May 20, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Strickland pays $40K for campaign violations

Fine relates to his 2010 bid for state controller

Former state Sen. Tony Strickland has admitted to campaign finance violations. He paid an ethics fine of $40,000 imposed Thursday by the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission. More...

Health & Wellness

Community celebrates senior trailblazers

NPLooking back on the past 92 years of her life, Jean Plaster said her happiest moments are happening in the present. “My happiest moments are right now because I had four wonderful sons,” said Plaster, who was born in 1924. More...

Cancer center honors survivors

The Dignity Health St. John’s Cancer Center of Ventura County will host a celebration for cancer survivors, family, friends and caregivers to commemorate National Cancer Survivors Day Fri., June 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. More...

Marijuana, teen brains is a risky combo

The Ventura County Behavioral Health Department recently released a report titled “What the Science Says About Adolescent Use of Cannabis.” The paper aims to inform parents, policy-makers and the public about the risks of marijuana use by More...

Schools

Students travel to distant lands

Google brings virtual expeditions into the classroom

Pressing cardboard headsets to their faces, a dozen teachers at Mountain View Elementary School suddenly found themselves standing at the foot of Mount Rushmore. “That is so cool!” one teacher said. “Oh my God!” another said. More...

Cultivating citizens and scholars

STATE RECOGNITION—Above, California Supreme Court Judge Arthur Gilbert shakes hands with Royal High School teacher Brian Dennert while presenting the school with a Civic Leaders Award of Distin More...

Police

Police Blotter

May 1 At Tapo Canyon Road and Becky Street, a 53-year-old man was arrested for driving under the influence. May 2 A man, 25, was cited for possessing medication without a prescription at Tapo Street and E. Los Angeles Avenue. More...

Prostitution sting nets seven arrests

Seven men were arrested last Friday on suspicion of solicitation during a “reverse prostitution sting” conducted by the Simi Valley Police Department. More...

Family

What’s in a name?

List of most popular baby names for 2015 released

For the second year in a row, Emma and Noah are America’s most popular baby names. This marks the third year at No. 1 for Noah and the second for Emma. More...

Pet of the Week

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FRI., MAY 20 Library Book Sale 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Woodland Hills Library, 22200 Ventura Blvd. Also 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Prices begin at 10 cents. New and used books. Phone: 818.226.0017. Simi Valley/Moorpark Republican Women Fed. More...

Letters

Girl Scout seeks to inspire change

I am a senior at Simi Valley High School. For 11 consecutive years, I have been reciting the Girl Scout promise, earning badges and (everyone’s favorite) selling Girl Scout Cookies. More...

Story minimizes contamination

This is in response to your recent article “NASA begins round 2 of razing at field lab.” I found your article to be greatly misleading and I want to clarify some verified facts that you failed to report. More...

Stop delaying field lab cleanup

I’m concerned about the article concerning NASA’s cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Lab site. This site is very contaminated with toxic chemicals, including hundreds of thousands of gallons of TCE. More...

Neighbors

Young entrepreneurs practice their pitch

High-schoolers compete for help starting businesses

Devices that look like vending machines now let people exchange gift cards for cash at their neighborhood grocery store, so why not an all-in-one gift card you can carry in a purse or wallet and use wherever you want? More...

Make the most of three-day weekends

Flying Squirrel

Here’s a quick question for you: How many three-day weekends do we celebrate this summer? Three! That’s the number you would automatically answer, right? We’re talking the Big Three: Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. More...

Going bananas at the grocery store

Single Files

It all started with a recent visit to the produce aisle at my local grocery store. I nearly went bananas over a sign nestled among a display of scattered bananas that said, “Pick me. I’m single.” More...

Community forges on in push for guardrails

Data shows more than 600 crashes infive years on westbound side

A local family continues to push for the installation of guardrails along the westbound side of the 118 Freeway after losing their son in an accident on the roadway about a month and a half ago. More...

Street Fair Sights

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Community

Goats put best teeth forward against fires

Chomping away on yellowed grass in the hills just below the Reagan Library, a herd of 30 or so goats is busy clearing a defensible zone for firefighters. More...

Detecting impairment a priority

Police researching ways to detect pot levels in drivers

At the request of the Simi Valley City Council, local law enforcement is researching new technology that may be able to detect marijuana levels in impaired drivers. More...

City of Simi Valley budget meeting open to public

The Simi Valley City Council invites residents to attend a public meeting to discuss the city’s FY 2016-17 Proposed Budget and Capital Improvement Program at 5:30 p.m. Wed., May 25 at City Hall in the community room, 2929 Tapo Canyon Road. More...

Business

Penny Pinchers marks 50 years in business

Sitting in her office among countless reference books and knickknacks, items she’d collected over the past five decades, Kathy Ervin reminisced about when she first got the idea to open her own business. More...

Sports

Charmed life

Pioneer softball squad secures second straight Coastal Canyon League crown

The Pioneers are still queens of the Coastal Canyon League. More...

Swim stars make waves

They came. They swam. They conquered. Local high school swimmers obliterated personal best times, shattered school records and torpedoed through the water at the CIF-Southern Section Swimming and Diving Championships last week in Riverside. More...

Local football stars bound for NFL

Two players with local ties got drafted by NFL teams, and another two prospects got picked up as rookie free agents. Jordan Payton, an Oaks Christian High grad, was selected in the fifth round, at No. More...

Faith

Be a beacon of peace during angry times

Roots of Faith

Years ago a friend gave a me a mug inscribed with the Serenity Prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” The back of the mug re More...

Houses of Worship

Abundant Life Church, Pastor George Taggart, 1555 Simi Town Center Way, (805) 603-4427. Angel Fire Christian Center, Pastors Bill and Barbara Peters, 27 W. Easy St., Suite 401, (805) 581-7079. Antioch Church, Rev. More...

On The Town

Ragin’ Cajun and moody blues

Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise presents annual music festival

The sounds and tastes of Louisiana are coming back to Simi Valley Memorial Day weekend for the 27th annual Cajun and Blues Music Festival presented by the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise. More...

Production portrays rivalry of the greats

play review /// ‘Amadeus’

The grand rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri is mainly apocryphal, generated for dramatic effect by playwright Peter Shaffer in his 1979 play, “Amadeus.” The idea was, nevertheless, a brilliant one. More...

Editorials

Voting is both a privilege and a responsibility

There’s good news for Simi Valley supporters of Ventura County’s 20-year-old Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR) law. More...

Political Cartoon

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Fight against heroin making progress

Heroin addiction is a problem that defies traditional boundaries. It makes its way into communities and slowly destroys them from the inside out. It works its way around without discriminating in regard to age, race or income level. More...