Simi Valley–Auto dealers and Developer step up to bring the Vietnam War Memorial to Veterans Plaza by Memorial Day–Revised


Vietnam War (1959 to 1975)

click times; font-size: 16px;”>By Debra Tash

healing times; font-size: 16px;”>At tonight’s Simi Valley Council meeting Cherie Lynnae Whitaker, Chairman of Salute to Arms addressed an item on the Council’s consent calendar.  In January 27, 2014, the City Council adopted a policy for City Support of Special Events and an associated grant program for 2014 events. The program would receive $25,000 in taxpayer sponsorship. A special committee was setup and the City accepted applications for funding through March 20 from local charities.  They received 13 applications totaling $90,000 in requests.

On the report issued by the Special Events Committee, Ms. Whitaker’s group was not awarded grant money.  She informed the council tonight that this year marks a milestone in history.  She stated that it is the 50th year since the Vietnam War.  She didn’t clarify what that meant.  2014 actually marks the 50th year since the U.S. involvement in the war escalated in 1964 with the Gulf of Tonkin incident.

Nonetheless, Salute to Arms is bringing in one of five traveling replicas of the Vietnam Memorial War which will be installed in Rancho Tapo Park at the Veterans Plaza by Memorial Day, May 27th.  It is coming to Simi Valley from Antelope Valley at a cost of over $5000 for transportation and setup.

Representatives of the First Auto Dealers Association were in the audience at tonight’s council meeting.  They pledged $2500 to bring the wall to Simi Valley. The Council resolved to match the Dealers’ funds.  Then the developer of Happy Hill chipped in the other $2500.  The acting City Attorney, Sonia Hehir, did advise the Council that in the future, if they want to make an expectation to their new policy of only granting city funds as directed by their Special Event Support Review Committee, the Council would have to advise staff to setup a process for reconsideration.

The Conditional Use Permit hearing for the Hummingbird ranch/resort was continued until April 28th.

Prior CJ story on the Wall:


Debra Tash is Editor-in-Chief of, past president for Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, business executive and award-winning author, residing in Somis

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