June 16, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

School district to sell headquarters for $10.2M

SVUSD also buying new building

The Simi Valley Unified School District announced this week that it is selling its Cochran Street headquarters and purchasing a new building about a mile away.  During a special meeting Tuesday, the district entered into contracts to sell the th More...

Health & Wellness

County leads in child cancer survival rates

The survival rate for child cancer patients in Ventura County is higher than the survival rate for adolescent cancer patients statewide, according to a recent study. More...

What’s ‘app’-ening on the exercise front

COMMENTARY /// Fitness today Reach goals via a wide range of virtual coaches

Summer’s here and swimming pools, bathing suits and beach trips are on the agenda.  It’s time to tighten our belts, people. Put away the cookies, crank up the treadmill and rediscover those lost curves and muscle tones.  More...

Sports

Sunny outlook

SOFTBALL /// Liberty Flames Former Simi Valley softball star finds her niche with Liberty University

Injuries can crush an athlete’s spirit. For Rylee Reynolds, an injury only strengthened her resolve. More...

Coach ’em up

FATHER’S DAY SPECIAL Camarillo’s Jack Willard inspires his daughters to take up coaching

Anyone familiar with prep sports in Acorn country the past 30 years knows Jack Willard.  The longtime coach and teacher, who’s currently head coach of Camarillo High’s football team and lead assistant for the Scorpion softball squad, More...

Yankees select Royal grad in baseball amateur draft

Several local players heard their names called during Major League Baseball’s draft on Wednesday.  Frankie Tostado, a Camarillo High grad who starred in the outfield for Oxnard College this year, was picked up in the 19th round by the San More...

Faith

Catholic school principal leaves a lasting legacy

For the past 20 years, when the students of St. More...

Obituaries

Harold & Dorothy

Our Beloved Parents,

Dorothy Ann “Dotti” (Gaschen) Budfuloski, 87, and Harold Joseph “Bud” Budfuloski, 90, (also known as “Rusty”) passed away peacefully in their Madera home, surrounded by family. Dorothy died on February 25, 2017. More...

On The Town

A love affair with food at Tavern 101

Restaurant spotlight Acorn Epicurean

It was love at first bite at Tavern 101 Grill & Tap House in Agoura Hills. This restaurant serves up amazing American classics and grilled barbecue that can heat up any occasion. More...

Letters

Retiring teacher says thank you

As I sit in my classroom for my last day before I retire as a teacher at Simi Valley High School, it’s hard not to reflect on my 11 years of teaching. More...

Festival’s first goal is charity

In response to the letter concerning the super seats at the Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival this year, I would like to share first the goal of the festival: charity. The proceeds raised are to touch as many lives as possible. More...

New area code unnecessary

Last week the California Public Utilities Commission approved a new 820 area code to be “overlaid” on top of our existing 805 area code—using the same tactic that was implemented on our neighboring 818 area, which received the 747 a More...

Neighbors

Fond farewell

Senior center dynamo retiring after 16 years

After serving the City of Simi Valley for 16 years, including a decade at the helm of the Simi Valley Senior Center, Laurie Dickinson is about to clock out for the last time. More...

Stepping toward recovery

Woman learning to walk again after being struck by car

Each attempt to take a step is a struggle for Linda O’Connor, who was struck by a vehicle last year while riding her bike in Moorpark.  Once an avid bicyclist, yoga instructor and hiker, the 62-yearold Simi Valley resident is now learning More...

Pension costs continue to burden city budget

About 88 percent of budget goes to salaries and benefits

With pension costs expected to continue rising over the next several years, officials say Simi Valley’s 2017-18 budget, passed by the City Council this week, may have been the last “reasonably easy” one to balance. More...

Community

New area code coming to county

820 area code will be introduced in early June 2018

Make some room, 805. More...

‘Voluntary conservation’ in effect

Simi Valley residents are no longer required to limit the number of days a week they water their lawns, but city officials are still encouraging locals to keep up their conservation efforts.  More...

Knife, bat drawn in road rage incident

A rookie Simi Valley police officer returning from court was in the right place at the right time to intercede in a potentially deadly confrontation Monday on the 101 Freeway in Thousand Oaks.  More...

Schools

Team ‘eclipses’ the competition

STELLAR PERFORMANCE—The Simi Valley Eclipse U-11 girls won the Los Angeles Galaxy Soccer tournament May 28. More...

Peplinski named to national committee

Jason Peplinski, superintendent of the Simi Valley Unified School District, was recently elected to sit on the Suburban School Superintendents, a group made up of up to 150 public school superintendents from across the nation. More...

MONTE VISTA

Independent learning academy bids farewell to the class of 2017
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Pets

Pet of the Week

FULL OF LIFE—Tank is a pit bull, about 2 years old. He is very friendly and loves to play. If you would like to adopt Tank ask for ID No. A638442 at the Ventura County Animal Services in Camarillo, 600 Aviation Drive. More...

Police

POLICE BLOTTER

May 28  At Leisure Lane and Azure Hills Drive, a man, 24, was cited for driving without a license, false representation to an officer and driving at unsafe speeds.  In the 1500 block of E. More...

Family

Happy Father's Day

This Father’s Day we asked our readers to describe their favorite Dad moment, a loving tribute to the man who means so much. Here’s what they said . . .

You kiss me, you hug me, you love me too. You are a special daddy, and I love you! I cuddle with you and Winston too.You know it’s true, I love being with you. We play Rocket League on the PS4And when the game ends, I always want to playmore! More...

Teen saddles up for state competition

High-schooler is serious about horsemanship

Weekend riding trips at his grandfather’s ranch in Topanga Canyon introduced Chance Leatherman to horses when he was 9 years old.  But it wasn’t until about a year ago, when he turned 14, that the Santa Susana High School student dec More...

Calendar

Calendar

FRI., JUNE 16 Conejo Valley Republican Women Federated More...

Editorials

This Father’s Day, think outside the box

EDITORIAL

Another holiday, another retail bonanza. For Father’s Day, it’s plaid ties, electric shavers, wallets, and even hatchets and drones. Also, those beer micro-brew kits seem to be the trendy new dad gift. More...

Political Cartoon

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FOR THE RECORD

Last week’s letter to the editor by Gary M. More...