hearts out, for the first time, upon reading the Nov. 15 issue of The Acorn that greeted us on our driveways last Thursday evening. Thank you, because we needed this cry. We’ve been lost, bewildered, unable to fathom how […]

Thankful, indeed

Thank you to our wonderful first responders for protecting us and our property during the recent Woolsey fire. Thank you to the City of Agoura Hills for keeping its residents informed. We signed up for Agoura Hills City alerts, “e-notify,” and they were invaluable, from keeping us informed about voluntary evacuations, then the telephone call when it was time for […]

Firefighters, yes!

I just wanted to say a great big thank you to all the fire fighters, auxiliary personnel and sheriff’s personnel for their hard work during our fire locally. My neighbor’s house burned down on Adamor. I have some damage, but, we are alive— cranky, but alive. That is the most important. Everyone did an exceptional job in preventing things from […]

Fire prevention?

It is a shame that billions of dollars are spent on missiles, other fancy technologies and driverless cars while nothing is spent to develop simple fire detection-, extinguishing- and prevention systems. By employing fire retardation chemicals, pressure flow, satellite detection, drones and many more ideas that existed since caveman times, we could prevent billions of dollars lost such as what […]

Communication was lacking

The Agoura Hills city manager’s office missed an extraordinary opportunity to communicate with residents during a serious event. The telephone alerts did not instill a sense of confidence that our city management was in control of the situation and that we could depend upon their actions for our safety. Instead, the messages were not as good as political robocalls. The […]

Official applauds water company

Members of the operations staff of Oak Park Water Service were among the first to respond to the Woolsey fire, and I am so grateful to them. After the appearance of a smoke plume to the southeast of Oak Park at around 3 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 8, staff went into action. Per the emergency plan adopted by the board of […]

Council member appreciative

I wanted say thank you to the hundreds of residents, friends, neighbors, religious leaders and, of course, businesses who were kind enough to endorse me by giving me their good names, putting signs on their lawns or in the business centers throughout the city, and sending me funds so I could get my message out to the voters. It was […]

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