2020-04-30 E-Edition

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Oak Park High commits to virtual grad ceremony

Move ‘premature,’ one parent says

All eyes have been on the local school districts to see how they are handling senior graduation. Last week, Oak Park Unified School District became one of the first to announce plans for a graduation ceremony shaped by the coronavirus pandemic. Other districts, including Las Virgenes Unified, have also begun discussions about how to celebrate their senior classes while observing […]

Virus puts pedal to the metal

Excessive speeds reported by CHP

During the coronavirus lockdown, there are fewer drivers headed to fewer open destinations. Those who are on the road, however, appear to be in a hurry to get to where they’re going. Compared to this time last year, traffic volume on state roads has dropped about 35%, according to Caltrans. Meanwhile, for the month beginning March 19, the day the […]

Grocery employee turns up sick

An employee at the Gelson’s Market in Calabasas tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, The Acorn learned. The store was closed and sanitized overnight and has since reopened, Calabasas Mayor Alicia Weintraub said. The employee, whose name was not released, tested positive on April 21. Their last shift at the store was April 17. The company wouldn’t say if […]

Rumor has it

No, the popular Oak Park bike jumps are not going away

A rumor about the supposed demolition of the popular bike jumps in Oak Park started fast and furious last week—and fizzled out just as quickly. The more-than 40-year-old, man-made dirt mounds at Medea Creek Park reportedly were going to be removed by the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District due to large crowds gathering while school is out. Kids are […]

Better late than never for car dealers

They’re open, sort of

Haggling resumed last week at the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall— from a safe distance, of course. Showrooms were allowed to reopen April 20 following Ventura County’s modified stay-home order, which also allowed certain businesses with 10 or fewer employees to go back to work. The car showrooms in Calabasas remain closed, but online sales are permitted and auto repair shops […]


Agoura Hills A thief entered an unlocked car parked on Oak Creek Lane on April 18 and stole a wallet that contained a driver’s license and credit and debit cards. On April 16 a burglar broke into a room at the Sheraton Hotel on Agoura Road by damaging the sliding glass door and causing $2,200 in damage. Nothing was reported […]

City officials not sold on cannabis dispensary and vote it down

Neighboring business objected

Efforts to bring the first retail cannabis store to the Conejo Valley continue to go up in smoke, even as similar businesses in other parts of the region are reporting record profits during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown. On April 21, the Thousand Oaks City Council denied a request by Leaf Dispensary to open inside an industrial park off Townsgate Road […]

Graduating seniors in a class of their own


Let’s get this right out of the way: It’s not fair. It’s not fair that high school seniors have missed all those great milestones in their final year of school. No prom. No sports. No senior day. No awards. And no graduation. Yes, there are bigger worries. People are sick and people are dying. And while the stay-at-home mandate appears […]