December 9, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Veteran housing proposal moves forward

A proposed low-income apartment complex for senior veterans is likely to undergo some changes as it inches forward in the city’s development-approval process in the coming months. More...

Health & Wellness

How to combat the winter itch

COMMENTARY /// Dry skin

There are a lot of great things to look forward to as winter approaches. One thing, though, that many people are not at all excited about is the return of drier air, which can cause dry skin — what dermatologists call “winter itch.” More...

County presents mental health first aid program

Mental Health First Aid will offer eight-hour, mental health first aid certification courses at no charge in Ventura County. More...

For the treatment of ‘invisible wounds’

No Hero Left Untreated Act receives unanimous House support

On the heels of his reelection to the 25th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. More...

Schools

Dancers of fledgling ensemble strut their stuff

Simi Valley High hosts inaugural showcase

After hosting its first showcase over the weekend, Simi Valley High School’s dance team is one step closer to becoming a full-fledged elective program. The Dec. More...

COLLEGE STANDOUTS

Patricia Tripp of Simi Valley has been awarded the President’s Scholarship at Concordia University in Seward, Neb., the highest financial honor available for the 2016-17 school year.  The scholarship acknowledges freshmen with excellent ac More...

Simi adult school celebrates a new beginning

Campus has new name, motto

The continuing-education institution long known as the Simi Valley Adult School has a new name, a new logo and a new approach. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

IT TAKES TWO—Loki is a neutered domestic cat about 3 years old. He enjoys human contact and loves to sit with his owner. The shelter would like for him to be adopted with his best friend, P.K. If you would like to adopt Loki, ask for ID No. More...

Faith

Christmas Cantata journeys through Advent

The Simi Valley United Methodist Church will present “Candles and Carols Christmas Cantata” at 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 11 at the church, 2394 Erringer Road. More...

December events at Congregation B’nai Emet

Congregation B’nai Emet will hold the following events at the synagogue, 9 W. Bonita Drive, Simi Valley, unless otherwise noted. To make reservations or for more information, call (805) 581-3723 or go online to www.congregationbnaiemet.org. More...

Capturing the spirit of Christmas

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FRI., DEC. 9  Holiday Boutique  8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Willow Elementary School, 29026 Laro Drive, Agoura Hills. Clothes, gifts, sweets, jewelry and decor for sale. Open to public.  Moorpark Women’s Fortnightly Club   More...

Letters

Parking is the biggest problem

I am an outreach licensed clinical social worker that works with the homeless and low-income persons throughout the county, with a focus on veterans.  There is a huge need for affordable housing for all groups, and Many Mansions has well-known p More...

Bring back old voting methods

Many years ago, when I studied and memorized the Constitution of the United States in order to become a citizen, everything in it made sense except for the Electoral College and how it works (or not).  To add to the confusion, the Constitution s More...

Story on local Muslims uplifting

I wanted to send my appreciation for Sylvie Belmond’s article titled “Feeling support, not fear” on the front page of the Nov. 23 Thousand Oaks Acorn.  More...

Editorials

How to keep loved ones with dementia safe

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It was good news for family and friends of Judy Wurtz when the 76-year-old Somis woman was found last week after going missing for three days.  An agricultural worker spotted Wurtz, who has dementia, lying on the ground in the 6000 block of Old More...

Political Cartoon

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National defense on the docket

STATE OF THE NATION — Above from left, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and former Vice President Dick Cheney speak with CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr during the final panel of the fourth annual Reagan National Defense Forum, More...

Rancher says she will not hunt puma

Mountain lion attacked her alpacas

Frustrated and afraid, Victoria Vaughn-Perling decided to act.  Having lost 10 of her beloved alpacas Nov. More...

Community

City suspends outdoor pot grows

Temporary ban does not restrict indoor use or cultivation

In the wake of Proposition 64’s passage legalizing recreational marijuana use for those 21 and older in California, the Simi Valley City Council has banned all commercial activity and personal outdoor cultivation of the plant through at least m More...

County CEO in full command

Executive optimistic about region’s future

He may be one of the most powerful people in Ventura County government, but CEO Mike Powers still greeted nearly every employee he encountered last week in the halls of the bustling government center building by their first name, and with a wave and More...

One-on-one with the mayor

Simi Valley Mayor Bob Huber will host an opportunity for the public to meet with him from 10 a.m. to noon Sat., Dec. More...

Business

New rules for massage businesses

State-licensed massage practitioners who also own their own businesses will no longer be required by the city to undergo independent background checks and fingerprinting.  More...

Company donates building materials

REPURPOSING—  Agoura Sash & Door donated a truck full of doors, windows and hardware on Dec. 1 to the nonprofit Habitat For Humanity. More...

Golden State offers new payment options

Golden State Water Company has established new, secure online and mobile bill payment options for customers through KUBRA EZ-PAY.  Additionally, customers now have the option of paying their water bills with cash at retail establishments through More...

Sports

Striking distance

Royal, Simi Valley girls’ soccer squads want to win Coastal Canyon League title

The Coastal Canyon League received a boost of talented freshman girls’ soccer players this winter. Moorpark, the two-time defending league champion, has its work cut out for it trying to fend off Royal, Simi Valley, Oak Park and Camarillo. More...

The pin king

Jesus Coronado set Simi Valley pins record last season; wrestler now wants to qualify for state

Jesus Coronado knew he could do better. He put in the work, and now he’s one of the best high school wrestlers in Ventura County. More...

Police

POLICE BLOTTER

Nov. 20  A man, 40, was arrested in the 5000 block of Arroyo Lane for violating a domestic protective order.  In the 1800 block of E. Cochran Street, a 26-year-old man was arrested for burglary. More...

Family

Taking a look at modern-day slavery

Kenneth Morris Jr. was busy running a successful marketing and entertainment company when he happened to see a magazine article about modern-day slavery that led him to make a major life change. More...

On The Town

Young casts deliver in holiday favorite

play review /// ‘Elf Jr.’

It’s that time of year, December, when old favorites like “A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” make their way to your local community theater stage. More...

All roles open for ‘Little Mermaid’

ARTS to hold tryouts next week

Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi will hold auditions for its upcoming production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tues., Dec. 13 and from 7 to 10 p.m. Wed., Dec. More...

The ‘Loving’ side of interracial marriage

The Movie Nut

In some ways, “Loving” is just the story of a woman who wanted to be able to go home; its telling makes it a home-cooked feast in a fast-food world. More...

Columns

Wise words on aging with grace

Other Side of 50

Earlier this year, history.com cited the “7 Most Contentious U.S. Presidential Elections.” The current election had not, at that point, made the list. More...

Avoid holiday blues by volunteering

Single Files

If I could hold a melody or whistle a tune, I might want to sing the “Post-Turkey, Pre-More- Celebration Blues” for singles spending the holiday season alone. More...

Neighbors

Undocumented: One family’s story

Given the current political climate and President-elect Donald Trump’s contentious immigration policy ideas, 22-year-old Ana Salvatierra felt it was important to address kids at her alma mater, Royal High School. More...