Simi Valley City Councilwoman Barbra Williamson gave the folks at the Simi Valley Acorn a piece of her mind regarding their blatant use of “Simi” in referencing our city instead of “Simi Valley.” In the letter, she says:
I am probably being a little oversensitive in writing this letter, but today’s (April 29) publication was the last straw, if you know what I mean.
I, like everyone else, refers to your newspaper as the Acorn , or Acorn . What if they were to call you “corn,” just leave off the “a.” It’s just a little thing but nonetheless I am sure it’s important to the owners of your newspaper.
Well, it’s just as important to a resident of our community that we be addressed as Simi Valley, not Simi.
Like I said . . . a little oversensitive perhaps, but let’s show a little respect when referring to our beautiful valley; it’s only six more letters.
I’m guilty of this. I often refer to Simi Valley as Simi. Also, and this may be beside the point, I often refer to Thousand Oaks as “T.O.” and sometimes, I even call Moorpark “M to the P.” These are tough habits to break, but I suspect I have the willpower to get past this. I’m pledging publicly that I will give it my best shot. However, my bad habits don’t end here.
Interestingly, I often refer to the Simi Valley Acorn as “the corn.”
“Good morning, dear. The Corn is a little wet this morning because they tossed it in the lawn. Good thing the Corn is online!”
It didn’t occur to me until I read Barbra’s letter that this might be an obvious display of disrespect, or as I often refer to it, a display of “d’spect.” For the record, it should be noted that not only do I have a huge amount of respect for the Simi Valley Acorn, I also really enjoy corn of various varieties. East coast grown white corn on the cob is easily my favorite. It nicely compliments any summer time barbecue [edit: replaced “BBQ” with “barbecue”].
Having lived in Simi Having lived in Simi Valley all of my life, I feel I owe it to B-Will owe it to Barbra Williamson to put my best foot forward and represent my city as it was intended — with two word, not one!
P.S. I love Barbra Williamson!