Tracking the dog dashers of Trancas Canyon

Gem was my great trail dog from some years earlier, known to dash after horses and bicycles. I never let go of her leash, so I guess officially it was the “Gem and GG dash.” We never harassed any other recreational trail users; we gave them an ample head start then pursued their fading tracks. I can’t say I understand […]

Supporters like Ray Pearl

When Ray Pearl told me he planned to run for City Council at a Westlake Village summer event at which we both volunteered, I could not have been more delighted. My husband and I have known Ray for several years and deeply admire his commitment to public service. Ray gives so much of himself to making Westlake Village a great […]

Letter to Editor

Candidate Ray Pearl would be an amazing Westlake Village City Council member. I met him years ago as a fellow parent at White Oak Elementary when he was the Parent Faculty Committee president, where his friendliness and wit brought volunteers together. He was a true leader who always kept our focus on the goal of making our school the best […]

Resident wants Brad Halpern back in office

We met Brad and his family over 20 years ago when my wife, Lisa, and I moved back to Westlake Village to raise our family. Lisa and I grew up in the First Neighborhood of Westlake Village. We attended the schools here, and we care very deeply about the city. I support Brad because he shares our passion about the […]

Off the plane, pick up a pen for writing

If you traveled somewhere this summer and if you’ve ever written an essay in school or a report for work, I have a suggestion I want you to consider: Be a travel writer. You might scoff at this notion (“Me, a travel writer?”), but the truth is there’s never been a better time to share your travel experiences with the […]

Teach a teen something? Well, not impossible

My 15-year-old no longer has patience—not with inconvenience, not with failure and not with learning, which is often the takeaway in times of inconvenience and failure . . . if you have patience. It seems my kid is focused on not looking bad when he struggles or is wrong about something rather than on seizing a moment to gain the […]

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 […]


One solution for homelessness

Just a comment about a place that could be used for homeless. I’m not sure about the status of the old fire station in Newbury Park on Hillcrest Drive, but it seems to be ideal for this problem. The location has showers and a kitchen and the truck bays could accommodate many beds. It’s not near schools or neighborhoods but […]

Son’s memory keeps family fighting on

To any parent who’s suffered the loss of a child, hearts everywhere go out. To anyone whose child is currently sick with a terminal illness, we don’t even know where to begin. The pain and the unimaginable loss must be horrific. No parent should have to watch their child die. After accidents, cancer is the second leading cause of death […]

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