The Acorn Newspapers

June 2022

Musical Duo Draws Inspiration from Community
Police Warn of Phone Scam
Insurance Broker Chooses Community Service
Frontier High Graduate Advocates for Others with Disabilities
Library Wants Everyone Reading
New Ideas to Make Mission Oaks Safer
Residents Limited to Watering Once a Week
Sheriff’s Office Conducting Homicide Investigation
Man Arrested After Mother’s Body Found in Dumpster
Park District Finds Savings Opportunities
New Purchasing Policy for Park District
Twin Oil Measures Narrowly Defeated at Polls
ACHS Biology Teacher Named County Educator of Year
Arneill Ranch Park to Reopen after Yearlong Closure
After 22 Years, Soliz Steps Away from Rio Mesa Baseball Program
One Dead in Oxnard Plane Crash

May 2022

Brueckner Remembered as Man who Loved His Family, Faith
Desalter Completion Delayed until at Least June
Somis School Introduces STEM Pogram
Firm to Help City be More Green
Shorter Prison Terms Frustrate Prosecutors
County Feels Pinch at the Pump
City Approves Block Grant Spending
Finding Meaning in Mother’s Day after Loss
Course Developer Gets Go-ahead to Present Revisions
Landscape, Lighting Fees Slated to Rise
Cal Lutheran Graduate Says ‘Anything is Possible’
Board Disagrees Over Remote Meeting Access
Engineering Students Go Behind-the-scenes at Desalter
Volunteer Honored for Stretching out to the Community
Park District Drafts Special-event Policy
Refugees Long to Return to Ukraine
Ex-employee Told to Repay Park District
Park Rangers Allowed to Carry Pepper Spray
Rio Mesa High to Get New Security Fencing
Native American Education Program to Continue
Special Education Teacher Inspired by Son
City Makes it Easier to Report Issues
Drought, Infrastructure Needs Driving Rate Hikes
Family Speaks at Sentencing for Fatal Crash on PCH
Sher’s Resolution Proposal Falls Flat
CSUCI President Reflects on Progress, Plans
School District Plans for Universal Prekindergarten
School Board Gives Thumbs up for New Science Curriculum
Disc Golf Course in Camarillo?

April 2022

Trilingual Podcast Gets the Word out to Farmworkers
Number of Fatal ODs Continues to Rise
Sheriff’s Office Sends Surplus Supplies to Ukraine in Honor of Late Deputy
Brother of Fallen Camarillo Deputy at War in Ukraine
Moorpark Arson Case Paused
Masks to Come Off at Community Colleges
Number of Fatal ODs Continues to Rise
‘Mamma Mia!’ Cast in Step with Choreography
Conservation Fund Grant Moves Inclusive Playground Forward
Moorpark is Again one of the Safest in State, County
700 People Await Affordable Housing on City’s Mailing List
Movie Magic: Oscar-nominated Moorpark Native Makes Career in Special Effects
Chalk Art Brings Smiles to Neighborhood
Bigs Show that Families are Made with Love, Attention
Organ Donation: ‘A Selfless Act’
Bomb Threat Prompts Lockdown
While Kids are out of School, Peach Hill Academy to be Painted
Nutrition Director Receives a Hero’s Welcome
Trembley Asks Council to Rescind Home Developer’s Rezoning Request
Hotel Fire Investigation Gets Underway
Owner is Ready to Build Two Hotels Simultaneously
City Gets Water Regulation Rules in Place to Meet New Mandates
Challenge to Save ’Precious Resource’
Pleasant Valley Teachers Get Pay Raise
Pair of Longtime Elected Officials Seek County Treasurer Seat
Fast Friends: Students Advocate for Gender Equality
Lunn Reflects on Elections, Democracy and What’s Next
Superintendents Respond to Vaccine Mandate Delay
Deputy Crashes During Chase
Airports Director Gives Overview of Camarillo Airport
Program Honors Indigenous Past
Man, 86, Struck and Killed at Las Posas and Temple

