July 18, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Strickland’s fundraising total tops $1 million

With $1.2 million in total reported contributions, Republican Tony Strickland has taken a substantial lead in fundraising in the 25th Congressional District race, according to Federal Elections Commission finance reports. More...

Health & Wellness

Adults and children with disabilities stand up and ‘MOVE’ at Arc

Participants take a step toward better mobility

For nearly two years now, 28-year-old Brandon Ackerman has been getting out of his wheelchair and walking for an hour and a half each day at the Arc of Ventura County facility in Simi Valley. More...

Business

Plenty for sale, but friendship is free

Boutique offers a unique dose of retail therapy

Susan Curry and Debby Harris refer to each other as soul sisters. The Simi Valley residents said they feel like they’ve known each other forever, even though it’s been just a year. More...

County Public Works: Don’t dump on streets

In an effort to curb illegal dumping on county roads, the Ventura County Public Works Agency urges the community to use caution when disposing of hazardous and nonhazardous waste. More...

Sports

Training with the Kings

Patrick Newell, who has skated for years at Iceoplex, spends week at NHL hockey team’s development camp for prospects

In a quiet suburban community, a hockey puck sails from a backyard into a neighbor’s front lawn across the street. It’s a familiar scene in the Conejo Valley, eh? More...

Get to know Patrick Newell

Patrick Newell, 18, trained at the Los Angeles Kings development camp last week at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo. He’s a promising NHL prospect. More...

Siblings and best friends

Deric and Taylor Ginther aren’t your stereotypical brothersister siblings—they get along. The Ginthers hang out together in public, talk to each other on the phone and call each other best friends. More...

Family

COMMENTARY Parenting Skills

On-the-job training for raising children

I’ve heard many people exclaim, “Why isn’t there a class for parents? More...

On The Town

Broadway star recalls ‘Bye, Bye Birdie’

Actress who played in original production to attend play

When the curtain goes up on Cabrillo Music Theatre’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie” Friday evening at the Civic Arts Plaza, there will be more than one Kim McAfee in the house. More...

Four-time soloist to play T.O.

The Thousand Oaks Philharmonic Alumni Recital Series will feature pianist Yasha Yakhnis in a “Chopin & Dessert” performance at 7:30 p.m. Sat., July 26 at a private home in Thousand Oaks. More...

YAE presents ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

Young Artists Ensemble will present its 34th annual teen summer musical production, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” from Aug. 1 through 10 at the Thousand Oaks High School performing arts center, 2323 N. Moorpark Road. More...

Columns

Lessons of rock

A confession: When I was young, “good” rock ’n’ roll somewhat eluded me. I was born in 1958. More...

Editorials

Our explanation for requesting to see Sojka arrest video

Like many Simi Valley residents, we were shocked and dismayed to learn in March that one of our council members had been picked up for DUI. More...

Dash cams reveal details of DUI arrest

Video obtained via FOIA request

Simi Valley City Councilman Steve Sojka told El Segundo police he had consumed “one or two” vodka and Red Bull cocktails several hours before he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on a Tuesday night in March. More...

SVUSD budgets for declining enrollment

After several years of deficit spending, the Simi Valley School District will avoid the red in the 2014-15 school year and is even expected to have a surplus of about $400,000 at the end of the year. More...

Community

Senior housing proposal up for approval

Project includes five affordablehousing units

A proposal to build a 50-unit apartment complex for people 55 and older in the eastern part of Simi Valley is headed to the City Council for approval next month. More...

Moorpark College to host annual powwow

The 14th annual Redbird Children of Many Colors Native American Powwow will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20 on the athletic field at Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. More...

Ask the mayor

Simi Valley Mayor Bob Huber will host an opportunity for the public to meet with him from 10 a.m. to noon Sat., July 19 in the Community Room of the Simi Valley Town Center., north of the 118 Freeway between First Street and Erringer Road. More...

Schools

Simi natives earn degrees, honors

Kevin Kieselbach earned a graduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis in May. Kieselbach graduated with a Bachelor of Science in computer science and economics, and a Master of Science in computer science. More...

Exchange students in need of host families

International Student Placements is seeking host families for Chinese exchange students from Tues., July 22 to Tues., Aug. 5. The students, ages 15 to 17, will study for two weeks at Cal State Channel Islands. Host families are compensated. More...

Dance team wins big in London

LIGHT ON THEIR FEET—The Claddagh Dance Company of Simi Valley’s Irish Dance U-13 Ceili Team won the 2014 World Irish Dance Championships April 15 at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in London. More...

Pets

PURRFECT COMPANION

PURRFECT COMPANION—Wooby, 6, is a brown and white tabby. He can be left alone and will greet when you return. He needs to be the only pet and is not good with children. More...

Police

POLICE BLOTTER

June 29 A man, 34, was arrested in the 1500 block of Patricia Avenue for possession and sale of methamphetamines and violating terms of a prior sentence. More...

Faith

Life: a wild ride on a universal roller coaster

“Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retrogression, of evolution and dissolution.” — Goethe How do you think your life is progressing? More...

Series focuses on families

Monte Vista Presbyterian Church in Newbury Park, along with the Miller Family YMCA, is presenting a free summer speaker series focusing on strengthening families and marriages. More...

Letters

Boeing’s cleanup standards weak

In the recent article “Field lab cleanup stirring up controversy,” Boeing asserts that the alternative cleanup standard it’s proposing is protective. More...

DTSC needs to protect public

It was very troubling to be at the June 18 work group meeting about the contamination of the Santa Susana Field Lab and see that the Department of Toxic Substances Control, which is supposed to protect us from toxins, is acting more as a protector of More...

Candidate under ethics probe

Ethics probe again? More...

Neighbors

Baby’s grand entrance

Firefighters delivered Sarah Analise Hensley at a local gas station July 2

The words were not what soonto be second-time father Jason Hensley was prepared for, at least not while steering the family car down the freeway late at night toward Kaiser Hospital in Woodland Hills with his wife, Ruth. More...