August 4, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Campaign war chests in 25th District swell to nearly $1M

With the 2018 primary election still 10 months away, the race for the 25th Congressional District is already proving to be a big-money battle, with the four candidates reporting a total of nearly $1 million in receipts as of June 30.  More...

Health & Wellness

Learn the ropes to get in shape

COMMENTARY /// Fitness Today

You don’t have to be a boxer to be on the ropes. Or even in bad shape. More...

Top urology doctor offers award-winning treatments

For over 20 years, Dr. Gary Bellman, founder of the Southern California Urology Institute, has treated Southern Californians suffering from myriad urological disorders. More...

Business

Bridal Premiere show returns to Westlake

The 34th annual Bridal Premiere show will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., Aug. 6 at the Hyatt Regency Westlake, 880 S. More...

Market can’t hide pension issues

CalPERS is only 65 percent funded COMMENTARY /// Public retirement

There’s no question that many investors will see returns approaching or even exceeding double-digit levels for the recently completed fiscal year, as the stock market has done exceedingly well in recent months. More...

Sports

Young at heart

BASEBALL Los Angeles Dodger All-Star directs hundreds at youth baseball camp at Royal

Justin Turner hardly ever missed a Cal State Fullerton baseball camp while growing up in Southern California. More...

Local pitchers make impact in minor league circuit

Many homegrown baseball players are playing pro ball. More...

Police

POLICE BLOTTER

July 16  On Tierra Rejada Road, a 23-year-old man was cited for receiving stolen property and possessing methamphetamine.  In the 5700 block of E. Cochran Street, a 21-year-old man was arrested for being drunk in public. More...

Faith

You’ve got a friend in the Spirit

Roots of Faith

In my last column about the Holy Spirit, we looked at the Spirit as a mighty wind that gives life to God’s people. The Spirit also works in other, more intimate ways. First, the Spirit aids us in communicating with God. More...

Hebrew school hosts open house

Aleph Champ Hebrew School will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. More...

On The Town

Ventura County Fair is ‘Rooted in Tradition’

Look! A giant pirate ship! Better get ready to . . . flea? Yes, at the 142nd annual Ventura County Fair, landlubbers who escape from a pirate ship display in the Horticulture Room just might run smack into Leroy & Lee’s Circus of Fleas. More...

Studio dances off with national wins

Pam Rossi’s Dance Ten takes top honors

Pam Rossi’s Dance Ten in Moorpark recently closed out its 2017 competition season attending the Spotlight Cup West Coast Nationals in Las Vegas. More...

‘Dunkirk’ is a small miracle told on a grand scale

The Movie Nut

When director Christopher Nolan discusses his movies, he talks intelligently, articulately and passionately. More...

Columns

Invasion of the body snatchers

Hot Flashes

Just like that, our summer of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll is almost over. How did that happen? I don’t know about your summer of love, but ours is not going gently into that good night. More...

Vacation Photos

TAKE YOUR SIMI VALLEY ACORN ON VACATION

How to submit:  Email your vacation photo as a .jpg attachment to vacation@theacorn.com. Include name, address, phone number and a brief description of the scene.THe 2017 Take Your Acorn on Vacation winners will be announced in the fall.   More...

Neighbors

Cowboy poet takes the reins

Contest set for Aug. 12 at Ventura County Fair

Wanda Jean was a testy old horse who needed love and care, two things she found with P.W. Conway. But 11 years after rescuing and caring for Wanda Jean, the time came to let the 28-year-old horse go. More...

Two men killed in early morning crash

Simi man stopped to help other driver, both were struck

The two men who were killed in a multiple vehicle crash on the 118 Freeway over the weekend have been identified as Christopher Lombard of Simi Valley and Daniel Valencia Vaca of Moorpark. More...

New trustee appointed to board of education

SVUSD

After helping out at hundreds of charity events benefiting local schoolchildren, longtime local volunteer Dawn Smollen will attend her first meeting as a Simi Valley Unified School District Board of Education trustee later this month.  Those who More...

Community

Man facing extortion charges

Police say he threatened to post nude photos online

A Simi Valley man who was on probation after being convicted last year of attempting to extort a woman through an online dating app is now facing a new set of charges, including six felony counts of attempted extortion.  More...

Report: Overdoses remain prevalent

85 to 100 people die each year in Ventura County

Overdose deaths from prescribed opioid medications such as oxycodone and fentanyl—as well as heroin, to which many painkiller addicts turn—continue to plague Ventura County. More...

Projects head to council for approval

Mixed-use plan moves forward after split decision

A proposal to build an assisted living facility on Royal Avenue and another calling for a mixed-use development in the western end of town are both heading to the City Council for final consideration this month after receiving approval from the Simi More...

Schools

Academy sparks youth interest

Teen program makes a comeback after seven years

Dominic Aragon’s lifelong dream of becoming a firefighter was nurtured early on by the stories his great-grandfather told him. More...

First 5 holds Kindergarten Kickoff

Simi Valley First 5 will host a Kindergarten Kickoff for families and their children entering kindergarten from 10 a.m. to noon Sat., Aug. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

FRIENDLY— Peaches is a neutered domestic cat about 2 years old. She is kind and very playful. If you would like to adopt Peaches, ask for ID No. A664834 at the Ventura County Animal Services in Camarillo, 600 Aviation Drive. More...

Dog lovers unite

The Ventura County Dog Fanciers Association meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Ventura County Animal Shelter, 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo.  The club is for all people and families who love dogs. More...

Little lizards are like friendly dinosaurs

COMMENTARY /// Geckos

Instead of thinking car insurance the next time you see the Geico gecko on TV, imagine having a cute little lizard of your own as a pet. More...

Family

Wife not pushy about dash buttons

Family Man

My wife goes along with my random ponderings—theories about the universe, why things happen as they do, world issues and, of course, why American life isn’t complete without Amazon dash buttons. More...

YMCA basketball league taking sign-ups for fall

The Southeast Ventura County YMCA fall basketball league is taking sign-ups. The season begins Sun., Sept. 10.  The coed league is semi-competitive and focuses on skill development and having fun. More...

Host families needed for exchange students

Applicants for program now being accepted

Cultural Academic Student Exchange is accepting applications for volunteer host families for international students participating in the high school cultural exchange program. More...

Calendar

Calendar

SAT., AUG. 5 Thousand Oaks AAUW 9 a.m. at Stella’s Gourmet Restaurant, 2385 Michael Drive, Newbury Park. Informal small group coffee and chat for prospective members. Web: http://aauwto-ca.aauw.net. Gardening Workshop More...

Letters

Pickleball is no match for tennis

The problem with the pickleball community is that even after gaining so many unfair advantages in their fight for space, they are still bullying for more. Such was their obvious purpose at the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District meeting July 6. More...

Boy learned to be a leader

I would like to thank the Boys & Girls Club of Simi Valley for helping my 12-year-old son get out of his comfort zone.  This summer he did their intern program for three hours a day. More...

Pet-waste bags belong in trash

Would someone please inform the people who fill the doggy doo-doo bags with feces that the bags are meant to be disposed of and not left along the side of streets, on sidewalks, local trails and parking lots?  This defeats the original intent of More...

Editorials

Our unaffordable ‘affordable housing’

EDITORIAL

“Affordable housing” has become the buzzword of the day, but it’s wishful thinking at best. More...

Political Cartoon

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