Postal office delivers message of uncertainty

Calabasas still without its own mail hub

When the Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys began developing in the late 1960s, Calabasas remained a rural community on the edge of a metropolis and was deemed not big enough to have a post office of its own. Amid the recent push by the Trump administration to defund the United States Postal Service comes the realization that mail service access […]

2020-08-20 E-Edition

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Cue the cars

Drive-in movies make a comeback as operators take advantage of an old, but safe way to watch films

A trip to the movies can be a wonderful, if short-lived, escape from the real world. And while traditional theaters have remained closed due to the pandemic, the show still goes on—outdoors. Drive-in movies and even drive-up concerts began earlier this summer at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, with prices starting at $29 per car. Moviegoers are also getting a taste […]

Officials disagree over Oak Park tree removal

Two trees at Mae Boyar Park are on the chopping block. The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District board of directors, which oversees the open space in Oak Park, voted 3-2 earlier this month to cut down a pair of ash trees near the park’s playground. One of the trees is diseased and needs to be removed, but the other […]

Crews battle fire and heat

Ushered in by a blistering weekend heat wave, a brush fire erupted in the Santa Monica Mountains early in the afternoon of Aug. 16, sparking images of the 2018 Woolsey fire that ripped through the same dry hills and caused extensive damage. Initially dubbed the Rockpool fire and later the Rock fire because of its proximity to Malibu Creek State […]


There’s a story you’ll want to tell


Creativity takes time, just as great minds need room to run. That’s why now is not too early to begin thinking about what your entry will be in this year’s Fiction in a Nutshell writing competition. Sadly, in today’s world, good writing and original thinking have been truncated by social media. The Acorn’s fiction writing contest is a throwback to […]

Electricity waste

While walking my dog last Sunday morning, we passed by Brookside Elementary School at 5:15 a.m. I would like to say I was surprised, but I can’t. Three rooftop air conditioning units on three separate buildings were blasting away, this during a time when California was experiencing rolling blackouts and SCE was calling for reduced usage due to a record-breaking […]

Edison to be commended

Many thanks to So Cal Edison for keeping the power going all through last year’s heat waves. We surely hope they are able to do the same this year, because it’s going to be a doozy. Rosemary BirdOak Park

Confusion about Oak Park’s trees

Since January, saving a 50- year-old ash tree at Mae Boyar Park in Oak Park has been the latest feud between Oak Park and Rancho Simi Recreation and Parks District, due to playground equipment having to be moved from roots rising in the rubberized surface. In April at a meeting of the Oak Park Rec and Park Planning Committee, it […]