2022-01-06 E-Edition

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Rain, rain goes away

Hard to predict where current season is headed

Across the region, heavy rains last week created rock slides, toppled trees into lanes of traffic, and left some storm drains clogged with debris. Now the question is, will the December storms be enough? The ground is still soggy from the record-setting month and local reservoirs got a good replenishment, but water managers are cautious. California’s feast-or-to-famine winters are notorious […]

New laws for 2022 aim high

The new year brings more than just hope that the difficulties of the previous year are behind. It heralds a slew of new laws hailed as the answer to a multitude of challenges facing Californians in 2022. Worker protections, voting rights and the state’s housing crunch are among the targets in a bushel basket of laws signed by Gov. Gavin […]

Westlake Village maps out 2022 goals

The new year brings an opportunity for residents of Westlake Village to meet with the City Council and express their hopes and desires for the coming year. In late January, the five-member body will hold its first study session regarding the city’s goals for 2022. At the beginning of each year, the council identifies and prioritizes items to include in […]

Oak Park district seeks new trustee

Board vacancy created with Rosen resignation

When Oak Park Unified School District board member Allen Rosen leaves office this month, the district will already have a good idea about what the applicant pool looks like. Rosen, who’s served on the board since 2010, announced at the board’s Nov. 16 meeting that he would be moving out of Oak Park and will need to give up his […]

Sewage spill hits Lake Sherwood

One of the Conejo Valley’s bluest bodies of water turned a little brown last week. About 8,250 gallons of sewage mixed with rainwater escaped into Lake Sherwood on Dec. 30, the result of heavy rainfall and flooding overwhelming a pump station, said Mark Norris, general manager of the Triunfo Water and Sanitation District. “The vast majority of that was rainwater,” […]

COVID home test kits find their way onto campus despite rocky roll-out for general public

Long lines interfere with Ventura County handout, L.A. County offers mail option

With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 sweeping the state, residents of Los Angeles and Ventura counties have been given access to additional testing opportunities. Ventura County public health officials announced last month that 5,000 quick-result home test kits would be available for people confirmed to have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and who showed symptoms for up to three […]


Agoura Hills A possible case of bike rage ended with a motorist losing the driver’s side mirror of his car on Dec. 18. The man was driving south on Cornell Road near Mulholland Highway when a bicyclist started yelling profanities and pounding on the mirror. The mirror fell off and the motorist pulled over and called the Malibu-Lost Hills Sheriff’s […]

Quarantine lockdown imposed at VC jails

Following COVID-19 outbreaks at its jails, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has temporarily suspended in-person visits and is quarantining all inmates. “The jail is a microcosm of society,” Cmdr. Mike Hartmann told The Acorn. “This increase in COVID is not unexpected.” Typically, Hartmann said, the sheriff’s office sees only a few positive cases per week, but that number has recently […]

Trendy expressions run out of gas


We in the journalism business love to anguish over words. Are they accurate, informative, credible, descriptive? Do they tell a story, and do they convey the intended meaning of the writer? Words change over time. Shakespeare’s English seems far more stilted than what we see today. (“Wherefore art thou?”) Even in the centuries that followed, the language remained flowery and […]