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Branching Out is a weekly podcast expanding on the stories published in the Acorn Newspapers. Reporters and editors will discuss the impact of the stories they report and delve deeper into the issues affecting their communities.The Acorn Newspapers cover the communities of Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Simi Valley and Moorpark.
 
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Candidates for Ventura County Supervisor District 4 Janice Parvin and Bernardo Perez take a break from the campaign trail to sit down for a ranging conversation with Acorn editors Sylvie Belmond and Becca Whitnall. Perez (D) and Parvin (R) are running against one another to represent Simi Valley and Moorpark on the Board of Supervisors. Related inf…
 
Thousand Oaks Acorn editor Kyle Jorrey chats with Thousand Oaks resident Gerry Conway. Conway is the co-creator of Marvel Comics “The Punisher.” Tune in and hear how Conway broke into the industry at 14, and how he found success working for Stan Lee. Branching Out: Find us on Twitter Email us at branchingout@theacorn.com Call us at (805) 222-0237 W…
 
Host and Thousand Oaks Acorn editor Kyle Jorrey sits down with Rob Murphy of Capsida Biotherapuetics, a Thousand Oaks based startup, to discuss the biotech boom happening in the Conejo Valley. Accompanying Links: New biotech kid on the block making news Former Amgen exec named COO of startup Branching Out: Find us on Twitter Email us at branchingou…
 
Last week, Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German was found stabbed to death outside his home, presumably for his reporting on elected official Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles, who was arrested several days later in connection with the murder. Simi Valley Acorn editor Sylvie Belmond and Camarillo/Moorpark Acorn editor Becca W…
 
Happy Labor Day. Moorpark Acorn editor Becca Whitnall and Moorpark Acorn reporter Zia Zografos host this episode, introducing themselves as the new editorial team behind the newspaper and discussing some of the latest news out of the city of Moorpark. Accompanying Links: Whitnall named editor at Camarillo, Moorpark Zia Zografos Becca Whitnall Quick…
 
In the podcast's first ever collaboration episode with the Acorn Newspapers' digital lifestyle magazine Beyond the Acorn, hosts Kyle Jorrey and David Lopez take a trip to a tiny Simi Valley kitchen to chat with its chef, Logan Sandoval, who is doing big things with food. The ZEF BBQ creator and Royal High School alum serves up innovative creations …
 
The Acorn's managing editor John Loesing sits down with Malibu-Lost Hills Sheriff's Station Captain Jennifer Seetoo, who was named captain May 11, 2022. Seetoo, a 24-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, is the first female captain in Lost Hills' 30-year history. Loesing and Seetoo discuss crime prevention efforts and recent …
 
In honor of legendary Dodgers announcer and Westlake Village resident Vin Scully, who passed away August 2 at the age of 94, we’re dedicating this episode to Dodgers baseball history. Sports host David Lopez visits the home of retired Dodger pitcher Ralph Mauriello, who spent eight years in the Dodgers organization, including three games for the bi…
 
Branching Out host and Thousand Oaks Acorn editor Kyle Jorrey sits down with Haider Alawami, Economic Development Manager for the City of Thousand Oaks, to discuss the state of the local economy. Jorrey and Alawami explore what new business in Thousand Oaks looks like and how the city’s approach to housing will be a key component of its future succ…
 
Three months after the highly anticipated ribbon cutting for the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing on the 101 Freeway at Liberty Canyon Road, yet another mountain lion met a tragic end attempting to cross the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley. In this episode, Thousand Oaks Acorn editor Kyle Jorrey meets via Zoom with Beth Pratt of the Nation…
 
Thousand Oaks Acorn editor Kyle Jorrey and Simi Valley Acorn Sylvie Belmond sit down with Simi Valley Unified School District’s new superintendent, Dr. Hani Youssef. The trio discuss Youssef’s background in education, goals for the district’s future and plans for keeping kids safe in the classroom. Accompanying Links: SVUSD board picks Youssef as n…
 
Simi Valley Acorn’s editor, Sylvie Belmond, and reporter, Michele Willer-Allred, stop by the studio to fill host Kyle Jorrey in on the latest news from Simi Valley. The trio talk about the Santa Susana Field Lab, the charges against Nicholas Roske for allegedly attempting to assassinate Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh and the latest on several poli…
 
