Hark, we’re almost at the finish line


Deep breath, Acorn readers, Nov. 3 is only five days away. An election unlike any other is unfolding in the midst of a worldwide pandemic that has not only shaped the political conversation, but has transformed the process. Democracy has proven stronger than COVID-19, and voters are turning out in record numbers to have their say about the 2020 candidates […]

Understanding the high school timeline


I write this to the students, families and community we serve in the hopes of providing clarity regarding the reopening of our campuses for in-person instruction. In a time when we all seek togetherness and the comfort of a familiar routine, we understand that our timeline for students to return has been received with relief by some and frustration by […]

Justification for delayed high school return lacking


It’s rare when you can get 80% of any large group to agree on anything. But that’s how many Conejo Valley Unified parents said in a recent survey that they were ready to send their children back to campus. Given this widespread support for returning to in-person instruction (12,000 students have already signed up), CVUSD missed a golden opportunity Tuesday […]

Don’t be duped by fake ballot boxes


The term “October surprise” has long been used to describe last-minute personal revelations or political moves—often carefully orchestrated by one side to upend the other—intended to change the course of an election. As a community newspaper, it’s not often that an October surprise makes its way into our editorial. Yet, when it involves the deception of our readers—no matter their […]

Credit county for fighting to restore businesses


Persistence pays off. That’s the case for Ventura County, which entered the red tier in the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy on Tuesday, effective immediately. Red, the third most restrictive tier, is the second step in the governor’s color-coded four-step process toward reopening. For weeks, Ventura County had been trapped in the purple tier—the most restrictive—because it was unable […]

Down-ballot races deserve your undivided attention


Need an antidote to Tuesday’s headache-inducing presidential debate? May we suggest taking a dive into local politics. Sure they don’t decide who sits on the Supreme Court or whether to make acts of war, but local elected officials have a big say in our everyday lives, making calls that affect how we get around, where we live, where we shop, […]

Reporting crime: A serious responsibility


This summer’s national debate over race and policing brought primarily positive outcomes here in Ventura County, where protests remained peaceful and law enforcement put a priority on listening to demonstrators—not trying out their newest riot gear and nonlethal weapons. The fact is, criminal justice systems everywhere in the U.S. have a long way to go to ensure justice is truly […]

Survey says: Council takes stock of residents’ attitudes


The Thousand Oaks Community Attitude Survey is a tradition almost as old as the city itself. For decades done by mail and then by phone, the survey was the brainchild of city founders who rightly saw the value in taking the temperature of citizens on timely policy matters, especially those that vex the City Council (e.g., growth, traffic, spending). Long […]

Remembering the lessons of 9/11


Tomorrow marks the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and flags throughout Ventura County and nationwide will be at half-staff. Most tributes have been canceled this year as the world tries to make its way through one disaster while remembering another. Though parallels can be found between 9/11 and the COVID-19 pandemic—both for the good and the bad—parsing […]

There’s a story you’ll want to tell


Creativity takes time, just as great minds need room to run. That’s why now is not too early to begin thinking about what your entry will be for this year’s Fiction in a Nutshell writing competition. In today’s world, good writing and original thinking are becoming endangered species. Thousand Oaks Acorn’s fiction writing contest is a throwback to a bygone […]

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