Opinion

When planning to travel, also plan to ask a lot of questions

Flying Squirrel

One year from now, I’ll celebrate a milestone birthday with a big trip. Better start planning now. I’m not necessarily someone who needs a year to plan a trip. But given that I know this milestone event will arrive no matter what, why not start planning? For context, I want to travel to Paris for my big birthday. How do […]

The prophets channel divine medicine

Roots of Faith

In the second article in our series on healing, we look at Bible stories that show how mind and spirit are integrated, that healing must come to both. In Numbers 21:4-9, the Israelites were wandering in the desert and they grew impatient. God spent seraph serpents as punishment, and many died from the bites. Seraph is a type of snake; […]

Back to square one with housing

California’s housing affordability problem just never seems to go away. During the past two years in Ventura County there’s been what economists call a negative net migration—more people moving out of the county than moving in, due in part to the cost and availability of housing. Even though the county’s population growth has slowed, rents and home prices continue to […]

Political Cartoon

Pedestrians don’t have carte blanche

In Bryan Clabeaux’s letter to the editor in the Jan 30 issue of The Acorn titled “Cyclist run-in,” he describes an exchange with an “elderly” cyclist about whether a pedestrian/jogger/runner is entitled to use the road or belongs on the sidewalk instead. In his letter, Mr. Clabeaux encourages the cyclist to learn the right of way law before getting on […]

Agoura Hills affordable housing debate

I have lived in Old Agoura since 1986, actively championing, alongside my husband, our community’s semi-rural lifestyle and participating in our local homeowners association. So I think I have grounds to respond to Mr. Olney’s disingenuous comments about my son’s opinions on affordable housing. Grayson Peters is a college student, not a developer with profit making professional connections to the […]

Word of caution

If The Ave developers and city leaders are really focused upon on improving the housing problem with this development, perhaps the answer is not to combine 118 residences with an 120-room hotel, retail, restaurant and office space, and place this commercial enterprise at the mouth of the area’s singular evacuation route, at Kanan and Agoura roads. All areas from the […]

Proper planting in the face of fire threat

During the 2018 Woolsey fire, many of the community parks and open spaces suffered large damage to trees, waterways and infrastructure. One of the main carriers of fire throughout these areas was combustible bark mulch. This landscape material is highly susceptible to ignition from flying embers and creates a large amount of heat and flames. This contributed to fire spread […]

Says no on N

I urge Calabasas residents to vote no on Measure N, the AvalonBay-funded initiative to expand their development. When new development plans are submitted to the City of Calabasas, I’ve gotten involved in the process, which involves the community, the city government and staff, and the developer. Things may not always go the way I want, but we all support the […]

Local community takes loss especially hard

Society needs role models, and when a favorite son like Kobe Bryant, the NBA legend who devoted much of his time to the local youth basketball scene dies, hearts are devastated. Last Sunday’s ill-fated helicopter ride was taking Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, and seven others to the Mamba Sports Academy in Newbury Park for a basketball tournament. Gianna, affectionately called […]


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