Just weeks after a landmark bipartisan gun control bill was signed into law, Camarillo Acorn reporter Makena Huey sat down with Molly Salmon, the Thousand Oaks mom who organized June’s March for Our Lives rally for gun control held in response to the May 24 Robb Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Accompanying Articles: Locals join call fo…
 
The Branching Out team is taking a break this week to spend the holiday with friends and family. We'll be back next Monday, July 11. Happy Fourth of July! Accompanying Links: Beyond the Acorn Magazine Branching Out Find us on Twitter Email us at branchingout@theacorn.com Call us at (805) 222-0237 Written by Kyle Jorrey and David Lopez Audio Enginee…
 
Las Virgenes Municipal Water District general manager David Peterson and The Acorn’s managing editor John Loesing take a deep dive into the severe water drought impacting our local communities. Accompanying Links: Record water shortage persists Fire and drought contribute to fury over possible new homes on Kanan Drought proof landscaping has pitfal…
 
Cal Lutheran University professor of political science Dr. Gregory Freeland speaks on the history and importance of Juneteenth. Freeland shares his own stories of growing up in the segregated South, noting that while much has changed, there’s still work to be done. Accompanying Links: Ventura community members discuss importance of Juneteenth Branc…
 
Four years have now passed since the night Bryn Spejcher stabbed Chad O’Melia to death Memorial Day weekend of 2018. Thousand Oaks Acorn reporter Becca Whitnall, who has been following this case from the beginning, joins the podcast to detail her most recent interviews, with O’Melia’s roommate and Spejcher’s mother. Accompanying Links: Victim’s fat…
 
Thousand Oaks Acorn reporter Dawn Megli sits down with Dan Drugan of the Calleguas Municipal Water District to answer local residents’ most pressing questions about the new water use rules set into place in an effort to combat the state's worst drought conditions since 1972. Accompanying Links: Drought action providers trying to coordinate restrict…
 
Legal analyst James Bozajian and Acorn reporter Scott Steepleton join the podcast to discuss three recent trials out of LA County: the Jeffrey Cooper trial, Rebecca Grossman trial and Anthony Rauda trial. Accompanying Links Jeff Cooper guilty on child molestation charges Jeff Cooper case goes to jury Anthony Rauda fit for trial despite bizarre beha…
 
With Election Day quickly approaching, Camarillo Acorn reporter Makena Huey chats with Ventura County Clerk-Recorder Mark Lunn via Zoom. Lunn, who plans to retire after 12 years in his role, shared a behind-the-scenes look into the office of County Clerk-Recorder and how elections have changed in the past decade. Accompanying Links Lunn reflects on…
 
Managing editor John Loesing and Thousand Oaks Acorn editor Kyle Jorrey recap May 11th’s 2022 Candidates Forum for two local races—Ventura County Sheriff and Ventura County Supervisor—appearing on the June 7th ballot. The forum was a collaboration between the Conejo Chamber of Commerce and The Acorn and moderated by Loesing and Jorrey Accompanying …
 
In light of the City of Thousand Oaks’ ongoing debate over changing its law to go from medical-only to adult-use cannabis stores, Westlake Village council member and Legendary Organics dispensary co-owner Ned Davis sits down to talk cannabis and the journey to legalizing local dispensaries with host and Thousand Oaks Acorn editor Kyle Jorrey. Accom…
 
Host and Thousand Oaks Acorn editor Kyle Jorrey is joined by Acorn reporter Scott Steepleton. Scott has been covering the Rebecca Grossman preliminary hearing in Van Nuys the past week, which will determine whether Grossman will go to trial for murder charges in the 2020 deaths of two boys in a Westlake crosswalk. Accompanying Links Mother testifie…
 
Host Kyle Jorrey sits down with Thousand Oaks Acorn reporter Dawn Megli to discuss the February and March incidents where neo-nazis displayed white supremicist banners on the Borchard Rd. freeway overpass. Megli was on the overpass April 16 when a local retired scientist hung banners of love and positivity in response to the group’s hateful messagi…
 
