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Trying to stay ahead of the COVID curve can be daunting. But local doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers are stea...
04/20/2020
Working on the front lines | Simi Valley Acorn

Trying to stay ahead of the COVID curve can be daunting. But local doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers are steadfast. They come to work each day, suit up, and take whatever the day brings them.
“They are an unstoppable team."

As a number of hospitals in the country continue to struggle with coronavirus overcapacity, two of the main healthcare facilities in Ventura County say their equipment needs are mostly being met and t

CORONAVIRUS /// Seniors strike backShowcasing local high school seniors, whose year was cut short.
04/19/2020
The Acorn Senior Sports Stimulus, Part II | Simi Valley Acorn

CORONAVIRUS /// Seniors strike back
Showcasing local high school seniors, whose year was cut short.

You want it. We got it. You rock it. We rock it. Photos for the Acorn Senior Sports Stimulus have been pouring in like lava from Krakatoa. This is the second stage of the bill. This is our way to show

New order eases some restrictions | Simi Valley Acorn
04/19/2020
New order eases some restrictions | Simi Valley Acorn

New order eases some restrictions | Simi Valley Acorn

Ventura County's new-look stay-home order is less restrictive than its predecessor while at the same time mandating that all places that remain open—including grocery stores and supply stores—enf

“I miss walking through the gates, seeing my friends and the teacher, too . . . I feel like this has knocked people off ...
04/18/2020
At-home school has a learning curve | Simi Valley Acorn

“I miss walking through the gates, seeing my friends and the teacher, too . . . I feel like this has knocked people off their routine in getting up every day, eating breakfast and then actually going to school.”
Transitioning to full-time distance learning has been a challenge, students are going to miss out on so much, from proms and field trips to sports playoffs and graduation ceremonies.

Haylee Wise had so much to look forward to during the second half of her freshman year at Royal High School. She pictured herself competing on the lacrosse team and making memories with her friends. W

“This is a good time to look at where we are and where we’re going forward and our road to reopening, and we are working...
04/17/2020
Health officer adjusts downward COVID predictions | Simi Valley Acorn

“This is a good time to look at where we are and where we’re going forward and our road to reopening, and we are working on that. It’s going to be phased, gradual, data-driven and public-health guided.”

The county's top health official this week walked back his earlier predictions about the impact the novel coronavirus could have in Ventura County. Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin told the

During the next two fiscal years, officials estimate a reduction of $5.7 million in sales tax revenue, with about $2.3 m...
04/17/2020
City bracing for significant economic hit | Simi Valley Acorn

During the next two fiscal years, officials estimate a reduction of $5.7 million in sales tax revenue, with about $2.3 million lost in 2019-20 and $3.4 million in 2020-21.

As the stay-at-home mandate heads into its second month, local officials are bracing for a significant hit to the local economy and a reduction in revenue the city relies on to provide community servi

“I’m troubled by the fact that they (doctors) say a lot of ‘I feel.’ We have a doctor saying ‘My feeling is . . . ” he s...
04/17/2020
County to extend stay-home order | Simi Valley Acorn

“I’m troubled by the fact that they (doctors) say a lot of ‘I feel.’ We have a doctor saying ‘My feeling is . . . ” he said. “I don’t want feelings. I want to know what the numbers are. . . . I’m a citizen and I’m seeking consent, and you’re going to shut us down on a feeling?”

Any day now, Ventura County is expected to extend its monthlong stay-home order, which was originally set to expire this Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Dr. Robert Levin told the county Board of Supervisors at i

“Our story is filled with hope and promise . . . And the beauty is that what we’ve accomplished together is a perfect ex...
04/17/2020
Lifesaving kidney transplant complete | Simi Valley Acorn

“Our story is filled with hope and promise . . . And the beauty is that what we’ve accomplished together is a perfect example for the living kidney donor process.”

Being a living organ donor is not for the faint of heart. Despite the challenges such a gift presents—especially now with the pandemic—Simi Valley resident Thomas Herdering didn't hesitate to giv

The path to returning to normal will be gradual, phased and scientifically guided, county officials say.
04/14/2020
New county stay-home mandate will last through May 15 | Simi Valley Acorn

The path to returning to normal will be gradual, phased and scientifically guided, county officials say.

