2020-11-19

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Birthday in the wild

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area turns 42 years old


The Santa Monica Mountains are visible from almost anywhere in the Conejo Valley, but unless someone’s feeling the itch to go hiking, the peaks are just part of the background. That makes it easy to overlook just how significant they are. This month marks the 42nd anniversary of the creation of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. It’s the […]

Oak Park schools superintendent to retire

Tony Knight with district for 39 years


Tony Knight’s 42 years in public education, most of them in Oak Park, will end next July. Knight announced his retirement as superintendent of schools for the five-campus Oak Park Unified School District effective July 1, 2021. He became district leader 17 years ago. Knight said the unprecedented challenge facing OPUSD in a pandemic year is not the reason for […]

Calabasas keeps city manager placeholder strategy in play

City still searching for new chief exec


Calabasas remains without a permanent city manager following the dismissal of Gary Lysik last May. Monday, a second stand-in came aboard to help oversee day-to-day operations of the city while government leaders continue their search for a permanent replacement. Don Penman of Northridge is taking the reins from Ray Taylor, who is stepping down after six months as the Calabasas […]

Unwanted notes became family’s nightmare

ACORN SPECIAL REPORT /// The Stranger


This is part one of a two-part story Families did all sorts of things to pass the time during the first months of the coronavirus lockdowns: played board games, studied genealogy, learned how to make new recipes, posted choreographed dance videos on TikTok. But for the Kesslers of Westlake Village, the early months of the pandemic weren’t spent redecorating the […]

County’s mobile test lab visits community



Ventura County’s COVID-19 Mobile Testing Trailer, part of a countywide effort to ramp up virus testing as cases accelerate, made a stop in Oak Park Tuesday where more than 100 people arrived throughout the day and stood in line to take the uncomfortable nasal swab test. The 20-foot trailer pulled by a pickup came to the campus of Oak Park […]

CLU outbreak linked to gathering

15 students test positive after party


Fifteen Cal Lutheran University students have tested positive for COVID-19 following an off-campus party earlier this month, the university announced this week. Eight of the students are believed to have visited the campus on Olsen Road while contagious, while the remaining seven have not been on campus, the university said. Several hundred students are living in CLU dorms, even as […]

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The Acorn airs it out, within reason

EDITORIAL

To say we’ve just come through the most divisive election in a lifetime is probably an understatement. In the days before and after the election, The Acorn opened up this Letters to the Editor page to readers with strong opinions about the presidential race. We did this in order to give a voice to local residents whose passion for politics […]

Didn’t like our tongue-in-cheek

In your article last week, I believe a more appropriate word than “dude” could be used to describe Doug Emhoff, who will be the first Second Gentleman of the United States. Eleanor ManhanCalabasas


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