Says Calabasas is not racist

I read City Councilmember Fred Gaines’ June 10 public comments. I moved to Calabasas in 1988, married and bought a home in 1996. I never checked the racial percentages before making those decisions. Unlike Mr. Gaines, I do not think terms like “those people” or “that element” refers to the color of one’s skin. I do not live in a […]

Keep those purses closed

When I moved to Calabasas 20 years ago, I didn’t know I was moving into the Village of the Stupid. Why would I say that? Well, what do you call someone who leaves a car unlocked with valuables in sight? Or, what do you call someone who leaves a locked car with valuables in sight? There were nine such cases […]

Virus-doubters, think again

Those who still think that the coronavirus pandemic is not that severe because the large majority of people who contract the disease don’t get very ill need to consider these points: a lot of people do get ill and a lot have died. Minimizing those deaths trivializes and diminishes those we have lost and the suffering of their loved ones. […]

It’s not the flu

Brock Backlund claims the death rate from COVID-19 is about 0.2%. I don’t know where he got his data, but he seems to be understating the death rate. As of June 24, Los Angeles County reported 89,490 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 3,205 deaths. That is a death rate of 3.6%, 18 times Backlund’s 0.2%. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office […]

Honor the flag

I am shocked that someone would want to take down our national flag from a public place. It represents all of our citizens and is the national emblem of the United States. I assume the author has never served our nation or he would know that the motto of the U.S. Army that appears on the Army flag is “This […]


School’s out, now comes the hard part


The pandemic has brought tough challenges and painful choices to all walks of life. The education of our children, for one, has been turned totally upside down. They’re out of class when they need to be in class, and they’re in class when they need to be out. Our local school districts have spent the past couple of weeks juggling […]

Fred Gaines on racism

At our June 10 City Council meeting, I made a statement about how we need to address racism in Calabasas, giving examples of racist comments that have been uttered in our community, and including specific suggestions for programs and policies to address racism in our town. Your headline story “Racism played role in city manager’s firing, official says,” took my […]


Two weeks ago, The Acorn published my letter about Gary Lysik’s resignation. Now, Fred Gaines has accused the city of racism in this affair, and in his comments he also characterized as racist that part of my letter that said that Lysik’s son was unqualified for his city position because Lysik is married to an African American woman. Gaines says […]

In defense of city

We were appalled by the comments made by Fred Gaines at the last City Council meeting. We’ve lived in Calabasas for 20 years and have never once heard a racist remark from our friends and neighbors. Five of our grandchildren attended Calabasas schools. Their birthday parties looked like the United Nations, and they never even thought about the race of […]

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