SIMI VALLEY : 2 to Be Named for Jordan Ranch Talks

The Simi Valley City Council on Monday is scheduled to appoint two of its members to meet with Thousand Oaks officials to discuss which of the two cities is the more logical choice to annex entertainer Bob Hope's Jordan Ranch.

Earlier this week, the Thousand Oaks City Council voted to delegate Councilmen Lawrence E. Horner and Frank Schillo to meet with Simi Valley officials.

Bob Heitzman, Simi Valley deputy city manager, said Friday that no dates have been set for talks.

The Simi Valley City Council voted July 30 to ask county planners if annexation of Hope's Jordan Ranch is feasible for the city, but Mayor Greg Stratton has suggested that it might be more practical for nearby Thousand Oaks to annex the 2,308-acre parcel because it could more easily provide services for the planned 750-unit housing development and golf course.

The city of Simi Valley is separated from the ranch by a series of hills to the south, which would make it difficult for the city to provide services to the area, considered essential for annexation.

In addition to his Jordan Ranch property, Hope has asked the city of Simi Valley to annex 3,495 acres of his Runkle Ranch property to the northeast.

Hope officials said the Simi Valley annexation proposal was prompted by concerns that the Ventura County Board of Supervisors would reject the Jordan Ranch development project.

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