2020-07-16 E-Edition

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Committee: leave tree, reconfigure playground

Option would cost RSRPD $58,000

Oak Park’s residents care about their open spaces—their parks, hiking trails and especially their trees. The Oak Park Committee of the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, which oversees the community’s open spaces, voted at a July 9 meeting to recommend to the park district board of directors that it save a decades-old ash tree which has become a hazard […]

Oak Park Unified commits to distance learning to start year

Oak Park Unified will be resuming classes next month on a distance-learning only basis, Superintendent Tony Knight told The Acorn Wednesday. Knight said OPUSD trustees agreed Tuesday night to jettison plans to offer on-campus instruction for the first quarter of the 2020-21 school year, which starts Aug. 10 and runs through Oct. 9. As recently as last week, Knight said […]

Area off to strong start on census

Ventura and Los Angeles counties are ready to be counted. Despite facing setbacks from the coronavirus, residents across the region have shown an eagerness to fill out the 2020 U.S. census, a once-a-decade effort that aims to count every person in the country. In the first months of self-reporting in which residents respond to the census questionnaire through the mail […]

Group asks for diversity training at OPUSD

Since the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer in May, people across the nation have been challenging institutions big and small to evaluate their stand on racial diversity and inclusivity. Oak Park isn’t being spared from that review. Hundreds of current and former students of the Oak Park Unified School District recently submitted a […]

Candidate filing period now open

The filing period for the Nov. 3 general election, which includes three seats on the Triunfo Water and Sanitation District board of directors, runs through 5 p.m. Fri., Aug. 7. Triunfo board members oversee policymaking, executive/ financial management and long-range planning for the district. The district provides sewage collection services and wastewater treatment; supplies potable water, and treats and sells […]

State forces businesses to close after short-lived reopening

Counties’ high COVID numbers to blame

Scores of Ventura County hair and nail salons scrambled to close again Tuesday, a day after Gov. Gavin Newsom said a rising number of COVID cases and hospitalizations called for a “toggling back” of the state’s reopening. Ventura and Los Angeles counties are two of about 30 counties on a statewide watchlist for failing to meet a host of COVID […]


Some creative but attainable ways to make summer fun


The past few months have been a roller coaster. And as summer settles in, parents are seeking creative ways to calm nerves and keep kids occupied and happy. Here are some creative—and affordable—suggestions. Go on an early-morning hike to take in the sights and breathe in some fresh air. Bring binoculars for birdwatching, count the rabbits or try to identify […]

Guidelines are bare minimum

Reflecting upon these difficult times in today’s world, it has become apparent to me that the importance of high-quality early childhood programs is more apparent than ever. Being a preschool teacher for the last five years, I’ve been involved with several different programs, all with their own strengths and weaknesses, which has opened my eyes as to what works and […]