SIMI VALLEY : 2 Women to Head Community Group

Two women have been named interim co-presidents of Citizens for a Safe and Scenic Simi Valley, a community group formed late last year by residents opposed to the construction of a fast-food restaurant at Yosemite Avenue and the Simi Valley Freeway.

Leslie Barncard and Melanie Wank were chosen recently to lead the group after its president, Eileen Gordon, took a leave of absence to manage the campaign of Simi Valley City Council candidate Tim Hodge. Gordon is expected to return to the president's post on Dec. 1.

The community group, which has about 40 active members and maintains a mailing list of 250 supporters, helped persuade city officials earlier this year to abandon plans for an outdoor police shooting range in the Las Llajas Dam basin.

The organization, based in the northeast section of the city, has been active in monitoring planning and development issues.

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