The time Ventura County residents must remain sequestered from friends and family will soon be extended. Before the public health officer's current stay-home order—adopted March 20—expires at 11:

“We often take for granted the importance of shelter and the basic needs of life until they are taken away. The Samarita...
04/13/2020
Social support | Simi Valley Acorn

“We often take for granted the importance of shelter and the basic needs of life until they are taken away. The Samaritan Center helps those in need get back on their feet and provides the basic comforts in life to those who struggle to get there.”

The Samaritan Center of Simi Valley received a much-needed fiscal boost last week when the Simi Valley Police Department donated nearly $4,800 to the local nonprofit. On April 1, SVPD Chief David Livi

“We cannot underestimate COVID-19, a virus that knows no boundaries, infects people of all ages, and can cause significa...
04/11/2020
County bans all "nonessential" gatherings | Simi Valley Acorn

“We cannot underestimate COVID-19, a virus that knows no boundaries, infects people of all ages, and can cause significant illness and death."
Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin is tightening his stay-home order ahead of Easter Sunday, a time when millions of Americans traditionally gather with friends and family.

Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin is tightening his stay-home order ahead of Easter Sunday, a time when millions of Americans traditionally gather with friends and family. Levin to

Talk about timing:  Our talented photojournalist Michael Coons captured this while driving around in Thousand Oaks the o...
04/10/2020

Talk about timing: Our talented photojournalist Michael Coons captured this while driving around in Thousand Oaks the other day.
Fyi, the gopher got away.

Per Ventura County's updated social distancing order: Rancho Simi is now limiting gatherings on local trails and at park...
04/10/2020

Per Ventura County's updated social distancing order:
Rancho Simi is now limiting gatherings on local trails and at parks in Simi Valley and Oak Park to two people only.

Feeling stress about the pandemic? Worried about job loss?  Finances? Anxious about being locked at home and struggling ...
04/10/2020
COVID-19 Emotional Wellness - Give an Hour

Feeling stress about the pandemic? Worried about job loss? Finances? Anxious about being locked at home and struggling to educate your kids and care for loved ones?
Give an Hour offers free emotional support.
There's no commitment, someone may come in anytime during the scheduled groups, and leave whenever they wish. All are welcome to return as much as possible, and encouraged to share with others, said Michael Morisette, local outreach coordinator for Give an Hour.

Give an Hour™ is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a licensed clinical psychologist. At Give an Hour we believe that within our communities we have the resources to address many of the challenges that face society - challenges that often result in...

“Businesses that don’t comply give themselves a competitive advantage in the marketplace.”
04/10/2020
COVID compliance hotline heats up | Simi Valley Acorn

“Businesses that don’t comply give themselves a competitive advantage in the marketplace.”

The County of Ventura has opened a phone line for the public to report businesses operating outside of the county's Stay Well at Home order. So far, residents don't appear hesitant to "

“I was in a prayer group about a year or so ago and we were talking about what we do for a living, and I said I was a ca...
04/10/2020
Local grocery stores well-stocked with heroes amid crisis | Simi Valley Acorn

“I was in a prayer group about a year or so ago and we were talking about what we do for a living, and I said I was a cashier at Ralphs, and one person said, ‘Oh, you feed people.’ And I had never thought of it like that. And ever since then, I see it as a meaningful occupation that I have, to feed people. And so through this I am doing my part to help my community and make sure people are fed.”

Grocery store employees might not wear capes, but as essential workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis they're still known as heroes in their communities. Kim Price has been a cashier a

04/09/2020

Stores like Walmart that sell both food and other items have begun blocking off and stopped selling products deemed non-essential (clothes, garden centers, home decor, etc.). Do you think they should prevent the sale of certain items--why or why not? What have you seen in our local stores that you've been blocked from buying?
We're looking to get some comments for an upcoming story, so please feel free to comment below or send us a message. -Melissa

“It’s important to remember that the homeless community hasn’t fallen off the earth. They’re still here and they still n...
04/08/2020
Agencies come together to help homeless people | Simi Valley Acorn

“It’s important to remember that the homeless community hasn’t fallen off the earth. They’re still here and they still need help."

