August 29, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Task force takes a bite out of Sinaloa Cartel

Sheriffs seize millions in cash and drugs

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office seized more than $4 million in cash and $5 million worth of drugs during a yearlong investigation that has thus far led to the arrests of seven people allegedly connected with the Mexican Mafia. More...

Health & Wellness

Keeping children safe, healthy during the new school year

Along with the broken hearts, the crushed egos and the betrayed friendships that are part and parcel of the school years, your child may also encounter an unexpected, more serious problem—an illness or injury, for example. More...

The benefits of raw apple cider vinegar

commentary Folk medicine

Regardless of what it’s made from, any alcoholic beverage will turn into vinegar over time as it becomes exposed to the bacteria in the air. Most vinegars are made by mashing grain, apples or grapes, adding alcohol and then letting it ferment. More...

Business

B of A reaches $17-billion settlement over bad home loans

Bank of America announced Aug. 21 that it reached a nearly $17-billion settlement with a federal and state group investigating the bank’s role in the 2008 mortgage lending crisis. More...

Sports

All-star softball squad completes successful summer run

‘DREAM TEAM’—The Simi Valley Girls Softball Dream Team, comprising players from Simi Valley, Royal and Grace Brethren high schools, was named champions of both the U-18 Chino Milkca More...

Pets

COMPANION—

Allie is an altered female black and brown Austrian shepherd/shetland sheepdog mix about 7 years old. She is very sweet and loves to be around people. She would make a wonderful companion dog. More...

Police

Police Blotter

Aug. 10 In the 2700 block of E. Cochran Street, a man, 48, was arrested for being drunk in public. A woman, 45, was arrested in the 2600 block of E. Cochran Street for being drunk in public. In the 4100 block of E. More...

Family

Red Hats Paint the Town

Women’s club hosts picnic at Rancho Tapo Park on Saturday

FUN WITH FRIENDS—Above, Barbara Herman, left, of Chatsworth learns she’s just won a game while Linda Thou cheers her on at a Red Hat Society picnic on Saturday at Rancho Tapo Community Pa More...

Kiwanis peanut fundraiser cracks mold

The Simi Valley Kiwanis Club will present the inaugural Kiwanis Peanut Day fundraising campaign on Sat., Sept. 13. More...

Letters

Reduce the speed limit on Royal

I’m disappointed that our leaders have decided that radar use on a stretch of Royal Avenue is more important than slowing all cars down near the baseball fields. More...

Council should be ashamed

The Simi Valley City Council members should be ashamed of themselves. Reducing the allocation grant to the Samaritan Center from $45,000 to $20,000 at a time when they need it the most is a disgrace. More...

Support the Samaritan Center

From articles I read this morning, the Samaritan Center needs about $30,000 additional in funding to keep its center open. They serve our city in a unique way, offering a hand up and counseling to those in need. More...

Editorials

The do’s and don’ts of campaign letters

Social media and the Internet as a whole have forever transformed how thoughts and opinions are disseminated, a phenomenon that can have particular punch in an election year. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Farmers back in the fold, temporarily

Company announces it’s bringing 450 employees back to Cochran St. building

Farmers Insurance is temporarily bringing 450 employees back to Simi Valley after leaving its leased space vacant for 2½ years, and Mayor Bob Huber said he hopes the company can be encouraged to stay longer. More...

Cemetery manager ousted

After 14 years as manager of El Rancho Simi Pioneer Cemetery, Barbara Scroggins is approaching the end of her tenure. Trustees of the El Rancho Simi Pioneer Cemetery District voted Aug. 13 not to renew her contract when it ends Nov. 1. More...

Community

Meeting on SSFL cleanup will be held in Calabasas

The Santa Susana Field Laboratory Community Advisory Group will present an update on the cleanup of the laboratory site to the Calabasas Environmental Commission at 7 p.m. Tues., Sept. 2 at Calabasas City Hall, 100 Civic Center Way. More...

Dog-law dodgers could befined

Fees will help fund no-kill shelter system

Simi Valley dog owners who’ve let their canine companion’s license or rabies vaccination lapse for more than five months could face fines of $100 or more starting in October. More...

Nonprofit helps victims of sex trafficking

The president of Beauty for Ashes International, a Simi Valley based nonprofit aimed at helping women who’ve been victims of human trafficking abroad, is seeking to expand her efforts with the help of area businesses and organizations. More...

Schools

Charitable fund sponsoring drive for back-to-school books, supplies

Elementary schools to benefit

The Simi Valley Charitable Fund was created in July 2013 to seek out and fund projects in the community to benefit those most in need. More...

Entry fees to golf event go toward education

The Simi Valley Education Foundation will host its annual Tee Up For Kidz Golf Tournament to raise money for the educational needs of the students in the Simi Valley Unified School District on Fri., Sept. More...

Serving in Uniform

Army Pvt. Ashley Barnett has graduated from nine weeks of basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Barnett is the daughter of Kimberly Barnett of Bakersfield and granddaughter of Lynda Rose of Woodland Hills. More...

Faith

Art room at Chabad offers monthly workshops

The Chabad Jewish Center has opened the Aleph Art Room, a Jewish educational art program. The art room will provide pre-holiday and mitzvah workshops on a monthly basis. More...

Singing God’s praise

Revivus festival rocks Duck Park

TAKING A BREAK FROM THE FUN— Below, Joe File and his niece, Claire Verdugo, 3, both of Simi Valley, take a popcorn break during the Revivus festival at Rancho Simi Community Park on Saturday. More...

Temple dedicates access ramp

Congregation B’nai Emet recently dedicated a new access ramp with the help of a donation made by Marilyn Cameron with funding she received from her late friend, Beatrice Roth. Roth worked as a social worker for 42 years. More...

On The Town

The house wins with madcap musical

PLAY REVIEW ‘Guys and Dolls’

Those colorful crapshooters of Runyonland are back. The High Street Arts Center’s new production of the madcap musical “Guys and Dolls” debuted Aug. 22 and is already proving to be a “best bet.” More...

The Movie Nut

Summer is typically a slow time in the movie industry. But 2014 offered a few gems for every type of moviegoer. While we await the holiday blockbusters, here are my top 10 movie picks for the summer. More...

At The Library

The Simi Valley Public Library will present these free programs in September. The library will be closed Mon., Sept. 1 in observance of Labor Day. For information on programs, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org. For all ages More...

Neighbors

Clockmaker found time for generosity

Man’s creations touched hundreds

In the decade before his death, Simi Valley resident Eldon Bowman was a man on a mission. The former aerospace engineer and veteran made 643 clocks by hand—and gave nearly all of them away. More...