July 21, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Car bursts into flames, causes brushfire

Driver suffers broken nose, abrasions

A Simi Valley woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after her car careened off the side of the 118 Freeway, burst into flames and sparked a small brush fire over the weekend. More...

Health & Wellness

High drug prices means high deductibles

COMMENTARY /// Healthcare costs

When it comes to how high they price their products, drug companies want the public to ignore what they spend on marketing and the tax breaks they receive for consumer advertising. More...

Methodist church to host annual blood drive

Simi Valley United Methodist Church will hold its annual UCLA Blood Drive from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thurs., July 27 at the church, 2394 Erringer Road.  The UCLA Mobile Unit will be in the parking lot to collect donations. More...

Business

Chick-fil-A’s plan still on track

Chain eyeing Denny’s location

Chick-fil-A’s plans to take over the Sycamore Drive property that currently houses Simi Valley’s only Denny’s restaurant are still on track, city officials said.  The Atlanta, Ga.-based fast food chain has been in negotiations More...

Why unemployment rate is misleading

COMMENTARY /// Labor market report

The California Labor Market Information Division recently released its May 2017 report, showing an improvement in Ventura County’s unemployment rate from 4 percent in April to 3.8 percent in May. More...

Sports

RSRPD hosts sports camps for youths

The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District is offering a variety of summer youth sports camps.  Camps start July 24 and July 31 and run four days.  Available sports are coed basketball, girls’ basketball, football, baseball, soccer More...

Welcome to the show

Weaver, Magill and others make impact in the game on national stage

Jett Bandy remembers where it all started.  Bandy, a 2008 Thousand Oaks High graduate, said clashes against talented local players prepared him for his future in Major League Baseball.  More...

Liu wins Wimbledon title

The world must pay attention to Claire Liu.  Liu, the 17-year-old tennis wunderkind from Thousand Oaks, captured the Wimbledon junior singles tournament last weekend. More...

Faith

Obon Festival honors ancestors

Event features traditional dance, food

Dressed in a colorful yukata, Helen Takanabe, a member of the Oxnard Buddhist Temple, makes her way to the dance circle.  As traditional Japanese music begins to play in the background, Takanabe and others slowly circle a large wooden tower, or More...

On The Town

Sushi joint is fun, fresh, fabulous

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT Acorn Epicurean

There’s really no secret to the continued success of Fune Sushi, a popular Japanese restaurant and sushi bar in Simi Valley. More...

Ebsen siblings to pay tribute to their dad

You’ve all heard the story ’bout a man named Jed. Now you can hear stories about a man named Buddy. More...

‘Billy Elliot’ dances onto Simi stage

A young boy from a coal mining village in northeast England transcends class and circumstance to become a ballet star in “Billy Elliot,” the Lee Hall/Elton John musical opening Saturday and running through Aug. More...

Columns

Enough with frogs, ready for a prince

Single Files

You might be familiar with an old saying often stitched on lacy pillows or etched on plaques: “You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your handsome prince.”  More...

Neighbors

Full of character

Artist releases how-to book on cartoon drawing

As a child in England, Stephen Silver one day stumbled upon a sketchbook that mysteriously showed up in his backyard.  It was 1978 and the 6-year-old had no idea where the book came from, whom it belonged to or what it was for.  More...

Man’s death sparks probe of group home

Valadez, who had autism, left home unsupervised

A Simi Valley group home is under investigation following the death of one of its residents, who was killed on the 118 Freeway three weeks ago after leaving the facility without supervision. More...

Abruzzese sentenced to six months in jail

Former nonprofit director stole $45K

Joanne Abruzzese remained stoic and stood in the courtroom with her arms crossed Thursday as she was sentenced to 180 days in jail and five years’ formal probation. More...

Community

Assisted-living proposal includes memory care

Proposal up for review July 26

A proposed assisted-living facility slated for the southern end of town has cleared its first development hurdle and is headed to the Simi Valley Planning Commission July 26 for review.  More...

District adopts $170.9M budget

Pension costs projected to rise 2 percent per year

Simi Valley Unified School District will likely need to enter a new phase of belt-tightening starting in 2018 and beyond, the district’s chief financial officer said this week. More...

Officers screen 1,000 drivers

Two people arrested for DUI

Two people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence during a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint held by the Simi Valley Police Department last weekend. SVPD’s traffic bureau conducted the checkpoint from 9 p.m. More...

Schools

Scout gives the gift of books

Full Story

Enrollment now open for career institute

Simi Institute for Careers and Education is enrolling students for the upcoming fall semester, which runs Aug. 14 through Jan. 20.  The career institute at 1880 Blackstock Ave. More...

CSUCI adds new engineering program

Applications accepted in October

Cal State Channel Islands officials last week signed the final paperwork needed to bring an engineering program to the school next year.  The public university is set to offer a mechatronics program as early as fall of 2018. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

HE KNOWS—Shadow is a neutered domestic about 12 years old. He is kind, likes affection and is good with older children. If you would like to adopt Shadow, ask for ID No. More...

Police

POLICE BLOTTER

July 2  A woman, 33, was arrested in the 1100 block of E. Los Angeles Avenue for auto theft.  In the 1700 block of Woodloch Lane, a 29-year-old man was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant and for possessing methamphetamine.   More...

Family

Driver’s ed is right around the corner

Family Man

We were on one of those family walks—the kind we used to take all the time when our kid was younger and had more time for us—when a shiny new driver’s ed car came slowly around the corner, passed by and then disappeared into the dis More...

Calendar

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SAT., JULY 22 Reggae On The Mountain More...

Letters

Keep pot out of public spaces

On July 4, thousands of people went to Rancho Santa Susana Community Park to watch the fireworks show. More...

SB 54 signifies a breach of our law

Evidently, Ms. Josephine Soliz wrote her letter with her heart rather than her head.  More...

To assimilate is to be empowered

I’m the seventh of eight children, now adults, born in California to Hispanic parents whose methods for a successful, strong and assimilated Hispanic community are righteous, ethical and fair to all, unlike those currently on offer by Californi More...

Editorials

Artists’ greatest act was as teachers

EDITORIAL

The loss of two creative titans just a day apart has left Ventura County’s arts community reeling. More...

Political Cartoon

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FOR THE RECORD

A story in the June 29 edition incorrectly stated that Dr. William Matzner was affiliated with Los Robles Hospital per WebMD. More...