2016-08-04 E-Edition

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Campers flood sheriff’s department with gratitude

WHAT A FEELING—Eighty children from Triunfo YMCA were guests at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station on July 28. Above, YMCA associate executive Patrick Yarrow leads the campers in song. At right, Lt. Josh Thai of the sheriff’s department accepts a plaque and thank-you cards from a YMCA member. The kids also gave the deputies goodie bags, cookies and muffins. The […]

Let’s plan ahead

County workshops provide glimpse into the future

Attending a government general plan workshop may not be the most exciting way to spend an evening. But Ventura County planning officials who are hosting the workshops in a dozen local communities say the feedback provided by citizens will be critical in determining how future growth in the region will play out. The current Ventura County General Plan reflects policies […]

Lawsuit in Westlake Village base-brawl draws to a close

$800,000 awarded

A sucker punch thrown in the aftermath of youth baseball game in Westlake Village several years ago will cost a Thousand Oaks man $800,000. The judgment was handed down earlier this year in Los Angeles County civil court against 52-year-old Lee Appleby, who in June 2012 punched out Michael Bateman during a post-game fracas at Triunfo Community Park involving their […]

Dealers targeted in drug overdose cases

Across the nation, the body count from drug overdoses is up, and Ventura County is no exception. At the start of the year, an overdose victim was found dead in the bathroom of an Oxnard restaurant; another died in April in the bedroom of a Camarillo home where he’d just shot up heroin. In still another overdose this year, a […]

Local development arrives at a crossroads

These are critical times for our local communities. Home prices and job numbers have rebounded and the economy has returned to pre-recession highs. But there’s a stiff price that’s being paid for this feel-good news, a price that our city leaders are ignoring. First, a disclaimer. The Acorn has always respected the rights of builders to develop their projects within […]

Political Cartoon

Guns on campus

Regarding Richard Crater’s letter to the editor “Don’t ban all guns on campus” from July 28, Crater is right: Oak Park should not ban guns on school campuses. Richard knows that only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun. I think those professionally trained police officers in Dallas or Baton Rouge could have […]

Questions about water usage

Everywhere the message seems to be the same—that water is vanishing and it’s also getting hotter. From the Metropolitan Water District down to the local district, the reply to customers who use great quantities of water is the same: If they stop using and dumping perfectly good, clean, potable water, we will lose revenue and not have reclaimed water. On […]

STAR kids

As the saying goes, STAR kids have a bright future, success through awareness and resistance. The STAR program in our elementary and middle schools, as well as a summer camp in Malibu, provide dynamic environments for children to have fun interactions with police authority, as well as discuss the importance of avoiding drugs, alcohol, bullying, etc. I cannot begin to […]