August 26, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Runkle request headed back to City Council

Developer offering $7M in lieu of affordable housing

The developers of Runkle Ranch will learn next week if their request to opt out of the affordable senior housing portion of their development agreement will be granted. More...

Health & Wellness

Podcaster copes through comedy

Local man uses healing spirit of laughter

It was the 1988 World Series, bottom of the ninth, bases loaded and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Kurt Gibson was up to bat. Nine-year-old Casey Moran of Simi Valley was glued to the radio and the voice of the Dodgers, Vin Scully. More...

Bird tests positive for West Nile Virus

The Ventura County Environmental Health Division received confirmation Aug. 12 from the California Department of Public Health that one wild bird collected in early August from Simi Valley tested positive for West Nile Virus. More...

Hospital launches new toll-free number

Callers may get physician referrals or sign up for classes

Simi Valley Hospital recently rolled out a toll-free phone number that can be used to find a physician, learn about hospital services and sign up for preventative health classes and events. More...

Schools

Career education center opens at former high school campus

Enrollment open until Aug. 30

After sitting empty for just over a year, the former Community High School campus on Condor Drive in Moorpark opened its doors this week as the Career Education Center East County. More...

Library to host computer workshops

During September the Simi Valley Public Library will offer free computer classes for adults who want to be more comfortable with computers. Classes will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More...

Donations sought for school supply drive

The Ventura County Credit Union is accepting donations for its school supply drive through Wed., Aug. 31. More...

Police

POLICE BLOTTER

Aug. 7 On Tierra Rejada Road, a 29-year-old man was cited for petty theft. A woman, 36, was arrested in the 3000 block of Sleepy Hollow Street for inflicting corporal injury on a family member. In the 3900 block of E. More...

Faith

Exhibit gets blessing to stay open longer

The exhibit “Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith and Art” has brought record crowds to the Reagan Library. More...

Church takes part in service effort

Shepherd of the Valley organizing volunteer projects

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America is organizing a nationwide Sunday of service in the community Sept. 11. The local ELCA congregation, Shepherd of the Valley Simi Valley, will create service projects around the community on this day. More...

T.O. parish offering grief recovery class

A grief-recovery class will be offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 12 through Nov. 14 at Christian Church of Thousand Oaks, 301 W. Avenida de las Flores. A fee of $25 will include book and materials. More...

Obituaries

THOMAS MICHAELS

January 23,1931 - August 17, 2016

Thomas Michaels, 85, passed away Wednesday, August 17, at his home in Simi Valley, California. More...

Calendar

Calendar

FRI., AUG. 26 Summer Farewell Festival More...

Letters

Acorn is ‘right on the money’

I for one think the Acorn is right on the money in publishing their local letters. Some readers want to hear about more than barking dogs or garage sale signs. More...

Important to stay open to all sides

This is in response to letter writers Michael Burg and Mike Lorraine, who wrote Aug. 11 and Aug. 18 about keeping letters on local issues. We live in a country of free speech and opinion. More...

Check out the assessment

Just lately, the household owners received the Assessor’s Office Notice of Assessment in the mail. You better check it out, or you might be sadly disappointed. This year’s assessment for us was increased by $50,000. More...

Editorials

District needs space to collaborate and grow

editorial

The Simi Valley Unified School District seems to be getting by just fine at its Cochran Street headquarters. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

More construction delays for police training facility

Estimated start date pushed to January

Delays at the county level continue to impede construction of a new police training facility in Simi Valley. More...

Coyotes on the prowl

Officials hope to roll out plan to manage animals

Reports of coyotes snatching up people’s pets go back at least 30 years in Southern California, but when one of the furry foragers took off with Simi Valley resident Kathy Cook’s Jack Russell terrier last year, she decided to fight back. More...

Community

Stater Bros. opens long-awaited location

Simi store marks company’s first in Ventura County

Residents packed the aisles this week looking for deals at Simi Valley’s newly opened Stater Bros., which marks the grocery chain’s first location in Ventura County. More...

Roadside memorials get 30 days

Tributes ‘cropping up everywhere,’ Mayor Huber says

From now on, makeshift memorials created in the public right of way will be taken down by the city after 30 days. More...

New role for neighborhood councils?

Officials rethinking the future of city’s mini advisory councils

Simi Valley’s neighborhood councils have been weighing in on community developments for nearly 50 years. But with little developable land left within city limits, Simi Valley’s needs are changing, officials said. More...

Business

Sandwich shop gets the green light

Owner hopes to open in six months

Green Acres Farm Market and Catering has passed the latest hurdle in its bid to build a sandwich and deli shop on the corner of Los Angeles and Deborah avenues. More...

CalJOBS hosts free class

East County America’s Job Center will offer a Career Shop workshop from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tues., Aug. 30 at the center, 2900 N. Madera Road, Simi Valley. More...

Social Security workshop

The Simi Valley Public Library continues its financial education for adults with a free workshop on Social Security planning from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 1 at the library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road. More...

Pets

Search for old-fashioned mutt continues

CRITTER TAIL /// At the animal shelter

Sometimes the right dog finds us, and other times it is a long, difficult search to find the right dog. More...

Pet of the Week

BALL OF FLUFF—Thelma is a female white and brown Shih Tzu mix. She is about 9 years old and would make a great house dog. If you would like to adopt Thelma, ask for ID No. More...

Family

Parent leaves bill moves ahead

SB 654 would offer paid benefits to more new parents

A local lawmaker’s bill giving parents 12 weeks of paid time off to care for a newborn passed a key vote in the Assembly last week and is headed for a crucial roll call in the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment. More...

‘Jungle Book’ screening at the park

Mike Lefton, a real estate professional with Century 21 Troop Real Estate, along with Jason Smith and Michael Fisher with Caliber Home Loans, will host the second annual Movie in the Park family event at 7 p.m. Sat., Aug. More...

On The Town

‘Life Force’ exhibit features two artists

Works by Hiroko Yoshimoto, Bob Privitt go on display Sept. 1 at Camarillo gallery

The Blackboard Gallery at Studio Channel Islands will host a new exhibition called “Life Force” with artists Hiroko Yoshimoto and Bob Privitt from Sept. 1 through 24 at 2221 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. More...

‘Q’ cast members deliver letter-perfect performances

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Avenue Q’

To paraphrase one of the songs in “Avenue Q,” there’s a fine, fine line between wild satire and a meaningful life lesson, but YA4Ever’s staging of the show in an outdoor setting at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand More...

Comeback tour includes T.O. stop

Tracy Morgan to bring laughs to Fred Kavli Theatre Sept. 24

Two years after a car accident nearly cost him his life, comedian Tracy Morgan is back on tour—and he’s coming to Thousand Oaks. More...

Columns

Fulfilling the need for touching

Single Files

This column might come across to some as a tad risqué and perhaps politically incorrect at times. Either way, hopefully it’ll evoke some thought, further discussion and maybe a little fun as well. More...

Neighbors

A long-dormant tradition revived

American Legion Post 484 sends two high schoolers to Boys State event

Austin Cravens and Connor Kubeisy received a crash course in government over the summer. More...

Night of fine dining benefits Senior Concerns

Hot Miami Nights’ is this year’s theme

Senior Concerns’ 31st annual Ultimate Dining fundraiser will be held at 5 p.m. Sat., Sept. 24 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza. More...