2016-10-13 E-Edition

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Legalize marijuana?

Proposition 64 under the microscope as election nears

Talk about stirring the pot. A town hall forum last month sparked a discussion about Proposition 64, one of the most polarizing initiatives on the Nov. 8 ballot. A “yes” vote will make the recreational use of marijuana legal in California. A “no” vote once will again nip the idea in the bud. The forum, titled “Is Marijuana Legalization Right […]

Westlake Village frowns on Blue Sun festival

City says event organizers fell short

Westlake Village city officials are disappointed with the promoters of the inaugural Blue Sun Music and Wine Festival— which took place Sept. 3 next to the golf course—and are recommending that the concert not be allowed to return next year. During a meeting Sept. 28, the City Council evaluated the festival that attracted some 5,000 people to the Westlake Village […]

Ride’em Reyes Adobe

ALL ABOARD—Joey and Jack Tarascio of Thousand Oaks ride a wild pony at last weekend’s Reyes Adobe Days Festival. Actually—if you can believe it—the boys are sitting on the flat ground atop a three-dimensional painting by Tracy Lee Stum, the festival’s featured artist. The four-day event was well-received and offered something for the whole family. For more photos and information, […]

Fiction deadline fast approaching

The Acorn’s Fiction in a Nutshell contest returns for its ninth season this fall, and if you have a knack for good storytelling, you’re invited to take part. Here’s how the newspaper’s popular storytelling competition works: Write a 100-word fiction tale using sci-fi, drama, adventure, romance or any other genre and email it to newstip@theacorn.com. Only one entry per person […]

Million-dollar condos for only $770 a month

The mood in the Calabasas City Council chamber was optimistic as a half-dozen prospective tenants waited for the start of an affordable housing lottery to determine who got the opportunity to rent eight apartments available for low-income individuals and families at the Avanti condominium project on Park Sorrento. The lottery hosted by the Aliso Viejo-based New Home Company— the developer […]

Ross wins Golden Acorn


Derek Ross, an active volunteer in Oak Park schools and in the community, received the Golden Acorn Award in a presentation Oct. 6 at Oak Park High School. Given by the Community Foundation for Oak Park, the award is a 25-year tradition presented to an Oak Park resident who has demonstrated a deep love of the community through multifaceted volunteerism […]

Owner of Oak Park restaurant killed, son taken into custody

‘We lost one of our own.’

An arrest has been made in the killing of Maria Lucatero Acevedo, owner of Margaritas Mexican Grill in Oak Park and Valencia. Acevedo, 56, was stabbed to death in her Saugus home Oct. 3. The woman’s 24-year-old son, Jesse Lucatero, was arraigned Oct. 5 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, San Fernando Valley branch, said Lt. Joe Mendoza of the […]

Drone policy at LVUSD

The Las Virgenes Unified School District dialed in a new drone policy at a recent board of education meeting. The new guidelines will give teachers and other individuals the right to use drones on school property under certain conditions and with proper licensing. Drones currently aren’t permitted for educational purposes in California public schools, but Las Virgenes officials believe the […]

Time to get on board with transportation improvements

Watch out, there’s a traffic jam up ahead. It’s that gaggle of ballot measures on Election Day, and drivers aren’t happy. When faced with a multitude of decisions in the election booth—there will be 17 taxes, initiatives and referendums on Nov. 8— fatigued voters tend to just vote no. What they should not do, however, is ignore the importance of […]