December 2, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Post-election disruptions minimal at Simi schools

SVUSD Superintendent stresses ‘inclusive culture’

Compared to some other school districts, Simi Valley Unified experienced a relatively low level of post-Election Day tension. More...

Health & Wellness

Local race is pure punishment

Tough 10K prides itself on its difficulty

When Ventura resident Caleb Guevara set out to create the world’s toughest 10K, he didn’t need to look past the Conejo Valley.  More...

Business

Supermarket reopens after remodeling

NEW LOOK—After temporarily closing for a remodel, Albertsons at 1268 Madera Road held a grand reopening ceremony Nov. 30. Above, district manager Rick Crandall introduces Sam Herrera, store director for the Madera location. More...

Website highlights all things Simi

Local businesses, attractions featured

Locals and out-of-towners alike will soon have access to a one-stop-shop website that features all things Simi Valley. On Dec. More...

Sports

Running wild

CROSS COUNTRY /// CIF State Championships Underdog Royal girls’ cross country team battles at state meet in Fresno

Local high school cross country teams went up against the fastest runners in California at the CIF State Cross Country Championships last weekend in Fresno.  More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

DOG OF MYTH—Apollo is a male Doberman pinscher. He enjoys being outside and is very friendly. If you would like to adopt Apollo, ask for ID No. A653576 at Ventura County Animal Services in Camarillo, 600 Aviation Drive. More...

Police

POLICE BLOTTER

Nov. 13  A man, 25, was arrested on felony and misdemeanor warrants in the 1800 block of Erringer Road.  On the 118 Freeway at Tapo Canyon Road, a 49- year- old Moorpark man was arrested for driving under the influence.  Nov. 14   More...

Family

Slugger recalls roller-coaster career

Drug abuse, health issues plagued Darryl Strawberry

Long before he became a Major League Baseball player in 1983, Darryl Strawberry battled the emotional scars of a painful childhood. More...

Jolly Squad in sixth season

Over 90 dancers from Thrive Dance Center in Newbury Park comprise the Jolly Squad, volunteers who perform a 30-minute holiday song-and-dance show at community events and eight assisted-living facilities in Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks.  The squ More...

Calendar

Calendar

FRI., DEC. 2  Holiday Boutique  8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Los Cerritos Middle School gym, 2100 E. Avenida de Las Flores, Thousand Oaks. 38 vendors sell family gifts. Funds go to PTSA. Phone: 805.320.4405.  Simi Community Christmas   More...

Columns

Bring flavors of the world home

Flying Squirrel

In my last piece, I explored the culinary side of travel—all the delicious options vacationers have both on land and at sea. This is perfect for those foodies who have plans for a trip in the foreseeable future. More...

Editorials

Death shouldn’t be the penalty for P-45

Editorial

As if it weren’t hard enough to protect the area’s precious few majestic mountain lions from mange, starvation, destruction of habitat, inbreeding, poisoning and traffic collisions— now comes the threat of some people who are intent More...

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Calleguas reinforces aging pipelines

Construction to continue through May

Calleguas Municipal Water District crews began work this week to fortify several sections of a major water pipeline that runs under the city. More...

Permit issued to kill local lion

Puma has been on killing spree

The male mountain lion known as P-45 hunts for prey, but now he’s the one being hunted. For the second time in the past year, the big cat is a prime suspect in the killing of livestock on private property in the Santa Monica Mountains. More...

Community

Park district reports water savings

RSRPD has cut H2O usage by about 24 percent

Nearly three years since California’s drought prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency, Simi Valley’s park district has cut its water usage by about 24 percent and made numerous changes in how parklands are maintained. More...

Contractors cited for working unlicensed

Painters and flooring installers came one by one to a Sycamore Canyon home in August thinking they were meeting a homeowner who wanted new paint and masonry work. What they unknowingly walked into was an illegal-contractor sting. More...

Simi man facing sexual abuse charge

A Simi Valley man may face prison time if he is convicted of sexually abusing a minor.  Thomas Platts, 26, pleaded not guilty Nov. 18 in Ventura County Superior Court to one felony count of continued sexual abuse of a minor, court records show. More...

Schools

The most important lessons of their lives

Apollo High’s program keeps teen parents on track

Brenda Rivas got pregnant in the middle of her junior year at Simi Valley High School. “I was really big so I had to do some home schooling,” she said, recalling the challenging time in her life seven years ago. More...

Burgeoning barristers take silver in Brooklyn

Santa Su tackles Fourth Amendment law

As the Manhattan skyline twinkled in the background, Santa Susana High School won a major courtroom victory. More...

PTA/PTSA to host superintendent

The Simi Valley PTA/PTSA Council will present the second Super Night of the school year at 7 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 8 in the multipurpose room of Valley View Middle School, 3347 Tapo St., Simi Valley. More...

Faith

Different religions unite to help the needy for Thanksgiving

Representatives of different religions united under one mission last week, raising $1,155 and collecting 250 cans of food for the Samaritan Center of Simi Valley, during the annual Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service.  More...

On The Town

Young local rockers prepare for battle

Teen band draws inspiration from classic rock

This weekend, Thousand Oaks Teen Center presents its annual edition of Battle of the Bands, and at least one rock group with members from Simi Valley schools is ready to compete against seven rival area bands. More...

Tavern offers tastefully twisted treats

Acorn Epicurean RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT /// Twisted Oak Tavern

What happens when an experienced restaurateur joins with a talented brewmaster? More...

Letters

Let’s make Simi the thankful city

This letter is a start of a something new in Simi Valley. I want our community to challenge itself by having a letter thanking people in each newspaper until Thanksgiving next year. More...

Location ideal for veteran housing

As a widowed senior Korean War-era veteran, I want to thank Many Mansions and the City of Simi Valley for their consideration of this oh-so-needed apartment complex. More...

Family is first on Thanksgiving

I was in a store before Thanksgiving.  I asked, “Are you ready for Friday?” He said, “Thursday.” I said I refuse to shop on Thanksgiving. He thanked me for refusing and meant it sincerely.  More...

Neighbors

Bakers write a ‘recipe for hope’

Entrepreneurs seek to help domestic abuse victims

Alina Gheta and Kim Santander are determined to “bake” a difference. The two friends, both law enforcement officials (they prefer to keep the name of the agency private), met in 2012 after being transferred into the same division. More...