March 2022

Hackathon Promotes Creativity, Teamwork
‘I Want Them to Know that I Am Always There for Them’
City Council Hears Concerns about Small Cell Towers
Committees to Review Housing Projects
Man Arrested After Father Dies of Stab Wound 
‘Brayleigh Will Always Mean Hope’
Veterans Help Veterans with Nonprofit
City Sees Value in Virtual Meetings but Remote Access not yet Permanent
Single Mom Asks for Help Rebuilding Life after Fires
City Broadens Definition of Art to Fund Certain Community Events
Public Can Review Hitch Ranch Report
Scholarships Available for Summertime Program
Still Early, but Mayoral Race Takes Shape
MUSD May Ask City to Pay Larger Share for School Police
Metrolink Parking Lot Gets Makeover
Council Greenlights Rideshare Program
From the Amazon to Channel Islands
Council Selects New Library Board Member
Talent Show Winner Brings Tahitian Flair to Moorpark Stage
New Deputy Fire Chief Has Over 30 Years with Department
City May be Facing Litigation from AT&T

February 2022

Search for Suspect Leads to Accidental City-wide Notification
Moorpark Man Arrested for Allegedly Threatening Neighbor
Amazon Fresh Likely to Open this Month
Fatality on 118
Nursing Program Adapts to COVID-19
‘A Man of all Traits’—Moorpark Musician a Hit in Egypt
Council Approves Final Voting Map
New Generation Seeks to Keep Chumash Language Alive
Council Removes Library Board Member
Moorpark Man Arrested for Allegedly Threatening Neighbor
MUSD’s Request to Rezone Building as Residential a No-go
Local Students Win Coding Contest
School Community Supports Grieving Family
New chief promoted from within
Moorpark Unified Nurses Receive COVID-related Stipend
1,000 Sexual Assault Kits to be Tested
School Bells Go High Tech
Boots Fit for a Queen
He’s Focused on Taking His Shot
Coach Ron’s Legacy Lives on
Council Signs Contracts for Princeton Ave. Work
Update on Criminal Court Cases out of Moorpark
Architect Chosen for City Hall Upgrade
Motorists Help Save Woman from Jumping
New Residency Program Promotes Equitable Healthcare
Amazon Fresh Celebrates Grand Opening
State’s School Mask Mandate to End After March 11

January 2022

District Acquires First Electric School Bus
Ice Cream Parlor Scoops out Sweet Treats and a Good Time
Moorpark Natives Win Cover Band Competition
Kunicki Running for Supervisor to Continue His Legacy of Service
Honoring Her Heritage
In-person Visits Suspended at Jails
Caregivers: ‘A Match Made in Heaven’
Council Talks ‘Smart City’ Tech
Deadline Nears for Voting Map
Omicron Surge Has Made Contact Tracing at MUSD a Challenge
Supervisor Candidate, a Former Prosecutor, Wants Limited Government
Colleges Return to Remote Learning
A Gift to Last a Lifetime
‘What Keeps Us Going is that these Families Need Us’
Police Say Pair Stole $120K in Jewelry
Labor Shortage Stalls Buses
Grants Promote Empowerment and Social Justice
More Paid Sick Leave for School Employees
Police: Man Tried to Set Car on Fire
City Puts Edison Under the Spotlight
Substitutes Discuss Challenges of Pandemic

December 2021

Friends Rally for ‘Beloved’ Father of 3
Two Teens Arrested on Arson Charges
Wildfire Evacuations Go High-Tech
Witness Says He Saw Cadle Shoot Relative
New Cell Tower Too Close to Homes, Moorpark Mom Says
City Joins Nationwide Opioid Lawsuit
Princeton Project Goes to Bid
Fire Chief ’s Tenure Marked by Wildfires, Mass Shooting
Medlock Made His Name in Art but His Mark with Philanthropy
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree: Fundraiser Supports Students
‘Together We Win’: Supporting County’s Women Business Owners
County Officials Respond to Unsubstantiated Threats to Schools Nationwide
Making Wishes Come True
Unique Program Serves Veteran Inmates
Hunger Extends Beyond the Holidays
It’s about the Love, not the Gifts
Balancing Commerce and Character
Escrow Closes on Interim City Hall
Residents Turn out to Tune out Cell Towers
Getting the Lead out
Van Dam again to Lead School Board
Today Looks Good, but Future Presents Challenges
School Leaders Call on Community to Address Online Threats, Bullying
Community Remembers the Peskays
College District Trustee Frustrated She Was Not Named Board Chair
Thoughts on Housing? Have a Say
TOP 10 Stories of 2021

