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Councilmember’s Video brings Division to Simi Valley

Councilmember’s Video brings Division to Simi Valley

By Debra Tash and Michael Hernandez The chamber was packed at Simi Valley Council’s contentious July 29th 2019 meeting.  A councilmember’s controversial video brought out supporters as well as opposition.  The discussion was not on the agenda and speakers were held to the public comments section of the meeting.  The opinions expressed by the over […]

Simi Valley Council Grapples with New State Laws on Second Dwelling Units

Simi Valley Council Grapples with New State Laws on Second Dwelling Units

By Debra Tash The Simi Valley City Council Meeting passed an emergency ordinance to ease up on permitting standards by amending: “Title 9 of the Simi Valley Municipal Code related to second dwelling units to bring Title 9 into conformance with State of California Government Code Sections 65582.1, 65852.2, and 65852.22.” They divided these units […]

Simi Council upholds Planning Commission – Votes down Express Car Wash on East End of Town

Simi Council upholds Planning Commission – Votes down Express Car Wash on East End of Town

By Debra Tash At their May 2nd 2016 meeting the Simi Valley City Council heard an “appeal of the Planning Commission’s decision of CUP-S-758/TP-S-676 related to construction of a 2,035 square foot express car wash located at the northwest corner of Tapo Street and E. Cochran Street and the Mitigated Negative Declaration and Mitigation Monitoring […]

Simi Council gives nod to further consideration of zone change to allow for high density housing

Simi Council gives nod to further consideration of zone change to allow for high density housing

By Debra Tash There was a public hearing at the Simi Valley Council’s April 18th 2016 meeting to consider General Plan Amendment Pre-screening PR-687).  Efrain Sandoval is proposing a zone change for his 0.41-acre site located at the northeast corner of Buyers Street and Shopping Lane. He purchased the lot in 2008 to expand his […]

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 […]

Simi Valley gets thumbs up from auditor on financials: Will be raising most city fees

Simi Valley gets thumbs up from auditor on financials: Will be raising most city fees

By Debra Tash At their January 26th meeting, the Simi Valley city council heard a presentation by Peggy McBride, CPA and Principal with Vasquez & Company regarding the annual audit and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.  Ms. McBride gave the city a clean bill of health.  She went on further to state that she’s been using […]

Simi Valley Council: A Wrong has been righted–Chickens rejoice!

Simi Valley Council: A Wrong has been righted–Chickens rejoice!

By Debra Tash At the July 21st 2014  Council Meeting a very articulate teen named Hannah Nandoor spoke during Public Comments.  You can find her comments at the 29 minute mark on the video of that meeting if you go the Simi website: HERE She wanted to do a 4H project and she choose one […]

Simi Valley Council addresses homeless problem in city

Simi Valley Council addresses homeless problem in city

By Debra Tash At their 7/21/2014 meeting the Simi Valley Council addressed the problem of homeless encampments around the city.  There are twelve at present and they are on private property.  The present process to evict trespassers and cleanup the vacant land has been cumbersome and lengthy and falling on the backs of the property […]

Simi Valley City Council moves forward with plan to boost tourism

Simi Valley City Council moves forward with plan to boost tourism

By Debra Tash Five of the six hotel/motel establishments in Simi Valley presented a petition at tonight’s council meeting asking them to set a time and date to form a Tourism Marketing District.  This district would be under the supervision of the Chamber of Commerce.  A 2% fee would be collected off the gross short […]

Simi Valley Council briefed on drought by Calleguas General Manager

Simi Valley Council briefed on drought by Calleguas General Manager

By Debra Tash Susan Mulligan, ampoule General Manager, ambulance for Calleguas Mutual Water District http://www.calleguas.com/index.html did a brief presentation to update the council and community on the current drought and how it affects our area at the 1/27/14 Council meeting.  Calleguas is a water wholesaler, site buying its supply from the Metropolitan Water District.   Ms. […]