2021-11-25 E-Edition

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Holiday a time for family

TOO CUTE—Piper Widmyer, 2, and Ezra Jasso, 4, both from Agoura Hills, dig into their Hawaiian ice cups Nov. 13 at the newly opened Agoura Hills Farmers Market at Whizin Market Square shopping center. Today, the good treats are all about Thanksgiving as family members visit one another and enjoy their holiday meals together. Happy T-Day, from The Acorn.

Leaf blowers out of gas

Westlake Village outlawing all small, off-road engines

How dirty are those small off-road engines that power leaf blowers, lawnmowers, and some generators? If used for an hour, as dirty as a 2016 Toyota Camry driven 1,100 miles, according to the California Air Resources Board. With nearly 3 million in California, those gas-powered engines outnumber light-duty passenger cars in the state, 16.5 million versus 13.7 million. Fed up […]

‘Jewel’ of Oak Park returns

Repairs at Oak Canyon Park ready to begin

Its luster temporarily tarnished by the Woolsey fire, the Oak Canyon Community Park lagoon—described by some as “the jewel of Oak Park”—could be back to pre-fire luster by July 2022. Officials with the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District announced Nov. 11 that bids for the nearly $2-million project could go out in February, with construction starting in April and […]

Ex-deputy admits to hiding evidence

Barrios tossed negative drug test in trash

A former Ventura County sheriff’s deputy has admitted to concealing a negative drug test that would have proven a woman’s innocence. Richard Barrios, 29, pleaded guilty, Nov. 15 to one count of destroying physical matter with the intent of producing a false charge, a felony, stemming from a Nov. 12, 2019, drug arrest in Camarillo. He was outed by a fellow […]


Agoura Hills A derogatory term for a male body part was scratched in the paint on the trunk of a car parked at Homewood Suites on Canwood Drive, according to a report filed with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. No video was found of the vandalism, which reportedly took place sometime between Oct. 28 and 29. Kitchen utensils still […]

Take your Acorn on vacation, even if right at home


Vacation. It’s something most of us look forward to each year. And if we can’t fly off to a faraway tropical destination, we can still enjoy a well-earned escape from the work routine—even if it’s just for the weekend, and even if it’s right at home. Whether it’s a trip overseas, a drive across the country or a day on […]


Dolphin friends deserve better

People should not support zoos or parks that take dolphins captive. When you take a dolphin captive, it shortens their life span dramatically. In the wild, they live for 30 to 50 years. In captivity, they only live for an average of about 12 years. It is also not fun for dolphins to be kept in a tank for their […]

During holidays, let’s be a team

I’ve been watching an inspirational movie, “For Love of the Game,” a baseball romantic story. I know it’s probably corny, but the part of the movie that really caused me to tear up was the part where the pitcher and his baseball team members pull together to pull off a no-hitter when under a lot of stress and pressures and […]