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New law lets cops confiscate guns without notice

New law lets cops confiscate guns without notice

Under a new law effective New Year’s Day, California cops can now seize guns from law-abiding Americans without charges and without giving any notice. And police can keep those firearms for 21 days under the law known as AB 1014. If family members believe a gun-owning individual is a danger to themselves or someone else, […]

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Simi Valley City Council hears presentation on an alternative water source

Simi Valley City Council hears presentation on an alternative water source

By Debra Tash At their December 7th, 2015 meeting the Simi Valley City Council heard a presentation by Scott Slater, CEO of Cadiz, Inc. regarding the Cadiz Water Project. Cadiz, Inc. owns 70 square miles out in the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County.  Nine thousand six hundred of those acres are farmed.  Some of […]

Simi Valley Council passes Water Rate hikes over public protest

Simi Valley Council passes Water Rate hikes over public protest

By Debra Tash Many of those speaking against the proposed water rate hike in Simi Valley complained how they have conserved water, let their lawns turn to toast, and still have to pay an increase on their utility bills because revenues are down. Staff’s presentation outlined that 72% of the user’s bill is to cover […]

Fillmore Lion’s club enchilada dinner a huge success

Fillmore Lion’s club enchilada dinner a huge success

By George Miller On Saturday  night, over 500 tickets were sold for the Fillmore Lion’s Club Enchilada dinner, which has become a Fillmore institution. We are told that the net from the $12/head admission goes to charity, although the people taking our money weren’t exactly sure for what. No matter, since everyone could get their […]

VC Star writer Tim Herdt “moves on,” takes job with Sen. Fran Pavley

VC Star writer Tim Herdt “moves on,” takes job with Sen. Fran Pavley

By George Miller Longtime VC Star editorialist and columnist Tim Herdt announced today that it would be his last column after a 31 year run. He ruminated about the state and transition of newspapers to less influence, but touted their role in informing the community and bringing it together. His words: “People who get their news […]

Simi Valley City Council takes Chickens off the table

Simi Valley City Council takes Chickens off the table

By Debra Tash The City Council revisited the issue of chicken keeping at their October 12th meeting. Teen 4H’er  Hannah Nandoor brought up the issue at the July 21st 2014 meeting during public comments because she wasn’t allowed to keep chickens in her Simi Valley neighborhood.   This young suffragette for chickens swayed the Council and […]

Shooting death of Ryan Carnan by Simi PD found to be justifiable homicide

Shooting death of Ryan Carnan by Simi PD found to be justifiable homicide

Ryan Carnan shot his mother, Sally Carnan, six times, killing her in their Simi Valley home at 1189 Mellow Place on the afternoon of August 24th 2013.  He called his brother, Richard, to tell him what he had just done.  Richard called the police.  In the interim, Ryan fired some shots at neighbors and started […]

Simi Valley Council goes forward with Police Body Cams

Simi Valley Council goes forward with Police Body Cams

By Debra Tash At their September 28 2015 meeting the Simi Valley City Council explored funding to obtain body cameras for its police force.  With the wave of anti-police rhetoric and violence departments across the nation are implementing the use of body cameras on their officers to protect the public and themselves. It’s not just […]

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Draft Emergency Regulations

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Draft Emergency Regulations

On September 21, 2015, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) hosted the third of three webinars to conclude the presentation of the draft SGMA Emergency Regulations. The implementation schedule of SGMA calls for these regulations to be approved by 2015 and in use by 2016.  Previous webinars were reported here and here. To see all […]