2019-09-26 E-Edition

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Kids taught to reach for the stars

The Southeast Ventura County YMCA urges kids to reach for the stars. Last Saturday, the organization raised the roof. Three YMCAs that serve the region—Triunfo, Conejo Valley and Simi Valley—hosted their annual Reach for the Stars gala auction Sept. 21 at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. On the eve of the first anniversary of the Borderline shooting and California wildfires, […]

Rams tackle Seminole Park rebuilding job

Team joins with Habitat for Humanity to repair fire damage in the community

The Los Angeles Rams teamed with Habitat for Humanity and lent a hand last week to one of the local communities hit hardest by the 2018 Woolsey fire. Rams players, cheerleaders, staff members and season ticket holders joined with Habitat workers to rebuild the community playground and paint three of the damaged homes at Seminole Springs Mobile Home Park on […]

Plea deal postponed for man who killed mountain lion

A Ventura County judge has denied a plea deal for the Simi Valley man accused of illegally killing a mountain lion and removing its tracking collar. The judge said he wants to hear the facts of the case before he decides whether the offer is appropriate. Alfredo Gonzalez appeared before Judge David Hirsch on Sept. 23 for a scheduled arraignment […]

The wind in their sails

School’s sailing program gives students a lift

Big man vs. big cat

  Retired mixed martial artist and Thousand Oaks resident Bas Rutten had a close call with a mountain lion recently. Rutten lives in the Westlake Hills neighborhood. His home’s security cameras recorded the big cat coming into his yard around 12:30 a.m. Sept. 11. Thirty minutes before it arrived, the homeowner had been meditating in the exact spot where the […]

Israeli group understands local water issues

Officials study Las Virgenes district

Global water issues cannot be solved without a collaborative effort on many levels, officials say. International cooperation is necessary to help ensure clean, healthy and reliable water supplies for everyone. On Sept. 9, a delegation of Israeli government officials and entrepreneurs visited the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District to discuss similarities between Israel and Southern California regarding water and environmental […]

Meeting to address Oak Park lagoon issue

The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District will join the Oak Park Planning Advisory Committee at a 6:30 p.m. meeting on Thurs., Oct. 3 at Oak Park Community Center, 1000 N. Kanan Road. The Rancho Simi park board and its Oak Park subgroup will discuss the next steps in the Oak Park Lagoon Rehabilitation Project. The lagoon was severely damaged […]

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s an Acorn vacation photo

There’s an old Chinese proverb: “Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.” Though its meaning is open to interpretation, we’d like to think it pertains to travel. Yes, someone who’s just returned from vacation can describe to you the feel of the sand on a Costa Rican beach, the taste of a fresh vada pav in Mumbai, and the […]