2019-08-29 E-Edition

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Creative Fest brings out the artist in all of us

Homeowners lose insurance because of fire

Area too risky, agents say

Southern California is one of the most desirable places to live in the country, but it comes at a price. The risk of natural disaster hits property owners in the pocketbook. Due to the fires last November, homeowners in the region are facing higher rates and fewer options for insurance coverage, and some companies are shutting down policies altogether for […]

Schools’ gender diversity program criticized

The gender identity program introduced this year in Oak Park’s three elementary schools triggered a parent backlash at the school district’s Aug. 20 meeting. Students will learn about the issues surrounding gender diversity and why some children who demonstrate boy-girl behavior not consistent with previous norms are often victims of bully attacks. But critics have said the lessons are tantamount […]

Green New Deal backers seek Brownley’s support

But representative hesitant to sign on

Two-dozen climate-change activists gathered outside the Thousand Oaks office of U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley Aug. 8 to ask for her support of the Green New Deal, an ambitious—and controversial—legislative plan to address the crisis of a warming planet as well as societal problems such as economic inequality and racial injustice. The group held two follow-up demonstrations, but so far has […]

Housing pondered for Baxter Way

Developer submits plans for 240 apartments

The owner of Westlake’s largest industrial property wants to get into the housing business. Real estate investment firm Kennedy Wilson has submitted preliminary plans to the City of Thousand Oaks for 1 Baxter Way, a 40-acre site off Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Lakeview Canyon Road that is home to a 400,000-square-foot office building that for many years housed Baxter Healthcare […]

Enter contest

One of The Acorn’s most popular and enduring competitions, Fiction in a Nutshell, is returning. Entries are being accepted in the 2019 Fiction in a Nutshell challenge, which calls for submissions of 100 words or fewer (title not included) in which you must write an original fiction tale about any topic you wish. Your entry must be a completely original […]

Safety first at park in Westlake

Westlake Village is taking steps to ensure the safety of visitors who come to the city’s newest community park on Thousand Oaks Boulevard. The Westlake public safety committee met Aug. 14 to discuss adding “no parking” signs in certain areas at the park that opened in 2018. Westlake Village City Councilmember Kelly Honig, a committee member, said there have been […]

Slow down and stay safe in the new school year

New outfit? Check. New lunch box, backpack, binder, folders, notebooks, pens, pencils, paper, calculator? Check, check and check. Phew. When kids go back to school it creates an endless to-do list of filling out forms, setting up carpools and getting the little ones to bed on time. Summer, though not officially over, has come to an end for students across […]