A new spin on a longstanding Acorn tradition


You started off the year with the best of intentions and boldest of plans: scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef; hiking to the top of Mount Fuji; driving on the open road to Yellowstone National Park. The Acorn Newspapers have been celebrating summer getaways for more than 40 years with the Take Your Acorn on Vacation photo contest. Friends […]


This campaign season, as in 2018, the Thousand Oaks Acorn will not be publishing letters from candidates for office from Aug. 20 through Oct. 29. Candidates’ supporters and family members may still submit letters, but duplicate letters and those found to be written from forms will likely not be published. Stay tuned to this space next week for further explanation […]

Pandemic has reinforced value of our parks


Amid all the havoc and chaos 2020 has wrought, allow us to wax positive for a moment: Rarely before have we seen our local parks teeming with more life (sports fields notwithstanding), whether it’s people walking dogs, sharing a blanket, passing a soccer ball back and forth or just lying under a tree reading. As more facilities have been shuttered […]

Outside groups need to stop griping about online learning, offer help


Last week’s announcement that all Ventura County schools will begin the year with online-only learning and this week’s decision by the California Interscholastic Federation to delay high school athletics until at least December made for unwelcome news, to say the least. It wasn’t wholly a surprise for Conejo Valley administrators, teachers and coaches given the rise in COVID-19 cases in […]

Ideas, not cash, still carry the day in local elections


If money talks, Al Adam’s gripping a bullhorn and shouting from the roof of the Civic Arts Plaza. The City Council incumbent’s early fundraising returns (see related story here) are prodigious even by Thousand Oaks standards—a whopping $66,000 before the start of the nomination period—evidence of his far-reaching support by some of the community’s most prominent civic and business leaders. […]

Residents deserve more camera time from county officials


Who or what is to blame for Ventura County’s sudden rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations has been a hot topic of conversation. After it looked at the outset like our less densely populated county might avoid the worst of the virus’ so-called first wave, the number of people admitted to local hospitals with COVID has grown steadily over the past month, […]

Subdued July Fourth can still have a happy ending

No fireworks, no bars, no fun at the beach. So what will you be doing this Fourth of July weekend? Just when a national celebration is needed most, letting thousands of people gather to enjoy fireworks—or take walks in the sand—is an obvious health hazard. These, of course, are unprecedented times, and this is the first year since World War […]

School’s out, now comes the hard part


The pandemic has brought tough challenges and painful choices to all walks of life. The education of our children, for one, has been turned totally upside down. They’re out of class when they need to be in class, and they’re in class when they need to be out. Our local school districts have spent the past couple of weeks juggling […]

The Class of 2020: Resilient till the end


All the face coverings in the world couldn’t mask the joy felt by this year’s crop of local graduates. You’ll find the evidence scattered throughout these pages. Maybe it’s because they’d overcome so much beforehand that they were able to accept the highly modified ceremonies with such grace, embracing the world of social distancing with smiles on their faces. Sure, […]

Good governance tested when the going gets tough


The excitement and anticipation that accompanied the 2018 election of the three newest members of the Conejo Valley school board—Jenny Fitzgerald, Cindy Goldberg and Bill Gorback—was palpable. Running on a platform of good governance and a student-first approach to education, the trio’s final vote count reflected a broad base of support throughout the community. Still, there’s no denying the role […]

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