2021-09-23 E-Edition

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Bars and wineries will check vaccines


Even as California celebrates its latest ranking by the Centers for Disease Control as the state with the lowest coronavirus rate in the nation, establishments in Calabasas, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village where alcohol is served indoors have been told they must adhere to a new Los Angeles County health order that requires proof of customer vaccination or negative COVID-19 […]

Community chips in with creek cleanup

Guilty verdict for hubby accused in wife-shooting

He said murder came in self-defense

A jury has found a Thousand Oaks man guilty of murdering his wife after a two-week trial in which the accused took the stand in his own defense. Tim Gautier, 55, tried to convince jurors that he shot his wife, Gina, to death the morning of Jan. 11, 2021, inside their Westlake Canyon apartment in self-defense after she attacked him […]

Kanye West back in class

Rapper to open school in the area

Music and fashion mogul Kanye West announced earlier this year his intentions to open a small private school in Southern California. The Acorn learned this week that the billionaire celebrity plans to bring the school to a 4-acre parcel on Tierra Rejada Road in the unincorporated area between Moorpark and Simi Valley. The school will be named Donda, in honor […]

Oak Park aces merit scholarship first round

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a not-for-profit education organization, has named about 16,000 semifinalists for its 67th annual merit scholarship awards program— and among the honorees are a school record—17 seniors from Oak Park High. From the Las Virgenes Unified School district, 13 students received the honor. The high school seniors will compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth […]

‘Lost Hills’ sleuth makes Agoura appearance

The Agoura Hills One City One Book program returns live for its 14th season as Lee Goldberg, a Calabasas resident and world-renowned crime novelist, speaks to the public about his bestselling book, “Lost Hills,” Sept. 30 at the Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center. Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award mystery winner and two-time Shamus Award nominee in the detective […]


Let your creative juices flow with Acorn fiction contest


When it comes to writing, age is only a number. You’re never too young or too old to start. Need proof? Susan Eloise Hinton, better known as S.E. Hinton, was just 19 when her first novel, “The Outsiders,” was published. Frank McCourt was 66 when his first book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiography “Angela’s Ashes,” hit shelves. Whether a teen or […]

Thoughts on the videographer

I remember when my boss in the toxic waste treatment/storage business would call me into his office and start off with: “Look, this problem has all kinds of arms and legs to it.” As an ardent fan, I still have to admit that the First Amendment can then be described as a giant mutant octopus with numerous arms. Interpretation and […]