Diversity needed

While women in Iran are pulling off their head scarves in protest of laws requiring they cover up, in the United States, women are pledging that never again will they be bullied and marginalized while doing their jobs. As a successful American business person who emigrated from Iran in the 1970s, I hold dearly the legal and ethical protections of […]


THURS., JULY 5 Friendly Book Discussion Group 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Reading William Shakespeare’s “Two Noble Kinsmen.” Guests welcome. Goebel Stamp Club 6:30 p.m. at Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Giveaways, show and tell. Contact: Jeff Goldstein. Phone: 805. 358.6162. Camarillo Community Band 7 p.m. […]

White House agent awarded for outstanding production

Susan Stone, a broker associate with White House Properties, was commended this week for her outstanding production by company president Marty Williams. Stone closed three escrows and opened two during the last seven-day period. Nationwide, Stone is one of the 4 percent of all Realtors who hold the residential real estate council designation and the 5 percent of Realtors who […]

Crow’s ice cream compulsion

I need to get this out of the way immediately—I am not enraptured with crows as a number of my buddies are. My experience with them has not been pleasant. A flock roosted in the oak in my Agoura backyard, cawing until I had a headache the size of Texas, and their gruesome plundered goods rained down on my patio […]

Why so many break-ins?

As a frequent reader of the Sheriff’s Blotter column in The Acorn, I am continually aghast at the high number of reports of car break-ins—absolutely amazing. For instance, this week’s column reported 13 car thefts out of 19 items. Three of those thefts were from unlocked cars and another three were from cars that had no signs of forced entry. […]

Good food, good service at Cisco’s

Acorn Epicurean

There’s a spot reminiscent of the Mexican Riviera right in the middle of Thousand Oaks, and this place is hopping. I visited Cisco’s Restaurant on Avenida de Los Arboles on a recent Saturday evening, and there was a rockin’ 70th birthday celebration in the adjoining private party room, and most of the restaurant’s booths were filled—a testament to the quality […]

Dilbeck agent earns top award

Branch manager Chuck Lech recently congratulated Millie Gordon, broker associate with Dilbeck Estates in Westlake Village, for receiving the Realtor Emeritus Award from the National Association of Realtors. The award was presented by Debbie Hake, outgoing president of the Conejo, Simi, Moorpark Association of Realtors, at an annual event honoring local real estate industry leaders. The award is in recognition […]

Pet of the week

LOVING- Sammi is very sweet, loves to be petted, likes playing with toys and gets along well with the other cats in the Habikat room. To adopt Sammi, ask for ID No. A5174638 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control before visiting […]

The melding of politics and celebrity

More and more, with the rise of social media, the public is being exposed to the notion of normalizing celebrity presence in politics. Throughout American history, the trend of celebrities making their way into politics has remained a constant. For example, Ronald Reagan was a movie actor before being voted in as the 40th president. What can be questioned here […]

Chair dancing to the Fatback Blues

concert review /// Brother Yusef

His hands whipping smartly across the fretboard of his guitar on a recent Sunday afternoon, the one-man blues band known as Brother Yusef entertained an enthusiastic audience June 24 as part of the Grant Brimhall Library’s summer music series with an invigorating musical subgenre he calls “Fattback Blues.” The 55-year-old dread-locked musician is a seasoned busker who brings to mind […]

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