September 11, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Spotlight on Simi for GOP primary debates

Candidates to take their places in front of Air Force One

Sixteen presidential hopefuls will go head-to-head Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley during a two-segment Republican primary debate.  More...

Health & Wellness

Simi Valley Hospital gala

Simi Valley Hospital Foundation will host a celebration gala in honor of the hospital’s 50th anniversary Sat., Sept. 26 at the Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley.  A reception will take place at 6:30 p.m. More...

Workshop on the aging brain

Brains go through various changes during aging.  Find out what happens to the brain as it gets older and learn tips on how to keep a brain active and healthy at a workshop conducted by Dr. More...

Protecting your body’s largest organ

Skin Care

Question: What is the largest organ in the body?  Answer: the skin. More...

Schools

Santa Su launches this year’s speaker series

Talk open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. next Thursday

Santa Susana High School of Accelerated Academics will host the first talk in the Distinguished Speaker Series at 6 p.m. Thurs., Sept. More...

High-schooler named prize winner in national essay/video contest

Go For Broke National Education Center recently announced the winners of its 2015 High School and College Student Essay and Video Contest.  Taylor Riedley, a student at Simi Valley High School, was a third-prize winner for her essay.  More...

District expulsions on the decline

Suspensions also down from 2013-14

Student expulsions in the Simi Valley Unified School District were down 25 percent last school year compared to 2013- 14, according to an annual report presented to the school board this week.  In all, the district expelled 28 students in 2014-1 More...

Pets

Kingsnake slithers around community

A California kingsnake has recently been seen on the prowl at the wilder edges of my rural Agoura community. It has cream and brown bands and glistens like a Botticelli goddess who’s been anointed with the most luxuriant bath oils.  More...

READY TO GO HOME—

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Ventura County Animal Services to host gala

Ventura County Animal Services will host a gala and auction from 5 to 10 p.m. Sat., Sept. More...

Family

Nonprofit ACTION to host 10th anniversary dinner

The nonprofit organization ACTION (Area Christians Taking Initiative On Needs) will celebrate 10 years of service to the community with the “Step Into Our Story” dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. at Wood Ranch Golf Club, 301 N. More...

Red, Ripe & Ready

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FRI., SEPT. 11  Westlake Village Encore Club  9:30 a.m. at Westlake Yacht Club, Lindero Canyon Road. Coffee and refreshments. Guests welcome. Contact: Tommie. Phone: 805.852. 5009.  Moorpark Women’s Fortnightly Club   More...

Letters

City Council needs term limits

I am writing to acknowledge my support of City Council term limits. After learning the City of Thousand Oaks had put it on their ballot and the community passed the measure, I wrote Mayor Bob Huber requesting Simi Valley do the same. More...

It’s easy to blame others for failure

I find it funny that Haggen is suing Albertsons for their failure in the marketplace. From the onset they have had complaints and failed to deal with pricing issues. More...

Longtime checker says farewell

It is with much sadness that I am writing this letter. More...

Editorials

Wildlife bridge can’t be built with public money alone

With the numbers unleashed, we learn that the cost of the new Liberty Canyon wildlife bridge could hit $60 million (see related story on Page 1).  We knew the price of pet care was high, but this is a figure that boggles the mind.  More...

Man shot with stun gun, arrested after disturbance at elementary campus

Big Springs Elementary School placed on brief lockdown

A Simi Valley man was shot with a stun gun and subsequently arrested this morning after allegedly causing a disturbance at Big Springs Elementary School. More...

What lies beneath

Duck Park pond renovations resume

Several feet of sediment and trash caked along the bottom of Rancho Simi Community Park’s lagoon will be hauled away over the next two weeks as renovations continue. More...

Wildlife corridor study says costs could reach $60M

Crossing will be ‘not only feasible, but affordable,’ expert says

The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority released a study Sept. More...

Community

Judging underway for Acorn on Vacation contest

Fall has arrived, school is back and it’s time to judge the winners of the 2015 Take Your Acorn on Vacation Photo Contest.  The 10 finalists have been posted online at www.theacornonline.com, where you are invited to go and click on your f More...

Advocates are a stabilizing force

Nonprofit serves county’s foster kids

Every year, roughly 1,000 Ventura County children enter the foster system for reasons beyond their control. Often bounced from home to home, a foster child’s life can change at a moment’s notice.  More...

First Lady of Simi to give guest talk

Simi Valley/Moorpark Republican Women Federated will meet for a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Fri., Sept. More...

Business

Development plans still in the works

FEMA approval could take four to six weeks

It’s been more than a year since the vacant lot at Los Angeles Avenue and Madera Road last changed ownership, and official development plans still have not been submitted for the site.  More...

Report: Ventura County is nation’s most ‘desirable’ county to live in

Orange County? Nah. Palm Beach? Nope. Santa Barbara? More...

Grocery chain files for bankruptcy

Haggen attempting to sell some stores slated for closure

In the midst of multiple lawsuits, store closures and employee layoffs, Haggen, Inc. announced Tuesday it has voluntarily filed for bankruptcy. More...

Sports

Focused on state

Pioneer girls, who won state title in 2013, placed fifth at meet last season

Labor Day is a time to rest, kick feet up on the coffee table, gnaw on Slim Jims and watch reruns of “Bob’s Burgers.”  More...

Lancers spike Heritage Christian for The Shield

Grace Brethren High’s football team, 2-0 overall, will look to stay unbeaten when it travels to take on Western Christian (0-2) at 7 tonight.  More...

Police

Law on drones gaining altitude

In the past few years the popularity of unmanned aerial vehicles— better known as drones— has exploded to the point that the new industry has become a multibillion-dollar business.  More...

Police Blotter

Aug. 23  In the 5700 block of E. Los Angeles Avenue, a 22-year-old man was arrested for driving under the influence.  A man, 25, was cited for possessing drug paraphernalia at Royal Avenue and Thompson Lane. More...

Faith

The Art of Being

Everyone has a purpose in life . . . a unique gift or special talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals. More...

High Holiday family services

Temple Etz Chaim, a conservative synagogue, will host family prayer services for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  Rosh Hashanah services will take place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Mon., Sept. More...

On The Town

Barbecue joint offers comfort food

restaurant review

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit   The sweet, smoky smell of barbecue invades your senses when you walk in the door at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Simi Valley and you can almost taste the meat.  More...

Local trio hits Pasadena stage

The Koles of Simi Valley will perform a free concert at 8 p.m. tonight, Fri., Sept. 11, at The Levitt Pavilion, Memorial Park, 85 E. More...

Columns

Jack-o’-lanterns in August

Get this: My wife thinks Halloween season starts in October.  She tells me I’m stubborn about when I believe the season starts, but I’m not gonna hear any of that.  Last year at this time, I brought out the scary movies followed More...

What’s your number?

Remember that Steve Miller Band classic “Fly Like an Eagle”? It goes, “Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future.”  More...

Anticipating the power of rain

It’s beginning to get a bit frightening as I read the El Niño predictions for this coming winter. More...