November 2021

Parents, Residents Attend School Board Meeting to Protest Vaccine Mandates
The Man Behind the Building on Science Drive
‘I Want Them to Feel Like Somebody Heard Them’
City in Escrow, Process Moving Forward on City Hall Building
Campaign Spending Limits Can’t Keep Big-money Backers Away
In Need of Community Support: Surgeries Make It Impossible for Burn Victim to Work
Council Council Passes Final Rules on Hemp
Mr. Q Returns to His Moorpark Roots
Serendipity Revamping Grinder location
‘We Need Several Miracles: Moorpark Parents Seek Support for Daughters
Hidden children of the Holocaust: ‘We have a story to tell’
$1M in State Funding for Second Justice Center
Moorpark College Leadership Wants to Continue Partnering with City
Drought, Inflation Behind Water Rate Hikes
Donda Academy Basketball Program Has Begun
Elderly Man, Woman Found Dead in Suspected Murder-Suicide, Police Say
More Details Emerge in Suspected Murder-Suicide
Two Killed in Grimes Canyon Road Crash, CHP Reports
Abandoned Car Forces Closure of 118
MUSD Receives $1.3M for Teacher Training
Pandemic’s Impact Seen in Lower Standardized Test Scores
Hays’ Contract Extended Through 2025
Shakespeare Cast in a New Light
Room to Roam with New Tiger Exhibit
Couple Grateful for Magazine Memories
Man Accused of Trying to Set Home on Fire
Not so Fast with Food
3 Charged with Breaking into Cars

October 2021

Sons Stop Alleged Kidnapper Trying to Take Mom
99-year-old’s Birthday Wish Comes True on ‘General Hospital’
Latinx Heritage Month
Students Build Trust and Emotional Wellness
A Crash Course in Overcoming her Fears, Defeating Cancer
No Arrests Yet in House Party Shooting
Donda to be a Hoops Powerhouse?
Planning Commission Asks Council to Approve Preventative Hemp Legislation
Justice Center Continues to Provide Sanctuary for Abuse Survivors
Powers Says County is ‘Stronger Than We Were Before’ Pandemic
Signed Bill Targets Hospice Fraud
School District Invests in Tech
Little League Team Returns to Memories, Friendships
Council Votes to Purchase $6.7M Building to Become New City Hall
Why $6.7M Offer for New City Hall Needed to Be Made so Quickly
Woman Killed on L.A. Ave.
Police Urge Residents to Lock Cars, Bring in Valuables at Night
Moorpark Brothers Working ‘9 to 5’
M on High Brings Upscale to Downtown
‘Smile and Pet the Cows’
Lead on Property Complicates High Street Depot Deal
Have Input on City Council Districts
Probation Search Ends in Drug Bust
Officials Debunk Fire-Exit Safety Report
‘Passion for a Greater Purpose’
New Principal Hopes to Inspire Love of Learning
Fatal Overdose Spike Tied to Illegal Fentanyl
Giving a Voice to Vets in Need
Council Holds off on All-out Ban of Hemp Products
Second Dog Park in Town? Maybe
DA Speaks to Council
City Council’s Redistricting Déjà Vu
Who is the Ghost of the High Street Arts Center?

September 2021

American Success Story Packed in a Picnic Basket
Frustration Mounts as Unemployment Benefits Come to an End
Analyst to Administrator: Lobitz Prioritizes Student Relationships
New Community Development Director Updated Palmdale General Plan
Outdoor Concerts Bring Community Together
Sheriff’s Blotter
Community Colleges Seek to Find, Delete Fraudulent Applications
Sign a Welcome Arrival 6 Years Later
‘Because of Joel:’ Pedestrian Bridge Renamed for Moorpark Boy
Redistricting Meetings Underway
Women’s Interfaith Network Works to Help Resettle Refugees
Film Festival Returns Next Week
Voters, Poll Workers Discuss Voting in Recall Election
Country Days Set to Return
Mayor Mamed Grand Marshal Days Before Announcing Supervisor Run
Commission Tackles Housing Questions
Wellness Week Teaches Educators, Parents Self-care
Sheriff’s Blotter
Farmers Market Organizer Addresses Concerns
School District Faces Teacher Shortage
Perez Says Family Inspires Him to Run for office
Working Hard to Keep Kids Safe
Chain Stores Kept off High Street
City Council Votes to Keep Homeless People from Civic Center