Host Kyle Jorrey sits down with Camarillo Acorn reporter Makena Huey and Acorn photographer Michael Coons, who were both at the destructive Camarillo blaze that burned down a Hilton that was being built across from the Camarillo Outlets. The trio discuss what happened, how reporters and photographers safely document fires and what’s next for the ch…
 
Moorpark Acorn reporter Makena Huey and Thousand Oaks Acorn reporter Dawn Megli are joined via Zoom by Salvador Tumamait Ambriz and Alanna Cronk, two Ventureño Chumash who are part of a movement to revitalize the mitsqanaqan language of their ancestors. Accompanying links: Giving voice to the past Branching Out Find us on Twitter Email us at branch…
 
This episode contains a first-hand account of the war in Ukraine, parts of which may be graphic or upsetting to hear. Listener discretion advised. Moorpark Acorn reporter Makena Huey connected with Ukrainian Oleksander Kostiuchenko via Zoom, who stayed back in Ukraine to fight for his country. Kostiuchenko’s brother, Eugene Kostiuchenko, was a sher…
 
Tyler King, an athletic trainer for Loyola Marymount University’s baseball, water polo and swim teams, joins the Acorn sports staff for an informative and enlightening episode. The Thousand Oaks High School graduate pitched for the Lancers’ baseball squad. King talks about how he pivoted from playing the game to chasing a career within sports, incl…
 
Thousand Oaks Acorn editor Kyle Jorrey and Camarillo Acorn editor Dan Wolowicz break down the story behind Ventura County CEO Mike Powers’ abrupt resignation—and how the Acorn uncovered the truth behind his departure. Accompanying Links: Former Ventura County chief executive was subject of sexual harassment investigation Interim CEO selected from o…
 
The show hits the road. Co-hosts David Lopez and Eliav Appelbaum visit Royal High School’s baseball diamond to chat in the dugout with longtime head coach Dan Maye, who guided the Highlanders to the school’s first CIF-Southern Section baseball championship last season. Accompanying Links: Royal still seeks respect Royal Baseball on Twitter Branchin…
 
Igor Yasno of Calabasas and Lyudmyla Smolyanyuk of Simi Valley, both originally from Ukraine, sit down with host and Thousand Oaks Acorn editor Kyle Jorrey to speak about the attacks on Ukraine, share stories of loved ones who continue to live there and provide resources for local residents looking for ways to help. Accompanying Links: Fighting for…
 
In this episode of Branching Out Sports, sports editor Eliav Appelbaum sits down with Oaks Christian boys' basketball coach Mark Amaral to discuss the trends of basketball. Amaral has spent over 30 years coaching basketball, with most of his experience coming at the collegiate level. Accompanying Links: Amaral is now in charge Three of a kind SUPPO…
 
Thousand Oaks Acorn reporter and Branching Out host Dawn Megli interviews Alexis Temkin, a toxicologist with the Environmental Working Group, about the EWG’s latest analysis of pesticide use in Ventura County, which found that more than 32 million pounds of toxic pesticides were used on farmland in the region between 2015 and 2020. Accompanying Lin…
 
Jenna Becerra, a Pac-12 broadcaster, joins Eliav and David this week. Becerra, a Camarillo native, played prep softball at Westlake High School and collegiately at Stanford University. The three discusses the state of women's sports and softball's leap in popularity in recent years. Accompanying Links Check out Becerra's podcast here Bleav in Softb…
 
Thousand Oaks Acorn editor and Branching Out host Kyle Jorrey sits down with Carole Shelton and Lynda Karl of Adelante Comunidad Conejo, a group that advocates for elevating Latino voices in the Conejo Valley. Carole and Lynda recently penned a letter to the editor regarding the Thousand Oaks city council’s anti-hate resolution passed February 22 i…
 
Eliav and David chat with NFL analyst and podcast host Ron Pitts. Pitts, an Agoura Hills resident, talks about Super Bowl XLI and the upcoming NFL draft. Episode Links Run it Again Podcast (Ron Pitts Podcast with former Rams coach Mike Martz) Ron Pitts on Twitter SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS! Food Share Ventura County 4156 Southbank Road, Oxnard, CA 93606 …
 
