Cities’ share for local roads a sticking point

Measure may not solve T.O. road repair deficit, city officials say

Local voters may see a familiar countywide half-cent sales tax hike on the November ballot dedicated to improving how residents get from place to place. The Ventura County Transportation Commission is exploring the likelihood of such a tax, which was twice rejected at the ballot box, passing in 2016. The measure would generate funding for freeway corridor improvements, local street […]


Site of defeated senior apartment project now slated for 9 homes

A small plot of undeveloped land once slated for affordable senior apartments is now proposed for million-dollar homes. Westlake-based Signature Homes has submitted plans to the city to rezone the 2.5-acre lot at 2080 E. Hillcrest Drive, which for decades was home to a small family farm, from rural exclusive to residential planned community so it can build nine homes, […]

Town hall sparks debate over federal expansion

Proposed Rim of the Valley National Park discussed

A recently completed Rim of the Valley study by the National Park Service that recommends adding 170,000 acres to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area triggered angst among some of the residents who attended a March 9 town hall meeting in Oak Park. The meeting hosted by U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Thousand Oaks), U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), park […]

Sting shows crosswalks not always safe bet

38 ticketed during special enforcement

Thirty-eight drivers received citations Friday after failing to stop for decoys during a six-hour crosswalk enforcement sting conducted by the Thousand Oaks Police Department. A trio of plainclothes officers walked back and forth on the lighted crosswalk at T.O. Boulevard and Oakview Drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hopes of catching would-be violators. Sgt. Brad Clifton said […]

Grand jury brings indictment in death of NPHS student

Daniel Morales, 16, suffered fatal stab wound Aug. 31

This story was updated at 1:35 p.m., March 17, 2016.A Ventura County grand jury has decided there is enough evidence to indict 21-year-old Tyler Ostertag for first-degree murder in the death of 16-year-old Daniel Morales. Morales, a member of the Newbury Park High School football team, was fatally stabbed Aug. 31 during an altercation between two groups of males outside […]

Price can pick from pool of 25 for PC

A call for candidates to fill an open seat on the Thousand Oaks Planning Commission—historically seen as a springboard to the City Council—has drawn 25 applicants. The 30-day application period closed Feb. 29, but a date for the appointment has not yet been set, interim City Clerk Antoinette Mann said. Mayor Joel Price, who last week was lobbying on behalf […]


The first lady of Ventura County

The pages of this newspaper seldom carry stories of broad national interest. It’s just the nature of what we do here at the Acorn. We like to keep things local. But every once in a while, when something of nationwide significance happens within the confines of our cities, the rest of America turns its head in our direction, casting a […]

We’ve plenty of open space, don’t need SOAR

It’s fairly obvious that Marilyn Carpenter (Letters, Acorn, March 10) has not been a target of Ventura County supervisors when dealing with private property issues. I’ve been at county meetings where citizens were either denied the opportunity to improve their land or had to pay a price to make changes to their own property. Their misfortune is either they live […]

Parks is looking out for interests of community

This is in response to Lynn Gray Jensen’s March 3 letter attacking Supervisor Linda Parks. The characterization of Parks as a “career politician” is totally misleading. Linda Parks has four children, a husband of 33 years and a master’s degree in urban planning. She sat on many community boards before seeking public office. Does this sound like the path of […]

TO PD officers should file all crime reports

California Penal Code Section 594 covers the crimes of vandalism and graffiti, and consequences can include fines and jail time. However, in order for those to occur, a crime report must be taken. The Thousand Oaks Police Department has been notified of at least four of these crimes on one suburban street and has never taken a report, preferring instead […]