2021-06-17 E-Edition

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Jobs, inflation keep consumers in flux

Experts weigh new data as state reopens

Worries about a post-pandemic economy threatened by rising prices and a shrinking labor force caught the attention of economists speaking at a June 10 webinar hosted by Logix Federal Credit Union. The financial institution with branch offices in Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley believes a rise in interest rates tied to inflation could mean good news for holders […]

Calabasas sued over housing denial

Developer says city violated own general plan

The builder of a proposed 180-unit housing development in Calabasas believes the city “abused” its zoning powers and erred when it voted against the project last month. The New Home Company, an Aliso Viejo builder, filed a lawsuit against the city June 7 and is seeking $58 million in damages and permission from the court to proceed with the West […]

Sheriff’s department says it will reopen decades-old bank robbery murder

Woman teller slain during 1997 heist at Western Financial Savings Bank in Westlake

Floyd Leech is living with new hope. Twenty-four years ago, his wife, Monica, was killed during a bank robbery in the Westlake section of Thousand Oaks that turned lethal. Her killer has never been found. Now, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is reopening the cold case to examine it with fresh eyes—and fresh technology. “Up until a few years ago, […]

Water district issues stage 1 drought alert

Action needed now, LVMWD says

The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District board of directors announced it has implemented a stage-one water shortage contingency plan following the scorching temperatures that have settled in the region this week. The water district’s first-stage contingency includes a Water Shortage Alert issued to LVMWD customers from Hidden Hills to Westlake Village in response to worsening drought conditions. The move comes […]

23 Freeway delays lead to frustration

A year into Caltrans’ State Route 23 pavement rehabilitation project, commuters along the Thousand Oaks/Moorpark stretch are wondering when the work will ever end. The answer is the fall of 2023, more than 27 months from now. The length of the project was news to Thousand Oaks resident Jim Bass, who contacted The Acorn regarding an update on the project. […]


Agoura Hills On June 5 two shoplifters stole $400 worth of allergy medication from the Ralphs supermarket on Kanan Road. A vandal scratched the driver and passenger doors of a car parked at Agoura High School on June 3. On June 3 someone vandalized two cars parked on Driver Avenue. The culprit scratched the front and rear driver side door […]


‘Say what you mean, but don’t say it mean’


After a turbulent year and a half of remote and hybrid learning, seniors from the Oak Park and Las Virgenes school districts, plus grads from Viewpoint and Oaks Christian, returned to campus over the past few weeks to bid farewell to 2021 and celebrate their accomplishments. To this year’s seniors, we salute you. Because of the pandemic and other uncertainties, […]

Wildlife bridge a path for fire?

The Liberty Canyon wildlife bridge is an expensive experiment that may not work. Mountain lions have successfully crossed the 101 by using underpasses and tunnels, perfect for an animal that prefers to be hidden. Prey animals are the type that prefer open spaces (bridges). The bridge location is where the Woolsey fire jumped over the 101 and then devastated everything […]