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Judge dismisses political robocall lawsuits

Plaintiffs consider appealing decision

A Ventura County judge threw out two lawsuits over the past week stemming from political robocalls made in Simi Valley during the 2012 election season. More...

Health & Wellness

The death of President Abraham Lincoln’s mother

History provides helpful health lessons commentary | Folk Medicine

Nancy Hanks Lincoln, who was born Feb. 5, 1784 and died Oct. 5, 1818, was married to Thomas Lincoln. They had a daughter named Sarah and a younger son named Abraham, the future president of the United States. More...

Suicide prevention focus of PSAs

60-second shorts seek to educate teens, families

The Simi Valley Public Library and the Simi Valley Youth Council will present a program for teens and their families titled “Suicide Prevention: Film Screening and Discussion” from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Mon., Sept. More...

Turn back the hands of time

commentary | Anti-aging

Every day, I speak to people who have taken all the right proactive steps to benefit their health. More...

Business

City joins energy financing program

Solar included in eligible projects

Simi Valley commercial and industrial property owners now have a way to finance energyand water-efficiency projects through their property taxes. More...

Huddle Center hosts CNBC correspondent

The Cal Lutheran University Huddle Campus in Westlake Village played host last week to an internationally recognized business analyst who toured the newly opened collaborative workspace and mingled with area entrepreneurs, investors and university of More...

Send us your business brief

If you have business news regarding your operation, such as an award, a promotion or a new location, write to us at the Simi Valley Acorn, Attention: Business Briefs, 30423 Canwood St., Ste. 108, Agoura Hills CA 91301. Or email simi@theacorn.com. More...

Sports

Well-traveled Pioneers happy to be home

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL REPORT Simi Valley vs. Thousand Oaks

The undefeated Thousand Oaks High football team will play Simi Valley for the first time since 2011. Simi Valley head coach Ryan Taggart enjoyed a memorable first season leading the Pioneers in 2011. More...

Homeless Highlanders battle Santa Barbara tonight on the road

The Royal High football team, 2-1 overall, travels north to face 2-2 Santa Barbara at 7 tonight. Royal bounced back from a season-opening loss to Buena. The Highlanders have defeated Channel Islands and Golden Valley. More...

Lancers keep grinding

GET IN THE GAME—Zikel Riddick gains yards for the Grace Brethren High football team during the Lancers’ 27-14 win against Brethren Christian last weekend at Moorpark College. More...

Faith

What kind of a mark will you leave?

“We all desire to have others witness our lives. We want to know that who we are matters. More...

Acorn columnist to host workshop in Thousand Oaks

Dennis Merritt Jones, the award-winning author of “Your (Re)Defining Moments: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be” and Acorn Newspapers columnist, will be the guest speaker at the 10 a.m. Sun., Sept. More...

On The Town

Musical comedy gives nod to 1970s

Production runs through Oct. 26 in Simi Valley

After seeing the Dolly Partonpenned musical “9 to 5” upon its opening in 2009, New York Times reviewer Ben Brantley yawned, calling the show “an inflated whoopee cushion.” More...

Mary Chapin goes acoustic in T.O.

Artist known for ‘Passionate Kisses’

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza will present Mary Chapin Carpenter at 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 11 at the Kavli Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

Find out what’s new and exciting on DVD, TV, Internet

Sizzling romance and comedy episodes made their way to viewers this month. More...

Columns

The awe in autumn

Fall is upon us. So the almanac says. Sept. 22 marked the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. Temperatures will begin to drop. Days will grow shorter, nights longer. Of course, first we have to survive the relentless blast furnace of summer. More...

Neighbors

The war on suicide

County joins in statewide campaign to raise awareness, prevent suicide

Ventura County is joining in a statewide prevention campaign to reach out to adults who are at greater risk for suicide, according to officials. More...

New mobile app connects Simi Valley police to public

The Simi Valley Police Department is rolling out a free mobile app this week as part of an effort to make the department more transparent. More...

