2020-06-25 E-Edition

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Vandals accused of destroying BLM sign

‘We keep putting it up, they keep cutting it down,’ resident says

Local public officials have roundly denounced the actions of two county employees allegedly caught on camera defacing a Black Lives Matter banner hung from a fence in the Westlake portion of Thousand Oaks. Darrin Stone, 60, a service technician with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office who supervises inmates in the county jail, and Craig Anderson, 59, an investigative assistant at […]

‘Serious problem’ with racism in Calabasas, council member says

City could be a ‘poster child’ for it, Fred Gaines said

Comments made by Calabasas City Councilmember Fred Gaines at a June 10 meeting— including one that the city is the “poster child” for racism—have thrown residents and other community leaders for a loop with the suggestion that theirs is a racist city. Gaines said he heard racist comments from staffers at city hall and residents of the community leveled at […]

School districts announce plans for fall

Oak Park allowing just 50% capacity

There’s no indication the world will return to normal anytime soon, but life doesn’t stop, and neither can school. Both Las Virgenes and Oak unified school districts are adapting to the pandemic by shifting and molding the classroom experience. The change to a purely digital classroom this spring was a reaction to the spread of the virus, but with several […]

Protesters honor Juneteenth

Hundreds of marchers joined their nationwide counterparts last Friday to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement and to commemorate Juneteenth, the June 19, 1865 date that marks the official end to slavery in the United States. Two marches, one starting in Agoura Hills and the other in Thousand Oaks, converged at Thousand Oaks and Westlake boulevards where participants […]

Agoura Hills names new city manager

Nathan Hamburger is expected to be named the new city manager of Agoura Hills effective July 1. The assistant Agoura Hills city manager since 2007, Hamburger will replace Greg Ramirez, who resigned from the city’s top managerial post at the end of May to become the City of Camarillo chief executive. Ramirez will assume his new post on July 1 […]

Crackdown on masks as virus cases increase

As coronovirus shows few signs of letting up in California, the state Department of Public Health has issued strict new guidelines for face mask use by people in public. The state says face coverings remain mandatory in the high-risk locations and situations listed below: lnside of, or in line to enter any indoor public space. Obtaining services from the healthcare […]


A Page 1 headline in the June 18 Acorn said, “Racism played role in city manager firing, official says.” For clarification, City Manager Gary Lysik was forced to resign, not fired. City Councilmember Fred Gaines said, “ Some of the most horrifying and overt racism I’ve ever experienced came from the hiring and recent resignation of our former city manager.” […]


School’s out, now comes the hard part


The pandemic has brought tough challenges and painful choices to all walks of life. The education of our children, for one, has been turned totally upside down. They’re out of class when they need to be in class, and they’re in class when they need to be out. Our local school districts have spent the past couple of weeks juggling […]