2021-01-07

Prosecutor says Grossman did not stop willingly

Prosecutors say engine cut off


According to a statement provided by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, the woman charged with running over and killing two Westlake Village pedestrians Sept. 29 did not pull over willingly following the collision, but instead came to a stop a quarter-mile away only when the engine in her Mercedes-Benz quit working. Rebecca Grossman, the 57-year-old co-founder of the […]

2021-01-07 E-Edition

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NO MASK, NO DEAL

Customers increasingly irate over face mask mandate


Open conflict between people who wear masks to thwart COVID-19 and those who don’t brought 2020 to an ignominious end. The month of December saw shouting matches erupt between factions at a holiday caroling event in Thousand Oaks, and punches thrown at a restaurant in Agoura Hills. The mall brawls regarding masks have carried over into 2021. Yelling and shoving […]

Local hospital situation worsens

COVID- 19 UPDATE


That grim scene from the nightly news has become a reality at the area’s main hospital. At Los Robles Regional Medical Center, officials confirmed this week that a refrigerated truck arrived at the hospital on Janss Road to house overflow from its inhouse morgue, which stores bodies until families can make arrangements to have them picked by a mortuary. Officials […]

Hawks take charge of the skies



Perched on a balcony high above shoppers and diners, a Harris’s hawk named Jekyll surveys the land below him looking for pesky birds to chase away from the Shoppes at Westlake Village. But Jekyll is so good at his job that there isn’t much to do. After a half hour, nearly all of the crows, seagulls and pigeons have cleared […]

Police warn of ‘First Amendment auditors’

Groups film residents, officials in public


A man caused quite a stir at a Camarillo restaurant in early October when he walked past diners and began filming them as they sat outdoors and ate on the patio. After employees and customers began asking him what he was doing, he told them it was his right to film them. As he stood on the sidewalk holding his […]

Political Cartoon

2021 . . . and it’s the law

EDITORIAL

The new year brings new laws and, as expected, some of the legislation out of Sacramento addresses workers’ rights during the pandemic. Under the Family Rights Act, businesses with five or more employees must give workers at least 12 weeks of leave to care for themselves or a family member due to an illness such as COVID-19. Starting Jan. 1 […]

COVID-19 not ‘just the flu’

Suzanna Luetscher’s letter last week downplays the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic (Dec. 31) by calling it the “COVID flu.” This ignores the fact that COVID-19 is far more deadly than influenza. In 2020, the number of Californians dying of COVID-19 equaled the combined sum of annual deaths from influenza, diabetes, high blood pressure and liver disease. In Ventura County, […]

Virus versus influenza

I think it is time to revisit the editorial standards of The Acorn. In the Dec. 31 issue, you chose to print a letter suggesting falsely that it’s “now proven the COVID flu is just that, the flu.” Why did you choose to publish a letter that had such a false statement in it? A coronavirus is not an influenza […]