August 2021

Teen Struck in Crosswalk on L.A. Avenue
Cancer Survivor Empowers Others Through Nonprofit
City Looks to ‘Invigorate Economy’ With $8.7M in Federal Relief Funding
Planning Commission Approves Changes to Two Housing Developments
COVID Stalled City’s To-Do List
Grants Keep Businesses Going
Online Activity Guide Celebrates a Year of Gift Card Giveaways
Amazon Distribution Center to Come to Moorpark
County’s Community Colleges to Require Vaccinations for Students, Staff
Film Fest Returns Next Weekend
New Assistant Principal Returns to MHS, Where Career Began
Team Finds Friendship, Common Ground on City Basketball Court
‘A People Person Who Loves Animals’
Post-lockdown Economy Creates Hiring Challenges for Employers
‘Superman’ Performance to Benefit New Tiger Exhibit
New Administrator Wants to Be Role Model for Struggling Students
Ready for the School Year?
Metrolink Expands Saturday Service
A Golden Opportunity
COVID Case Shutters Film Festival, for Now
Butterflies, Smiles on the First Day
Legislation Offered Short Window for Grade Changes
College Chancellor Announces Retirement
Vaccine Mandate Aims to Keep Students Safe
Abajian Joins MUSD with Decades of Experience in Adult Ed

July 2021

Too Much Screen Time? Chances Are Your Eyes Are Feeling It
Website Educates Parents About Vaping
Tackling Food Insecurity at CSUCI
Boosting Enrollment a Top Priority at Community Colleges
Auto Shop Slated for Princeton Property
Mental Health, Legal Services Offered to Boarding School Victims
Long-time Dance Studio Owner Passes Baton to Former Student
Fire Season All Year Long
Meal Program Ensures Kids Don’t Go Hungry
From Musketeer to Merchant Marine, Teen Heads to Academy
Orchestra Returning ‘Better Than Ever’
Boys & Girls Club Plans Post-pandemic Programing
Council Covers Princeton Avenue Widening, Bus Schedules, New Positions
Moorpark Resident Killed in Crash Outside Ventura
Just Keep Swimming: Mantra of Organization Pushing for Pool
3 Moorpark Men Arrested for Illegal Pot Farm
At Arts Center, It’s Time to Raise the Curtain
Parvin to Enter Race for District 4
Spielberg Film Slated to Be Shot on High Street
Arts Center’s Summer Youth Camp Brings ‘Moana’ to Moorpark
4-H Members Learn Life Lessons Through Shear Hard Work
She’s on a Mission to Ensure Little Swimmers Have Lifesaving Skills
County Post-pandemic Pet Regret?
What to Do for Lost or Anxious Pets
Man Arrested for Shooting at Sheriff’s Helicopter
Protecting Farmworkers’ Health With Texts
‘Call if You Can, Text if You Can’t’: Text-to-911 feature Now Available
No, Critical Race Theory Isn’t Being Taught Here
Committee Digs Into Land Use Plans

June 2021

Property Manager Accused of Embezzling $40K
Residents Given a Say on Moorpark’s Future
What It’s Like to Open a Business During a Pandemic
She Shines on, off the Field
Graduate Transforms Leadership Opportunities to Empower Others
Moorpark Student Learns Power of Perseverance on Football Field
Teen Believes in the Power of Teamwork in Sports and Healthcare
Rotarian Recognized for Her Dedication to the Next Generation
Library Project to Get the Spotlight
Ventura Community Members Discuss Importance of Juneteenth 
City Hires Help to Clear Backlog
Looking Back to Move Forward
Moorpark Native a Vegan Food Advocate
School District’s Expenses Outpacing Revenue
3 Arrested for Stealing Gas, Having Illegal Credit Cards
Moorpark College Strives to Create Safe Space for LGBTQ+ Students