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide stay-at-home order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. But what about those who don't have a home to stay in? "It's important to re

While technology helps to keep students and teachers connected, it doesn’t replace the daily face-to-face interactions t...
04/06/2020
A novel way to learn | Simi Valley Acorn

While technology helps to keep students and teachers connected, it doesn’t replace the daily face-to-face interactions they’re used to.
Parents also have a bigger role to play as they try to establish a new routine and help their kids stay on task.

Distance learning began in earnest Monday for 16,500 students in the Simi Valley Unified School District, with each teacher working to create meaningful lesson plans and coordinate the production and

"We want to respect social distancing. We want to respect everything that is requested of us. But we still want to have ...
04/05/2020
Church's Palm Sunday plans rile residents | Simi Valley Acorn

"We want to respect social distancing. We want to respect everything that is requested of us. But we still want to have access to what is a sacrament in the Protestant church and the Catholic church as well.”

Millions of Christians around the world will spend today, Palm Sunday, watching church service and taking communion from the comfort of their homes as they seek to abide stay-home orders intended to l

Starting today, we’re enacting the Acorn Senior Sports Stimulus package of 2020. For as long as necessary, we will honor...
04/05/2020
Salute to seniors | Simi Valley Acorn

Starting today, we’re enacting the Acorn Senior Sports Stimulus package of 2020. For as long as necessary, we will honor local high school senior student-athletes who didn’t get their proverbial moment in the sun. Their photos will run in print for moms and dads to stick on fridge doors, for grandparents to cut out and tuck into scrapbooks. Email photos to [email protected]

These are strange days to be a sports fan. All games are postponed or canceled. Practices—forbidden. Bleachers, arenas, snack shacks, grandstands and water cooler estuaries—all empty. Spring seasons a

“All learning will not stop . . . Our teachers and staff will continue to implement the distance learning efforts they h...
04/04/2020
Schools to remain closed until fall, state leaders say | Simi Valley Acorn

“All learning will not stop . . . Our teachers and staff will continue to implement the distance learning efforts they have begun using to deliver instruction directly to our students while maintaining the social distancing guidelines."

Schools across California will remain closed for the remainder of the school year, state officials announced Wednesday. The decision lays to rest any doubt local districts had about whether or not stu

“If you need to go to the grocery store, make your list and go one time for the week.”
04/04/2020
Officials urge public to limit trips | Simi Valley Acorn

“If you need to go to the grocery store, make your list and go one time for the week.”

Tens of thousands of Ventura County residents are doing their part to follow a stay-home order intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus. There's even the metadata to prove it. In a recent

04/04/2020
Michael Coons on Twitter

Check out @Michael_Coons’s Tweet: Happy Birthday Cruz.🎶

“Cruz couldn’t celebrate his 8th birthday with friends this year, so the neighborhood threw him a parade. Bikers sang happy bday, @SimiValleyPD officers rang their sirens and neighbors drove by honking. #SimiValley @SVAcorn https://t.co/Y03HW7qD7P”

On March 27, a nurse working in the ICU with Mohammad Kator helped set up a Zoom conference call so the family could say...
04/04/2020
COVID comes home | Simi Valley Acorn

On March 27, a nurse working in the ICU with Mohammad Kator helped set up a Zoom conference call so the family could say their goodbyes.
"My dad was a lion in our family, and he was our pride and joy. He was a strong, wonderful human, and people from all over the world who knew him are calling us because they’re devastated at his death.”

Not being able to hold the hand of a loved one as they take their last breath is devastating. That was the reality for the Kator family last week when their patriarch, Mohammad Kator, died of COVID-19

In 100 words or fewer, please write and tell us what your mom means to you in these difficult times. Clearly, she’s help...
04/03/2020
Show mom that she's a real superhero on Mother's Day | Simi Valley Acorn

In 100 words or fewer, please write and tell us what your mom means to you in these difficult times. Clearly, she’s helping the family pull through.

Super Moms need super love! In this time of crisis, moms are superheroes. Mother's Day is Sun., May 10, and the Acorn Newspapers would like your mom to receive the recognition she so richly deser

"By working together during this crisis, we can come through this as an even stronger community." The fight against coro...
04/03/2020
CITY OF SIMI VALLEY | Simi Valley Acorn

"By working together during this crisis, we can come through this as an even stronger community." The fight against coronavirus is up to everyone of us, city officials say in a message to residents and the local business community.