Enterovirus case confirmed in county

Respiratory illness has been striking kids across the U.S.

One of the state’s four confirmed cases of enterovirus D68—a mysterious respiratory illness that has been affecting children across the United States—has occurred in Ventura County. More...

Where in the world is the Acorn newspaper?

Fall has arrived, school is back, and it’s time to judge the winners of the 2014 Take Your Acorn on Vacation Photo Contest. More...

Community

Reclaiming ‘safest city’ designation is priority

CANDIDATE SPOTLIGHT | Simi Valley City Council

Editor’s note: The order in which candidate spotlights appear was chosen by a random draw. Rene Sanchez-Chew of Simi Valley is hoping he can sell voters on the benefits of having a new voice with a diverse background on the City Council. More...

New technology at center of Smith’s campaign

CANDIDATE SPOTLIGHT | Simi Valley City Council

Editor’s note: The order in which candidate spotlights appear was chosen by a random draw. When Eric Smith blows out the candles on his 25th birthday, which happens to be the day before the Nov. More...

Third-timer wants to fix district’s books

CANDIDATE SPOTLIGHT | SVUSD Board of Education

Editor’s note: The order in which candidate spotlights appear was chosen by a random draw. Only November will tell whether the third time’s a charm for Josie Hirsch. More...

Schools

There’s a big cat on campus

Those who attend Moorpark College or live near its campus shouldn’t be surprised if they hear the nearby roar of a lion in the not-too-distant future. More...

Marching bands perform

Finale to feature nine schools

The Thousand Oaks High School Lancer Band will host the seventh annual “Sounds of Conejo—A Celebration of Marching Bands” event at 7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 27 at the TOHS football stadium, 2323 Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Constitution Day brings smiles

HISTORY—Above, Hillside Middle School eighth-graders Daniel McGreevy, 13, and Samantha Feig, 13, take a selfie with Simi Valley Mayor Bob Huber and members of the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerc More...

Pets

BROTHERLY LOVE—

Romulus and Remus are a bonded pair of 3-year-old pit bulls. They are friendly, like people and know basic commands. The two are likely brothers, play well together and should be adopted together. More...

County to launch automated pet license citations

Fines reach up to $135

Beginning in October, Ventura County Animal Services will use a new automated citation animal license program for pet license enforcement. More...

Police

Police Blotter

Sept. 7 A 60-year-old man was arrested for felony hit-and-run in the 2100 block of First Street. At Tapo and Industrial streets, a 28-year-old man was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. More...

Family

At The Library

During the month of October, residents will have the chance to trick or treat with a books at the Simi Valley Library. More...

‘Share the Road’ event honors cyclist

More than 300 to ride, rain or shine

Soaring Spirits International’s fifth annual Share the Road Ride will be on Sun., Oct. 5. The ride is held in honor of cyclist Phil Hernandez, who was killed while riding his bicycle in 2005. More...

Program to motivate youth

Leadership summit set for Nov. 8

The second annual Youth Empowerment Summit (YES!) will run from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sat., Nov. 8 at Camp Rotary in Corriganville Park in Simi Valley. The camp is for high school students in Simi Valley and Moorpark. More...

Calendar

Calendar

SAT., SEPT. 27 Rummage And Yard Sale More...

Letters

Intense cleanup would harm land

Boeing is cleaning up the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL) to the suburban residential standard per the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. NASA should also be mandated to clean to the same level. More...

Royal’s track is in very bad shape

I am writing to hopefully bring awareness to the poor condition of the Royal High School track and push the school board and district to have it properly redone as has been promised since the 2013 school year. More...

Open letter to POTUS re: ISIS

Dear Mr. President, I know you look forward to reading the Simi Valley Acorn every weekend, so I thought I’d write you this letter so you can clear something up for me. I voted for you. Twice. So you owe me some answers. More...

Editorials

Smile . . . you’re on candid newspaper!

Attention, travelers: Voting is underway for the 2014 Take Your Acorn on Vacation Photo Contest. More...

Political Cartoon

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