2017-03-30 E-Edition

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Change is in the air

Emission standards pioneered by Fran Pavley fall under Trump cloud

As part of a broad, redefinition of U.S. climate change policy, President Trump has threatened to roll back stringent auto emission standards put in place by the previous Democratic administration. Local officials are fuming at the thought and have vowed to take action. State Sen. Henry Stern (D-Calabasas) told The Acorn that the new president should prepare for confrontation. Americans, […]

Teachers would receive tax-free salaries under new Stern bill

Senator hopes law will lead to more educator retention

State Sen. Henry Stern, (D-Calabasas) won election last November with the backing of the California Teachers Association, but on March 21 the CTA, which represents 325,000 state teachers, made the surprise announcement that it would not be supporting Stern’s SB 807, a new bill that would eliminate state income taxes for public school teachers with at least five years in […]

Mariposa School making moves to change the world

There is a group of local kids who want to change the world—but not if they have to use brute force to do it. They prefer to nudge the hearts and minds of their fellow citizens and thus help bring about social change through song and dance. These young artists, some from Agoura High School, are part of Move The […]

Information for sale

It was an inadvertent click of the mouse that allowed crooks to seize the digital memories of a Thousand Oaks woman, who had to pay a $300 ransom to get her files back. “I felt so violated and so angry that I couldn’t do anything about it and that some person, God knows where, had stolen my privacy,” said the […]

Amgen restructuring leads to another round of job layoffs

Ventura County’s largest private employer is shipping more high-paying jobs out of town. Amgen Inc. gave notice last week to nearly 500 Thousand Oaks-area employees that they would be either moved, reassigned or laid off over the course of the next 18 months as the company shifts positions to San Francisco, Boston and Tampa, Fla., and reorganizes its operations. The […]

Former iPayment employees indicted for fraud

Five former employees at Westlake Village-based iPayment have been charged in an $11.6-million billing and accounting scheme in which they allegedly profited from phony invoices and kickbacks from vendors, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says. The commission announced March 10 that charges were filed against Nasir Shakouri, Robert Torino and three others. Federal prosecutors identified Shakouri, who was vice […]


Agoura Hills A thief stole two raincoats valued at $250 and a Home Depot credit card from an unlocked car parked on Oakvista Court March 18. A shoplifter stole $240 worth of merchandise from the Vons store in the 5200 block of Kanan Road March 18. A $75 pair of shoes and a wallet containing $30 in cash and a […]

We love our teachers, but . . .


One teacher, one child can change the world, and if that’s true, then the value of an educator is priceless. And because it’s your child’s future that’s at stake, wouldn’t you agree? Teachers function as educators, scholars, mentors and substitute parents—and the compensation they receive should be commensurate with the service they provide. The Acorn has long supported the teachers […]