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Frustration over freeway work festers



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. […]

County outlines changes post 6/15

Final decision on workplace masks looms


COVID-19 infection rates across California have dropped to record lows, and Barry Zimmerman, director of the Ventura County Health Care Agency, said residents will see their lives “go back to some normality” by next week. Zimmerman addressed the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday about what will happen June 15 when California is set to end its tiered system and the […]

Borderline-inspired bill would limit access to autopsy records



Gladys Manrique Kosack lost her brother Dan Manrique, a 33-year-old Marine veteran, in the 2018 mass shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks. She said she never wants her children to stumble across their uncle’s autopsy report online or hear about it in the news. “With no justice to be served in the legal realm, the thought of […]

On progress, mum’s the word from Parks’ recall backers



With three months of signature gathering in the books, it’s unclear how many District 2 voters have affixed their names to a petition seeking to recall longtime Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks. Those behind the effort are not yet revealing where the count stands. “In part, it’s because there are a lot of petitions out in the field right now […]

Still out for justice

Sheriff’s office reopening case of T.O. bank teller slain during 1997 robbery


Floyd Leech is living with new hope. Twenty-four years ago, his wife, Monica, was killed during a Thousand Oaks bank robbery 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, her kids didn’t want to open […]

BACK IN THE SWING OF THINGS

CHALK IT UP TO A GOOD TIME—Thousand Oaks resident Cherry Speicher sings and dances along as Garratt Wilkin and the Parrotheads perform Jimmy Buffett hits on Memorial Day during the first Concert in the Park since 2019. Attendees to the May 31 event were asked to pay $20 for groups of up to four people and stay within a space […]

Sex ed talk turns nasty

Speakers decry new curriculum


The Conejo Valley school board approved a new sex ed curriculum Tuesday during a heated meeting marked by shouting, fights over masks and insults hurled at trustees—including a jab at the school board president’s eighth-grade daughter. Trustees approved Teen Talk with a 5-0 vote at their June 1 meeting. The sexual health curriculum will bring CVUSD into compliance with the […]

Shuttered theaters made whole by fed relief

CITY BUDGET


Part two of a two-part series The Thousand Oaks City Council will vote Tuesday to approve a roughly $473-million budget to operate the city for the next two years. While much of the spending will cover overall salaries and benefits, police services, and maintenance and operations, some money will go toward specific funds within the budget. Others will give a […]

‘Transparency’ dashboards packed with crime data



The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has launched a new website feature that provides never-before-made-public insights on local crime and police interactions. The so-called transparency dashboards, which can be found on VCSO’s website, include information on crimes like homicide, robbery, rape, assault, burglary, petty theft and arson. The dashboards can be searched according to jurisdiction and time period. They also include […]

In plane sight: Aircraft makes emergency landing in Agoura



For residents of the Conejo Valley, news Monday that a small aircraft had made an emergency landing on the freeway sounded oddly familiar. It was the second time in recent years that a private airplane had to land on the 101 in Agoura Hills. A Cessna single-engine, four-seater plane was forced to land on the southbound 101 near Lindero Canyon […]


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