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January 21, 1993 | AARON CURTISS
The environmental group Save Open Space has filed the seventh legal challenge to stop the massive Ahmanson Ranch housing project, contending that the Ventura County Board of Supervisors erred when it approved the development in the Simi Hills. The group, joined by the Ventura County Environmental Coalition and the Woodland Hills Homeowners Organization, filed its suit Tuesday in Ventura County Superior Court. It is the seventh group to challenge the 3,050-home project.
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August 10, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Looking for a good place to watch the annual Perseid meteor showers this weekend? Any dark venue away from urban lights -- say the Angeles National Forest or Santa Monica Mountains -- will do, provided you have a clear view of the night sky. Here's an easy way to learn more about the shooting-star show expected in the wee hours local time onĀ  Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Head out to the Simi Hills for a half-mile hike to a viewing platform in the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve on Saturday night.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2000
* Simi Hills Christian Church will present Christian vocalist Nia in a free concert tonight at 7. The church is at 4307 Walnut St., Simi Valley. For more information, call 527-0123. St. Paschal Holiday Crafts Fair * St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church in Thousand Oaks will host a holiday arts and crafts fair this weekend. There will also be baked goods and refreshments. Hours are today from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by the women's club.
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December 12, 2006 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
Boeing Co. on Wednesday will seek to ease limits on runoff pollution at its former nuclear research and rocket testing lab in the Simi Hills amid a criminal investigation into whether the company violated clean-water standards there. Boeing wants the State Water Resources Control Board to amend a permit that allows the company to discharge industrial wastewater and surface storm water from the laboratory.
NEWS
June 10, 1989 | JOHN McKINNEY
One of the major obstacles to stagecoach travel between Los Angeles and San Francisco was a route out of the west end of the San Fernando Valley over the Simi Hills. About 1860, a steep road was carved out of the rock face of the hills. The steepest stretch, a peril to man and beast, was known as Devil's Slide. The slide, the old stage road and a portion of the Simi Hills are preserved in a park-in-the-making just west of Chatsworth. In 1989, the state purchased 400 acres in the Santa Susana Pass area and added it to another 400 acres of state-owned parkland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1993 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Assuming a take-it-or-leave-it posture, Ahmanson Land Co. has notified entertainer Bob Hope and other partners in the $1-billion Ahmanson Ranch housing project that they will be given no more financial concessions to make the deal work, officials said Wednesday.
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October 25, 1994 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A majority of the Board of Supervisors apparently favors Ahmanson Land Co.'s request for a three-year extension of its deal to build a mini-city in the Simi Hills. Refusing to blame the developer for delays in turning over thousands of acres of public parkland, three of five supervisors said they tend to support Ahmanson's request today for a grace period that would extend its county contract through 1998.
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September 16, 1994 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ahmanson Land Co. officials, who agreed to convert 10,000 mountainous acres into public parkland before beginning construction of a mini-city in the Simi Hills, said Thursday they may not be able to hold up their end of the bargain. To purchase Runkle Ranch and Corral Canyon for parkland, and proceed with their development, Ahmanson attorneys said they might need help from the county or parks agencies.
NEWS
July 27, 1994 | CARLOS V. LOZANO and MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two men were killed instantly and a third seriously injured Tuesday morning when a chemical explosion ripped through Rockwell International's rocket engine test site on a rugged plateau in the Simi Hills. The 9:13 a.m. blast at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory--so powerful that some nearby residents mistook it for an earthquake--did not ignite any buildings at the guarded, 2,700-acre hilltop facility. It did, however, touch off a brush fire in the boulder-strewn chaparral surrounding the plant.
TRAVEL
May 9, 1999 | JOHN McKINNEY
"The map is not the territory," wise explorers counsel. That adage seems to apply to the Simi Hills. They appear as little more than narrow bands between suburbs on a map, but on the ground present some challenging territory to hike. The Simi Hills escape most hikers' attention because they are both literally and figuratively overshadowed by two other regional ranges located on this side of the Southland. The nearby Santa Susana Mountains are considerably rounder and taller than the Simi Hills.
