May 26, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Health & Wellness

Building a healthy core isn’t child’s play

COMMENTARY /// Fitness today

Exercise is a dance. Think about it. Invariably performed to music, whether you’re stepping, stabilized or stationary, no matter what type of movement is involved, you match it to the rhythm of the beat. More...

Business

Career center to hold free workshop

CalJOBS system includes job search

East County America’s Job Center will offer a Career Shop from 8:30 a.m. to noon Tues., May 30 at 2900 N. More...

Pros, locals tap into personalized training

Sports Academy helps athletes achieve goals

Young runners whizzing around an indoor track. NFL players stretching their hulking frames into yoga poses. Accountants training to ward off an attacker. More...

Sports

Palumbo, with power

TRACK & FIELD /// Simi Valley Pioneers Sprinter sizzles on track for Pioneers

Anthony Palumbo made the Simi Valley High track and field team better in many ways.  The Coastal Canyon League’s fastest sprinter claimed league championships in the boys’ 100- and 200-meter races. More...

Local teams, athletes battle in spring playoffs

Grace Brethren High continues to thrive on the diamond.  The Lancer baseball team (22-4 overall) plays host to Fullerton (20-11) at 3:15 p.m. today in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 playoffs. More...

Welcome to the jungle

FOOTBALL /// Los Angeles Rams The news cycle never ends for NFL or Ventura County’s pro football team

Professional football, specifically the National Football League, is the most popular sport in the United States. The NFL offseason may be the second most popular. Hordes of L.A. More...

Family

Father-in-law always has chicken soup fix

Family Man

I got the flu that’s going around, so my wife made a call to her dad. Within 15 minutes, he was at our doorstep with a package. How does he manage to keep his freezer stocked with homemade chicken soup at all times? More...

On The Town

Cajun, blues musicians rock Simi

Festival returns this weekend

The 28th annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. over Memorial Day weekend, Sat. and Sun., May 27 and 28, at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. More...

Feisty, fresh family-owned Mexican joint

Acorn Epicurean

There’s a Mexican restaurant that’s been in business in Ventura County for nearly 20 years, and I would put my money on it to be around for another several decades. More...

What a tale Lightfoot’s songs can tell

Just like an old-time movie, Gordon Lightfoot’s best songs paint evocative pictures. More...

Columns

How to grow fresh tomatoes in a pot

COMMENTARY

Enjoy the garden-fresh flavor of tomatoes harvested from right outside your kitchen. Grow them in containers set on your patio, balcony, deck or stairs. More...

Chivalry is not dead after all

Single Files

For singles who are tired of this newfangled dating world that consists of getting to “know” people in an impersonal, no-eye-contact cyberworld, then meeting for quickie coffee dates for mutual size-ups, this column is for you. More...

The Empress of Mulholland’s reign

On the Trail

After the 1994 Northridge earthquake, I drove out to help a friend whose condo had been damaged. During a trip to the dumpster, I noticed an art nouveau style figurine of a nymph poking out of the trash. More...

Vacation Photos

TAKE YOUR SIMI VALLEY ACORN ON VACATION

How to submit:  Email your vacation photo as a .jpg attachment to vacation@theacorn.com. Include name, address, phone number and a brief description of the scene.The 2017 Take Your Acorn on Vacation winners will be announced in the fall.   More...

Officials grapple with rising pension costs, debt

Pensions account for about 15 percent of city’s budget

The City of Simi Valley’s rising annual pension costs, which are expected to double to nearly $22 million by 2022, is the most serious financial issue facing the city in coming years, local officials say. More...

Apartment proposal for millennials moves forward

Building slated for Patricia Avenue

Two separate developers went to the Simi Valley Planning Commission last week to present apartment proposals for Patricia Avenue, but only the project targeted toward millennials will go to the City Council for final approval next month. More...

Community

Cemetery lawsuit settled for $200K

Family alleged their loved one was buried in wrong grave

The family of a Simi Valley woman who was buried in the wrong grave at El Rancho Simi Pioneer Cemetery in 2012 settled its lawsuit against the public memorial park for $200,000, according to documents recently obtained by the Simi Valley Acorn.  More...

Another dry spell could mean trouble

Grand jury finds that VC cities are under-prepared for water emergency

Ventura County may have survived the worst of the state’s drought, but if a severe dry spell returns and lasts more than five years, most local cities will be back in serious trouble. More...

Simi slated for $550k in water system improvements

Golden State Water Company has announced plans to invest more than $550,000 for local water infrastructure projects this year throughout the Simi Valley service area.  The projects include water supply enhancements through facility upgrades and More...

Schools

Runner inspires kids to go the distance

Jim ‘Gump’ encourages youths to be more active

Children at Crestview Elementary School received a dose of inspiration this week from Jim Plunkett-Cole, a man from England who hasn’t missed a day of running in over four years.  During two different assemblies May 22 and 23, Plunkett- Co More...

Move over, Grammys

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Pets

Pet of the Week

PEACE AND QUITE REQUESTED—Eo is a spayed Australian cattle dog, about 10 months old. She is very shy and would do well in a quiet home. If you would like to adopt Eo, ask for ID No. More...

Police

POLICE BLOTTER

May 7 A man, 33, was arrested in the 300 block of Country Club Drive for false imprisonment and battery against a spouse/cohabitant. In the 1500 block of Patricia Avenue, a 25- year- old man was cited for appropriating lost property. More...

Faith

Readers share most meaningful Bible verse

Roots of Faith

A previous column on memorizing Scripture, in which I asked readers to share their favorite Bible verses, brought some responses.  The favorite verse of L.F. More...

Methodist churches host ‘Zuma Live’ concert

The third annual “Zuma Live” benefit concert featuring an evening of contemporary Christian music and a barbecue dinner will be from 3 to 7 p. m. More...

Sabbath service to honor Jerusalem liberation

Celebration is open to the public

To mark the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War, a special commemorative Sabbath service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Fri., May 26 at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. More...

Calendar

Calendar

FRI., MAY 26 'When We Were Young And Unafraid' 8 p.m. at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse, 330 Skyway Drive. Runs through June 25. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Play about feminism and a woman's place in 1972. Tickets: $15 and $20. More...

Letters

On California’s new gas tax

Dear Assemblymember Dante Acosta, I was at your May 4 town hall. Some of your statements about the gas tax fund need correction. You spoke about the new gas tax, SB 1, to help fix old dams, roads and bridges. More...

Environment, Earth suffering

I am extremely concerned about how the White House denies climate change and how Rep. Steve Knight continually votes anti-environment. We are spending nearly a quarter-billion dollars on our military while our environment, our earth, suffers.  More...

Note of thanks to lacrosse coaches

Thank you to Dominique Surabian and Liza Zulanas for being my lacrosse coaches.  I remember when I could not even throw a ball and Dominique taught me how to do it. In no time I could throw extremely far.  More...

Editorials

A moment of thanks on Memorial Day

EDITORIAL

Although it happened half a world away, the horrific terror attack in Manchester, U.K, this week came at an especially poignant time for us here in America. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

To make housing affordable, build more housing

Guest opinion

Our region faces a severe housing affordability crisis. More...

Neighbors

From the front lines of the Pacific

MEMORIAL DAY Prieto served with Marines during WWII

Pete Prieto still remembers the close quarters and pungent odor aboard the supply ship that took him and about 1,400 other men to New Zealand at the height of World War II.  It was the summer of 1942, and the 18-year-old Pacoima native had to bu More...