August 12, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Council approves zoning district sought by Simi Valley Hospital

For the past few years, Simi Valley Hospital has been working to improve its facilities, its aesthetics and its reputation. More...

Health & Wellness

Simi scholar takes nutrition lessons to island nation

When Simi Valley native Stephanie Riley traveled to a remote region of the Dominican Republic last month, she thought she was prepared to see a world unlike her own. More...

Business

City wins grant to achieve energy efficiency

Southern California Edison recently gave Simi Valley more than $600,000 to promote energy efficiency through green building design and practices. More...

Sports

Royal linemen ready to run the rock

Gridiron impact report: Royal offensive line

Linemen that grow up together stick together. The Royal High football team’s five starting offensive linemen have a special bond. They started together on the freshman team, and worked their way up the ranks. More...

Martin out, Taggart in as SVHS football coach

Coaching change occurs a month before regular season begins

The Simi Valley High varsity football team moved quickly to name a successor to former head coach Lance Martin, who resigned last week. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

LITTLE LADY—Miranda, a 7-month-old pitbull, is perfectly trained and very small for her breed. She is excellent with other dogs and has great manners. More...

Faith

Forum to screen film on anti-gay bullying

Moderated discussion to follow

A documentary film about a gay student who endured beatings from schoolmates and later won a federal court ruling to protect others from such bullying will be screened at a community forum at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Aug. More...

Klezmer band to entertain at ice cream social

Havarim B’nai B’rith of the Conejo Valley invites the community to a free ice cream social at 8 p.m. Mon., Aug. 15 at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. More...

Simi synagogue to host movie and brunch

Congregation B’nai Emet will present these events, unless otherwise noted, at the synagogue, 9 W. Bonita St., Simi Valley. Guests are welcome to event. More...

Letters

Not a fan of sewer line vote

I want to respond to Jan Gardner’s letter thanking Bob Huber and Mike Judge for saving us a $1 per month increase per year for five years on our sanitation tax to upgrade our sewer lines— some which are 60 years old. More...

Debt ceiling debate all about politics

We are dismayed and disgusted by the inaction of Congress regarding the raising of the debt ceiling. More...

Mayor off mark on redistricting

I fail to understand the hysteria and alarm that Simi Mayor Bob Huber has raised in regard to the 2010 redistricting. More...

Editorials

Let’s stay heady this fall

The lead sports stories in the past two issues of the Acorn say it all: High school football season is almost here. More...

Cartoon

Full Story

City appeals Sacramento’s ‘ransom’ fee

Staff believes redevelopment calculations flawed

Last month city leaders committed to pay millions to the state to keep Simi Valley’s redevelopment agency operational. Now the city is challenging the amount Sacramento says it has to pay. In January, Gov. More...

Grants sought to help pay for housing needs

Although the city has committed to paying the fee required to save its redevelopment agency from obliteration, it is looking for additional sources of revenue to keep Simi Valley’s housing programs robust. More...

Kick it up a notch

POTENT GRUB— Simi Valley resident Steve Bacon, right, serves up the hot stuff to Ann McColgan at the eighth annual Walk in the Park car show and chili cook-off at the Elks lodge in Simi Valley More...

Community

Simi man sentenced in child porn case

Raymond Rancourt, 54, of Simi Valley, has been sentenced to serve 180 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to felony possession of child pornography. More...

Voters can receive sample ballots online

Due to a new state law, registered voters can voluntarily “opt out” of receiving their sample ballot booklet in paper form by mail and instead receive the information online. More...

Amtrak train strikes, kills Simi woman

A Simi Valley woman was struck and killed by a westbound Amtrak train Wednesday morning, police say. The woman was 24-year-old Regina Pecora, according to the Ventura County medical examiner’s office. The incident occurred at about 9 a.m. Aug. More...

Schools

Studio makes dance dreams come true

For their winning “Man with a Hex” routine, Aubrie Shadday and other tap dancers from Studio 13 in Simi Valley were named first-place junior tap team at the Thunderstruck Dance Competition in Las Vegas last month. More...

Host families needed for exchange students

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking local host families for international high school boys and girls. More...

Newbury Park High reunion includes classes of ’69-’72

The Newbury Park High School Class of 1971 will host a 40-year reunion from 4 to 10 p.m. Sat., Aug. 20 at the Stagecoach Inn Museum, 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. More...

Police

Police Blotter

Aug. 1 In the 800 block of N. Greenbriar Avenue, a woman, 41, was arrested on a charge of battery. Aug. More...

Obituaries

Virginio Valentino “Val” Santiago

Virginio Valentino “Val” Santiago passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on July 26, 2011, at the age of 63. More...

Calendar

Calendar

FRI., AUG. 12 Moorpark MOPS Open House 10 a.m. to noon at Moorpark Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, 13950 Peach Hill Road, Moorpark. For mothers of children entering kindergarten or younger. Meet members and leaders. Refreshments. More...

Dining & Entertainment

TV actor to address Rotary Club

Rotary Club of Simi Sunset- Morning Edition will meet from 6:45 to 8 a.m. Wed., Aug. 17 at Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way, Simi Valley. The guest speaker is actor Jimmy Weldon. More...

The Canyon’s jazz nights feature acclaimed artists

Wednesdays have found their groove at The Canyon club in Agoura Hills, which is about to host Smooth Jazz nights, a weekly live music series featuring world-renowned musicians. More...

‘A Few Good Men’ to take High Street stage

The High Street Arts Center will present the military courtroom drama “A Few Good Men” by Aaron Sorkin Aug. 19 through Sept. 18 at the theater, 45 E. High St., Moorpark. The production is directed by Shane Bingham and James Cluster. More...

Neighbors

Endurance racer a ‘Tough Mudder’

Dukes enjoys pushing himself to the limit

Imagine crawling through mud with barbed wire hanging inches above your head, leaping over a pile of scorching flames or diving head first into a pit of ice water. More...

To astmasters holding open house

Simi Valley Toastmasters Club No. 3533 will host an open house at 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 18 at Vintage Simi Hills, 5300 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Guests can meet members, network and learn new speaking skills. Refreshments will be provided. More...

Scouts show their sharing spirit

HELPING THE CAUSE—Boy Scout Troop 633 held a canned food drive Aug. 6 to help fill the empty food bank shelves in Simi Valley. More...