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August 4, 2004 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County supervisors approved an ordinance Tuesday requiring home developers to test for contaminants before building within two miles of the Rocketdyne field lab in the Simi Hills. The ordinance was approved on a 3-2 vote over the objections of defense contractor Boeing, which owns the site, and Supervisors Judy Mikels and Kathy Long.
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April 23, 2002 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two weeks before the slaying of college student Megan Barroso, murder suspect Vincent Sanchez told a friend that the Simi Valley hills would be a good place to hide a body, according to court testimony. Barroso's body was found Aug. 4 in a steep ravine southeast of the city. She died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen, and Ventura County prosecutors contend Sanchez pulled the trigger. Sanchez, 31, is charged with murder, kidnapping and the attempted rape of Barroso, 20, of Moorpark.
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November 29, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state water agency will hold a public workshop Monday to review a 1996 water quality permit crucial for the planned Ahmanson Ranch development in the Simi Hills near the Los Angeles County line. Heal the Bay and several other environmental groups have requested an opportunity to address the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board regarding the developer's permit, said Dennis Dickerson, executive officer for the water board. "Obviously this is a high-profile issue," Dickerson said.
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October 28, 2000
* Simi Hills Christian Church will present Christian vocalist Nia in a free concert tonight at 7. The church is at 4307 Walnut St., Simi Valley. For more information, call 527-0123. St. Paschal Holiday Crafts Fair * St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church in Thousand Oaks will host a holiday arts and crafts fair this weekend. There will also be baked goods and refreshments. Hours are today from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by the women's club.
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November 28, 1999 | GARY POLAKOVIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They are your neighbors, but you rarely see them. They have lived here longer than anyone, but odds are you have never met. They are killers, but they are not after you. They exist as a baleful howl from the hills, a glint of night eyes, or a flicker of fur darting through brush. Lots of big carnivores still prowl their domain of the Santa Monica Mountains and adjoining hill country of east Ventura County, but it is a shrinking wild kingdom.
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July 27, 1999 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT and COLL METCALFE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A slow-moving brush fire was burning Monday night on rock-covered hills in eastern Simi Valley, and county fire officials said the blaze had already consumed 240 acres. The fire broke out shortly before 2:30 p.m. about 200 yards north of the Ronald Reagan Freeway just east of Kuehner Drive, said Joe Luna, a spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department. Flames were moving east Monday night toward Rocky Peak Fire Road near the Ventura County-Los Angeles County line, Luna said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1991
The more I think about the name North Hills, the less I like it. Why? It's repetitive. We already have North Hollywood, Northridge, and according to 1990 census figures, North Sherman Oaks. When it comes to Hills, we already have Hollywood Hills, Simi Hills, Granada Hills and Mission Hills. I've sent mail to myself at Los Angeles 91401 instead of Van Nuys. It reached me. I've sent mail to a former boss at Los Angeles 90744 instead of Wilmington. It got there. How about using Los Angeles for all ZIP codes for 900xx and 91301 to 91699?
TRAVEL
May 10, 1998
As a longtime hiker in our local mountains, I fervently second John McKinney's comments ("Finding the Rocky Edge of Civilization," Hiking, April 19). Most mountain bikers do not give warning of their rapid approach. Some do--many times when they are nearly on top of a hiker, leaving little time to react. Sharing of trails is a good idea when sharing can be accomplished with safety. Hikers and equestrians coexist nicely, probably because the terrain does not permit riding at a gallop.
TRAVEL
May 9, 1999 | JOHN McKINNEY
"The map is not the territory," wise explorers counsel. That adage seems to apply to the Simi Hills. They appear as little more than narrow bands between suburbs on a map, but on the ground present some challenging territory to hike. The Simi Hills escape most hikers' attention because they are both literally and figuratively overshadowed by two other regional ranges located on this side of the Southland. The nearby Santa Susana Mountains are considerably rounder and taller than the Simi Hills.
TRAVEL
May 10, 1998
As a longtime hiker in our local mountains, I fervently second John McKinney's comments ("Finding the Rocky Edge of Civilization," Hiking, April 19). Most mountain bikers do not give warning of their rapid approach. Some do--many times when they are nearly on top of a hiker, leaving little time to react. Sharing of trails is a good idea when sharing can be accomplished with safety. Hikers and equestrians coexist nicely, probably because the terrain does not permit riding at a gallop.
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