April 24, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Proposed mixed-use ‘village’ combines home, work, play

Firm wants to transform former office building

Business professionals, families and visitors gather to live, work or play in a “village” containing shops, apartments, offices and a hotel: That’s one real estate firm’s vision for the 43-acre lot on the northeast corner of M More...

Health & Wellness

Hospital Awards Volunteers for their Service

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Medical experts discuss the dangers of obesity

More than 65 million adults and 10 million children suffer from obesity, considered one of the leading causes of life-threatening diseases. Being morbidly obese can compromise health, shorten one’s life, and even cause death. More...

Overdose antidote now available without a prescription

The California State Board of Pharmacy has approved emergency regulations allowing pharmacists to furnish without a prescription an antidote to reverse opioid overdose. More...

Schools

‘A chain reaction of kindness’

Girls launch campaign to stop bullying at Hillside

With the goal of starting “a chain reaction of kindness” at school, three determined Girl Scouts launched Bullying Awareness Week at Hillside Middle School. More...

Foundation names April teacher of the month

TEACHER HONORS—Linda Fowler of Mountain View Elementary School has been named Simi Valley Education Foundation’s April 2015 teacher of the month. More...

Sports

Area lacrosse teams prepare for postseason

Lacrosse season is heating up in Acorn Country. More...

Police

Police Blotter

April 5 A Thousand Oaks man, 22, was cited for petty theft in the 200 block of E. Cochran Street. On E. Cochran Street at Tapo Canyon Road, a 29- year- old Thousand Oaks woman was cited for being under the influence of a controlled substance. More...

Family

Family Men Don't Wear Name Brands

Fitbit sweatshop Being competitive is work, which is why I don’t like competition. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t compete. More...

Obituaries

Ingeborg Louise Olsen

On April 11, 2015, Ingeborg Louise Olsen left this world to spend eternity with Jesus! She was 104 years old and had spent her last few years at Simi Valley Care Center due to declining health. More...

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Letters

Measles is not the real epidemic

This is in response to the April 3 letter “Bill would end most exemptions.” More...

Insurance could save renters

I just finished reading ‘Rising up from the ashes’ by Alicia Doyle and thought to myself: another avoidable situation. Too many times people who can least afford to “self-insure” take the gamble and lose. More...

Parkway trees are nature’s fans

I am writing a rebuttal to Valrie Apodoc about removing parkway trees. I have lived in Simi Valley since 1962. I remember the wonderful smell of citrus blossoms in the evening; all the citrus groves are now gone. I love the trees. More...

Columns

RV travel

If you’ve driven along the coast on a holiday weekend and seen the line of RVs enjoying our fantastic sunsets, you might’ve thought, “That looks like fun!” And if you’ve ever seen your neighbor spending an entire day cle More...

Mafia ‘keyholder’ pleads guilty in extortion ring

Simi Valley man was No. 2 in charge

More than two years after a grand jury returned the largest criminal indictment in Ventura County history, a local high-ranking associate of the Mexican Mafia is now facing 27 years and four months in state prison for his role in an extortion and dru More...

Good Old Country Tunes

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Community

Water bills on tap to rise this fall

Flat-rate fee could increase by up to 65 percent

More than half of Simi Valley residents will see their monthly water bills jump by 12.5 percent come October if the City Council approves a proposed rate and fee increase next month. More...

Conditions ripe for fire

Drought, winds have turned area into tinderbox

Fire crews in Ventura County and throughout Southern California are on high alert. California’s four-year drought has sucked the moisture out of area vegetation and turned barren hillsides into tinderboxes. More...

Website gives picture of county spending

Online tool aims provide greater transparency

Ventura County has launched a website that will give taxpayers timely information on how, when and where their money is spent. More...

Business

Stricter conservation rules in the works

City considers declaring level 2 water shortage

Simi Valley residents may soon be subjected to stricter irrigation regulations due to the state’s ongoing drought. On April 1, Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order aimed at reducing water use throughout the state. More...

College students explore careers at job fair

CAREER PROSPECTS—From left, Elyse Earwood of Simi Valley and Angela Krego of Ventura talk to Alison Sullivan of Granada Hills about job prospects for registered nurses at the career and interns More...

Haggen begins market changeover

A handful of Albertsons and Vons grocery stores in Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Camarillo closed their doors and reopened this week under the Haggen brand. More...

Pets

SHE’S THE BOSS—

Pieces is a female white and black domestic shorthair mix about 3 years old. She likes to be the boss but is very sweet. If you would like to adopt Pieces, ask for animal ID No. More...

Faith

SoCal Mormon Choir coming to town

Group performing May 2 in Simi

The Southern California Mormon Choir will give its annual local performance at 7 p.m. Sat., May 2 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 480 Sinaloa Road, Simi Valley. More...

Volunteers lend a hand across county

The annual Helping Hands, a community-based volunteer day sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and JustServe.org, will host hundreds of volunteers as they help their communities on Sat., April 25, with projects all day through More...

Jubilee singers host concert

The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers of Los Angeles will perform at 4 p.m. Sun., April 26 at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. More...

On The Town

Meet with Congressman Steve Knight

Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25) will take part in a breakfast meeting hosted by the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wed., May 6 at the Wood Ranch Golf Club, 301 Wood Ranch Parkway, Simi Valley. More...

On mattresses, dockwalking and rare birds

Mattress recycling Even after a law passes requiring a new program to boost recycling, program proponents depend on a large network of government, nonprofits, businesses and the public to turn an idealized vision into an implemented reality. More...

County presents Earth Day awards

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors honored environmental champions at its April 21 meeting. The recipients of the 2015 Ventura County Earth Day Awards include the following. More...

Editorials

The (mostly) good news economy

A report released last month by the Cal Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting predicts 2015 will be a watershed year for the state and national economies. (The water is a figure of speech. More...

Neighbors

Teacher’s best medicine is being with students

Educator has been battling cancer since 2007

Whether he’s battling a cooler stealing bear or discovering the cat ate his favorite pet parrot, the stories that Township Elementary teacher Erik Kalberg tells are legendary among his sixth-grade students. More...