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 by January 13th of this year, they passed a limited chicken keeping ordinance, allowing the birds to cohabit with humans if they were being kept for a verifiable educational purpose.

With members of the public nudging the Council since to expand the ordinance and allow anyone to keep a number of hens, staff was instructed to revisit the issue, and so they did.  They requested direction by the Council on the matter and advised them that staff was already over-tasked so could the matter be put on hold for a year.

Council Member Keith Mashburn asked the Code Enforcement officer on how many complaints had actually been received for chickens.  There were 45 complaints in the last two years, and 8 of those in the last six months.  These were for noise and odor in what staff termed as “tighter residential areas.” In Bridle Path, a rural area where chickens are allowed, complaints have been lodged for roosters.  The Code Enforcement officer stated that he felt the Bridle Path residents hadn’t deliberately gone out and broken the law.  They buy chicks and the dang (my interjection) things grow up and some of them turn out to be roosters.

Mashburn was all in favor of deferring the issue but he would like to see enforcement continue.  Mayor Bob Huber said, “I’m for enforcing this.”

Council Member Glen Becerra reminisced: “I had six or so chickens.”  He grew up in an unincorporated part of Simi Valley.  Becerra knew keeping chickens as a good thing but he was in favor of deferring the issue and continuing enforcement. If they expanded the ordinance he felt it would, “open a hen house full of problems,” or in other words, a can of worms, which by the way, chickens love. And if they stopped enforcing the current law, “You’ll see a proliferation of chickens.”

So the council took action and voted to take no action. 

So much for more chickens.  If you are keeping them for educational purposes in Simi Valley make sure their permits are in order or it’s “Hasta la vista, baby.”

The council also voted on traffic control options for Royal Avenue between Sequoia Avenue and Sycamore Drive.  There have been a number of accidents in that area.  They voted to install Speed Feedback Signs Speed feedback signs were also installed on Royal Avenue near the baseball fields and resulted in a slight but measurable speed reduction. Speed feedback signs could be added in advance of the curve at Blackstock Avenue. The estimated cost is $25,000.


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

Get Headlines free  SUBSCRIPTION. Keep us publishing – DONATE

*Scroll down to post a comment



One Response to Simi Valley City Council takes Chickens off the table

  1. William "Bill" Hicks October 13, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Keep in mind that all influenza is either avian or porcine. So, keeping chickens or pigs at your home could be a source of infection.

    On the other side, they could be an early warning system of infection if properly monitored.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *