2019-08-01 E-Edition

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Gender studies greet students’ return

Oak Park schools introduce elementary kids to idea of ‘fluidity’

Oak Park Unified School District will resume classes Aug. 6 with a new weapon against bullying. This year, elementary school kids will be introduced to issues surrounding gender diversity and why some students who demonstrate boy-girl behavior not consistent with previous norms are often victims of bully attacks. Critics have said the lessons are tantamount to sex education and that […]

Developer wants vote

Ballot issue could decide fate of affordable units

The economy is growing— and so is Calabasas. Multiple developments are working their way through the city’s planning stages, but there’s one project that’s taking a different tack. The decision on whether to add more units to the Avalon Calabasas apartment complex at Lost Hills Road and Meadow Creek Lane could be decided by a vote of the people. AvalonBay […]

Frog rehab program needs a jump-start

Amphibian population hurt by fire and rain

Seven months after the Woolsey fire, an initiative to reintroduce the threatened California red-legged frog into the Santa Monica Mountains is struggling to regain its footing. Officials from the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area estimate that hundreds of frogs died in the fire. The rare amphibian had been reintroduced to the region starting in 2014. In the weeks before […]

Fair safety a priority following Gilroy

In the wake of the July 28 shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Santa Clara County that left three people dead and 12 injured, Ventura County Fair officials said safety is a top priority for the event, which is expected to draw about 300,000 people over the next two weeks. This year’s fair runs July 31 to Aug. 11. […]

Cannabis company under legal shroud

An Agoura Hills-based cannabis business has been hit with multiple lawsuits alleging fraud and theft. One of the lawsuits against Vertical Companies was filed by Francine Shulman and her Santa Barbara-based company Iron Angel. Shulman charges that the operators of Vertical Companies— a cultivation firm on Agoura Road—defrauded her and stole her property. The document lists 25 counts of alleged […]

Spin us a tale

In today’s world of apps where the writing and thinking are often done for you, The Acorn places high value on personal creativity. One of the newspaper’s most popular and enduring competitions is Fiction in a Nutshell, and this year the longtime contest returns. Entries are officially being accepted in the 2019 Fiction in a Nutshell competition, which calls for […]

From printing press to podcast, The Acorn finds a way

Here at The Acorn we think there’s something to be said for consistency, for familiarity. When our readers head to the driveway on Thursday, we want them to know they can count on their regular collection of writers and stories covering all facets of the community. At the same time, we’re aware that the future depends on our ability to […]


Spike in Triunfo water rates

As a 20-year resident of Oak Park, I’ve always enjoyed the quality of life in this small town. However, about three years ago, a drastic increase in my water bill made me put things in a different perspective. I’m talking about the meter service charge that suddenly changed from around $15 per month to almost double at this time. In […]