October 24, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Sheriff reflects on first term in office

Under Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean’s watch, sheriff’s office-led task forces have halted illegal sales of prescription drugs and arrested members of the Mexican Mafia, seizing millions of dollars in cash and drugs in their possession More...

Health & Wellness

Running for a cause

READY TO FLY— Above, runners say the Pledge of Allegiance before the begin the 5K/ 10K Tooth Fairy Fun Run at the 4th annual Community Health & Fitness Expo at the Simi Valley Town Center o More...

Hospital gets ‘pampered in pink’ to raise awareness

Simi Valley Hospital is honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) with a special event, Pampered in Pink, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 30 at the Nancy Reagan Breast Center in the Aspen Outpatient Center, 2750 N. More...

Blood drives ramping up before holidays

Blood donations often decline between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day as people become busy with holiday festivities. Donors are needed in the weeks leading up to the winter holidays to help prevent these seasonal declines. More...

Schools

La Reina High School open to sixth-graders

La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks will open its classrooms to sixth-graders starting in the 2015-2016 school year. More...

Exploring the career world

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Not your stereotypical arts school

Santa Susana High School is home to both artists, academics

Many people have stereotyped preconceptions of arts schools. The teachers are hippies who advocate green living, some might think. More...

Pets

Pet of the week

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Seized dogs need homes

The Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center is seeking homes for 17 dogs seized in March from a Santa Paula home where animal cruelty had been suspected. Owner Silvano Duran has pleaded guilty. More...

Interactive horse training at Simi equestrian center

Master horse trainer Dr. Lew Sterrett will host a workshop titled “Human/Equine Analogies in Relational Training” from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 25 at the Arroyo Simi Equestrian Center, 3495 Chicory Leaf Place, Simi Valley. More...

Faith

The Art of Being

Knowing when to hold on and when to let go

My dog MacDoodle and I took our regular early morning walk today just as the sun was rising. The air was unusually cool and dense with moisture from the lingering fog. It truly felt like autumn. More...

Church festival features music, food and rides

The St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church Men’s Club will host its annual Fall Fest from Oct. 24 through 26 at the corner of Janss and Moorpark roads in Thousand Oaks. Hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Fri., Oct. 24; 1 to 11 p.m. Sat., Oct. More...

On The Town

Teaming up with a hometown haunt

I suffered two black eyes and a big gash on my forehead at work on a recent Saturday night. I was cursed at, screamed at and fled from. And I loved every minute of it. On the evening of Oct. More...

The Movie Nut

This movie is not nearly as good as it deserves to be. With A-list talent both on screen and behind the scenes, “The Judge” should crackle with humor and human drama. More...

The Acorn Epicurean

Fresh, tasty, healthy . . . with a twist

If you’ve never tasted food from a French Vietnamese restaurant, you’re in for a real treat at 9021Pho in Thousand Oaks. More...

Columns

On the Trail

Spying on spiders

What appeared to be a bride’s tattered wedding veil was snagged on brittle bits of brush along a chaparral-fringed trail near my rural Agoura home. More...

Editorials

A trio of reasons why your vote counts Nov. 4

Fewer than one in four registered Ventura County voters filled out a ballot for the June 5 primary, resulting in the lowest turnout for a non-special election of any kind in the county in at least 20 years. More...

Political Cartoon

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Open space, pensions were hot topics at forum

Saving open space, controlling the city’s pension liability and strengthening the business community were a few topics of discussion during a City Council candidates’ forum last week. More...

New mobile police app nearing 1,000 downloads

The Simi Valley City Council on Monday received an update on the police department’s new mobile app, approved a contract for an LED lighting project, and presented several awards and proclamations. More...

Community

Huber, Sandberg battle head-to-head

The seat for Simi Valley mayor is up for grabs Nov. 4, and just like in 2012, incumbent Bob Huber is facing off against sole challenger Ken Sandberg. More...

Strickland, Knight focus on jobs, education

With the Nov. 4 election just around the corner, Tony Strickland and Steve Knight are stepping up their campaigns in the race to fill the U.S. House seat for the 25th Congressional District. More...

Daniels wants district to lead education

If Simi Valley Unified School District were a boat, Bill Daniels said, he believes it would be sinking right about now. More...

Business

Shoppes at Westlake almost fully leased

Less than three months after its first tenant, Target, opened in July, the Shoppes at Westlake Village is 98 percent leased, the retail center developer announced last week. Dan Selleck hosted a party at the shopping center Oct. More...

Class for job seekers

A free workshop for unemployed professionals, Strategies for a Successful Job Search, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m Mon., Nov. 3 through Fri., Nov. 7 at the Simi Valley Job and Career Center, 980 Enchanted Way. More...

Sports

Pioneers are league champs

Simi Valley girls’ golf team shares Coastal Canyon title with Oak Park

The Pioneers made history at Simi Hills Golf Course last week. Simi Valley High’s girls’ golf team defeated Camarillo on Oct. More...

Canyon League kickoff approaches

HORIZONTAL LEAP—Simi Valley High senior Brandon Thevenyflies for yards during the Pioneer football team’s 14-10 win against Royal on Oct. 10. More...

Royal tennis team surges on court

Highlander girls finish regular season with respectable 6-8 overall record

Royal High’s girls’ tennis team had a rough day on the court against rival Simi Valley on Tuesday. More...

Police

Police Blotter

Oct. 5 In the 6300 block of Katherine Road, a 26-year-old man was cited for having liquor on school property A Thousand Oaks man, 18, was cited in the 1400 block of Olympic Street for assault with intent to commit sexual battery. More...

Family

Auctions, games at annual festival

Simi Valley residents can satisfy a hankering for a grilled cheese sandwich or win an opportunity to hit the slopes in Big Bear at Madera Elementary School’s Harvest Festival tonight. More...

Family Men

Scareless

My son, now 11 years old, used to be fearless. Then I took him into a haunted house one Halloween. I carelessly brought my wife along. The kid was doing fine with all the scares. More...

Cops raise funds for Special Olympics

Officers from the Simi Valley Police Department raised funds for the Ventura County Special Olympics Foundation by waiting tables at the Red Robin Restaurant in the Simi Valley Town Center on Oct. 16. More...

Letters

FROM THE EDITOR

Please be aware: The Simi Valley Acorn will not publish any election-related letters in the last edition (Oct. 31) before Election Day. The only campaign-related letters that will be permitted in the Oct. More...

City Councilman backs Knight

I, like so many, dislike negative campaigns during election time. I want to see each candidate explain his or her ideals and present their personal road map on how they plan to achieve their goals. More...

Union does not support Hirsch

I am writing in response to Josie Hirsch’s campaign flier in which she states, “Our Children, Our Schools.” More...