The Reagan Library’s NOT in Simi Valley?

As we know it, is the Ronald Reagan Library REALLY in the city of Simi Valley.  Technically speaking, the answer to that question is “no!”  Apparently, the Regan Library sits in an unincorporated area of the Tierra Rejada Greenbelt and is actually outside of the jurisdiction of Simi Valley.  I sure didn’t know that.

I believe tonight is the night where the Neighborhood Council will discuss the option of annexing the Regan Library which will redefine the city limits as it relates to the library and surrounding land.  Of course, should that be the final answer, the County of Ventura would have to approve since the territory is currently within the county’s jurisdiction, but no opposition is expected.

According to the City of Simi Valley, the only measurable difference should there be an annexation would be the response to the area by the police department over the sherrif’s department.  Currently, the city already provides services to the library, like sewer and utility services.

If I had a vote on the matter, it would be YES!  I suspect most of the rest of the city is on the same page…

Regal Medical in Simi Valley

You may have noticed a hiatus in the volume of posts on this site.  The reason is that I’ve been preoccupied with my health over the past 7 – 8 weeks.  For years, I’ve suffered from chronic sinus infections that yield the typical symptoms, combined with severe sinus pain and frequent headaches.  Also for years, I’ve been trying to get a long term cure for this problem but have ultimately failed.

I switched recently to Regal Medical Group in response to the highly publicised exodus of well respected physicians from Community Medical Group to Regal.  As I was browsing the list of available physicians, I found Dr. Brooks Michaels.  Years ago, he was my doctor at Community Medical and he was fantastic!  He left without warning and there was much secrecy behind his departure and where he landed.  It was handled poorly by Community Medical, in my opinion.  I signed up for Dr. Michaels without hesitation and looked forward to my first appointment.

First, to my surprise, Dr. Michaels remembered me from years ago and also remembered that we were working on identifying the cause of the chronic sinus infections.  After our first visit, he had ordered a blood panel to test for allergens, referred me to an ENT (Ear Nose Throat specialist) and referred me to an Allergist.  In a few short weeks, I received a CT scan and diagnosis of my sinus problems, as well as a thorough plan and schedule for identifying any and all allergies that I may have.

Thanks to Dr. Michaels, I’m on the fast track to getting better after many years of suffering from an annoying bout of frequent sinus infections.  Dr. Michaels has a way about his treatment that they simply don’t teach in medical school.  He is compassionate and personally invested in the health of his patients.  He runs a private practice now but contracts with Regal to allow him to see patients with HMOs, like me.  His office staff consists of the people who were once so kind behind the front desk when he worked at Community Medical… when he left, so did they… and they followed him!

My search for the best in healthcare in Simi Valley is offer.  I’m with Dr. Michaels again… finally!  If you’re having as much trouble as I’ve had over the past several years, I encourage you to join Regal Medical Group and seek out Dr. Michaels are your primary physician.

Dr. Brooks Michael
2925 Sycamore Dr. #101A
Simi Valley
(805) 578-9751

Glen Becerra Jumps on Shop Simi Opportunity

I am absolutely delighted by the recent news regarding Glen Becerra’s efforts to bring outside dollars into the City of Simi Valley!  This is truly what it’s all about right here.  If you haven’t already heard, here’s the deal… and I hope you love this just as much as I do.

In response to the increase in sales tax to LA County residents who are paying nearly 10 cents on the dollar for every taxable purchase, Glen Becerra has invited our neighbors to shop in Simi Valley and enjoy the unchanged sales tax rate.  This is an impressive move, not just because of the powerful message, but also because Councilmember Becerra paid for a sizable ad in the Daily News out of his own private campaign funds!

Here’s a partial view of the ad, specifically the top portion of the ad that was published in the Daily News:

Glen Becerra's Shop Simi Ad

Here is a piece of the press release on the topic, also released today:

“Working families can’t afford to have their taxes raised and are struggling to make ends meet already,” said Becerra, a three-term Councilman for the city of 126,297 northwest of the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles.  “Many people are unaware of the discrepancy in the sales tax level between the counties.  Many people are unaware of Simi Valley’s low sales tax.  Some aren’t aware of the great shopping and dining opportunities that Simi Valley offers.

“And public officials underestimate the true impact that sales tax increases have on shoppers, working families, businesses and the economy.  But that should change soon.  A quote in Tuesday’s paper by a shopper about the newest sales tax increase says a lot.  He said, ‘It’s not a good idea now.  I will shop less.’ “

To Councilmember Becerra: Thank you!  I really like your style!  This is a terrific idea!

Glen Becerra offers a downloadable copy of the ad that you can see for yourself at the following link.  Check it out here:
http://www.glenbecerra.org/images/simitaxes.pdf