“Right now, a lot of people are worried, so we get to help them . . . And when the community sees us being kind, then ma...
04/03/2020
Kids are keen to spread kindness and necessities | Simi Valley Acorn

“Right now, a lot of people are worried, so we get to help them . . . And when the community sees us being kind, then maybe they’ll be kind to others.”

A little bit of kindness goes a long way in making the world better, at least that's what two Simi Valley sisters believe. But the COVID-19 pandemic has also shown the uglier side of society, wit

04/02/2020

How is distance learning working for you? We're looking for some Simi students to weigh in on what it's been like doing distance learning full time. Please message us if you or someone you know is interested in talking with us. -Melissa

In a letter to the public released March 28, Drs. Daniel Cox, Nessa Meshkaty and Melissa Barger, who work for the county...
03/30/2020
County critically short of lifesaving ventilators, doctors say | Simi Valley Acorn

In a letter to the public released March 28, Drs. Daniel Cox, Nessa Meshkaty and Melissa Barger, who work for the county health system, said there are only around 180 ventilators in the county across eight hospitals.

For those few patients who experience respiratory failure as a result of COVID-19, having a ventilator can mean the difference between life and death. But there's a critical lack of the breathing

As we continue to do our job to inform everyone about how the coronavirus is affecting our community, we take this momen...
03/28/2020
Simi Valley Acorn

As we continue to do our job to inform everyone about how the coronavirus is affecting our community, we take this moment to recognize and thank first responders, healthcare providers and all the people who are still working to keep the food supply and other essential services going. We also thank those who step up to help others, pray for the sick and families who lost loved-ones to this disease, and ask everyone to do their part to help stop the spread. Be safe. If you can, stay home. Stay healthy. Sylvie B.

HOME HELP EXPERTS YOU CAN COUNT ONStuck in the house? Be sure to flip through the pages of our inaugural edition of Home...
03/27/2020

HOME HELP EXPERTS YOU CAN COUNT ON

Stuck in the house? Be sure to flip through the pages of our inaugural edition of HomeVision, included today with your copy of the Acorn. This handy home enhancement guide is full of local businesses—and the stories behind them. Support your local businesses!

In addition to local farmers markets that strive to offer healthy provisions to residents in the age of social distancin...
03/27/2020
Simi Valley Acorn

In addition to local farmers markets that strive to offer healthy provisions to residents in the age of social distancing, an effort is underway to ensure that older adults in the community have a steady supply of food through the Senior Share program. Another source of help for seniors is a group of more than 60 volunteers who have mobilized to assist those in need with grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, running errands and providing transportation.

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLISHERS:“As publishers of the Acorn Newspapers, we realize how much our readers need to...
03/26/2020
Donate to The Acorn | The Acorn Newspapers Portal

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLISHERS:

“As publishers of the Acorn Newspapers, we realize how much our readers need to keep informed during the COVID crisis. For that reason, we have lifted the paywall for all 5 sites during this time, allowing free access to all who register with their email address.

Due to business closures and in an effort to encourage residents to stay home, the Acorn Newspapers will temporarily suspend bulk newspaper drops around town. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Free home delivery to your driveways will continue as usual.

Lastly, if you want to help sustain our local reporting during this difficult time, we’ve created a portal to accept tips. If so inclined, go to https://www.theacornonline.com/donations/

Thank you for your continued readership and support.”

--Sincerely, Jim and Lisa Rule

Based on a preliminary investigation, narcotics detectives said the three hospitalized individuals purchased what they b...
03/23/2020
Police warn public to beware of deadly pills | Simi Valley Acorn

Based on a preliminary investigation, narcotics detectives said the three hospitalized individuals purchased what they believed to be oxycodone pills from an illegal source.

