July 22, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

District sprucing up schools over summer

About $18M in campus upgrades underway

Two earthmovers clawed a big dirt hole where asphalt had covered the central quad of one of Simi Valley Unified School District’s 1960s-era schools as Pedro Avila looked on, a little concerned about the project’s progress thus far. More...

Health & Wellness

Bacteria are building resistance to meds

COMMENTARY /// Antibiotics

This past May, scientists at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research made an alarming discovery: A sample of E. coli, a common disease-causing bacteria in humans, had developed resistance to the antibiotic colistin. More...

Business

Green Acres looking to build eatery

High-end sandwich shop proposed

A Simi Valley favorite may soon be expanding its brand, as the owner of Green Acres Farm Market and Catering has a new restaurant proposal making its way through the city’s development approval process. More...

Schools

Boy Scout aims to build library shelves

Project will benefit Big Springs Elementary

As of Thursday, Cody McCready’s GoFundMe account stood at $1,830 and counting. More...

Biochem major receives honor society fellowship

Cal State LA Honors College graduate Pranati Pillutla has received the Walter and Adelheid Hohenstein Fellowship from the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Pillutla, 18, was one of six students nationwide to earn the distinction. More...

Simi native leads Cal Poly computing workshop

Cal Poly made a strong showing at the Celebration of Women in Computing in Southern California, both in terms of attendance and leadership. More...

Faith

A pastor’s unlikely journey

Caleb Kaltenbach’s path to becoming lead pastor at Simi Valley’s Discovery Church was an unlikely one. It began with his upbringing in Missouri. More...

On The Town

Tight, taut ‘Traitor’ is all about family

The Movie Nut

How far would you go to do a favor for someone you barely know? More...

Festival brings comedy to Ventura County

Event features themed shows

The sixth annual Ventura Comedy Festival will take place Aug. 1 through 7 at six locations with 25 shows featuring 200 comedians. More...

Concert features former Kabrillo Kids

Cabrillo Music Theatre’s annual offering at Westlake Village’s TGIF event last week was bittersweet for longtime artistic director Lewis Wilkenfeld. Wilkenfeld will be vacating the post he has held for 10 years at Cabrillo. More...

Letters

GOP’s non-action has backfired

I am responding to a comment in a letter by Don Robbins, published July 1. More...

Well wishes to Steve Sojka

Hats off to Councilmember Steve Sojka for his dedication to the people of Simi Valley since 1998, and also for his support of the redevelopment of Simi Valley Town Center. More...

Many Americans are in despair

With news of the multiple murders of police, there really are no words to convey the helplessness, the despair felt by this writer and Americans everywhere. More...

Editorials

Be safe roaming the augmented reality playground

EDITORIAL

Like everywhere else in the United States, our city has become an augmented reality playground. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

FOR THE RECORD

Based on information provided by the Simi Valley Police Department, it was incorrectly stated in last week’s paper that a Volkswagen Beetle making a left turn from Los Angeles Avenue onto Yosemite Avenue collided with a van and caused a multi-c More...

Breaking News - 7/22/2016 12:20 PM

Hazmat crews cleaning up chlorine spill at gym

Ten people exposed to substance

Ten people are being treated for chlorine exposure following a spill this morning at Gold’s Gym. More...

Woman arrested in fatal shooting

Incident marks first homicide in Simi Valley in 2016

A Simi Valley woman was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of murdering her boyfriend during an argument. Mary Karacas, 75, is being held at Todd Road Jail in Santa Paula in lieu of $750,000 bail while she awaits her Aug. More...

County transit tax headed for vote

Simi Valley only city to not approve measure’s funding plan

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors have taken the final step to put a half-cent sales tax hike on the upcoming ballot. More...

Community

Sojka heading in new direction

City Council seat up for grabs this fall

Steve Sojka said his favorite part of sitting on the dais with the Simi Valley City Council the past 18 years has been having a front-row seat to watch residents, especially young athletes, being honored for their achievements. More...

Phone usage while driving is up

Despite the known dangers of distracted driving, the number of California motorists who use mobile devices while they drive is on the rise. More...

Reagan Library presents forum with Navy SEAL

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation will present a forum with Senior Chief Petty Officer Robert J. O’Neill at 6 p.m. Wed., July 27 at the Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. More...

Sports

Ready for Arizona heat

Simi Valley Girls Softball U-12 All-Stars prepare for national tourney

Players on the Simi Valley Blackout hope to be crowned queens in Kingman, Ariz. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

ONE COOL CAT—Captain is a 3-year-old white and brown male tabby who is missing his left eye. He’s a very laid-back cat who sleeps throughout the day and plays in the morning. If you would like to adopt Captain, ask for animal ID No. More...

Police

POLICE BLOTTER

July 3 A 26- year- old man was arrested for driving under the influence in the 1800 block of Royal Avenue. Two men, ages 31 and 32, were cited in the 1400 block of Royal Avenue for arson. More...

Police department recruiting volunteers

The Simi Valley Police Department is looking for people to take part in its Support Services and Citizens on Patrol volunteer programs. Information meetings lasting about 90 minute will be held at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Wed., Aug. More...

Family

‘Family Man’ writer honored for humor

Michael Picarella receives national recognition

Michael Picarella, who writes the “Family Man” humor column for the Acorn Newspapers, has been recognized as one of the top humor writers in the country. More...

Kiwanis open to new members

Kiwanis of Santa Susana meets Wednesdays from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. at the Junkyard Cafe, 2585 Cochran St. The club motto is “enriching lives through service and fellowship.” More...

Local Y’s accepting Manna donations

Local YMCA branches are collecting food donations to give to Manna, the Conejo Valley food bank. More...

Calendar

Calendar

FRI., JULY 22 Movies In The Park More...

Columns

Matching gifts are often overlooked

Other Side of 50

Paid vacations, sick leave, health insurance and retirement plans are among the benefits companies commonly offer to their employees. More...

Lucas’ art museum deserves new home

COMMENTARY /// Art in the community

Children are born with their minds open to the belief that anything is possible, but that doesn’t last very long. More...

Neighbors

Single mom fighting for her life

Cancer battle has ‘taken me out’ and ‘knocked me down’

Sabrina Cohen has a family history of breast cancer, but she wasn’t prepared for the moment she learned of her own diagnosis. More...

Dancers take title spots in nationals

Pam Rossi’s Dance Ten dance companies recently took part in a weeklong competition in Anaheim for title spots in the Spotlight Nationals Dance Competition. Over 25 studios from Washington state, Oregon and California were involved. More...