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The city of Simi Valley, in the eponymous valley, is in the southeast corner of Ventura County, California, US, 40 miles from downtown Los Angeles, making it part of the Greater Los Angeles Region. The city is close to Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, and Chatsworth. The city's 2019 populace has been estimated at 125,613, high from 124,243 in 2010. The city of Simi Valley is encircled by the Santa Susana Mountain range and the Simi Hills, west of the San Fernando Valley, and northeast of the Conejo Valley. It developed as a suburbanite bedroom community for the cities in the Los Angeles region and the San Fernando Valley when a road was built over the Santa Susana Pass.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is in Simi Valley.
Items Of Historical Interest
Santa Susana Field Laboratory
The 2,848 acres Santa Susana Field Laboratory situated in the Simi Hills, was utilized for the advancement of pioneering nuclear reactors and rocket engines starting in 1948. The site was run by Atomics International and Rocketdyne. The Rocketdyne division built up various liquid rocket engines. Rocket engine tests were often heard in Simi Valley. The Atomics International division of North American Aviation planned, constructed, and ran the Sodium Reactor Experiment, the very first United States atomic reactor to supply power to a public power system. The Boiling Water Reactors (BORAX) tests were five reactors constructed between 1953 and 1964 by Argonne National Laboratory. The Santa Susana Field Laboratory likewise hosted the Energy Technology Engineering Center. It performed the development, design, and testing of liquid metal reactor parts for the United States Department of Energy from 1965 until 1998.
Rodney King trial
Four officers of the Los Angeles Police Department (Stacey Koon, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, and Theodore Briseno) were blamed for utilizing superfluous power in a March 3, 1991 beating of an African-American motorist Rodney Glen King. The case known as the Rodney King Trials was based on a film recorded on a home video by a spectator (George Holliday). The video was broadcast nationally and internationally and caused a colossal reaction on the grounds that the beating was accepted to be racially motivated. Due to the heavy media inclusion of the arrest, Judge Stanley Weisberg of the California Court of Appeals affirmed a difference in the venue to neighboring Ventura County, utilizing an available court in Simi Valley for the state case against the officers.
Simi Valley Recreation
Park facilities in Simi Valley are controlled by the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District. These comprise fifty parks, where some are urban city-parks, while others are public open space or multi-purpose trail systems. The region has a total of 5,600 acres of public-owned land, comprising many acres of land in the Simi Hills. The city likewise flaunts six golf courses and the Kanan Ranch home development has nature trails for bicyclists, hikers, and equestrians to enjoy. Two baseball teams: The Simi Valley Senators and the California Oaks of the California Collegiate League in Thousand Oaks, provide sports activity to local fans.
Towards the east, Rocky Peak has a trail system for Hiking, Mountain Biking, and Equestrian exercises. The trail is accessed simply off the 118 freeway at Kuehner Road, Yosemite Road, or Rocky Peak. Trailheads are The Hummingbird Trail and The Chumash Trail. These trails are not suggested for beginners, because of steep grades and some specialized sections on the trail.
Simi Valley Libraries
The Simi Valley Public Library, controlled by the City of Simi Valley, opened in July 2013. Services were previously given through the Ventura County Library System. In its first year running as a municipal library, it welcomed more than 200,000 patrons into the library.