Three Simi Valley residents were hospitalized within hours of each other on Sun., March 22 after they overdosed on pills that were likely laced with fentanyl. Simi Valley Police Cmdr. Steve Shorts sai

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Yup it’s me retired from The Magic Castle. I still make people happy. Civilians. Doing good.
Come out to the grand opening of JR's comedy club on Saturday March 28th @ 7;00 PM Inside Harley's valley Bowl. It will be a great night of fun and laughter. Don't miss It!!!
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" Wow! This is bullsh*t. Simi has fought this development for a long time. The City was going to deny it and they get this. Someone put some money in someone's pocket. "But on Dec. 16, the city received a letter from the California Department of Housing and Community Development indicating that if the Tapo/Alamo project is denied, the city risks violating several housing laws, including the HAA and density bonus law".
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Simi is pro veteran. I am a patient and want to show what it’s like for a surgical consult, and Cat Scan. Two appointments.....candid shots...
The 6th annual Simi Valley Thanksgiving Day 5k is just around the corner www.ThanksgivingDay5k.com race starts at 8 am on Thanksgiving Day, come join the fun!
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I just read your recent article on the Special Ed teacher who was a co-worker of mine, and I would like to share my experiences with her. The first time I met her, I was a substitute SpEd Aide in her class, I enjoyed working in there, I was very new at the job and was so impressed that she made "Flubber" and managed to include every student in the process. a few years later I was assigned as a long term sub in her class,I learned so much from her, at that time she has 5th and 6th graders, they learned how to recycle, every Friday they would go class to class collecting cans and bottles, once a month the field trip was filling the wagons and going to the recycling place behind Jon's Market, with a stop at the Donut shop on the way back. she used to money to buy gardening supplies, they had a very fruitful garden and would sell the fruits of their labor to staff and parents for cheap, she would reinvest the money into the garden or buy stuff to cook with, she had the kids baking and again, each child, even the non-verbal, non ambulatory kids (she would hold the spoon and help them mix the bowl) would participate in preparing the food, and sharing it with others in the building-how can you make the whole place smell so good and not share? The kids were busy learning life skills and academics, and she worked the staff hard. We were expected to sit with the kids and set an example of what they were suppose to be doing during her lessons, sing along, get up and dance or whatever the task was. We weren't allowed to stand in the back of the room and talk. She was adamant about when the kids were outside that we kept a watchful eye on them, no cell phones or standing around talking, she would tell me, what if one of those kids fell off the equipment or got hurt? they are under my watch and I want to keep them safe. Back in those days cell phones and facebook weren't as popular. Years went on and I worked summer school in her class with the little ones, I thought it was cool at each week she had a camping theme and would change the whole room, beach camping, mountain camping, desert camping etc. by this time phones and FB were getting more popular, time went on, and I subbed or collaborated with our class in her room here and there, I was assigned elsewhere. She still had her strict rules about working with the kids, no cell phones and no standing around talking while out on the yard. The Aides all hated that she was so adamant about this, I even approached her on behalf of my co-workers and told her that she needed to lighten up on staff, but she told me that those kids were her responsibility and she didn't want anyone getting hurt on her watch. She got increasingly frustrated and upset that the phones were always out (on the sly) and she thought the aides were trying to tell her how to run her class. I was not witness to what went on regarding the allegations, but I can tell you that one of her teeny tiny darlings bit my arm so bad I had to have blood tests for a year, and I did see one little guy trip and fall in front of the school while were were loading up the buses. It is not unusual to get pinched, punched, kicked and spit at by these little ones, part of the job. We work with them the best we can, but don't expect them to come home writing their name, they will be lucky to learn how to use a rubber stamp with their name. I notices in recent years the aides were far friendlier with the parents then they should have been and my thoughts on these allegations might be that those unhappy aides (no one wanted to work in her class, she knew that and actually requested to seek help on how to deal with staff, she told me that was one thing they never taught her in collage) could have shared their frustrations with the parents. Kids, slither and slide, bite, pinch, spit and punch and sometimes a restraint is the only want to keep the student and/or those around them safe from harm. One more thing, she felt that it was part of her job to put kids in real life situations where they would have to fend for themselves, like if they fell and had to make their way to safety, so she did have very closely monitored situations with a few of her students, where it may have 'looked bad' but she was well aware of the safety of the child and was teaching an important life lesson. These are my experiences with her and I felt that I needed to share.
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