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June 11, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Howard Rogo, who served as one of Simi Valley's first council members after the city incorporated in 1969, has died. He was 84.   Rogo died May 29 of colon cancer in the Sun City Palm Desert Senior community, his friend Court Baird, who ran the 1969 campaign for Simi Valley cityhood, said Monday.   “Howard was one of the original visionaries of the city,” Mike Sedell, former Simi Valley city manager, told the Ventura County Star on Monday. “He worked very closely with a very well-organized team of people that saw a future for a community that felt it had been left out of a planning process from a distant government in Ventura.”   Before Simi Valley incorporated, the area was governed by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.
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June 11, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Howard Rogo, who served as one of Simi Valley's first council members after the city incorporated in 1969, has died. He was 84.   Rogo died May 29 of colon cancer in the Sun City Palm Desert Senior community, his friend Court Baird, who ran the 1969 campaign for Simi Valley cityhood, said Monday.   “Howard was one of the original visionaries of the city,” Mike Sedell, former Simi Valley city manager, told the Ventura County Star on Monday. “He worked very closely with a very well-organized team of people that saw a future for a community that felt it had been left out of a planning process from a distant government in Ventura.”   Before Simi Valley incorporated, the area was governed by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.
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June 9, 1994 | SARA CATANIA
A special meeting of the Simi Valley City Council will be held today to review the city's budget for the coming fiscal year. Residents are invited to attend the meeting, which will be held at City Hall, 2929 Tapo Canyon Road, from 6 to 8 p.m. Department heads will review in detail several areas of the preliminary $28.4-million budget, including costs of administration, attorney services, general services and community development.
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September 21, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Simi Valley officials Thursday stood by a City Council decision to charge a church nearly $40,000 to cover the overtime and other costs for law enforcement officers who monitored an immigration protest last weekend. The United Church of Christ, a participant in the sanctuary movement, has sheltered a Mexican woman named Liliana who is in this country illegally, officials said.
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December 21, 1985 | ROSALVA HERNANDEZ, Times Staff Writer
Beginning Jan. 6, speakers at Simi Valley City Council meetings no longer will be able to ramble on in the town-hall tradition in which the city has prided itself. Council members, weary after debate at two recent meetings dragged on for six hours over sensitive development issues, will put into effect strict time limits on speakers at public hearings.
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May 18, 1993 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN
Saying the program is probably not worth the cost, the Simi Valley City Council rejected a plan Monday to continue offering $100 rebates to residents who replace their high-volume flush toilets with models that use much less water. "I don't happen to think this is money well-spent," Councilwoman Judy Mikels said. She proposed the funds be used instead for programs that result in greater water conservation.
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January 16, 1994 | SARA CATANIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While candidates for June's state and county elections are busy raising dollars and grabbing headlines, at least half a dozen contenders for the Simi Valley City Council are quietly gauging support for the local race, still 10 months away. Gearing up to compete in November for the seats held by Councilwomen Judy Mikels and Sandi Webb, the potential challengers are shaping platforms on issues ranging from trash to development of a long-sought regional mall.
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September 27, 1994 | MATTHEW MOSK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Citing job demands and the increased cost of living, Simi Valley City Council members voted unanimously Monday night to grant themselves a 12% pay raise, the first such hike in four years. The $79-a-month raise means each council member will begin receiving $739 a month in mid-November--just shy of the maximum state law allows for a city of Simi Valley's size. The council approved the pay raise with Councilwoman Judy Mikels casting the lone dissenting vote.
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January 31, 1998
Faced with surging popular support for growth limits, city officials want to take part in drafting an open-space preservation measure proposed by activists. Simi Valley Mayor Greg Stratton is planning to ask the City Council to discuss the initiative and consider sending a draft of it to the city attorney's office for review.
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June 5, 1994 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Simi Valley is one of the most polluted cities in Ventura County, yet while most of the smog there comes from outside its borders, the city is locked into a restrictive set of county-dictated pollution-control rules. On Monday night, the City Council plans to review those rules, looking for any that could be modified and considering any measures that could further cut smog in Simi.
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December 31, 2002 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
In the old days, a war veteran with $1 down could get into a Simi Valley home. So the community quickly came to be known as "Seamy Valley," at least to its upscale neighbors in Thousand Oaks. Simi Valley leaders have tried for more than four decades to shake that image as a haven for cheap housing and tacky shops.
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November 20, 2002 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
Bolstered by a $34-million bond sale, Simi Valley officials are trying to offset skyrocketing housing prices by underwriting the construction of 224 affordable housing units in five projects by 2005. As other Ventura County cities scramble to house their working poor, young families and entry-level professionals, Simi Valley is tackling the issue head on, officials and housing experts said.
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October 14, 2002
Upcoming Events: Tuesday: A candidates forum for the Port Hueneme City Council will be moderated by the League of Women Voters beginning at 7 p.m. at the Port Hueneme Community Center, 500 Park Ave. For more information, call 644-8184. Tuesday: A representative from the League of Women Voters will discuss the ballot initiatives during the Santa Clara Democratic Club meeting at 6 p.m. at Los Compadres Restaurant, 650 W. Harvard Blvd., Santa Paula. For more information, call 524-5037.
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September 10, 2001 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Athletes and politicians have long known a simple truth that two of Southern California's leafiest and sleepiest suburbs are just discovering: You can be on top for a day or a year, but the moment you drop the ball or falter in the polls, people will want to know what went wrong. Nothing, you say. It was just an aberration. You know you're the same world-beater you always were, but that's not going to stop people from wondering if--maybe even hoping--your glossy facade has finally cracked.
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July 27, 2001 | STEVE CHAWKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sometimes the ball falls short, even for the Gipper. The Simi Valley City Council decided this week to pass on adopting "Home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library" as the city's slogan. The move had been urged by Barbra Williamson, a council member who handles advertising and marketing for a local bank. "It's really too bad," she said. "It could've been the Nixon library, the Clinton library, the Franklin D. Roosevelt library--it really doesn't matter whose library it was.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2001
Re: "Simi Seeks to Improve Image" June 22, 2001. Hurrah for the Simi Valley City Council members, who want to identify forever their city with one of our noblest presidents. Their proposed slogan, "Home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library," will indeed add distinction to a community already much admired as the site of the first, rational trial of the recalcitrant, combative Rodney King. Perhaps they could add to their slogan the declaration that "We support the forces of law and order!"
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July 1, 2001
Recently, the Simi Valley City Council was asked to consider the idea of adopting an official city slogan: "Home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library." If adopted, the new slogan would be placed on city stationery, welcome signs at the city's borders and on the city Web site. I don't think this is a good idea. Don't get me wrong. I have nothing against Ronald Reagan. I think he was a great president. One of the reasons behind this proposal is to help rid the city of the stigma of the Rodney King trial.
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March 5, 2001 | JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This sprawling middle-class suburb boasts miles of hiking trails, rolling hills and acres of greenbelts, but it's one of the only cities in Ventura County with no bicycle lanes on public streets. Cycling enthusiasts across the county call that a critical shortfall in an otherwise well-planned community, and they have set out to change it.
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