November 20, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

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Health & Wellness

Los Robles closes transitional care unit

Medical center to focus on providing acute care

Nancy Healey’s family recently found itself having to make a decision about where her very ill husband would get the best transitional care possible after leaving the hospital.  The choices in Thousand Oaks were few, she said. More...

Windy weather kicks up sinus allergies

Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes

It’s that time of year again when first we have the Santa Ana winds and then we see fires causing the air quality to become extremely unhealthy.  Many people begin feeling tired and weak with cold and allergy symptoms. More...

Expert discusses cancer in county

Women with higher socioeconomic status at greater risk of breast cancer

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Ventura County, ranking above heart disease, which is the No. 1 killer in California and the United States, according to Erin Slack, epidemiologist at Ventura County Public Health.  More...

Sports

The interceptor

Vukobradovich returns three interceptions for three TDs in Grace Brethren football’s playoff opener

Darrius Vukobradovich wasn’t just in the right place at the right time. More...

Pets

Songbirds lament at wildlife center

Nonprofit nurses trio of baby mockingbirds back to health

In early August, a citizen turned in a trio of tiny northern mockingbirds to the Pasadena Humane Society, and a volunteer brought them to the California Wildlife Center in Calabasas.  More...

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Faith

Nativities on display at Interfaith Christmas

Hundreds of nativities from around the world will be on display at the 10th annual Interfaith Simi Community Christmas from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. More...

Called to be strong during challenging time

Christian Living

All too often, it’s the thin and narrow ledge we’re forced to walk that grows us the most.  More...

Local Chabad hosts events

Menorah lighting, Chanukah games fun for all

Chabad of Simi Valley will present these events. For more information or to register, call (805) 577-0573 or go to www.chabadsimi.org.  Aleph Art Room for Chanukah from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sun., Nov. More...

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FRI., NOV. 20  Bella Vita Italian- American Social Club  6 p.m. at St. Jude social hall, 32032 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. Thanksgiving turkey dinner served. The Lake Lindero Middle School jazz group performs. RSVP required. More...

Letters

The elite benefit, but seniors lose

Social Security payments will not get an increase this year. More...

Train schedule causing problems

Metrolink has bumped up the schedule of one of their trains by 20 minutes out of Los Angeles Union Station. I have been in touch with various members of the Ventura County Transportation Commission.  More...

No Sunday bus, no fare increase

Hi, everybody. It is the position of the Purple Revolution that there shall be no fare increases without buses on Sunday. No Sunday buses, no fare increase. More...

Tiered water rate system goes down the drain

Most District No. 8 customers to pay 32 percent more

After several months of public meetings during which countless Simi Valley residents expressed strong opposition to the plan, a divided Simi Valley City Council voted Monday to overhaul water rates for more than half of local customers beginning Jan. More...

Ventura County names new medical examiner

A career forensic pathologist who’s worked under contract for the county for the past two years is the region’s new chief medical examiner.  Dr. More...

Community

Stranger asked girls to get in his car

Authorities still searching for man responsible

For the third time in less than a month, Simi Valley Unified School District officials and police are warning parents about a suspicious person annoying female students walking to school.  More...

Council approves raises for managers

Pay increases to cost city $952K over two years

Nearly 200 Simi Valley management level employees and members of the police managers’ union will receive raises over the next two years under contracts approved Monday by the City Council.  More...

Costly housing, slow job growth has county lagging in state

County saw 1.4 percent increase in jobs last year

Although Ventura County has continued to experience economic growth since the recession, it lags behind other counties in Southern California, according to Mark Schniepp, director of the California Economic Forecast for the past 15 years.  More...

Business

Sprouts, Stater Bros. to take over vacated Haggen markets

Third empty shop on eastern end will be Smart & Final

Sprouts Farmers Market and Stater Bros. are officially coming to Simi Valley after the grocers entered into purchase agreements last week for two vacated Haggen stores in the city.  More...

Free career workshop

The East County Job and Career Center will host a program on “The Power of CalJOBS” from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Tues., Nov. More...

Schools

School staff, teachers get first raise in 8 years

Board approves 6.5 percent increases across the board

For the first time since the Great Recession, the Simi Valley Unified School District Board of Education approved raises for all of its approximately 2,000 employees, including about 850 teachers.  More...

Sale of Belwood Elementary finalized

The Simi Valley Unified School District Board of Education has approved the $7.9-million sale of the former Belwood Elementary School site to home builder City Ventures. More...

Middle-schoolers hear from the pros

CREATIVE WORK— Stephen Silver with Silver Franchise Design talks artistry with students during Valley View Middle School’s Nov. 4 Career Day. More...

Police

Police Blotter

Nov. 1 In the 5100 block of E. Los Angeles Avenue, a 31-year-old man was cited for possessing drug paraphernalia.  A woman, 54, was arrested in the 2000 block of Tapo Street for driving under the influence.  In the 200 block of E. More...

Family

The true meaning of ‘Movember’

Family Man

I don’t think I’m capable of taking a compliment.  “What is that thing on your face?” people said right away.  My wife and 12-year-old son told me they liked the mustache I was growing for Movember.  More...

Yard sale to benefit local girl’s recovery

A yard sale fundraiser for 5-year-old Brinley Grossman of Simi Valley, who had a bad fall Oct. 29 and suffered severe head trauma, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Nov. More...

On The Town

Turbulent waters for melodrama

OK, let’s see a show of hands. How many people out there miss the ’70s? You remember: the decade that celebrated big hair, bell bottoms, leisure suits and lava lamps—and (shudder) disco?  More...

‘Spectre’ may be best Bondfilm

The Movie Nut

We begin with a brief quiz called: “Here’s the plot; name the movie.”  More...

‘Elf’ is the ultimate feel-good musical

Show plays through weekend

The musical version of “Elf,” the popular 2003 film starring Will Farrell, arrives in town this week, courtesy of Theater League’s national tour, with the costumes, sets and props no doubt carried by a festive sleigh accompanied by More...

Editorials

Pioneer Cemetery’s silence will only make things worse

El Rancho Simi Pioneer Cemetery has been left in a serious lurch.  In January, Leigh-anne Harrison-Bigbie, who had taken over as manager of the public burial ground not two months earlier, informed a man that his mother was not actually in the g More...

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Police collect over 200 pounds of prescription drugs

The Simi Valley Police Department hosted its fourth annual Prescription Drug Drop-Off event Nov. 14. Over 200 pounds of unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs were brought in by residents.  More...