Thousand Oaks Acorn reporter and host Dawn Megli sits down with Monica White, CEO and president of Food Share, to discuss food insecurity in Ventura County. Accompanying Links: Food Share of Ventura County Branching Out Find us on Twitter Email us at branchingout@theacorn.com SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS! Food Share Ventura County 4156 Southbank Road, Oxna…
 
Host and TO Acorn editor Kyle Jorrey sits down with Brad and Susan Cristea of Pedals and Pints Brewing in Thousand Oaks and Jeff Walker of Twisted Oak Tavern in Camarillo. Brad and Susan share what it was like to open a day before the shutdown in March 2020, and Jeff shares his experience navigating pandemic regulations as the owner of a restaurant…
 
Host and Camarillo Acorn reporter Alex Wilson talks to Camarillo Mayor Shawn Mulchay about environmental issues including the city's new $66 million desalter, making brackish groundwater safe to drink, and the city's efforts to promote electric vehicles. Background: Desalter facility an oasis Charged up for electric future Firm makes brown waste gr…
 
Host Kyle Jorrey speaks with Matt Trouts of Athens Services via Zoom about the ongoing transition from Waste Management and Harrison trash providers to Athens, as well as proper ways to dispose of compost materials. Accompanying Links: Hiccups litter new hauler’s first week Athens offers council an update New trash hauler starts Monday Branching Ou…
 
Host Kyle Jorrey chats via Zoom with Ben Gallagher, a public information officer for Southern California Edison, to discuss the PSPS program and answer some of the community’s pressing energy and power questions. Background: Power shutoffs expected for Thanksgiving What’s in store for electricity rates? Branching Out Find us on Twitter Email us at …
 
Acorn Newspapers managing editor John Loesing joins the podcast to help break down the impact of redistricting and discuss some of the races the staff will be watching closely. Accompanying Links: Maps shift region’s political landscape Major changes in store for congressional, state districts Parvin to enter race for District 4 Branching Out Find …
 
Branching Out’s David Lopez shares his COVID experience with Acorn reporter Scott Steepleton and host Kyle Jorrey. Steepleton and Jorrey also discuss surging cases, local testing chaos and how local journalists at the Acorn find balance while reporting on COVID. Accompanying Links: District attorney warns against home test price gouging Teachers ha…
 
Melissa Bumstead of Parents vs Santa Susana Field Lab and Denise Duffield of Physicians for Social Responsibility join host Kyle Jorrey to discuss a new documentary they are featured in, "In the Dark of the Valley," that follows the controversial story of the Santa Susana Field Lab cleanup. Accompanying Links: Field Lab Doc Highlights Lack of Trust…
 
Host David Lopez and Acorn sports editor Eliav Appelbaum revisit some of 2021’s best local sports moments, from prep to the Olympic Games. Background Newbury Park High cross country Thousand Oaks High baseball wins CIF title Royal High baseball wins CIF title Agoura High Basketball Advances to first CIF Title Game Oak Park Girls Golf program wins f…
 
YEAR IN REVIEW The Branching Out team revisits their favorite, most memorable and most surprising episodes and guests from the past year. Plus, an homage to some of the funniest moments provided by former Branching Out host/founder Ian Bradley and a special thank-you to our listeners, guests and sponsors. Follow Kyle, Dawn and Allison on Twitter. B…
 
Branching Out legal analyst James Bozajian breaks down developments in two major local murder cases: Rebecca Grossman and Anthony Rauda. Plus, the former Los Angeles County deputy district attorney breaks down what can cause a trial to move slowly and what can be done to change that. Background: Iskander crosswalk underway in Westlake Murder charge…
 
Thousand Oaks Acorn editor and Branching Out host Kyle Jorrey and The Acorn reporter Scott Steepleton discuss Southern California Edison's PSPS Thanksgiving Day blackout that left 15,000 homes in Ventura County and more in L.A. County without power for much of the day. Background: Storm packs a punch Dark meat: SCE shut-off leaves 15,000 without po…
 
Kyle is joined by Helen Cox, sustainability division manager for the City of Thousand Oaks, to discuss the upcoming changes to how recycling/trash pickup is done throughout the state. Plus, she offers details on T.O.'s headline-making transition to a new waste hauler and how that switchover will impact local customers starting Jan. 1. Support the s…
 
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