Easy Yeezy, permits are required

One of the area’s most recognizable residents has drawn the ire of the Los Angeles County Building and Safety Division. Rapper Kanye West of Hidden Hills is constructing multiple 50-foot-high domes on a 300- acre property on Stokes Canyon Road south of Calabasas—to the chagrin of some his neighbors. It’s unclear when the construction started, but the property was visited […]

Gripped by fear

Deputies turn to training as threat of gun violence persists

In November 2018, there was Thousand Oaks. Last weekend, the terror came to El Paso and Dayton—and the country’s long nightmare with gun violence continued. “Hate like this has no place in our country, or in our city,” Calabasas Mayor David Shapiro said in a statement to his community. The tragedies seem endless, and with each new report of a […]

Westlake Blvd. work falls short of destination

Work to repave a state-controlled section of Westlake Boulevard south of the 101 Freeway toward the beach will not go as far as originally promised, Caltrans announced this week. The project, two-thirds of the way complete, is quickly approaching its $5.5-million budget, said Jim Medina, Caltrans spokesperson, causing the state transportation agency to cancel construction on State Route 23 between […]

2019-08-08 E-Edition

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The Backbone is back

Iconic trail fully open following fire

Eight months after the largest fire to ever hit Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, all 67 miles of the park’s most famous trail have reopened to the public. The final six miles of the Backbone Trail that had remained closed since the November 2018 fire reopened on July 18. The Woolsey fire hit the section of the trail that […]

Oak Park kids return

Oak Park is the first local district to return to school, and when students went back to class on Tuesday they noticed key several staffing changes. Natalie Smith is the new assistant principal at Oak Park High School, and Allison Kerr and Jessica Wall are new science and English teachers. Elizabeth Bednar comes aboard as a new counselor at Medea […]

County proposes changes to help voters

In theory, voting is easy. Do your research, cast a ballot, call it a day. The reality is much different. If a person hasn’t voted by mail, then they only have one day in which to visit the polls and cast their ballot. The Los Angeles County Registrar’s office says it wants to make it easier for voters to get […]

Bold move by school district applauded

Social media response to The Acorn’s Aug. 1 front page article about gender diversity education starting this fall for elementary-age students in Oak Park came swift and hard. “This is criminal. Schools need to stay out of sex, period,” says one reader. “It’s not healthy to sexualize children,” writes another. “Kids can’t handle this at a young age.” “Madness.” And, […]


Agency’s rising costs explained

GUEST OPINION /// Local water rates

A letter in the Aug. 1 Acorn mischaracterizes the reason for the increases in water rates for Triunfo Water and Sanitation District in Oak Park. The writer pointed to an almost doubling of the water meter charge in three years from around $15 to almost $30. This fixed monthly rate was increased based on Triunfo board’s decision to stabilize rates […]